My 2014 Reading List

According to Goodreads I only read seventeen books last year. This is truly appalling, so I hope to increase my reading this year. Since I don’t want to compromise on writing time, this means watching less television and doing less on social media. A fair swap, I think! 🙂

Here are the 14 books that I want to read in 2014, not necessarily in this order:

1. Bridget Jones, Mad About the Boy – Helen Fielding. A Christmas present and already started it, so should be easy!

2. Romancing The Soul – Sarah Tranter. Read Sarah’s last novel No Such Thing As Immortality and loved it. Looking forward to this one!

3. Rumour Has It –  Jill Mansell. Because I have this on my Kindle and have never read one of this popular author’s books! She is so popular that I definitely think it’s time I changed that.

4. The Scapegoat/Rule Britannia – Daphne Du Maurier. Started reading the latter of these years ago and never got past chapter three. Determined to finish it this year. The Scapegoat is new to me but I have watched the television adaptation four times now – mostly due to Matthew Rhys! I believe the book is quite different so would love to read it and compare.

5. The Heresy of Dr Dee/Midwinter of the Spirit – Phil Rickman. I love Phil’s books. So creepy! I read The Bones of  Avalon, his first Dr Dee book and it was brilliant, so I want to read the follow up, and I have all of the Merrily Watkins series but have only read the first one so far. Midwinter of the Spirit is book two so I want to read it and continue to finish the entire series.

6. United States of Love – Sue Fortin. Sue has been very kind and a great supporter of this blog. When she released this book it was so well-received and was taken up by HarperImpulse. Sue’s next book will be out soon so I’d better get cracking on this one!

7. Wish Upon A Star – Trisha Ashley. I love Trisha’s books, and I can’t wait to read this one.

8. Murder Is Easy – Agatha Christie. I have loads of her books but have only read the Miss Marple ones. I am intrigued to see how her novels which have been adapted for the Marple series on tv read, considering they don’t actually feature Miss Marple originally. Think I may start with this one, although I might try The Sittaford Mystery or Endless Night.

9. His Brother’s Wife – Valerie Wood. I buy her latest novel every year for my mother but have only read the first few myself. As she is a local author and also very good I am going to treat myself and start working my way through the rest of them.

10. The Solomon Key by Dan Brown. I know this isn’t his latest, but I haven’t read it yet and actually got it for Christmas when it came out so I think it’s overdue. He may have his critics but I actually loved his previous novels!

11. Hubble Bubble – Jane Lovering. Jane’s books are fabulous! I love Please Don’t Stop The Music and Vampire State of Mind. I have high hopes that this will be just as good. 

12. The Casual Vacancy – JK Rowling. I adore this woman and I am really looking forward to something she has written that is so different from the Harry Potter books.

13. Oh Dear Silvia – Dawn French. I really like the premise of this book and I’m intrigued to see how she tackles this. I liked A Tiny Bit Marvellous although I didn’t love it. I think this one  sounds more interesting.

14. Truth or Dare – Laura James. Because Laura is quite inspirational – a former NWS member who has become a published author with Choc Lit Lite and a new full member of the RNA. I am so pleased for her and can’t wait to read her debut novel!

I’m not going to list any more because I need to leave room for new releases, new recommendations and different moods making me pick something completely unexpected from the book shelf! These are the books that I have set as my goal reads for this year – so far. I know there will be more. I’d like to read Richard and Judy’s own books, the latest releases from Veronica Henry, Fiona Walker and Jo Carnegie, and many more. Who knows, I may add two certain novels called Searching For Steven and Beltane to my list! Fingers crossed Julie and Alex!

What about you? Have you any books on your wishlist for 2014? Would love to hear from you.

9 thoughts on “My 2014 Reading List

  1. Hi Sharon, loved reading this and what a great idea to map out what you plan to read because, let’s face it, if it’s on a list it’s more likely to happen as there’s nothing more satisfying than ticking something off! I love that your reading is an eclectic mix of genres as well as a mix of old and new. I absolutely adore Jill Mansell’s books but haven’t actually read Rumour Has It. I have 3 of hers waiting to be read and think I have read all the others but must have missed that one somehow. Or have I? We moved to a smaller house a couple of years ago and I did a huge paperback clear-out which included Jill’s novels … and I regretted it within a couple of months because (a) I may want to read them again, and (b) it’s a good track of what I have and haven’t read.

    I have to say that my heart did a little leap at the end when I saw my name. Bless you! That would be pretty amazing so fingers crossed. I look forward to reading yours too.

    Happy Reading!

    Julie xx

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  2. Hi Julie
    Totally agree about ticking things off a list. I have a bit of a thing for lists and there is nothing more satisfying than working your way through them and feeling as if you’ve really accomplished something.
    I do love reading different genres. When I was doing my degree with the OU I got to read all sorts of stuff – poetry, nineteenth century novels and Shakespeare as well as modern classics. Since finishing my studies I’m ashamed to say my selection has decreased quite a lot, and I have read mostly romantic comedies for the last couple of year with the odd murder mystery thrown in for good measure!
    I do feel it’s really important to read more than just books in your own genre. I love the cosy mysteries of Agatha Christie, and the supernatural thrillers of Phil Rickman, but I am also really looking forward to the gritty novel by JK Rowling and the humour of Dawn French’s book. Daphne Du Maurier is one of my favourite authors so reading those two books of hers shouldn’t be too much hardship!
    I am determined to read more this year than I did last. I need to waste less time! If I was going to make any resolution it would be to be more productive and use my time much more wisely.
    I really can’t wait to read your book, and Alex’s, too. I am certain that I will be buying them before the year is out. I am just coming round to the idea of letting other people read mine. It’s taken me a long time to reach that stage!
    Thanks for dropping by and for your support during the last year. Wishing us both every success!
    Sharon xx
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    • I’m sure I will, Sue. It has been on my tbr list for ages. I actually bought it before HarperImpulse took it up and it’s been so well received that I have bumped it up the list. You have been so lovely, popping by and commenting on here. I really appreciate it. Happy 2014 to you, too! x

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    • You’re welcome, Laura. You have been a big inspiration to me. I followed your posts on FB before I even joined the NWS and it’s been so lovely to see you achieve publication with ChocLit Lite and become a full member! Your book has some amazing reviews on Amazon so I’m sure I’m in for a treat. Good luck with Follow Me. I’m sure it will be equally successful xx

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