My 2014 Reading List

My sanctuary

Over Christmas I treated myself to a nice shiny Kindle. I was always against Kindles. I prefer to physically hold a book in my arms and lovingly sniff the pages…well…not sniff…but you know, they have that nice booky smell…OK I’ll stop talking…

Anyway, the main reason behind the Kindle purchase was that I spend quite a bit of money on new books and could probably save myself a few bob by simply downloading e-books instead (although it cost me more than a few bob to buy the bloody thing in the first place). Plus lots of new authors do free book promotions and there’s also the Amazon Kindle Lending or Borrowing scheme. Not to mention that I have no room left for my literary mountain. So all in all it seemed like a good idea.

Last year my ridiculous goal of reading 50 books proved impossible. This year I have made the target slightly more realistic at ‘Between 30-40 books’. Which still works out at roughly 1 book a week/week and a half – 52 weeks in the year. Yeesh.

So here are 10 books on the list:

  • The House on Paradise Street by Sofka Zinovieff
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • Jenna’s Journey by Julie Ryan
  • The Spooks Revenge by Joseph Delaney
  • The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
  • The Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
  • Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell (Rainbow???!!!)
  • Rabbit Hole by Garrett Smith
  • Jasmine Nights by Julia Gregson
  • The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O’Farrell

Some of these were included in Richard and Judy’s Bookclub, others I found via Amazon or Goodreads. If anyone has any recommendations please do share!

(Btw I highly recommend “Greek Expectations: The Last Moussaka Standing” by some half Greek chick called Ekaterina Botziou – it’s said to be a hoot 🙂 )


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  1. 1st February 2014 / 1:18 am

    Great post.

    I have to admit that if it weren’t for my Kindle, I wouldn’t have got back into reading, and from that have made friends from around the world.

    I’ve set myself a main challenge of forty books, but I don’t like to set myself a pre-arranged list as my reading is pretty much set as the mood takes me. (Apart from my Sherlock Holmes reading challenge and the blame for that one can be laid at the doors of the people who make “Sherlock”). 🙂

    I managed to get myself “Eleanor and Park” along with “Fangirl” after seeing them on book hauls.

    Hope you manage to complete your challenge.

    • EBotziou
      2nd February 2014 / 10:59 am

      I’ve deviated from my book list already! I’ve also set myself 40 books and so far am on target thanks to the simplicity of the kindle. Would be nice to know what you think of Eleanor and Park – I haven’t started it yet.

  2. 13th January 2014 / 6:19 pm

    WOW – thanks so much for the mention of Jenna’s Journey- really touched and it has made my day
    Now, must get round to reading that book by that Greek chick Ekaterina something…….

    • EBotziou
      14th January 2014 / 9:11 am

      🙂 xxx

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