The Reading List for 2013

I finally have my reading list for 2013 (HURRAH!).  The goal is to read these books, and add a few more.  Although, the first book in my list is fairly ambitious, even when you factor in the fact that I do read parts of it everyday as part of my daily devotion!

This is my reading list for 2013:Stack of Library Books

  1. The Bible — yes ALL of it!
  2. The Jane Austen Miscellany by Harry Berry
  3. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
  4. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
  5. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
  6. The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language by Mark Forsyth
  7. I Remember Nothing and other reflections by Nora Ephron
  8. The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory
  9. Room by Emma Donoghue
  10. Charlotte Street by Danny Wallace
  11. How To Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran
  12. French Lessons by Ellen Sussman

I wanted to make sure that I read books by authors that I’d never read before but I couldn’t resist adding a Philippa Gregory book because I love her books so much!  I’ve discovered that I love historical fiction and this was all because I started reading PG’s books.  I started with The Other Boleyn Girl and was hooked!

Some of the books on the list are already on my Kindle and have been languishing there for ages.  I haven’t had the opportunity (and if I’m honest, most of the time, the inclination to read!  Bad, I know!) to read them yet, so to encourage (read: prod me with a red-hot fireplace poker!) me to read them, I’m adding them to my list.

One book a month, except the Bible because I plan to read that everyday, although the Bible is still on my list of 12 books.  There are 1189 chapters in the Bible and 365 days in a year.  If I read 4 chapters a day, I’ll finish reading the Bible from cover to cover.  Big ask, yes, very definitely.  But I am determined to achieve this particular goal because, as a Christian, I am determined to be able to say that I’ve read the bible.  Properly!

As they say, each approaching new year prompts people into a frenzied goal-setting mindset.  My goal is simply to read more.  I’ve always loved to read.  It’s just giving my reading a little direction!

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4 thoughts on “The Reading List for 2013

  1. you know what I am doing right this minute? browsing kobobooks.com, looking for good books to read! nagbreak lang ako for a few minutes to go on FB:) tapos isa pa sa medyo pinagiisipan kong bilhin was Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel din. What a coincidence!:)

    • I want to read that too! But Wolf Hall is the book that comes before it so I thought I’d read that first then move onto Bring Up the Bodies 🙂 Anything that has Anne Boleyn in it is a winner book choice for me! Haha!

  2. Wow – an interesting list. I am have to add some of these to my wishlist. The Jane Austen Miscellany is already on my reading list for 2013. I have Room by Emma Donoghue if you want to borrow my copy, it is a heart-breaking read (one to avoid on the train).

    • It was recommended by Dawn Porter’s book club and I’ve had it in my Kindle for months now. Am determined to read it. We talked about Wolf Hall ages ago and I haven’t even read it! I got Room waaaay before that! I’ve really got to start reading!

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