Last year I hoped to get back on track with my reading, but with making the decision to go back to school and taking on quite a bit at the end of the year, I wasn’t as successful as I had hoped. This year, I’m hoping to better manage my time to account for some more reading, especially considering the insane amount of unread books on my bookshelf!
I just synced myself back up with Goodreads and officially challenged myself to read 12 books for the year. It might sound like a small number of books to many of you who read a book a week (or more!), but for me, a book a month is a big enough challenge. And now that I’ve accepted the challenge, I have to finish it! Here are the 12 books I’ll be reading this year.
Having read 2 of Rainbow Rowell’s books in the past year, I can definitely say she’s quickly become one of my favorite authors. I’m currently reading Attachments and am really digging it so far. The chapters are short and it’s
What I Know For Sure
Oprah, the all-knower of life, has a book out and I’ve heard great things. I’m not sure if it’d be filed under the “self-help” section or not, but it’s supposed to be filled with her wisdom of life lessons and help empower readers to be their best selves. I love the theme!
Me Before You
I know I’m late to the game with this one, but its been sitting on the shelf for a good half a year now! It’s being made into a movie and released this year (starring Neville, guys!) so my goal is to finish reading it before the film comes out.
Why Not Me?
Mindy Kaling’s first book had me laughing nonstop, so I’ve been dying to read her second book, which I got for Christmas. Even more exciting? It’s a signed copy!
I heard Ariana Huffington speak at BlogHer a couple years ago and it was so inspiring! While I love reading fiction books, the “real world” type books are fabulous too, and I think I’ll get a lot out of Thrive!
Maybe in Another Life
I first heard about this book in theSkimm and then later saw it popping up all over the place! At 29, the main character is still unsure what she wants to do in life, so she lives out two different lives in concurrent storylines. If only we could see our own futures like this!
Jenny Lawson (also known as The Bloggers) is absolutely hysterical. If I was judging a book by its cover, this would absolutely be one I’d pick up! Her second book is filled with even more ridiculous and insane stories, and if they’re anything like her keynote at BlogHer a couple years ago, it’s going to be amazing!
The Hidden Girl
Thriller movies and thriller books are my favorite, so I have high hopes for The Hidden Girl. Set in a remote village during a snowstorm with the uncovering of a crime, I’m thinking this psychothriller will keep me on the edge of my seat!
Another Rainbow Rowell, what can I say? She just gets me! Carry On tells the actual story that we caught glimpses of in Fangirl (a must-read if you haven’t yet). From what I understand, it’s a bit like Harry Potter, with some magic and mystery!
We were all captivated with Gone Girl, and yet another one of Gillian Flynn’s books is getting attention. Oddly, I’ve heard feelings on both ends of the love/hate spectrum, but as the title states, it’s supposed to be a pretty dark novel.
I remember first hearing about this book back in high school. I stumbled across it in the bookstore not too long ago and decided to pick it up and add it to the read pile. Creating an ingenious scam, the main character in this book is dealing with several personal issues, and makes it his mission to fake choking at upscale restaurants to get money. I think this will definitely be the strangest/most interesting read on my list!
The Casual Vacancy
I’m a little embarrassed that I haven’t read this one yet, especially since it’s been on my bookshelf since it was released! It’s J.K. Rowling’s first post-HP novel, and while I think she got some flack for it since everyone was comparing it to HP, I can’t imagine it being anything less than wonderful, because she just emits awesomeness!
Have you read any on my list? Have suggestions for additional reads if I get through these faster than expected?