Books I Need to Read Before 2014

Books I Need to Read Before 2014
It’s Deceeeeember! I love Christmas and I’ll be trying to make the most of the festive season (Christmas markets and jumpers! Taylor Swift’s Holiday Collection! Food and family games!) but it also means it’s nearly the end of the year, which I always feel comes too soon. I’ve tried to read books as and when I feel like it this year, rather than picking out a stack of books I think I should read next, but I’m going against that now because I absolutely must read these four books before 2014!

Round the Christmas Fire: Festive Stories by Nancy Mitford, John Cheever, Charles Dickens, Edith Nesbit, Laurie Lee, M.R. James, Edith Wharton, P.G. Wodehouse and many more!

What is it about? Round the Christmas Fire is a lovely collection of classic Christmas stories. I first came acrosss it in a bookshop and it’s probably one of the very few books I’ve bought in a long time without having discovered it on social media first. I thought it had a beautiful cover and I adore Christmas stories, but I didn’t buy it. I kept seeing it again and again in every bookshop I went in to – and I’ve been to a lot this year – so I finally decided to go for it.

Why do I need to read it? It’s Christmas! If I don’t read it now, I won’t be able to read it until late 2014 because I cannot bring myself to read festive stories unless it’s Christmas. And it’ll count towards my 2013 Classics Challenge, which is a plus!

The Lost Daughter by Diane Chamberlain

What is it about? The Lost Daughter (also known as The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes) will be my first book by Diane Chamberlaine. I’m really looking forward to it since she’s always recommended for people who enjoy Jodi Picoult, who’s one of my favourite authors. In 1977, pregnant Genevieve Russell disappeared. Twenty years later, her remains are discovered and Timothy Gleason is charged with murder. But there is no sign of the unborn child.

Why do I need to read it? It’s one of my mum’s favourite books and so I borrowed it from her. Nineteen Minutes is our favourite book by Jodi Picoult and my mum said she hadn’t come across a book she enjoyed as much until she read The Lost Daughter, so obviously I must read it to see what I think! Plus, she keeps saying I have to give it back if I don’t.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan

What is it about? I’m sure you all know more about WG, WG than I do! One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two strangers cross paths. Two teens with the same name, running in two very different circles, suddenly find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, culminating in heroic turns-of-heart and the most epic musical ever to grace the high school stage.

Why do I need to read it? The Fault in Our Stars was the last John Green book I read, back in January 2012. I avoided reading this one because then I wouldn’t have had any John Green books left to read. I tried to hold out and wait until his next book was soon to be published, but since I bought it in July 2011, I think it’s about time I read it. One of my favourite books, Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares, was co-authord by David Levithan, and I read Every Day this year, so I’m looking forward to this collaboration.

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

What is it about? The Snow Child was one of the bestselling books of 2012. Alaska, 1920: a brutal place to homestead, and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel. Childless, they are drifting apart. In a moment of levity during the first snowfall, they build a child out of snow. The next morning the snow child is gone–but they glimpse a young girl running through the trees.

Why do I need to read it? I bought The Snow Child in May 2012. It sounds a little unusual and I probably wouldn’t have picked it up on my own, but everyone I knew who had read it absolutely loved it. (I also wanted to buy it before the paperback was published as it’s a beautiful book). It’s another one of those books I won’t read unless it’s winter, so I better get to it.

Books I Need to Read Before 2014


I'm looking forward to writing out my Christmas cards this weekend!

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Which books do you want to read before 2014?

20 thoughts on “Books I Need to Read Before 2014

  1. I love your photo’s, they always makes me want to stop what I’m doing and start reading!

  2. I’m dying to read Will Grayson, Will Grayson so I hope you enjoy it! I read my first John Green book during the summer (TFiOS) and finished Paper Towns last week so I hope to read the rest of his books (both solo and as a co-author) before his new book comes out next year.

    • I really hope so too, especially after waiting for so long to read it! Paper Towns and TFiOS are my favourites, followed by Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines and Let It Snow.

  3. I read The Snow Child about a year ago and loved it – I think I’m going to try and reread it soon. The snowy Alaska setting means it’s a great winter read too 😉 Hope you enjoy these!

  4. Will Grayson, Will Grayson has been sitting on my shelf waiting to be read since forever too! For the exact same reason 😀 Who knows when his next book is coming out.

    • I expect we don’t have TOO long to wait! I’m assuming late 2014, since we’ve not heard anything yet.

      • I don’t want to get my hopes up because in late 2012 I found a new book by him on Amazon which was supposed to come out January 2013. In January this date changed to January 2014 and now I expect it to change to 2015 😀
        Has I announced somewhere that he has started writing again? I really don’t want to wait that much longer

  5. I would read the collection of festive stories as you said it’s Christmas and when not now when then? it is always a good feeling reading something christmasy during winter time plus a cup of tea or some selfbaked cookies.

    I must admit that Will Grayson Will Grayson did not satisfy me although both authors, especially Levithan, are some of my favourite author. Don’t get your expectations too high.

  6. Will Grayson, Will Grayson is such an awesome book and I loved it. John Green and David Levithan, although they may seem similar, have two completely different writing styles and it’s really highlighted in this book. I really love your edition, too!
    The Snow Child sounds gorgeous. I’ve heard it mentioned a lot in the past few days but haven’t known anything about it. After reading above I really want to try it out now.

    Hope you get around to them, Stacey! 😀

    • I’m onto the second chapter now and I can see what you mean about the different writing styles. I think I’m really going to enjoy it. I have no idea where the story is going to go. I heard something about musicals, but that’s it, ha.

  7. Oooh, the cover of Round the Christmas Fire just makes me so giddy. Seventeen more days!!! 😀 And The Snow Child is on my list too – like you, I’ve heard so many good things about it. I have a lot of books I want to read before 2014, and I doubt I’m going to squeeze them all in… but hopefully one Christmas book? Maybe more?

  8. With Round The Christmas Fire catching my eye in the bookshop this time last year, I so nearly bought it… Seeing the beautiful cover now certainly makes me regret that! I hope you get round to reading all of these before the end of 2014… And hopefully we’ll see a review of The Snow Child… Hint, hint.
    Bits & Bobs

  9. The Snow Child is so, so good! It was the last book I read last year and it was the perfect way to finish off the year. It instantly became a favorite and I’m hoping I’ll have enough time to reread it before the year is over. Round the Christmas Fire looks amazing and seems to be my cup of tea, will have to add it to my tbr-list. Another book I would like to reread before the year is over is A christmas carol by Dickens.

    • That’s excellent to hear! I hope I enjoy it just as much.

      I’ve only ever read A Christmas Carol for school, so I would like to read it. Perhaps I can sneak it in.

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