My 2014 Book List

January 27, 2014 § Leave a comment

I have this list of books that I want to read. I’m constantly adding to it (I really shouldn’t be allowed to go into bookstores) and so it never gets any smaller. This year, I’ve set myself the ‘challenge’ to read twelve of the books on this list and I’m going to have to beg, borrow and buy (I think I can avoid stealing) my way through. 

JANUARY. Persuasion by Jane Austen. 

This year starts with a mild case of cheating, as I’ve already begun my latest foray into Austen’s world. Slowly, but surely I am making my way through these classics.

FEBRUARY. A Passage to India by E. M. Forster. 

The shortest month of the year is (for me) jam-packed with travel plans, so delving into a novel about a journey seems fitting.

MARCH. Londoners: The Days and Nights of London, N0w – as Told by Those Who Love it, Hate it, Live it, Left it and Long for it by Craig Taylor.

Four years of living in the Capital probably (almost, maybe) qualifies me as a Londoner. Reading Taylor’s collection of stories is my homage to my ‘home for now’ – it’s also been on my list the longest.

APRIL. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. 

Normally, I’m one of those annoyingly self-righteous people who claim you should always read the book before seeing the movie. Occasionally, though I break the rules, because if a movie is good enough to drive you to read the book, then the literary version is bound to be even more so.

MAY. Down and Out in Paris by George Orwell. 

Even though I immensely disliked 1984 and was  left baffled by Animal Farm, there is something about Orwell that makes me want to keep reading more.

JUNE. The Last Man in Russia by Oliver Bullough.

To be honest, I’m struggling to remember why this book made the list (and reading the reviews is not helping at all), but at some point this summer I WILL be going to Russia, so when in St. Petersburg…

JULY. Love Letters of the Great War edited by Mandy Kirkby.

2014 marks the hundredth anniversary of the start of World Word One (July 28). As a commemoration, July will be devoted to reading something from this time. Kirkby’s book is one of the latest additions to my list, but had me gripped after the first letter.

AUGUST. The Big Fight by Sugar Ray Leonard.

A well-rounded literary year needs to have a bit of non-fiction thrown in. Not a fan of boxing (though my love for The Power of One my contradict that), this captured me. If it’s on the list, there must be something there!

SEPTEMBER. Richard III by David Baldwin.

I’m a sucker for anything about the War of the Roses and Tudor/Stewart history, so the chance to delve into the personality of one of this period’s most intriguing (and possibly misunderstood) figures was a no-brainer (it’s also been endorsed by one of my favourite authors, Philippa Gregory).

OCTOBER. Jack Holmes and His Friend by Edmund White.

Rather sensible in reality, I cannot help but fall in love with a well-written, touching love story, regardless of whom the object of affection is.

NOVEMBER. Which Lie Did I Tell by William Goldman. 

A screenwriter’s insight into the world of Hollywood, written by the man who created the Dread Pirate Robert, Buttercup, Wesley and the line Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die (aka The Princess Bridge).

DECEMBER. Black Vodka by Deborah Levy and Summer Lies by Bernhard Schlink

Okay, so the year will end the way it begins: with cheating. But since both books are actually collections of short stories, it’s not really cheating, right?

Suggestions for additional reads are wholeheartedly welcomed. 

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