Reading List for 2014

One of my resolutions is to read more books from the BBC Book List Challenge, specifically one book a month.  As of today I’ve only read 27 of the 100 listed and there are some terrific books on there that I’ve been meaning to read.  Here are the twelve that I’m planning on tackling this year.

  1. 200px-PrayerForOwenMeanyA Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens.  Admittedly I cheated and started this one during the last week of December, but it still counts!
  2. A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
  3. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
  4. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
  5. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
  6. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
  7. conradjoetext96hdark12aThe Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
  8. A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
  9. Dune – Frank Herbert
  10. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  11. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  12. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

What are you planning on reading this year?  Let me know in the comments!

11 thoughts on “Reading List for 2014

  1. Good choices ~ #1 and #11 are two of my all time favorites.

    I just re-read The Great Gatsby and watched the movie. Neither thrilled me. I liked the movie better than the book.
    The Lovely Bones is an interesting read ~ if you don’t mind the sad start.
    I’ve never read Remains of the Day. The movie evokes some of the same nostalgia for times gone by that Downton Abbey does.
    Someone recommended A Prayer for Owen Meanie to me. I read it. It’s OK.
    Wuthering Heights is a bit dark. Not a fave but worth a read.

    Enjoy your reading time . . . in between all the other stuff you do.


    • Many of these are a stretch outside my normal reading comfort zone and I look forward to the challenge. I liked the new Great Gatsby movie, mostly for the drama and the costumes, but then I like Baz Luhrman’s work so it lived up to expectations. As for the others I keep hearing about them as they keep being mentioned in various circles, so I figure it’s time to get my own opinion.


  2. The first 3 of the Dune series are good. Read “To Kill..” first and then see the movie. “The Great Gatsby” don’t watch the movie or if you must, watch the original. Do watch the movie “Remains of the Day. My favourite Anthony Hopkins movie. “A Town Like Alice” book first, movie second with Brian Brown, I enjoyed it. Enjoy the books!


    • I’ve seen both the old and newer Dune movies and I have to admit although super out there they are facinating, so I’m looking forward to reading the book that started it all. If I like it I will most likely try the rest of the series as well. As for Gatsby I have seen the new movie, but will still read it – to compare if anything. Fitzgerald had such a way with language that I’d love to study more.

      I love that so many of these have been made into successful movies, once I finish a reading you bet your boots I’m watching the movie.


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