Happy New Year! I don’t know about you, but I am most eager to flip that calendar to a new year. 2013 was filled with a variety of hand-wringing health oddities within my family that sucked both time and energy. Fingers crossed, but hopefully we are now on right side of healthy. And I’m pretty sure anything mechanical in my life that can be broken, from cars to appliances, has done so and has since been repaired, so there really can be no more surprises there, right? The ringing in of the new year also seems a perfect time to reflect on some of my reading plans for 2014. For 2014, I will be reading books from my Must Read Books in 2014 list as well as continuing to make progress on my Newbery and Caldecott Challenges. This is meant to be a guide for my reading, but certainly not the final word in what I plan to read this year. I’m allowing lots of time to read picture books and new things that I discover during the course of 2014. For the year I have set my Goodreads Reading Goal at 350 books, which is what I did in 2013.
Must Read Books in 2014
As the year wrapped up, like me, many reading friends posted some of their favorites of the year. (Click the link for my 2013 reading highlights.) It’s always fun to see what others enjoyed, but it also makes you realize what you wanted to read, but just didn’t get to, or maybe some titles that hadn’t yet crossed your radar. Carrie, at There’s a Book for That created such a list last year and did so again this year. After reading her list, several other reader/bloggers, including myself, felt the idea was so great that we too joined in. Everyone’s list format will be a bit different, but titles can include 2013 titles we are eager to read, even older titles buried deep in our larger To Be Read (TBR) piles, and books with 2014 publication dates that we are most anticipating. We are using the hashtag #mustreadin2014 on Twitter. Join in, if you’d like! The more, the merrier!
Books for Adults
Middle Grade NovelsRunaway King (Ascendance Trilogy #2) by Jennifer Nielsen (2013) Hold Fast by Blue Balliet (2013) Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle (2013) The Year of Shadows by Claire LeGrand (2013) The Apprentices (The Apothecary #2) by Maile Meloy (2013) Beholding Bee by Kimberly Newton (2013) Rump by Liesl Shurtliff (2013) | Zebra Forest by Adina Rishe Gewirtz (2013) A Dog Called Homeless by Sarah Lean (2012) Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper (2010) The 13-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths (2011) Al Capone Shines My Shoes by Gennifer Choldenko (2009) Al Capone Does My Homework by Gennifer Choldenko (2013) Temple Grandin by Sy Montgomery (2012)
Young Adult TitlesThe Pull of Gravity by Gae Polisner (2011) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (2007) Aristotle and Dante by Benjamin Alire Saenz (2012)
2014 Titles I’m most looking forward to reading:
Newbery Challenge Goal
I’m shooting for 12 books, or an average of one per month. I’m grateful to have fellow blogger, Elisabeth, from The Dirigible Plum along for the ride as we slowly plug through the challenging middle years of the Newbery Challenge.
Caldecott Challenge Goal
I’m aiming to get through all Caldecott Medal and Honor winners through 1979. I found I really got weighed down in the 1950s, but I’m hoping to get back some steam for the Caldecott Challenge.
Cheers and may your 2014 be filled with many wonderful reading memories!