What I’m Looking Forward to Reading in 2014

Some of the new books I’m most anticipating reading this year. Some are releasing this year, and some were released late last year:

One lonely fiction title

Looking Forward to Reading in 2014: CressCressLooking Forward to Reading in 2014: Cress (The Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer by Marissa Meyer (Releasing February 4)
I have been eagerly waiting for the third book in the Lunar series to be published. I’ve been stalking my library website so I could get on the holds list as soon as possible (I wish I was kidding). Hoping it lives up to Cinder and Scarlet. Although the downside is, I’ll read it and then be back to waiting waiting waiting for the final book in the series. In 2015. ๐Ÿ™

Books from Bloggers

Looking Forward to Reading in 2014: Notes from a Blue BikeNotes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic WorldLooking Forward to Reading in 2014: Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World by Tsh Oxenreider by Tsh Oxenreider (Releasing February 4)
I’m a huge fan of her book One Bite at a TimeOne Bite at a Time: 52 Projects for Making Life Simpler by Tsh Oxenreider, and a regular reader of her blogs. I like the premise of this book a lot, especially as my children get older.

Looking Forward to Reading in 2014: Girl at the End of the WorldGirl at the End of the World: My Escape from Fundamentalism in Search of Faith with a FutureLooking Forward to Reading in 2014: Girl at the End of the World: My Escape from Fundamentalism in Search of Faith with a Future by Elizabeth Esther by Elizabeth Esther (Releasing March 18)
Love her blog, although I find it hard to read at times. I’m sort of expecting to feel the same way about the book.

Looking Forward to Reading in 2014: Something Other Than GodSomething Other Than God: How I Passionately Sought Happiness and Accidentally Found ItLooking Forward to Reading in 2014: Something Other Than God: How I Passionately Sought Happiness and Accidentally Found It by Jennifer Fulwiler by Jennifer Fulwiler (Releasing April 29)
Also love her blog, and I’ve been reading it for years. I’m fascinated by her conversion story (ok, I’m somewhat fascinated by all conversion stories), and how different her life is from what she expected it to be. She may have been my gateway Catholic blogger, and now I read lots of them.

History is Awesome

Looking Forward to Reading in 2014: A History of the World in Twelve MapsA History of the World in 12 MapsLooking Forward to Reading in 2014: A History of the World in 12 Maps by Jerri Brotton by Jerry Brotton
I used to work with maps quite a bit in my library career, so of course I’m interested in this one. Cartography + History = Swoon. And isn’t that cover wonderful?

Looking Forward to Reading in 2014: One Summer America, 1927One Summer: America, 1927Looking Forward to Reading in 2014: One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson by Bill Bryson
I’m a big fan of some of Bryson’s other books, and this sounds like one I’ll adore. One thing I dislike about some approaches to history is how focused it becomes, and the context of what else is happening at that time gets lost. The description makes it seem like he’s definitely avoiding that pitfall.

Looking Forward to Reading in 2014: The Bully PulpitThe Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of JournalismLooking Forward to Reading in 2014: The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Another author I’ve loved, so I’m expecting to love this book. I like her writing style and ability to bring together huge topics into a cohesive narrative.

People are Fascinating

Looking Forward to Reading in 2014: The Heir ApparentThe Heir Apparent: A Life of Edward VII, the Playboy PrinceLooking Forward to Reading in 2014: The Heir Apparent: A Life of Edward VII, the Playboy Prince by Jane Ridley by Jane Ridley
My knowledge of Edward VII is sketchy – he was the carousing heir to Queen Victoria, who ended up being a surprisingly effective monarch after she died. Yup, that’s about it. Hoping to pick up a bit more information from this biography.

Looking Forward to Reading in 2014: Elizabeth of YorkElizabeth of York: A Tudor Queen and Her WorldLooking Forward to Reading in 2014: Elizabeth of York: A Tudor Queen and Her World by Alison Weir by Alison Weir
I haven’t read any of Weir’s books recently, and it is past time to rectify that. Elizabeth of York seems to be the forgotten Tudor, so I’m eager to dive into her story.

No, really, I think this sounds fantastic

Looking Forward to Reading in 2014: The King of SportsThe King of Sports: Football’s Impact on AmericaLooking Forward to Reading in 2014: The King of Sports: Football's Impact on America by Gregg Easterbrook by Gregg Easterbrook
Before having children, I was a devoted NFL fan and religiously read Easterbrook’s Tuesday Morning Quarterback column every week. It’s been about 4 years since I read him reliably, but I’m still excited to read his book.

Faith

Looking Forward to Reading in 2014: Encounters with JesusEncounters with Jesus: Unexpected Answers to Life’s Biggest QuestionsLooking Forward to Reading in 2014: Encounters with Jesus: Unexpected Answers to Life's Biggest Questions by Timothy Keller by Timothy Keller
I haven’t read a Keller book yet that I didn’t think was fantastic.

And, a bonus one, because it doesn’t even have a title yet (as far as I know), but apparently Rachel Held Evans has another book coming out next Fall. I find her books very thought-provoking, and whenever it releases, I’ll be anxious to read it.

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Comments

  1. It looks like you have some great reading ahead of you!
    Since you enjoy reading about football–I’m in the middle of reading “The System: The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football” by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian, and I’m really enjoying it. If you’re into college ball as well as pro, you may want to check it out.

  2. Well, I’ve added at least 3 books to my watch list on Amazon and my reading list on Goodreads. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the heads up!

  3. These all look like exciting books. I look forward to hearing how you like them. The football book looks interesting. I grad school is the University of Florida, and football is kind of a big deal there, so I have become more fascinated with football culture. I watched a documentary that you might like a few years ago. The film crew followed 3 (maybe 4) different college football players as they prepared for the NFL draft. It was really fascinating to learn about the process and sad, because not too many kids actually get picked.

  4. Well, I just reserved Elizabeth. I love Allison Weir’s books! I am looking forward to reading Blue Bike also. And The Nester’s new book.

    • I forgot about The Nester’s new book! I’m sure I’ll have to find that one at the library too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. SoCalLynn says:

    There are a lot of books on your list that I’d like to read. I have a problem, though! Ever since I’ve been on PaperBackSwap, I have so many books on the TBR shelf that I never get to any NEW titles, and also find it difficult to actually pay for a book these days. Our library isn’t very good (budget cuts) so who knows when I’ll get to these!

    • Oh, that’s too bad about your library. I don’t know what I’d do without my great library – virtually all the books I read come from there. You have my sympathies. ๐Ÿ™

  6. Wonderful list! I didn’t realize Tim Keller had another book coming out — you’re right, he’s a great writer.

    • I’ve got such a backlog of titles by him to read – I love his works, but they do require more concentrated reading time, so they often get pushed aside for lighter fare.

  7. Wow – this is a great list! I’m looking forward to a lot of these as well and I’m putting some of your non-fiction on my to-read list for sure!

  8. As usual, I’m adding more books to my list! The map one sounds fascinating, and I bet I’d enjoy another Bill Bryson book too.

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