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My forthcoming year in books

So I know I’m a little late to this party and you’ve probably seen a thousand ‘2014 book resolutions’ and the like in your feed before you got to mine but I thought I’d share my goals for this year with you anyway.

I was absolutely gutted to miss my goodreads target last year and I felt like a failure, I managed to get to 173 books and my target was 175. This might be good for some and I should really not kick myself about it considering for the latter part of the year I had a lot of other stuff on, including work two jobs and trying to actually have any semblance of a social life. I also struggled a lot reading at work this year because my office got busier and noisier during lunch time and theres not really anywhere else I can go to read.
With this in mind for 2014 I’ve committed myself to just 150 books for the goodreads challenge. I have also decided that if I don’t make it, its not the end of the world. I am going to stop pushing myself to read x amount of books in a week and just read as and when I want, and what I want. I have review books piling up but I also have books I bought years ago on their release days and I haven’t read them yet! I want to read but I keep forcing myself into reading review books that I’m not in the mood for and its not helping me, or the book/review.

I’m not going to do many challenges this year because I am rubbish at them. I might have achieved the British books challenge last year but I wouldn’t know cos I kept forgetting to update my list, and put my links into the widgets each month on Sarah’s blog. I have seen one challenge though that I love the look of and it really doesn’t seem like much effort will be needed so here goes:

Lucky No.14 Reading Challenge by Books To Share
This challenge sounds awesome and I think it will help me read some of those older books I mentioned before. I’ve put the category titles and my chosen book (if I have one) below. To find out more about the categories and the challenge hit the link above.

1. Visit The Country: TBC
I really want to visit Italy so I am going to have to find a book that is set there for this part of the challenge… I hope I can do it by the end of the year! 

2. Cover Lust: The Kingdom of Little Wounds – Susann Cokal
This book I didn’t actually buy, it was picked up from a blogger event but I put it in my bag with out even knowing what it was about just because of how amazing the cover looked. I’m terrible at doing things like that! 

3. Blame it on Bloggers: Reckless – Cornelia Funke 
I read Inkheart a while ago, and have Inkspell on my shelf (which I really need to read!) and I enjoyed Inkheart a lot. When Reckless was published I wasn’t sure about it but I eventually got hold of a copy because I kept hearing amazing things about it from other bloggers. I blame them entirely. 

4. Bargain All The Way: The Last Ghost – Helen Stringer
This was bought from one of those bargain book stores for 99p I think, and its a beautiful hardback too so I was very impressed. 

5. (Not So) Fresh From the Oven: The Fall of Five – Pittacus Lore 
I bought this on the weekend after its release day because I adored the previous books in the series… then didn’t read it. I remember jumping up and down in the shop when I saw it because I was so excited for it too… That was in September and its still sat unread on my shelf. I will be reading it soon, I promise! 

6. First Letter’s Rule: Red ink- Julie Mayhew 
I bought this when me and my sister went to London for her birthday last March and because I’d heard such great things, lets hope its as good as I think it will be! 

7. Once Upon a Time: Ballet Shoes – Noel Streatfeild 
I have been meaning to read this for ages and now I have a reason to! Yay! 

8. Chunky Brick: Allegiant – Veronica Roth 
I have been meaning to read this since release too but its size is putting me off even though I know it will be brilliant! 

9.  Favorite Author: Missing Judy – Anne Cassidy  
This is an older Anne Cassidy book which I picked up quite cheap in a charity shop but haven’t had chance to read because she keeps bringing out fantastic new ones (like Finding Jennifer Jones, the sequel to her Looking for JJ. 

10. It’s Been There Forever: Delirium – Lauren Oliver 
My friend got me this about two years ago for my birthday, maybe even longer! I wanted it really badly at the time then it took ages to arrive because amazon sucks, and I kinda put it away and forgot to pick it up again! I will try and read it soon! 

11. Movies vs Books: Practical Magic – Alice Hoffman
I have had this book for years because the movie was a favourite of mine as a kid but I keep putting it to one side as its an adult (or technically it could be classed as crossover) book. Now I will make myself read it for this challenge! 

12. Freebies Time: The Wind Singer – William Nicholson 
I’m not counting review books in this. One of my vows to myself this year is to read some books people have loaned to me… and this is one of them. 

13. Not My Cup of Tea: My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult
My friend has been trying to get me to read Jodi Picoult for years and has passed two of them to me so I could… the two of them have been sat on my shelf now since I first moved in with my boyfriend nearly 3 and a half years ago and I vow I will read this one this year. 

14. Walking Down The Memory Lane: Come Clean – Terri Paddock
This book will be ten years old in 2014 and I read it back in 2004 when it came out so I am going to refresh my memory of it – I absolutely loved it back then – and hopefully I’ll still feel as strongly about it as I did back then! 

So that will be me this year. I have a separate goals list for things non book related and even blog related, which include new job, getting out of debts and sorting my life out, lets hope everything goes to plan! Wish me luck!


  • Ellie Warren

    I missed my target by 16 last year…I think I would have minded more if I’d missed it by a couple, but as I way way behind the beginning of December I just sort of gave up. And I had a good excuse as have started seeing someone which is a positive reason for not reading so much.

    I’m doing Lucky 14 thsi year too, it seems pretty easy to tick off most of them in my normal reading 🙂

  • Jesse Owen

    I love the idea of the Lucky 14 challenge and of course I love the British Books Challenge (though like you I keep forgetting to update my lists!).

    And reading 173 books in a year is more than double what I managed last year!

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