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Reading Countdown for 2014…My “Backlist Bliss”

backlist bliss

I dislike wishing time away. I’m an “in the moment” type of person. But I am also a planner. A list-maker. An organizer. Sometimes to a fault. As much as I like to pretend I am spontaneous, making a plan creeps into my psyche. When I saw all the posts for Halloween reads and literary costumes, I realized that there are only about 9 weeks left of 2014! How did this happen? So…the listy girl in me went through all the books on my shelves, in my ereader, at the library, on my Goodreads TBR list and tried to come up with what I want to read before the year is over.

I’m technically “FREE” right now. I have only 4 books that are considered required reading before the year’s end. Three for two book clubs and one for a book tour. I mentioned my state of “Backlist Bliss” in Monday’s post because  that’s how I feel when I get to choose what I read. I ultimately choose every book but sometimes I spread myself thin by saying yes to ARCs and tours and author requests. I know for 2015 I am not only going to promote up and coming new releases but make sure to spend my time reading as much backlist as possible.

So here is what I came up with:


1. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak (552 pages)

2. Unbroken – Laura Hillenbrand (473 pages)

3. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood (311 pages)

4. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath (288 pages)

5. The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt (771 pages)

6. Gilead – Marilynne Robinson (247 pages)

2014 Releases ( I guess these are considered backlist also at this point!):

7. Florence Gordon – Brian Morton (320 pages)

8. The Secret History of Wonder Woman – Jill Lepore (432 pages)

9. The Ploughmen – Kim Zupan (272 pages)

10. Fourth of July Creek – Smith Henderson (470 pages)

Book Club Books:

11. The Light Between Oceans – M.L. Stedman (343 pages)

12. The Yellow Birds – Kevin Powers (226 pages)

13. Still Life With Breadcrumbs – Anna Quindlen (252 pages)

Book Tour:

14. Woman With a Gun – Phillip Margolin (320 pages)

And there are the various ARCs/classics/YA/children’s that might just sneak in that I missed along the way. I’m moody and I work in a library. It could all change tomorrow. But I’m going to really try to get these 14 in before year’s end. That’s about one and a half a week with about 5,000 pages in all! Yes, some are chunksters but hey, I’m up for the challenge.

What books are you planning/hoping to read before 2014 comes to a close?

If you want to join in on the type A list making please link you post in your comments. I’d love to see them!

How about we call it #2014readingcountdown.


12 thoughts on “Reading Countdown for 2014…My “Backlist Bliss”

  1. What a great list! There are dozens of books I’d like to read before the end of the year, but I’m not going to make a list because I know I’ll be disappointed . . . and those books aren’t going anywhere. January is a quiet month, with lots of extra reading time!

  2. ‘The Book Thief, Unbroken,’ and ‘The Light Between Oceans’ are all amazing. ‘Light’ was a book club selection for me as well and made for a great discussion.

    I have a few books I’m obligated to read due to book clubs before the end of the year, but the one I want to read for myself will be the last book in my ‘When Are You Reading? Challenge’ which is 13 books set in different time periods. I’m missing 1890-1909 (really hard, by the way) so I’m going to search for a book set in that period.

    Happy Reading!

  3. You’ve got some great reading ahead! I’m in the same place myself- burned out by all the release date reading I’ve done this year and while I don’t have a post about it here are a few of my picks to read in the next two months: Stoner, Divergent, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, and An Untamed State.

  4. Nice list….I don’t think I have read any of them, though, but have heard of them.

    I have so many books that are “backlisted.”

    I hope to read A WOMAN’S CHOICE by Annie Thomas, AUNTI LEE’S DEADLY SPECIALS, and DIE I WILL NOT. There are TONS more, but those three came to mind first. 🙂

    Very nice blog…I don’t think I have visited before.

    Going to follow by E-mail.

    ENJOY your reading week. I found your blog on comments in River City Reading’s Blog.

    Silver’s Reviews
    My It’s Monday, What Are You Reading

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