Ah yes. The New Year. It’s the time when the weary are offered a respite from the holiday rush and the energetic are inspired to redefine their lives. Most of us fall somewhere in the middle of that spectrum and spend the first few days setting expectations and goals for the next twelve months. For the reader, a secondary list usually forms. Of course we include the stereotypical health and weight-loss goals, but of equal, if not greater importance is our reading list. Here’s a peek at mine.
Everyone has a book or series that they loved as a child. Now, I was a fairly voracious reader, but there are a few things I never got around to reading and this year I plan to change that. Top two on my list: the Harry Potter series and Anne of Green Gables. Being the nostalgia-driven person that I am, I think a re-read of the Laura Ingalls Wilder books is also in order.
I’m predominately a fiction reader, so this year I want to expand my horizons a bit to include more nonfiction. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand is definitely on the list, alongside Not my Father’s Son by Alan Cumming and Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlyn Doughty. Love Does by Bob Goff is such an encouraging and engaging read that I’ll be revisiting that in bits and pieces all throughout the year.
There are a few bestsellers from 2014 that I was curious about but didn’t actually read. To shore up the gap I’m going to read The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty and All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doer. In addition I’m dying to read the books J. K. Rowling published under her pseudonym, Robert Galbraith. Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silkworm are definitely on my list.
I'm also planning on delving into some classic Southern Gothic authors. I think some Flannery and Faulkner will round out my year nicely. I'm still fleshing out my list, so there's room for additions. What about you? Have a book, (or a list of books,) that you're anticipating reading this year? Drop us a comment and let us know!