Happy 2014!

PrettyBooks5Happy New Year everyone. I hope you all had a great start to 2014. I’m finally back from vacation and I can’t wait to start working on some more posts this year. I’ve done scheduled posts for while I was away (for the first time) so luckily you guys didn’t have to miss me that much 🙂

I have very little new resolutions for my blog this year, because I will just try to improve on the ones I’ve set for myself when I started this blog. I enjoyed reading the resolutions from other book bloggers. What I have given thought to do this year is to:

  • Try to stay clear of Netgalley as much as possible. 2013 was the year where I felt that I took on too much. I requested too many ARCs. I ended up reading on a hectic schedule which I didn’t enjoy, because most of the time I was tired from work and instead of just winding down with a book I want to read, I had to force myself to read something just because it will be released soon.
  • Accept no more than 1 or 2 books for review per month.
  • To re-read some books that I’ve been threatening to for some time. That includes:
    • Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier – this is one of my favourite modern classics and I added it to my Classics Club list, because I want to re-read it. It’s also one of the reasons I haven’t reviewed it yet.
    • The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
    • The Millenium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson. I’ve reviewed the first two of the trilogy, but never the third.
    • The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer  (Yes, I know! Too teeny bopper, but I really want to read these books again)
    • The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
  • To read books that’s been on my TBR list waiting to be read for a long time. Here are a few that is high on my list:
    • The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins (I have started already and it’s about time I jump on the bandwagon, since I’ve seen both the movies)
    • Divergent by Veronica Roth
    • The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
    • The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
    • The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
    • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    • The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
    • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
    • The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
    • Life after Life by Kate Atkinson
    • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
    • My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier
    • Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life by Justine Picardie
    • Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
    • The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

Are there any books that you want to re-read or are there books that you’ve read good reviews about that you really want to read in 2014? Let’s talk good readings for 2014!

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  • Happy new year to you too. Hope you had a great vacation!

    I am so happy to see that you haven’t read The Hunger Games or the Divergent series either. Sometimes it feels like I am the only person in this book blogging world who hasn’t read these.

    • Thanks, Nish. I did have a nice vacation with the family!
      I felt that way too. I’ve started with The Hunger Games, but I’m not yet sure if I will read the the other 2 books back to back. I hope you will read them too 🙂

  • Great list of books!! I hope you will find the time to read them all. Have a great year!

    • Thanks, Ciska! I definitely will try my best to read all the ones listed in this post.

  • Isi

    Happy new Year, Mel!!
    Good luck with your resolutions; I’m also trying to stop requesting when I don’t have time to read the books in a short time, hope I get it!!
    I see we have to read together The name of the rose 😉 (I have it in Spanish, but it doesn’t matter!).
    Regarding your possible re-reads, I have to say that I looooved Twilight! I mean, I want a boyfried as wealthy and well-mannered as Edward Cullen 😀

    • Thanks Isi. Happy New Year to you too! I hope we will be able to abstain from requesting a lot of ARCs! I liked the Twilight Saga, the books were nice to read. I think it’s quite different for us who read it than for the ones who watched the movies and judged the story…

      Ok we can read The Name of the Rose together, but we also have The Winter Sea to read together… remember? I hope our second attempt at joint reading will be better than the first 😉

      • Isi

        It has to be, indeed!!!
        By the way, I have to ask a stupid question: what does ARC mean? I see it everywhere and I know that it is related to books you get from the publishers, but I don’t know the right meaning!!

        • ARCs = Advanced Reader Copies 🙂

          • Isi

            Thank you SO MUCH

  • Happy New Year! Other than continuing to work through my Classics Club list I haven’t really made any firm reading plans for 2014. I started re-reading The Chronicles of Narnia last year and I only have The Last Battle left to re-read now to complete the series which I’m looking forward to.

    • Same to you, Jessica! I definitely plan on knocking off some books off my Classics Club list! The Chronicles of Narnia is something I’ve been wanting to read since it was mentioned in The Book of Secrets! Good luck with your reading.

  • Welcome back from vacation. I’m glad you had a good time off. Your TBR books look great. The ones I’ve read from your list have all been very good. Have a tissue (or two) ready when you read Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet…

    • Thank you and yes I had a good time! I will keep that in mind when I start Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet 🙂

  • I’ve read three of those that are on your want to list. I think you’ll like them.


    • I hope I do! Which three?

  • Happy new year! I love The Five People you Meet in Heaven! Such a good read! My mum has been recommending Rebecca to me for years but for some reason I’ve never read it. I really want to read more classics this year so I’ll have to add this to the list.

    • Thanks, same to you! I’m looking forward to reading The Five People you Meet in Heaven.

      You must read Rebecca!! It’s such a good read.

  • I can’t say enough wonderful things about The Master and Margarita… and To Kill a Mockingbird. They are both among my favorite books. I hope you will enjoy them as much as I did… If you do, they certainly will join your “books to re-read” list!

    • Thank you for sharing that! I’m glad that it’s amongst your favourites. I have been a little scared of the Bulgakov!

  • A wonderful New year to you, Melinda.

  • Happy New Year! 😀 I hope you’re rested and refreshed from your vacation. I like your book list/TBR list…it looks fantastic! I want to read the latest in the Flavia de Luce series this year as well as the latest in the Outlander series. Plus I want to read Sarah Addison Allen’s newest book, too. LOTS of great books coming out this year! (At least I’m hoping they’ll be great!)


    • Let’s hope they are great! Enjoy your reading this year Ricki

  • Re-reading books is such a great goal. I always mean to do it but I rarely get around to it. And books get so much better with age and re-reading (usually). 🙂

    • You’re right, sometimes I pick up on things I’ve missed reading it the first time around. I hope you will get to re-read some of your favourites!

  • So many great books on your TBR list. 2014 will be a great reading year for you, I can feel it!

  • I will try to read books that has been sitting for a long time on my shelf

    • That will make two of us!

  • Welcome back and Happy New Year! You have some really great books waiting for you this year!

    • Same to you, Kerri! I hope this year is a good reading year for me.

  • I think those are fabulous goals! They mainly revolve around a central theme, what we were talking about earlier today, that we both want to read our own shelves, our own TBR lists more than taking on extra books.

  • Lots of goodies on your TBR list! Divergent has two more and Pillars of the Earth has World Without End, which I liked too!

    • I don’t have Insurgent and Allegiant books yet, so once I have I will definitely read them too! I have World Without End, maybe I should add that to the list too 🙂

  • some excellent reads await you on that TBR list – Long Walk to Freedom would be my favourite. I’m trying to relinquish NetGalley too – had too many books that were really poor at the expense of books I really really wanted to read

    • That’s the problem I had too (with Netgalley). I personally look forward to Long Walk to Freedom, I have a first edition at home!

  • Happy New year – Here’s to having a better reading year then 2013 for me!!!!!

    • Same to you! I hope you will read more and better books in 2014!

  • Happy New Year! Staying clear of NetGalley is a good one 🙂 I always request too many ACRs and then sort of forget about them as I don’t use my Kindle too much. Anyway, wishing you a wonderful year and lots of good books!

    • Same to you Iliana! I browsed Netgalley yesterday, but I logged out before I could request any new titles 🙂

  • I am a little late, but also from me a very happy 2014! I hope this will be a very good year for you. And if I look at the list of books you want to read, it looks like it will be!

    Kind regards,

    • Happy new year to you too, Bettina! Hope you too have a good reading year.

  • I would love to get to Pillars of the Earth this year, too.

    • It’s quite a lengthy book. I guess that’s why I haven’t gotten to it yet….

  • You’ve got some great titles on your re-read and to-read lists! I’m also planning on staying away from NetGalley as soon as I finish the remaining titles on my queue; am sort of trying to re-group myself with regards to what I’m reading and blogging on at the moment.

    Wishing you a happy reading year! 🙂

    • Happy reading year to you too, Lianne! I hope I enjoy the books I’ve listed, but I’m sure I will, because everyone seem to think it’s a good list of books 🙂 Good luck with your self imposed Netgalley ban!

  • Happy new year! That’s a long list of TBR to read, I’m guessing you’ll just be picking from it instead of reading everything? (Though good on you if you are!) A set number of review books is a good idea, and best of luck staying away from Netgalley as that can be difficult.

    • Thanks, the same to you Charlie! I hope to read all of them this year, but if I don’t I will just work my way through it 🙂

  • I’m trying SO HARD to stay away from Netgalley! It’s not easy 😉

    Love the list of books you want to get to. The Pillars of the Earth is outstanding!

    • I’m glad! (that everyone says Pillars of the Earth is good)
      I’m staying away from Netgalley and it’s surprisingly easy so far 🙂

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  • Great list of books! I just finished Divergent and I loved it, but I haven’t read The Hunger Games so I can’t really compare it to anything. Moving onto Insurgent next. I also plan to read Life After Life by Kate Atkinson this year. I’ve heard that it’s a great book.

    • Thanks! I’m glad you loved Divergent, that’s a good sign. I hope I do too