My 2014 Reading List & Goal

IMG_3308aI love to read, but over the last few years, I haven’t read as much as I would like.  Now that my kids are getting bigger, though, I have more time.  Last year I read well over 30 books, and this year I want to up the ante and set a goal to read 52 books.  (A book a week, I figure.)

I’ve made this extensive list of books I’d like to read.  I don’t expect to read them all, but this will be my go to list when I head to the library with the kids.   Here is my list:


  1. The Other Side of the Ice:  One Family’s Treacherous Journey Negotiating the Northwest Passage  by Sprague Theobald
  2. The Slight Edge:  Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness by Jeff Olson and John David Mann
  3. Under the Banner of Heaven:  A Story of Violent Faith by Jon Krakauer
  4. Adrift:  Seventy-six Days Lost at Sea by Steven Callahan
  5. Quiet:  The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
  6. Touching the Void:  The True Story of One Man’s Miraculous Survival by Joe Simpson
  7. Primal Body, Primal Mind  Beyond the Paleo Diet for Total Health and a Longer Life by Nora T. Gedgaudas
  8. The Paleo Diet Solution by John Chatham
  9. The Money Book for Freelancers, Part-Timers and the Self-Employed:  The Only Personal Finance System for People with Not-So-Regular Jobs by Joseph D’Agnese
  10. The Way to Wealth and Other Writings on Finance by Benjamin Franklin
  11. Life After Death:  The Evidence by Dinesh D’Souza
  12. Brain Surgeon:  A Doctors Inspiring Encounters with Mortality and Miracles by Keith Black and Arnold Mann
  13. The Nazi Officer’s Wife:  How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust by Edith H. Beer and Susan Dworkin
  14. Your Freelance Writing Business by Janet S. Underwood
  15. Freelance Writing Jobs: 101+ Online Writing Jobs by Lee Mellott
  16.  The Paleo Approach: Reverse Autoimmune Disease and Heal Your Body by Sarah Ballantyne
  17.  True Compass: A Memoir by Ted Kennedy
  18. Permission Marketing:  Turning Strangers into Friends and Friends into Customers by Seth Godin
  19. Selling the Invisible:  A Field Guide to Modern Marketing by Harry Beckwith
  20. Unmarketing:  Stop Marketing.   Start Engaging by Scott Stratten
  21. Meatball Sundae:  Is Your Marketing out of Sync? by Seth Godin
  22. Book Yourself Solid:  The Fastest, Easiest, and Most Reliable System for Getting More Clients Than You Can Handle Even If You Hate Marketing by Michael Port
  23. Guerilla Marketing, 4th Edition:  Easy and Inexpensive Strategies for Making Big Profits from Your Small Business by Jay Conrad Levinson
  24. Duct Tape Marketing:  The World’s Most Practical Small Business Marketing Guide by John Jantsch
  25. Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand
  26. The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom, Elizabeth Sherrill, and John Sherrill
  27. Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas
  28. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
  29. Bossypants by Tina Fey
  30. Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman by Jon Krakauer
  31. In the Land of White Death: An Epic Story of Survival in the Siberian Arctic by Valerian Albanov

This is a rough list of the books I plan to choose from.  However, I’ll likely read more that aren’t on the list for work as well as for Bookworm’s homeschooling.

For fiction books, I am simply targeting what I hope will be good reads and relaxing.  Here is the list:


  1. Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
  2. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
  3. Mrs. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  4. The Healing by Jonathon Odell
  5. The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas
  6.  The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure
  7. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sadaris
  8. Pigs in Heaven by Barbara Kingsolver
  9.  Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  10. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
  11. The Round House by Louise Erdrich
  12. The Imposter Bride by Nancy Richler
  13. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  14. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
  15. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  16. We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates
  17. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  18. The Surrendered by Chang-rae Lee
  19. The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich
  20. After This by Alice McDermott
  21. A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute
  22. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
  23. Death Comes to the Archbishop by Willa Cather
  24. Tobacco Road by Erskine Caldwell
  25. I Couldn’t Love You More by Jillian Medoff
  26. The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes
  27. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
  28. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
  29. Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson
  30. Defending Jacob by William Landay
  31. The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan
  32. The Pieces We Keep by Kristina McMorris
  33. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
  34. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
  35. The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
  36. Follow The River by James Alexander Thom
  37. The Diary of Mattie Spenser by Sandra Dallas
  38. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  39. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  40. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Are you planning to do any reading this year?  What books are on your list?

Have you read any good books lately?  Let me know in the comments so I can add them to my list!

I shared this post at Life as Mom.


  1. I only read about 8-10 books a year, not nearly as many as you have on that giant list, but there are some real gems in there. I read Hunger Games last year (all of them) and loved the series.

    • I’m just glad I finally have time to read again. For the past 7 or 8 years, I’ve been able to read very little.

  2. I just pinned this so I won’t forget it!Great list!

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