I have big reading ambitions this year. In 2013 I finished my 40th book just a few hours before midnight on New Years Eve. I have terrible time management skills but the fact that I could actually do it, I could read 40 books, work three jobs, volunteer and have some semblance of a social life, well that just proves that I kicked time management’s arse.
This year, I doubt anything will be different. I’ll say I want to read 50 books this year instead of 40 but I’ll most likely be drinking out of a champagne bottle next New Years Eve without a care in the world and I’ll forget that I have never been able reach my 50 book goal. But fuck it. It’s my goal nonetheless. I’ll at least try to brainwash myself into thinking I can do it.
With that in mind, these are the books I’m most looking forward to devouring this year.
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (currently reading)
Having just visited NYC in May and the museum that features quite explosively in the first chapter, I’ve felt a great tug on the ol’ heart strings when I read the dust jacket. Sure, I’m totally daunted by the sheer size of the book. I often don’t look twice at tomes this large, but this book is so attractive that I just had to buy it.
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
I’m reading this book for two reasons. After scanning the first page, it sounded like Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory was the narrator, so obviously I’m in. I’m also interested in finding out what all the hype is about. I like hype, so it bodes well for a good read.
The Emperor of Paris by C.S. Richardson
I’ve been trying to get my hands on this book for ages. Ok, it’s not actually that hard to find… but every time I set foot in Chapters, I kept forgetting the name of book AND it’s author. I certainly didn’t want to be that customers who asked the CSR to help me find the book “with the green cover with all the feathers on it”, so I just let it go. But then I walked in to the store over Christmas holidays and there is was, face up on the floor between Fiction Authors M-N and O-R. Meant. To. Be. So now it’s hanging out on my nightstand, ready to jump into my reading rotation.
Perfect by Rachel Joyce
I was sent an ARC of this book through Netgalley but I never got around to reading and reviewing it in 2013. Sorry Mrs. Joyce. I know how much you were looking forward to my thoughts on your latest protagonist. I promise I’ll hit you up shortly.
What the Nanny Saw by Fiona Neill
When I’m not reading, I’m often found behind the computer screen looking at celebrity gossip. Isn’t everyone? So when I heard the premise for this book, a well-to-do family who’s caught up in a scandal and their nanny is probed for info, I was captivated. I will admit that this is a book I started in 2013 on my trip to Montreal, but then someone gave me a copy of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and it was placed neatly back on my nightstand. All is fair in love and reading, right?
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Rowell’s novel Fangirl was one of my favourite books of 2013. Sure, I have my Masters in English Lit but I fucking love a good teen novel. I like to think of myself as an equal opportunity reader. So I’m going to spend a good chunk of 2014 reading the rest of her novels. You’ll also see Attachments in my reading queue. Once I find an author I enjoy, I stick with them for life. I’m an author monogamist, if you will.
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Whoever is in charge of Random House of Canada’s Goodread account claimed in a review that this book is a cross between Wool, Harry Potter and the Hunger Games. I have no effing clue what Wool is, but if you write Harry Potter and Hunger Games in the same sentence, I will be all over your book. Case in point. AND I was lucky enough to get this book as an ARC through Edelweiss. Thanks bys!
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
I’ve had this book on my to-read list on Goodreads for ages. I remember reading the premise of the novel and thinking “why in the hell didn’t he take the train?” and ever since I’ve wanted the answer that burning question. But more importantly, someone on Book Riot mentioned that Colin Firth would be an ideal audiobook narrator for this and OMG IT MUST BE THE BEST BOOK EVER! What a date I’ll have with this book when I get around to it. All those daydreams I’ll have of Firth’s sultry british voice whispering the story in my ear. Yeah. I’m just going to start that book now, actually.
Here’s Looking at You by Mhairi McFarlane
I had a twitter exchange with Mhairi McFarlane a couple months back after reading her first novel You Had Me At Hello. I praised her for the book, because it was awesome and it made me want to call in sick to work so I could keep reading… and also because I REALLY needed to know if her character Mindy was based on Mindy Kaling. She was! And McFarlane informed me that no one else had picked up on the influence, so obviously I felt like a real keener. The fact that McFarlane actually responded to my pretty inane tweet wins her books a forever spot on my nightstand.
The Fever by Megan Abbott
I saw the cover of this book on Goodreads a few days back and I was hooked by the first sentence. “The panic unleashed by a mysterious contagion threatens the…” I don’t care what it threatens. You had me at “mysterious contagion”! If you know me, you’ll know that I’m totally obsessed with/fascinated by people dying from infectious diseases. I’m actually writing this while watching the new SyFy show Helix. I’m weird. I’ve known it for ages and if you never read this blog again because of it, then so be it. But the synopsis of this book is stellar and I want it. Hopefully my ARC request gets granted!
So there are other books in my 2014 reading queue and if I want to reach 50 books by the end of next year, then hopefully other books catch my eye in the meantime. What else should I be reading? Gimme recommendations please!