New Year’s Resolution: Read, Read, READ

Hey, there! It’s been some time since I’ve posted. Actually, this is the first post of the new year. I’m totally slacking. Anyway, you may have noticed that the title of this post is singular–“Resolution.” That’s because I made multiple resolutions late last year for 2015 but it appears I’ll only be sticking with one of them.

This year, my resolution is to read at least 26 books. I’m a slow reader, so this is a more than reasonable, maybe even slightly stretched (like my favorite pair of jeans), goal [hopefully]. As you’ll see by the image below, my list doesn’t yet include a full 26 titles. That’s where you come in.

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2015 Reading List



My latest kill is Insurgent, the second book in the Divergent series by Veronica Roth. I read Divergent last year; it started off slow, but when the action finally kicked in, I couldn’t put it down. I had high hopes for the second book after that, of course.

Even though I have enjoyed both Divergent and Insurgent, it’s still irritating when Tris shows her age through her ridiculous thoughts on relationships and secrecy. I wanted so bad to slap some sense into that 16-year-old’s brain throughout Insurgent, but the enthralling suspense and plot twists made tolerating her stupidity well worth the read. This dystopian teen fiction series is quite addicting.

I can’t wait until Insurgent is released in theaters on March 20, 2015. I plan to attend one of the showings that Sunday, so hopefully I’ll be able to post a review of the book-to-movie transition shortly thereafter. I think they did nice work with Divergent, and the trailer for the upcoming release looks pretty awesome, so I’m willing to bet it’ll be worth the money to see in 3D. Here’s hoping!

I’ve often found myself comparing how I’d react in their situations to how each of the factions handle what they’re going through, and after considering my potential reactions, I have decided that I too am Divergent.

Have you read the books? What faction do you feel you fit in, if any?

Cheating with The Silkworm

So, I’m not sure if this constitutes cheating, so to speak, but I started The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (a.k.a. JK Rowling) last year and finished earlier this year and I’ve decided to count it as my first book tackled in 2015. It took forever mostly because I had a lot going on last year and I actually lost interest in reading for a bit. It has come back, thank goodness, as has my desire to write.

The Silkworm is well written, but this mystery is somewhat hard to follow. Maybe it’s just me, because it took me months to read it; but there are so many characters that at times I felt it difficult to discern which character was which. The author does take the reader for a wild goose chase, for lack of a better comparison, throwing him/her bits of evidence that point to various characters throughout the book, which makes for a crazy ending. I can’t wait to see what Galbraith throws at us next.

The Picture of Dorian Gray

I spent too much time away from my bookshelves due to personal reasons lately. I wasn’t home for two weeks, so when I finished Insurgent, I was going stir crazy. I was snowed in a good hour away from home (crazy weather!), so I didn’t have access to Allegiant, the third book in the Divergent series. My craving for words was at a level unlike any other, so I finally let myself go. I can’t believe I did it, but it’s official. I own two ebooks, courtesy of the iBooks app on my iPod.

In the wild struggle for existence, we want to have something that endures, and so we fill our minds with rubbish and facts, in the silly hope of keeping our place. -Lord Henry, The Picture of Dorian Gray

The app has a section of free books, and I found The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. I’ve been wanting to read that book for a few years now; and since I didn’t own a hard copy, I figured I’d search the iBooks app and there it was! I’m in chapter two at the moment, and I’m so glad I downloaded it. It’s so good! Quote-worthy, even. (But ebooks are still a last resort for me, a display of my desperation.)

So, back to you. Take a second look at my list, and feel free to leave a comment with a suggestion or two!


(PS: Trello is an excellent web tool to keep track of lists and assignments and such. Hence, the image of my reading list.)



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7 responses to “New Year’s Resolution: Read, Read, READ

  1. Have you read “Gone Girl” yet? I have the paperback, and you can borrow it if you decide to read it. I just started the “Guardians of Ga’Hoole” series and am really liking “Capture” (first in the series). I started reading it out of desperation because I didn’t have anything else lined up after Gone Girl. I’m glad I pulled it from my kiddo’s stash of young reader books. 🙂


    • A friend of mine had recommended “Gone Girl” to me early last year before the movie was released. She said it was excellent and that I’d like it, so I bought it super cheap on (my go-to site for everything books). When I finally got around to reading it, I enjoyed the first few chapters, but then I started to get annoyed with how everything pointed to the husband and his reactions. Then I reached a part where I decided I’d had enough, and I put the book down.

      If you enjoy mystery books, I highly recommend “The Cuckoo’s Calling,” by Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling). It’s the first Cormoran Strike novel, before “The Silkworm.” If you’re interested after the Guardians of Ga’Hoole series, you can borrow my hardcover.

      I’ve never heard of Guardians of Ga’Hoole, but I’ll definitely look into it. Thanks! 🙂


  2. So glad I found your blog because I’m trying for the exact same thing this year…actually I was going for 24 books (two a month) but close enough. I did a blog about the 4 books I’ve already and there might be some you would enjoy:

    I went into a little more detail about Four Seasons in Rome on today’s post. But anyway, I hope you keep posting! I’m looking forward to hearing more about the books you read. I’ve also always wanted to read Dorian Gray, so maybe you’ll finally be the thing to push me into it!


    • Super! Thanks a bunch. I’m glad you stumbled upon my blog, as well. I’ll be sure to stop by yours. 🙂

      So far, The Picture of Dorian Gray is great. You definitely should read it. If I’m still reading it on an iPod, you can bet I’ll vouch for its great quality thus far. (I still can’t believe I’m reading an electronic copy….)

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  3. Emily K. Stamm

    I can give you so many book recommendations! It really all depends on what you’re interested in/in the mood for. Here are some of my favorites from recently you might be interested in….

    The Golem and the Jinni:

    Among Others: (I love Jo Walton, so if you see one of her other books that interests you more maybe try that! This one is just my favorite!

    Code Name Verity:

    Anything by Jennifer Wiener:

    You know where to find me if you need more recommendations!


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