musings, thoughts, and writings of Barbara W. Klaser

January 3, 2015

Reading in 2015

I don’t do resolutions anymore, but this list intrigues me. I read many of these books last year, and who knows, I might read the rest this year….

26 Books to Read in 2015

I’m cheating and listing some of my reading in 2014 that I think fits the list with a promise that maybe I’ll fill in the holes in 2015 – I know I’ll be reading lots.

1) A book you own but haven’t read – maybe in 2015 – there are quite a few of these to choose from.

2) A book that was made into a movie – Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brien – actually the movie was not just from this book but combined elements from a few in the series – sill the title is the same.

3) A book you pick solely because of the cover – Abby Spencer Goes to Bollywood by Varsha Bajaj – the cover definitely drew me in, and I enjoyed this YA book a lot more than I expected.

4) A book your friend loves – The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett – several friends recommended over time and I’m glad I finally listened.

5) A book published this year – I’m looking forward to see what’s new in books this year.

6) A book by an author you’ve never read before – I read LOTS of these in 2014 and I’m sure I’ll read lots more in 2015.

7) A book by an author you love – I read many books by Anne McCaffrey in 2014, some I hadn’t read before.

8 ) A book at the bottom of your “to-be-read” pile – 2BR02B by Kurt Vonnegut.

9) A book with a color in the title – A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle.

10) A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit – Fluency by Jennifer Foehner Wells – set in space, and I’ve always been fascinated with outer space and yes, a big part of me would love to go there, although I never will – isn’t it nice we can visit such places in books? The Sweetness of Forgetting by Kristen Harmel took me to Paris, which was nice.

11) A book you started but never finished – She by Robert A. Johnson – a Jungian exploration of the feminine psyche – I finally went back and finished, and I’m not sure why I didn’t finish it before, as it’s a short book – I must have been interrupted.

12) A book with a lion. A witch. Or a wardrobe – A Thousand Perfect Things by Kay Kenyon – if statues of lions that come to life through magic count.

13) A book with a female heroine – Wool, Shift and Dust by Hugh Howey – Juliette is one of my favorite female protagonists yet – but I read lots of books with strong female protagonists this past year, and I think more are being written now than in the past, which makes me happy.

14) A book set in the summer – yes, but if I tell you which book, it will give away the ending, because that was part of the outcome of the book.

15) A book of poems – maybe in 2015 – I have read books of poems before and I’m sure I will again – I recently downloaded A Celtic Twilight, and I love Yeats.

16) A book you learned about because of this challenge – I’m sure having done this will inspire something in 2015.

17) A book that will make you smarter – hm…

18) A book with a blue cover – A Course In Miracles – finished reading the text portion in 2014. I have another book with a blue cover that I hope to get around to in 2015.

19) A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t – please don’t tell me I have to read Moby Dick in 2015? Well, okay, maybe….

20) A book “everyone” but you has read – The Alchemist by Paul Coelho.

21) A book with a great first line – none that I recall, but I don’t pay that much attention to first lines – the whole book needs to be good for me to enjoy it – Anna Karenina has a purportedly “great” first line – perhaps I’ll finally finish reading that in 2015. I started it on jury duty years ago and never finished.

22) A book with pictures – Knitting Brioche: The Essential Guide to the Brioche Stitch by Nancy Marchant.

23) A book from the library – Does Kindle Unlimited count? It sure saves me some money – several books I read toward the end of 2014 were borrowed from there.

24) A book you loved – read it again! – The Pern books by Anne McCaffrey – some I had read before numerous times, and some were new to me.

25) A book that is more than 10 years old – A Mysterious Affair At Styles by Agatha Christie.

26) A book based on a true story – Don Quixote in China: The Search for Peach Blossom Spring by Dean Barrett – so funny, and it was based on his real travels in China.

I hope to update the software for this blog this year, so it will no longer be “broken”. I’m very sorry about that.

— Barbara @ rudimentary 2:52 pm PST, 01/03/15

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