What I’m Looking Forward to Reading in 2014

I know, I know. Another list. I’m such a hypocrite.

I didn’t reach my Goodreads goal last year, but I’m determined to reach my more modest goal of 50 books this year. No, I’m not gonna list 50 specific books I plan on reading (I’m not that OCD, I promise), yet I do have several titles that have recently been bumped up on my eight-mile-long TBR list.

  • Night Film by Marisha Pessl – Okay, technically I started reading this at the tail end of 2013, but the library ruined my life (see failed Goodreads challenge above) and ended my lending period, ignoring my renewal request. Oh, and technically, I’ve already finished this novel this year (last week, to be precise). That just means I’m well on my way to completing this list!
  • Maze Runner by James Dashner – Yeah, um, technically, I’m reading this right now…and halfway done. But it’s on this list because the movie adaptation releases this year and I’m one of those annoying people who MUST read the book first so I can tell everyone who will listen, and even those that won’t, how much better the book was than the movie.
  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – See above obnoxious reason for wanting to read Maze Runner because it applies here: Starz will debut its Outlander television adaptation this summer. Plus, my mother-in-law has recommended it about eleven times.
  • Cuckoo’s Calling by JK Rowling (under some dude pen name) – I didn’t read The Casual Vacancy because, though I respect JK tremendously, the genre just wasn’t my cuppa. But this crime fiction novel is right up my alley.
  • Allegiant by Veronica Roth – I started reading this during the Night Film library-thievery-fiasco of 2013. I got about 35% in before Night Film was returned to my Kindle. Unfortunately, I didn’t remember enough about the first two books to feel comfortable finishing Allegiant. (Plus, I really wanted to get back to the amazeballs Night Film.) So it looks like I’ll be reading Divergent and Insurgent all over again before I can dive back into the final installment. :-/
  • Sand (Omnibus) by Hugh Howey – If you guys don’t know by now, I developed a serious literary crush on Hugh Howey after reading Wool. He just released this bundle of 5 episodes and I downloaded it the same day. I’ve never downloaded a book on release day. Ever.
  • EVERYTHING BY HUGH HOWEY – In continuation of the fan-girl moment I’m having, I want to read everything else written by Howey. The Molly Fyde Series, Half Way Home, I, Zombie. All of it. Where can I get his high school essays? Gimme, gimme, gimme.
  • Yesterday’s Gone by Sean Platt – I’ve heard great things about this serialized post-apocalyptic novel and I wanna see what all the fuss is about. Especially since I’ve had the first season on my Kindle FOREVER.
  • The Bat et al in the Harry Hole Series by Jo Nesbo – Last year I read his standalone, Headhunters (because I hadn’t yet gotten my hands on the first Harry Hole novel) and loved it. I’m ready to jump two-feet-first into more of his writing.
  • Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight – Amazon keeps recommending this one to me. Amazon is a little scary. They’re gonna have drones soon. I’m gonna do what Amazon tells me…
  • Have You Seen Her by Rich Silvers – One of time times my own novella, Blood in the Past, did really well and jumped up the ranks of Amazon’s subcategories, specifically psychological fiction, Have You Seen Her was always one spot above me. Call this a recon read. I wanna check out the competition. 😉
  • The Shining by Stephen King – I know, this is an “oldie but goodie” in the book world. I may have read it as preteen (I started reading King when I was ten. That’s not creepy or anything, right?), but I’m sure I don’t remember enough of it to read…
  • Doctor Sleep by Stephen King – …so I’m gonna check out The Shining (again?) so I can enjoy Stephen King’s new release all proper like.
  • Identical by Scott Turow – I keep a journal of ideas for future novels and short stories. One of these said ideas was very similar to Identical…before Identical was released. Scott Turow and I aren’t bar buddies on the weekends or anything, so I’m curious to see just how similar his story is to mine and whether or not I have to rip out a page from my journal and set it on fire.
  • The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton – This novel won the Man Booker Prize and Canada’s Governor General’s Literary Award last year. As you can imagine, it received a bit of publicity, which sparked my interest. It’s supposed to be a thrilling historical novel, but it’s a bit of a long read. I should probably get on that soon…before I find myself rushing around to complete this year’s Goodreads Challenge.
  • The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty– This is another title Amazon keeps recommending. Have I mentioned I’m intimidated by them? (Amazon, if you’re reading this, I’m gonna read all your recommendations. Don’t send drones to my house unless I order something via Prime Shipping.)
  • N0S4A2 by Joe Hill – I read Horns last year. Why? Because there’s a movie coming out, of course. Anyway, I really enjoyed it. Hill has a much different writing style than his father (Stephen King), but you can tell by the crazy creepiness that he didn’t fall too far from the tree.
  • Room by Emma Donoghue – I’ve heard good things about this one, but have kept my distance because it’s written from the POV of a small child. I don’t really do kids, so you can understand my hesitation. However, I think I’m gonna suck it up and see what happens.
  • Lexicon by Maxx Barry – Hugh Howey posted a list books that changed his life on Facebook. This is one of them. It was already on my TBR list, but an endorsement from Howey shot it way up to the top. All hail Hugh Howey.
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – I’ve been curious about this Tim Burton-ish-sounding novel for a while now. And with a sequel out (and a movie adaptation on the way!), it’s about time I give it a whirl.

Wow, I just rattled off twenty books without breaking a sweat. Color me impressed with myself (I was only aiming for ten). Anyway, do you guys have any books you’re dying to read this year? New releases? Oldies but goodies? Tell me! I have thirty more spots to fill!

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17 thoughts on “What I’m Looking Forward to Reading in 2014

  1. I read The Cuckoo’s Calling and Doctor Sleep. Enjoyed them both, though I thought the description went on a bit long in The Cuckoo’s Calling. I picked up a free copy (yes free!) of N0S4A2 by Joe Hill at ThrillerFest last July, so that’s on my list, too!

    • I figured that was gonna be the case with Cuckoo’s Calling. I think that’s just her writing style. No worries. I know when to skim. Lol. I can’t wait to read N0S4A2. Horns was pretty great and didn’t give me nightmares, like I’m sure Doctor Sleep will. Lol.

  2. I read Reconstructing Amelia this past fall and really enjoyed it. Night Film is on my TBR list and it looks amazing–I just need to figure out when I’ll have the time to get through the whole thing!

    • I’m looking forward to Reconstructing Amelia. Night Film was just as amazing as it looks. Not only did I wish I wrote like that, but it left me with a serious book hangover, posting quotes from the narrative on my Facebook page for hours. Lol. It is lengthy at 602 pages, but I’m sure you’ll find the time. 🙂

      • You lucky duck. I was reading Maze Runner while on vacation, so I had no way to get my hands on the next one. By the time I got back … well, I was really annoyed over the cliffhanger and my inability to find out what happened, so I haven’t actually read the sequel yet, lol.

      • Lmao. That’s my favorite thing about my Kindle. I can always have the next book I want to read. Once I was sitting, waiting to be selected or not selected for jury duty, and I finished the book I was reading. I just started another one while the people around me read their newspapers and magazines over and over. Lol.

  3. At the risk of sounding like a total kiss ass I must confess, I’m looking forward to Blood in the Paint.
    That said, if you’re looking for books you didn’t write, lol I would have to recommend 11/22/63 if you haven’t read it already and Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig, I just started it the other day and holy fuckballs it’s intense and I love it.

    • Aww, you’re adorable. Thank you! I actually have 11/22/63. I gave the hardcover copy to my father in law also, hoping he would read it first. It’s so long that I guess I wanted to hear if it’s worth it. So thanks. Lol. I read Blackbirds the year before last. It has a sequel out or on the way that I want to check out, too.

      • It is very long and it’s different but I love it so far, even though I’ve gotten a little distracted by my own writing, but I must say I’m loving Blackbirds… 🙂

      • I’ve put a hold on 11/22 for the moment… I purchased the paperback a while ago (and I kinda want the iBooks Advanced version which has like extra content and stuff), but I’ll eventually finish it, maybe after Blackbirds 🙂

      • Lol. Oh I feel you. There are occasions when I’m like… wait… did that happen to me? Or did I write it? Or did I dream it or did I watch it somewhere? Like ugh… sometimes it’s dizzying to say the least keeping track of everything.

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