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2015 Reading List

As it’s the last weekend of 2014 (I think, the days are just merging into one at the moment!) I didn’t want to write anything that is undoubtedly going to get lost underneath the sea of Christmas posts. Instead, I wanted to end the year/ begin the new year on a positive note with some goals (like 99% of the rest of the blogosphere, but hey, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em!)

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I won’t bore you with my personal goals (to tell you the truth there aren’t that many) but I do want to share some of my writing goals with you.

  • Firstly, I want to finish a novel next year, maybe the one I’m writing or maybe I will actually complete NaNoWriMo next year. Who knows?! It doesn’t have to be good or publishable but I want it finished, if only so I can say I’ve written a novel length piece of fiction.
  • I want to submit a piece of writing to a publication and have them use it. I know that the end bit is a little out of my control but the first bit isn’t. The more I write and submit my writing, the more chance I have of it being used. Right?
  • I want to keep up to date with this blog, updating at least once a week. I’m going to set lots of reminders on my phone just in case.
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There are more but I won’t share them just now. My other goals for 2015 include reading more books. I love to read but I feel like I don’t dedicate enough time to reading and I want to change that next year.  Here’s my 2015 reading list (so far):

  • The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins: I got these as a Christmas gift after enjoying the films. I am looking forward to reading them but many people have told me to expect disappointment as, in a rare occurrence, the films are better than the books. I’m going to read them anyway and make up my own mind, but what did everyone else think of them?
  • Light a Penny Candle by Maeve Binchy: My grandma’s favourite author, and, after many weeks of protesting, she finally convinced me to read one of her books (Circle of Friends). I loved it and can’t wait to read this one, which, according to my grandma, is her best.
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald: A ‘classic’ which I have been meaning to read for a while now.
  • The Armageddon Rag by George R.R. Martin: My new favourite author. It will be weird to read one of his books that doesn’t include the Westerosi gang but I’m sure his brilliant writing will help me overcome this. (Fun Fact: I was never really a fan of male writers until I discovered George.)
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: Another one that I want to read purely because of the hype surrounding it. I’m cynical that it’s as good as everyone says it is but I’ll give it a go.
  • About a Girl by Lindsey Kelk: I originally stumbled upon a good review for What a Girl Wants and found out that this came before that one so I thought I should probably start at the beginning. It sounds like it should be a summer holiday read so it’ll be coming Stateside with me in June. I also found out about the I heart series which will keep my going for a while if I like Kelk’s writing style.
  • How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran: Admittedly this is a twitter suggestion by a favourite celeb of mine, but it does look good so I feel it deserves a place on my list.
  • The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith: I love J.K. Rowling as a person (I recently did a presentation at university about her and it earned me a first so thanks J.K!) and I loved the Harry Potter series as most people my age did but I have to admit I didn’t enjoy The Casual Vacancy. I had to stop reading halfway through (although I am considering re-reading it since it’s being adapted for the small screen.). However, I want to see if this is any good so I will give it a go.
  • The Name of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss: The first in the Kingkiller Chronicles Trilogy, and, as a fan of fantasy, I am excited to read this one. The last book hasn’t been released yet so, if I enjoy them, that will be another fantasy book that I will have to wait (impatiently) for it to be released before I can find out what happens in a series (I’m looking at you The Winds of Winter!)
  • Nobody is Ever Missing by Catherine Lacey: I can’t remember how I found out about this book but, as someone with an interest in psychology, it looks like a good read.

Looking back at this list I realise it actually looks like a pretty long list for me. But I’m sure I’ll easily manage to read them all, especially over the summer. I would love to discover some more books so if anyone has any that they think I should add to my list then please let me know in the comments section.

That’s all I wanted to say today. I hope everyone has a great new year!

7 thoughts on “2015 Reading List”

    • Yes I have heard that. I signed up two years ago but have never written anything for it. Hopefully this year I will actually get something written! And thank you 🙂

  • You go girl! This looks like a good start on goals, both writing and reading. Good Luck. Thanks for stopping by my site a deciding to follow. Hopefully you will find things you enjoy, or things you want to make comments on. I would welcome that.

    • Thank you 🙂 and you’re welcome. I’ll be sure to check out your blog again soon as I’m sure ill find plenty I’ll enjoy 🙂

  • Great list, Emily – but where’s the writerly non fiction? I’d have to recommend my own book, ‘Writing in the House of Dreams’ as a walk on the wild side for writers! It’s got psychology in it 🙂

    • Thank you! Honestly, I’m not really a fan of non-fiction, but your book does sound interesting so I’ll have to check it out 🙂

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