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What Are You Reading–and What Are You Looking Forward to Reading in 2014?

Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Open Book by Dave Dugdale

Open Book by Dave Dugdale

We’ve looked back at 2013, so now it’s time to look at (and forward to) 2014 and what we’re currently reading, planning on reading, and looking forward to reading.


  • What are you currently reading and/or listening to?
  • What’s the next book on your To Be Read stack/list?
  • What are some books coming out in 2014 that you’re looking forward to reading? Or what books that are already out do you want to finally get around to reading this year?
  1. Wednesday, January 8, 2014 10:19 am

    What are you currently reading and/or listening to?

    Reading: What Matters in Jane Austen? by John Mullan

    Listening: Divergent by Veronica Roth, read by Emma Galvin


  2. Dora permalink
    Wednesday, January 8, 2014 10:30 am

    I am currently listening to The Lesson, by Susan Woods Fisher. This is the third book in her Stoney Ridge Series. I will listen to The Letters, the first in Susan’s next series, after The Lesson.

    I am currently reading The Book Thief. Saw the movie on Thanksgiving and really loved it. Hope the book is better. (Generally is). Next, I will read a couple of books by Maggie Brendan.


  3. Sylvia M. permalink
    Wednesday, January 8, 2014 10:36 am

    Here’s what I read in December.

    Currently I’m reading In the Steps of Jane Austen Walking Tours of Austen’s England by Anne-Marie Edwards.

    Next I will probably re-read Emma by Jane Austen.

    There are so many good new books coming out this year. Last year I read about 150 books with a good majority of those being first-time read books. I’m one who loves to re-read novels I already own, but with all these new ones it’s hard re-read too.

    Every year I automatically read the new books by Robin Jones Gunn, Laura Frantz, Sarah Sundin, Kaye Dacus, Jody Hedlund, Karen Witemeyer, Anne Mateer, Julie Klassen, Deeanne Gist, Mindy Starns Clark, Shannon Taylor Vannatter and Denise Hunter. This past year I discovered Dani Pettrey and Jennifer Johnson’s books and will probably have them on my must-read list from now on. I have read one book by MaryLu Tyndall and enjoyed it, so will try to read the rest of her back list this year, as well as, the back list from Julie Lessman. I’ve only read one of hers too.


  4. Wednesday, January 8, 2014 10:38 am

    What’s the next book on your To Be Read stack/list?

    Audiobook: Secrets of a Summer Night (The Wallflowers, Book 1) by Lisa Kleypas

    What are some books coming out in 2014 that you’re looking forward to reading? Or what books that are already out do you want to finally get around to reading this year?

    Because I kind of stalled out with reading last year, there are a few lingering series/authors I still want to get to which were on last year’s list: finishing the Bridgerton series by Julia Quinn and the Brothers Sinister series by Courtney Milan (at least up to the most current book), a few additional titles by Carla Kelly, Mary Jo Putney, and Laura Kinsale, as well as sampling new-to-me authors Loretta Chase, Tessa Dare, Erin Knightley, Jane Feather, and Judith McNaught.

    In non-romance books, I’ve already ordered S. by J.J. Abrams (available only in hard-copy due to the interactive nature of the book), but it’s back-ordered; The Hero’s Lot and A Draw of Kings by Patrick Carr; Spider Woman’s Daughter (Leaphorn and Chee) by Anne Hillerman (Tony’s daughter); The Winter King (The Arthur Books #1) by Bernard Cornwell; and The Stand by Stephen King.

    In nonfiction, I’m interested in reading Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible’s View of Women by Sarah Bessey, The Evolution of Adam by Peter Enns, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan, How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas Foster, Prairie Fever: British Aristocrats in the American West 1830-1890 by Peter Pagnamenta, and Rise of the Time Lords: A Geek’s Guide to Christianity by Michael Belote.


    • Dora permalink
      Wednesday, January 8, 2014 12:06 pm

      Let me know how you liked Secrets of a Summer Night. I loved the first 2 Friday Harbor books, the 3rd was not too bad, but the 4th was really more than I could handle. (Too out there) I like her work, but some things are better left to fantasy than more realistic books.


    • Wednesday, January 8, 2014 2:07 pm

      Zealot was fabulous, I thought. (And now that I’ve said this, I think we had this conversation.) Hahah.


  5. Wednesday, January 8, 2014 12:25 pm

    I am currently rereading “Man of My Dreams” by Johanna Lindsey. The next book I plan to read is “Kisses from Katie” by Katie Davis. This is a true story of how a young woman followed Jesus’ calling on her life to live and work among the people of Uganda. She adopted 13 children and has established a ministry that feeds and sends hundreds of children to school.

    As for 2014 I would like to finish reading all of Johanna Lindsey’s books. She writes historical fiction, which normally I don’t read a lot of historical fiction. I became a fan of hers when I stumbled upon her series, “The Mallory Series”. Also, I will read any new books written by Karen Kingsbury, Debbie Macomber, Colleen Colbert, and Nicholas Sparks. Kaye, I would also like to read your Great Exhibition Series.


  6. Janella permalink
    Wednesday, January 8, 2014 12:55 pm

    I just finished The Dancing Master by Klassen and will now start The Governess of Highland Hall.


  7. Wednesday, January 8, 2014 2:05 pm

    Just finished The Maid’s Version by Daniel Woodrell (author of Winter’s Bone; fiction; it was lovely). Currently reading Beyond the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo (nonficton). Planning to alternate between fiction and non this year because last year, out of 54 titles, only 9 were non. I’m also still working out my Irish lit fixation. 🙂


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