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2014 Reading Challenge

Monday, January 20, 2014

As you may have seen over in the right-hand sidebar, I joined the Goodreads 2014 reading challenge. Each year for the past three years, I’ve increased the number of books I’ve read, and I want to do that again this year. In 2013, I read 42 books. I’m challenging myself to do 50 this year.

Along with that, I want to challenge myself as to what I’m reading as well—I need to branch out more, read different genres, new authors, old favorites, and classics that, as an English major, I should have read but never did. So in addition to challenging myself with a number goal, I’m challenging myself with different categories as well.

So here’s how I’m breaking those down, along with the books I either know I want to read, the books I’ve already read, or options for books I might want to read that fall into those categories. If you have suggestions for any of these categories in addition to those I’ve listed, and I’d love your input!

2014 Reading Challenge Categories

(I’ll pick one book for each category)

Category Suggested Titles
1. From my Books to Sample list Rosings by Karen Aminadra
Delia’s Shadow by Jaime Lee Moyer
At the Bride Hunt Ball by Olivia Parker
Whitney, My Love by Judith McNaught
2. Classic American Literature Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
3. Classic British Literature Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
Idylls of the King by Alfred Lord Tennyson
The Virginians by William Makepeace Thackeray
4. Classic “Other” Literature My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin (Australia)
Bel-Ami by Guy de Maupassant (France)
Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Germany)
The Underdogs by Mariano Azuela (Mexico)
5. Inspirational Contemporary Romance Once Upon a Prince by Rachel Hauck
If the Shoe Fits by Sandra D. Bricker
Made to Last by Melissa Tagg
A Wedding Date in Hot Springs, Arkansas by Annalisa Daughety
6. General Market Contemporary Romance Dangerous Curves Ahead by Sugar Jamison
Love Overdue by Pamela Morsi
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Wife by Wednesday by Catherine Bybee
7. Fantasy The Hero’s Lot by Patrick W. Carr
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
Merlin’s Blade by Robert Treskillard
8. Historical Fiction (non-romance) Shadows and Strongholds by Elizabeth Chadwick
The Winter King by Bernard Cornwell
Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross
My Lady of Cleves by Margaret Campbell Barnes
The Forbidden Queen by Anne O’Brien
The Inquisitor’s Wife by Jeanne Kalogridis
The Agincourt Bride by Joanna Hickson
9. Inspirational Historical Romance The Dancing Master by Julie Klassen
Love Comes Calling by Siri Mitchell
Forsaken Dreams by MaryLu Tyndall
The Heiress of Winterwood by Sarah E. Ladd
Stealing the Preacher by Karen Witemeyer
10. Lifelong Favorite (re-read) (too many options to list!)
11. Mystery Spider Woman’s Daughter by Anne Hillerman
A Royal Pain (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #2) by Rhys Bowen
Murder, She Barked by Krista Davis
The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
12. Nonfiction: History or Biography Zealot by Reza Aslan
Prairie Fever: British Aristocrats in the American West 1830-1890 by Peter Pagnamenta
Between Women: Friendship, Desire, and Marriage in Victorian England by Sharon Marcus
I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
13. Nonfiction: Literary Criticism COMPLETE:
What Matters in Jane Austen? by John Mullan
14. Nonfiction: Writing/Professional Development The Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman
How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster
Teaching Unprepared Students by Kathleen F. Gabriel
Nuts & Bolts: A Practical Guide to Teaching College Composition, Thomas Newkirk, ed.
15. Horror/ Paranormal The Stand by Stephen King
Amish Vampires in Space by Kerry Nietz
16. Romantic Suspense Suggestions appreciated!
17. Science Fiction The Atlantis Gene by A.G. Riddle
Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein
Hyperion by Dan Simmons
The Songs Of Distant Earth by Arthur C. Clarke
18. Young Adult COMPLETE: Divergent by Veronica Roth
19. New-to-Me Romance Author Currently Reading:
Lisa Kleypas, Secrets of a Summer Night
20. New-to-Me Non-Romance Author There are so many on this list already—I will most likely use one of the books listed in another category (which I don’t read for that category) and count it here.
21. General (non-romance) Fiction S. by J. J. Abrams
Six Years by Harlan Coben
Dangerous Women, George R.R. Martin and Gardner R. Dozois, eds.
22. Nonfiction: Religious or self-improvement Rise of the Time Lords: A Geek’s Guide to Christianity by Michael Belote
Health at Every Size by Linda Bacon
Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible’s View of Women by Sarah Bessey
Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love & Fashion, Virgie Tovar, ed.
23. Time Travel Return of the Rose by Theresa Ragan
Lightning by Dean Koontz
11/22/63 by Stephen King
Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
24 & 25. SHU-WPF Common Core Book Spring: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Fall: TBD

26. Other When He Was Wicked (Bridgertons #6) by Julia Quinn
27. Other It’s in His Kiss (Bridgertons #7) by Julia Quinn
28. Other On the Way to the Wedding (Bridgertons #8) by Julia Quinn
29. Other Marriage of Mercy by Carla Kelly
30. Other Darling Beast (Book 7, Maiden Lane Series) by Elizabeth Hoyt (Fall 2014)
31. Other
32. Other
33. Other
34. Other
35. Other
36. Other
37. Other
38. Other
39. Other
40. Other
41. Other
42. Other
43. Other
44. Other
45. Other
46. Other
47. Other
48. Other
49. Other
50. Other
  1. Monday, January 20, 2014 9:50 am

    I want to read more romantic suspense this year as well. I read a lot of romance and I used to be a big fan of mysteries, but for some reason I just don’t blend those two together enough! I started off the year with No One to Trust by Lynette Eason, which I’d definitely recommend. Marta Perry, Mindy Starns Clark and Karen Harper also write good ones.

    Good luck with your challenges!


  2. Ruth permalink
    Tuesday, January 21, 2014 7:57 am

    For Romantic Suspense Inspy suggestions, I’d definitely recommend trying Irene Hannon. She reminds me of classic Dee Henderson but, IMO, better. 🙂


  3. Tuesday, January 21, 2014 2:45 pm

    so thrilled to see Scott Lynch here 🙂


  4. rita permalink
    Tuesday, January 21, 2014 5:12 pm

    I read 45 books in onlh 10 month. I didn’tget to read in November and December. I hope that I can read more this year.


  5. Lady DragonKeeper permalink
    Wednesday, January 22, 2014 1:26 am

    I don’t read a lot of romantic suspense, but I started reading Danni Pettrey’s novels and enjoyed them. I also liked Camy Tang’s Protection for Hire duology! My mom reads a lot of Inspy Romantic Suspense and some of her favorite authors are Dee Henderson, Lynette Eason, Irene Hannon, Ronnie Kendig, etc.


  6. Janette permalink
    Wednesday, January 22, 2014 4:43 pm

    Just finished The Heiress of Winterwood…..Awesome story!!! I didn’t want to put it down and, unfortunately for my alarm clock, ended up reading much further into the night than was good for me (at least to allow me to be upright and un-cranky during the day!). Enjoy!



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