The Romaniacs have decided to give up on the usual resolutions this December and focus on what really matters – books. Who wants perfect nails, a 22” waist and a healthy liver anyway? And my problem this year has been a nasty case of Butterfly Reading (stolen from our old friend Liz Crump’s Butterfly Writing issues which started the ball rolling for us so long ago) i.e. flitting from one thing to another, reading magazines in the bath and generally not getting through all the great offerings that are out there.
So in honour of the fast approaching 2014, here are the three (or more if we can’t stop) books we are dying to read in the New Year. They’re not things like War and Peace or the entire works of Keats; they’re not books that we feel guilty for not having already soaked up – they’re just our three personal must-reads. Please tell us yours too – there are always spaces for more on the list!
Celia: The first of mine was going to be the third in the Hunger Games trilogy – Mockingjay – but I don’t know if I can wait that long – I’ve read the other two in quick succession and the third’s waiting on my Kindle … and it’s calling … My next is a re-read really but also a new one; our own Laura E James’ Truth or Dare. I’ve been saving it for a quiet couple of days but then the Hunger Games sneaked in. I loved the first draft so the polished version is going to be wonderful. And the last on my list is whatever Kate Atkinson or Elizabeth George write next. Either is fine, just hurry up, ladies. And anything by Terri Nixon and Mandy James. I could go on.
Sue: Mine are The Sword of the Templars by Paul Christopher, The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell. Someone To Save You by Paul Pilkington.
Lucie: Here are my three choices – Miranda Dickinson – Take a Look At Me Now, Persuasion – Jane Austen, Wish Upon a Star – Trisha Ashley.
Catherine: My three books I want to read are Dearest Rose by Rowan Coleman, Is this Love? by Sue Moorcroft & Sweet Proposal by our Celia. Would have read it already, Ce but these little girlies are so demanding! And I love sleep way too much!
Laura: My chosen list is Romancing The Soul by Sarah Tranter, A Walk in the Park by Jill Mansell, and To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee. And thank you, Ce xx
Vanessa: Only three?? Well, I got How To Fall In Love by Cecelia Ahern from Santa so I’ll read that one first. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield (loved the tv adaptation last night with Olivia Colman and Vanessa Redgrave) and I’m looking forward to the new Stephen King later in the year (think it’s called Mr Mercedes). There’s a new Jojo Moyes out in Feb too: The One Plus One. And I’m definitely going to read Life After Life by Kate Atkinson because I missed it in 2013 and forgot to put it on my Christmas list.
Over to you … Happy New 2014 Non-Butterfly Reading 🙂
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Can I suggest the Goodreads reading challenge. I think that helps motivate me to read lots of books. I set myself 40 a year. The past couple of years I’ve not done so well but it helps me keep track of the books I’ve read over the year. I have the Hunger Games trilogy to read… they’re on my to-read-2014 list 🙂
That’s a great idea, Teresa – and hope you like the trilogy, I’m well into book 3 now! 🙂
The Hunger Games would be on my list too (I’ve read the first). DH keeps telling me to read Game of Thrones, so I’ll probably try that at some point. Dear Thing by Julie Cohen because I failed to read it this year (and I do love Julie’s books).
On my Kindle at the moment – Holly’s Christmas Kiss (Alison May), The Art of Deception by Liz Harris, Grand Designs by Linda Mitchelmore, Jeeves and the Yuletide Spirit by PG Wodehouse and Kids without Limits by Anat Baniel.
I really should stop kidding myself that I’ll have time to read over Christmas. I’ve barely had time to breathe!
Keeping your list for future reference – thanks Rhoda! 🙂
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Thank you! I’m truly honoured to be on the list! X
I’m waiting for the delivery … Laura xx