UPDATE: 14 Books in 2014

September 29, 2014

As you may remember from my post earlier this year, I made a resolution to read 14 books in 2014 and though I'm a bit behind on my goal I wanted to check back in and update you with my progress and my thoughts on those books I have finished.

As it stands I'm at 55% of my goal, but I've developed quite a bit of momentum since I've started listening to books while doing my housework.  You see I'm one of those weird people who enjoys cleaning (or rather the satisfaction that comes from it). Pair that with a good audiobook...and well as they say, "that's my jam."


And if I keep this up not only will I have tackled deep cleaning and some much needed organization in each of the rooms of my house, but I might also make my reading goal as well!




Insurgent Book 2 in the Divergent Series (read)

by Veronica Roth

I read the first book in this series last November. Divergent was actually one of the books that got me excited about reading again.  So it only seemed natural that I would read the next two installments. I was truly excited to see how this dystopian YA novel series played out.

UPDATE:Though this book was a bit of a placeholder in the series (as most second books are) I thought this book provided us with some fascinating information about secondary characters like Marcus Eaton, Jeanine Matthews and Caleb Prior.




Allegiant Book 3 in the Divergent Series (read)

by Veronica Roth

After reading Divergent I had pretty much committed to finishing the series, there really wouldn't be any reason that would keep me from finishing the final book--plus the twist at the end of the second book was certainly enough to keep me interested.

UPDATE: I know many people were disappointed with this book and the way the series ended, but I didn't feel disappointed at all. In all I liked the way the book played out and felt a sense of closure turning its final pages.




The Fault In Our Stars (read)

by John Green

I will admit this book was chosen largely because EVERYONE WAS READING IT and I felt almost obligated.  I actually had no idea what this book was about when I picked it up, but I'm actually glad for this because I felt like I was able to lose myself in this love story even more fully as a result.

UPDATE:I really fell in love with this book. The story of Hazel and Augustus was beautiful and real and sad. I thought the author did a great job of conveying the voice and emotion of his protagonist and I also really love "the book-within-a-book" element that he created. This is one of those books whose words really stick with you, with lines like "Some infinities are bigger than other infinities" and "The world is not a wish granting factory."




The Kite Runner (read)

by Khaled Hosseini

I chose this book because I wanted to expose myself to a new culture and to identify with that culture on deeper level.  I knew a little about the plot of the story before I picked the book up and I knew that it would be a difficult book to read.

UPDATE: I was really moved by this book. While I'll admit at times Amir's story did make me feel very sad and and a little hopeless about the world we live in, it was also an amazing tale of redemption and a great reminder of the small but beautiful things that we find a midst the darkness. The author is a beautiful storyteller and I enjoyed listening to this book read by him as the description of Afghan customs and pronunciation of Afghan words in his voice made the experience that much more authentic.




The Maze Runner (read)

by James Dashner

What can I say?! I'm a sucker for the young adult, dystopian society genre, so I couldn't pass this up--especially since I definitely want to read it before seeing the movie this September.

UPDATE: I really liked the idea behind this book, but  I had a very hard time making it through the broken speech of the "gladers." I really wished I had listened to this book instead. However now that I've made it though I must say I'm excited to see what the next installment has in store.  

On another note I saw the movie recently and I think it felt rushed and a bit shallow in comparison to the book. In fact if I hadn't read the book I'm not sure I would have known what was going on enough to have really enjoyed the movie properly.  




 I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn't)... (read)

by Brene Brown

While I've found Brene Brown's recent TED talks very inspiring, that's not what initially inspired me to pick up this book.  I bought this book before I'd even heard of Brene Brown simply because I strongly identified with the title/subtitle: "I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn't): Making the Journey from 'What Will People Think?' to 'I Am Enough' ".  Little by little I've been making room in my life to be a better me and I know this book will have some great insights to help me on my way.

UPDATE: Shame is a difficult subject to talk about let alone read a whole book about, but that being said, I absolutely loved this book.  This book literally changed the way I look at shame--specifically how I define it, how I deal with it (both my shame, as well the shame of others) and how I too dole out my very own forms of shame.  There were a lot of aha moments for me in this book and I already see a difference in the way I let shame affect me and my awareness and reaction to the shame of others.





The Hundred Foot Journey (read)

by Richard C. Morais

I really can't wait to read this book.  I was inspired to read it after seeing the movie trailer.  And as much as I would love to see the movie, I couldn't help but think while watching the trailer what a wonderful life journey this would be to read about.  It combines two things I'm very interested in: world cultures and international cuisine and its message of acceptance and being able to learn from one another as different as we might be is one I strongly believe in.

UPDATE: This book was absolutely wonderful--like a good meal I savored every last page. The characters in this book had so much depth and watching them grow throughout the story was such a treat. Seriously, this book made my soul warm and my stomach growl all at the same time!!!




Gone Girl (currently reading...)

by Gillian Flynn

This is another book that I had no idea what it was about when I bought it, just another title that I had seen several friends reading on Good Reads, so I thought I'd add 'er to the old list. I'm not much of a suspense/thriller fan, but then again its been decades since I've sampled from this genre so I figured this was a good book to start with--who knows maybe I'll love it and be inspired to read more from this genre.


Life of Pi

by Yann Martel

This book I chose not only because of its popularity, but also in hopes of it being one of those books where you can lose yourself in the world that the author creates.  I have held off watching the movie in hopes that this will motivate me to read the book, but from what I have seen from trailers an amazing story and an exotic world awaits me!




Wild

by Cheryl Strayed

I love reading stories about personal reflection and redemption, they give me hope and inspire me to reflect on my own life in new ways and to strive to be a better person.  Though I don't think I'll be tackling The Pacific Crest any time soon, I do look forward to reading about how being lost in the wilderness helped this woman find herself.




The 5 Love Languages of Children

by Gary Chapman

I read Chapman's original book on the five languages of love some years back and it really changed the way I looked at some of my closest releationships.  After giving birth to two beautiful boys, I have bought a number of books on parenting--most of which I have not yet found the time to read.  So I'm starting with this one and looking forward to applying what I learn to the relationships I have with both of my boys--who are so very different but deserve the very best love that I can give them.




Specials - Book 3 in The Uglies Series

by Scott Westerfield

Another young adult dystopian series that I started reading and then put down almost five years ago.  But I figured it was time to finish this series up and get some closure.  So this last winter I re-read the second book in the series and now I'm ready to find out what's in store for Tally, Zane, Shay, The Crims and Dr. Cable.




Daring Greatly

by Brene Brown

Everyone's talking about this book and while I elected to read some of Brene Brown's earlier work before tackling this one, I'm still really excited to read this.  It's refreshing to hear someone talking about vulnerability and insecurity openly and in a way that can really help people to grow and transform their lives.




The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

by Steig Larsson

I started this book a few years back before the movie came out.  I have since seen the movie (the American version) and it was a bit dark for me. I had trouble identifying with the main character because the movie's portrayal of her seemed cold and shallow and I couldn't help but feel that I would understand Lisbeth better if I had actually finished the book. I also heard an acquaintance talk recently about her feelings on this book and the fact that it was empowering to her and it was really her passion for the book that inspired me to pick it back up again.




I'd love to hear about what you're reading right now or any recommendations you might have--leave a comment below!

Happy reading!


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