Update on Books I Was Looking Forward to Reading in 2014

Way back in January I shared a list of titles that I was looking forward to reading during the year. Let’s look back at that and laugh at how few of them I actually read. On the plus side, some of the ones I did read I enjoyed, so at least there’s that.

Only one fiction title

Looking Forward to Reading in 2014: CressCressLooking Forward to Reading in 2014: Cress (The Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer by Marissa Meyer

Original thoughts: Loved the previous books in the series, so of course I wanted to read this one.

The verdict: Read it. Loved it. Impatiently waiting for the next ones in the series.

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

Original thoughts: I loved her earlier book One Bite at a TimeOne Bite at a Time: 52 Projects for Making Life Simpler by Tsh Oxenreider, read her blog, and like the premise of the book. Why wouldn’t I like this one?

The verdict: It was ok, but if you’ve read her blog much at all not much of it is new. Overall I was kind of disappointed in it.

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

Original thoughts: Her blog, is thought-provoking if a bit hard to read at times (I get occasional flashbacks to my upbringing, in not-a-good-way).

The verdict: Haven’t read it. The library recently added it to their collection, so I should be able to give it a try soon. Whether or not I’ll finish it is up in the air.

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

Original thoughts: Love love love her blog, and have been reading it for years. Plus, conversion stories fascinate me.

The verdict: Two thumbs up!

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

Original thoughts: My library career included a stint cataloging maps, and I love history, so combining the two sounded heavenly.

The verdict: Borrowed in on the kindle and it was not a good pick in that version. Then I had a baby and my virtually all my reading had to be done via the kindle. So this title has to wait.

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
Original thoughts: Love his books A Walk in the Woods and In a Sunburned Country, and this sounded like just my sort of history book.

The verdict: Borrowed it from the library, but then had a baby and couldn’t focus on it like it needed. Most of my reading post-baby has been of the lighter variety. Hope to get this one again in 2015.

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
Original thoughts: She’s written another favorite title of mine, so I expected to love her latest.

The verdict: Didn’t even try it. Once again I’ll just blame the baby – this is a big work of nonfiction and will need more brain power than I had last year to give it. I’m not even sure I’ll get to it in 2015.

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

Original thoughts: Sounded interesting, about a historical figure all but unknown to me.

The verdict: Borrowed it, and returned it unread. I’m such a mood reader, and I never felt in the mood to even try this one. Apparently I’m not as interested in Edward VII as I thought back in January.

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

Original thoughts: I do love Weir’s books, and Tudor history.

The verdict: Borrowed it, didn’t read it. See above regarding brain power and it being lacking.

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

Original thoughts: I am a former (pre-children) devoted NFL fan and used to read Easterbrook’s Tuesday Morning Quarterback column every week.

The verdict: Borrowed it, and read the first quarter. Then I had a baby and had to return the book before I finished it, and haven’t borrowed it again. I’m not sure I want to honestly – it’s so depressing about the negatives regarding the football industry that it’s hard to read.

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

Original thoughts: Keller’s books are fantastic. This one probably is too, right?

The verdict: It was good, but not as great as I expected. This is perhaps just a reflection of my very high expectations for his books.

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.

The verdict: This one got pushed back to a 2015 release, so now I have it to look forward to next year!

So let’s see, out of 11 titles available in 2014, I read (as in completed) 4 of them. I read at least a chapter of 3 others, and read nothing at all of the final 4. That is really unimpressive, but probably what I get for being somewhat ambitious with my nonfiction selections in a year when I was having a baby.

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Comments

  1. This definitely makes me feel better about my lack of reading ambition since having a baby! I figure if I ever get 5 nights in a row of uninterrupted sleep, I can start reading more challenging books again. =) (And I’m super excited about a new RHE book, too!)

    • That’s probably what it’s going to take for me to be ready to start reading more challenging books again, too. Someday…

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