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I don’t have a complete reading list for 2014–mostly because coming up with a definitive list intimidates and terrifies me–but that doesn’t mean I don’t know what I want to read this year.
While I do keep a slipshod to-be-read list over at Goodreads, I know off the top of my head the books I really want to read, and soon. Those books fall roughly into two categories: the new books I can’t wait to get my hands on, and the old books I’ve been meaning to read for too long. Here they are.
New releases in 2014 I can’t wait to get my hands on:
Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World, Tsh Oxenreider. I’m excited to read this memoir/travelogue/practical guide from Tsh of The Art of Simple, especially because it’s quite a departure from her previous books. (February 4.)
Girl at the End of the World: My Escape from Fundamentalism in Search of Faith with a Future, Elizabeth Esther. I love EE’s blog, and I’ve followed her posts–alternately hysterical and heartbreaking–about the writing of this manuscript with interest. I can’t wait to read it. (March 18.)
Something Other Than God: How I Passionately Sought Happiness and Accidently Found It, Jennifer Fulwiler. Jen is an atheist-turned-Catholic who blogs at the always-excellent ConversionDiary.com. I’m looking forward to reading this long-in-process memoir, especially because of all the humorously angst-ridden posts about her publishing journey she’s been blogging for years now. (April 29.)
The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful, Myquillyn Smith. The Nester’s blog is a beautiful breath of fresh air. I’m not sure what to expect from this one, but I know I want to read it. (May 6.)
Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage, Molly Wizenberg. I adored Molly’s 2009 memoir/cookbook mashup A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table so much and am thrilled she’s (finally) written another book. Read her first book and bake this cake while you wait for the next installment. (May 6.)
Delicious!: A Novel, Ruth Reichl. I love Reichl’s creative nonfiction, especially Garlic and Sapphires, and I’m eager to see how her first novel turns out. Maybe it will be a train wreck, but I doubt it. (And I’d want to read it anyway.) (May 6.)
Books I’ve been meaning to read:
Any Day a Beautiful Change: A Story of Faith and Family, Katherine Willis Pershey. I know Katherine from the blogosphere and had the pleasure of meeting her in Chicago this fall. I’ve read the first few chapters and thoroughly enjoyed them, but I got tripped up on the formatting: I could only read it on my laptop, and I cound only handle that for so long.
Gift from the Sea, Anne Morrow Lindbergh. This one has been highly recommended to me by numerous readers with excellent taste, and I’ve checked it out of the library at least 4 times, only to return it unread. Not this year.
Chance or the Dance: A Critique of Modern Secularism, Thomas Howard. Very Smart People I admire have declared this to be the One Book Everyone Must Read. I bought it years ago; this year I’m actually going to read it.
On Writing Well, 30th Anniversary Edition: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction, William Zinsser (as represented by the Kindle in the above photo). I loved the first half of this guide and can’t remember why I didn’t bother to finish. I will this year.
Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte. I have no explanation for why I’ve never read this, but this is the year.
What new books are you looking forward to? What old books have you been meaning to read?