January 2014: What I’m Reading

Sunday Salon

It was lovely to return to reading in December; I was able to finish five books and start two more. Not bad, especially considering how much writing I got done, plus the bustle of the holidays!

Books read:

  • The Cuckoo’s Calling by J.K. Rowling
  • The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson
  • Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • The Moslems Are Coming by Azad Essa

Halfway through:

  • The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

I didn’t get to Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh or Pardonable Lies by Jacqueline Winspear, but I hope to do so this month or next.

In addition to finishing The Happiness Project and The Ocean at the End of the Lane, I’m also planning to read:

The Remains of the DayThe Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
This is the next pick for my fiction book club. It’s not a book I would have picked up on my own, which is a shame–I’ve already started it, and I am utterly enthralled.



The Moon and MoreThe Moon and More by Sarah Dessen
I’ve been wanting to read Sarah Dessen, so I’m excited to pick up her latest book. It’s considered new adult, a genre I’m very interested in, so I’m excited to give it a try.



Wait for YouWait for You by Jennifer L. Armentrout
This book, the first in a series, is also a new adult title–noticing a trend? Armentrout originally self-published this title, but then it was picked up by a Harper Collins imprint. I’m generally a big fan of Harper, and I love the idea of an author hitting the best-seller list on her own, so this book already has two marks in its favor.


After I'm GoneAfter I’m Gone by Laura Lippman
I loved Lippman’s I’d Know You Anywhere, so I jumped at the chance to read her latest. This is one of my most anticipated releases of the year!

Have you read any of these? Which should I pick up first?

4 replies »

  1. I love to read and just finished Baking Cakes in Kigali by Gaile Parkin. It is set in Rwanda and a great read. I also finally read The Alchemist a beautiful inspiring story too. 🙂 happy new year!


    • I haveThe Alchemist on my e-reader–I’ll get to it on one these trips! And I just added Baking Cakes to my to-read list–thanks for the recommendation!


      • Also my favorite this year was “Behind the Beautiful Forevers” about the children living behind the slums of Mumbai’s airport. I saw those slums when I landed there. It is a shocking book.


  2. Oh, yes! I am still in the middle of “Beautiful Forevers.” I was reading it on our trip to India, but between that and actual visits to slums in Mumbai and elsewhere, it proved too much for me… I hope to go back to it soon.


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