2014: My Year of Reading

Happy New Year, everyone!

After a very hectic three months of deadlines, during which time I had absolutely no time to read, I am committed to making 2014 my year of reading.

I’m off to a good start. Ward and I spent New Year’s Eve moving furniture (I know, I know … but we did get a cute little “reading nook” as a result of our efforts); we finally finished at around 11 pm, and, exhausted, I sat myself down in my comfy reading spot in the living room, pulled out my Kobo reader and began reading Lee Child’s Never Go Back.

Never Go Back by Lee Child

Yes, that’s right. I welcomed in the new year with Jack Reacher!

I finished up Never Go Back on New Year’s Day, and was very happy to see an email notice from my library, telling me that the ebook version of Elizabeth George’s Just One Evil Act was ready for me.

Just One Evil Act by Elizabeth George

You know how you get into a reading mood, and you put a book down and immediately want to pick another one up? That was the feeling I had, probably one of the best bookish feelings ever.

I started reading Just One Evil Act, but didn’t manage to get too far before we had to go to my sister’s. I didn’t feel too badly, since the purpose of our New Year’s Day visit to my sister’s was to watch Pacific Rim, which I found to be a little cheesy, a whole lot of fun and extremely entertaining.

When we came back, I would have gone straight back to Just One Evil Act, but I had a deadline due on January 2, so I had to finish that first. When I finished, I had another hour or two before bedtime (or so I thought), so I started reading again.

As it turns out, I stayed up until 4:00 a.m., reading. The next day my body told me, you’re really getting too old to pull stunts like this.

I’m still working my way through Just One Evil Act (so nice to be back with Inspector Lynley and Sergeant Havers), but when that’s finished, I’m hoping to maintain my reading streak (an absolute must, if I want to make 2014 “My Year of Reading”). And it shouldn’t be too hard, because here are my first book arrivals of the new year!

Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Yes! The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion and The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. The Rosie Project has been on my to-read list for a while, and I’ve been hearing so many good things about The Goldfinch, so I splurged and bought both of these for myself (*cough* because self-care is another one of my new year intentions …).

I won’t be challenging myself to read any set number of books (reading challenges just never work that well for me), but I’d like to read a bit of something every day. And not just fiction (but that’s a whole other post!). Since it’s the new year which means I tend to feel particularly motivated and productive (really wish I could bottle all these feelings), I even created a new Pinterest board to help me keep track (let’s hope it works out better than the board I created for last year’s reading …).

What are your reading intentions for the new year?

9 thoughts on “2014: My Year of Reading

  1. Trish

    I know just what you mean about bottling all of this motivation. Would come in handy come August! Goldfinch is on my to read list as well. Enjoy the reading! A little bit everyday seems like a great and manageable goal.

  2. Vasilly

    Well it sounds like you’re off to a great start! I love those bookish feelings where you devour book after book. My reading resolutions for the year is to read daily, diversely, and my own books. :-)


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