Books to Read in 2014

goodreads_logoI’m going to read more this year.
And, to kick myself in the pants, I’m publishing the list of books I’m trying to read this year.
Somewhere between 40-45 books. Wish me luck. 😀

We can follow each other this year over at goodreads, if you like —

Atwood, Margaret           The Handmaid’s Tale
Bell, Jason Scott              The Art of War for Writers
Carson, Anne                  Decreation
Dafydd, Fflur                    Twenty Thousand Saints
Dashner, James               The Death Cure (Mazerunner)
de Lint, Charles               Dreams Underfoot
Didion, Joan                     Slouching Toward Bethlehem
Franzen, Jonathan           Freedom
Gaiman, Neil                    Stardust
Gibson, William                Neuromancer
Gladwell, Malcom             Outliers
Hocking, Amanda            Wake
Howey, Hugh                  Wool
Hugo, Richard                 The Triggering Town
Hyde, Catherine Ryan     Funerals for Horses
Kidd, Sue Monk               The Invention of Wings
King, Stephen                 Gunslinger (Dark Tower #1)
Kingsolver, Barbara        The Bean Trees
Kinnell, Galway               Body Rags
Levitin, Daniel                This is your Brain on Music
Maas, Donald                 The Fire in Fiction
McCarthy, Cormac          No Country for Old Men
Murakami, Haruki            1Q84
Niffenegger, Audrey       The Time Traveler’s Wife
North, Phoebe                Starglass
Novakovich, Josip           The Fiction Writer’s Workshop
Olds, Sharon                  Stag’s Leap
Patterson, James           Witch & Wizard
Plath, Sylvia                   Crossing the Water
Quinn/Rail/Ryan             Writing Inside Out
Roth, Victoria                Insurgents (done)
Rushdie, Salman            Midnight Children
Sebold, Alice                  The Lovely Bones
Sedaris, David               Me Talk Pretty One Day
Smith, Zadie                  White Teeth
Vonnegut, Kurt             The Sirens of Titan
Wendig, Chuck             Cormorant
Yallowitz                       Legends of Windemere (probably 3 books)
Yan, Mo                        The Garlic Ballads
Zusak, Marcus              The Book Thief


  1. Ahmed said:

    wow, this is very nice. I have a target of 16 books to read this year, it’s not as much but i’m still a beginner. Best of luck with your books, keep us inspired by what you read. Have a great day. 🙂

    • tyroper said:

      Thanks! Best of luck to you this year too.

  2. Excellent list. I can tick 7 of them and highly recommend the Daniel Levitin, but all the others are ones I’ve not yet got to or not heard of. 40 to 45 is a tall order. I read all the time and managed 32 last year (not counting my going to sleep books – easy reading that I have read many times before). Best of luck.

    • tyroper said:

      Thanks. Yeah, I’ve never read this many in a year. It’s a real stretch. So far so good, as I finish my 3rd book for 2014 tonight.

  3. Tasneem said:

    Great list, some of the books you mentioned are on my reading list as well 🙂
    Have you read any books by Khaled Hosseini? I only started reading his work in 2012 but I enjoyed it.

    • tyroper said:

      I’ve wanted to read Kite Runner and the Thousand Suns books. So many good authors. I’m trying to read Indie authors too. Thanks for the recommendation.

  4. “No Country For Old Men” is wonderful, but if you haven’t read “The Road” by McCarthy then you definitely need to get in on that. It’s a modern classic. I thought it was written in the 70’s when I was reading it.

    Nope. 2006.

    • tyroper said:

      I loved “The Road”. I read the book and watched the movie all in one day last year. Thanks.

  5. Great list. I read the first Dark Tower book and didn’t really get into, but I think my friends built it up so much that I was expecting gospel. It’s a very interesting read that shows Stephen King is truly one of the masters.

  6. Mariam said:

    Great list of books here – but it’s gonna be tough finishing them all in one year! Good luck!

    • tyroper said:

      Thanks. I’ve never read this many before. It’s a big challenge!

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