As I mentioned in my New Year’s post, one of my goals/resolutions for 2014 is to read more. I had a very modest reading goal last year, and I didn’t come close to hitting it.
Since leaders are readers and writers are readers, I really can’t call myself a leader (of myself, let alone anyone else) if I don’t read. Nor can I expect my writing craft to improve tremendously if I don’t read other well-written works.
To be fair – lest you think I spent all of 2013 rotting my mind with nothing but trashy TV or lolcat pictures – I have been constantly reading content online. Articles and blog posts about writing, social media, linguistics, daily devotionals, travel – I read more than a few posts every day. But it’s still not the same as reading books.
So here’s a list of some of the books that I intend to read – or re-read – in 2014.
Structuring Your Novel by K.M. Weiland
I’ve followed her writing blog for some time, and found valuable tips to help me improve my storytelling. I’m sure her book will help me even more.
A Wilder Rose by Susan Wittig Albert
Having loved the Little House on the Prairie books, this book about Laura Ingalls Wilder and her daughter Rose looks like a fascinating read.
Imagine Big by Terri Savelle Foy
I read this book last year, and I want to read it again. In fact, this is a book that could – and perhaps should – be read every year. It’s about using the power of imagination to set goals and create the life you want for yourself.
The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson
Another re-read for me, and another “success” book that is really just about living a productive and fulfilled life. Who doesn’t want that?
East by Edith Pattou
I found this book at a used bookstore some time ago, and it’s been sitting unread on my shelf for ages (along with too many other books). Time to get caught up on those.
The Legend of the Ice People – Spellbound by Margit Sandemo
Another on-the-shelf-too-long unread book. A friend sent it to me, so I will be (finally) reading it this year in her honor.
Prince by Bonnie Watson
I read the first book in this trilogy last year, so now I want to read the next one. Hopefully I’ll finish it just in time for her to publish book three.
Bone series by Jeff Smith
I’ve mentioned this series before, so it’s another re-read. It’s been several years since I’ve read all nine graphic novels in order, plus the prequel stories (yes, graphic novels count as reading). This epic saga is a masterful combination of humor, high fantasy, and hand-drawn art.
I intend to read far more than just these few books this year, but I didn’t want to make this blog post any longer. If you want to see how I’m progressing with my reading goals, you can find me on Goodreads.
What are you reading this year?
6 thoughts on “Reading Goals for 2014”
I love having a big pile of books lined up to read! I used to re-read a lot more. Books are just so abundant and cheap I tend to buy more new ones now, although I’m also good at getting rid of them if I know I’m never going to read them again.
I’m learning how to pick and choose the books that I keep, too. Even with being picky, I still have tons. 😛 Yes, with so many good books out there that we haven’t read, it’s harder to make time to re-read old favorites.
I think that your list for this year is quite good. Even better that you will re-read “Bone” 😉 Myself I got into the Goodreads Challenge, I hadn’t do it before, and since last year I was able to read 98 books (Comic Book TPBs and short stories count 😉 ), so I decide to make my challenge up to 100 books for this 2014. I hope to acomplish it 😉
That’s quite an ambitious challenge! But if you managed 98 books last year, I’m sure you can squeeze in two extra this year! 😉
Hehe 😉 Yes, that’s what I thought so. That’s why I didn’t get into the challenge this year, since I need it as a point reference to decide how much book to put into the challenge.
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