Reading in 2014

On Goodreads, I set a reading goal of 30 books.  Well, I hope to go beyond that.  As always, I have my large pile of books at home to go through, as well as a good number of titles on my iPhone’s Kindle app.  Since I have a target of 30, and I can’t rely on the eBooks, as I don’t read them as often, I’ll list my next 30 paper books to read.  Here they are:

  1. Life, the Universe and Everything – Douglas Adams (currently reading)
  2. Wizard’s First Rule – Terry Goodkind
  3. 2061: Odyssey Three – Arthur C. Clarke
  4. Angel Fire East – Terry Brooks
  5. Xenocide – Orson Scott Card
  6. The Rise of Endymion – Dan Simmons
  7. Moving Pictures – Terry Pratchett
  8. A Storm of Swords – George R. R. Martin
  9. The Seeds of Earth – Michael Cobley
  10. So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish – Douglas Adams
  11. 3001: The Final Odyssey – Arthur C. Clarke
  12. Homeland – R. A. Salvatore
  13. Star Trek: Nemesis – J. M. Dillard
  14. Deadhouse Gates – Steven Erikson
  15. Julius Caesar – William Shakespeare
  16. The Neutronium Alchemist – Peter F. Hamilton
  17. The Iliad – Homer
  18. The Dragon Reborn – Robert Jordan
  19. Mercury – Ben Bova
  20. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – C. S. Lewis
  21. Redemption Ark – Alastair Reynolds
  22. Reaper Man – Terry Pratchett
  23. Green Mars – Kim Stanley Robinson
  24. Hamlet – William Shakespeare
  25. Dune Messiah – Frank Herbert
  26. Children of the Mind – Orson Scott Card
  27. Exile – R. A. Salvatore
  28. The Naked God – Peter F. Hamilton
  29. Armageddon’s Children – Terry Brooks
  30. Blue Mars – Kim Stanley Robinson

Also, here’s the list of eBooks I’m working on.  I’ll list the next 15 books to read, and these are in order of download.

  1. The Kingdom and the Crown – S. R. Ford (currently reading)
  2. Scavenger’s War – Jack Sheppard
  3. The Annihilation of Foreverland – Tony Bertauski
  4. The Sword and the Dragon – M. R. Mathias
  5. The Somali Doctrine – James Grenton
  6. The Circle of Sorcerers – Brian Kittrell
  7. First Contact – Michael R. Hicks
  8. Blood Skies – Steven Montano
  9. The Book of Deacon – Joseph R. Lallo
  10. Keepers of Water – R. G. Porter
  11. Young Lord of Khadora – Richard S. Tuttle
  12. Blood and Steel – Martin Parece
  13. The Seekers of Fire – Lynna Merrill
  14. The Prophecy – Jeffrey M. Poole
  15. Legon Awakening – Nicholas Taylor

I also have a couple of art books I’m reading at home, both of which are mostly art, but also plenty of text about the art and subjects.  They are:

  1. The World of Robert Bateman (currently reading)
  2. Robert Bateman: An Artist in Nature

I’d love to finish them all this year.  Anything catch your eye?

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15 thoughts on “Reading in 2014”

  1. I’d like to move on with the Ender’s books. I’m at the point where my next one is also Xenocide. I’m also kind of interested in perhaps reading Ender’s Shadow next, though, to see Ender’s Game from Bean’s point of view.

    I want to read Bova for the first time this year. One of the Grand Tour novels, though not sure where to start. I have the latest and one of the books a couple back, both of which were sent to me by Tor Books.

    None of the authors on your ebook list look familiar, so I’ll be interested in checking out your thoughts on them.

    1. I have the Ender’s Shadow books in my closet. I’ll get to those eventually. I also only have 3 of Ben Bova’s books. They’re kind of hard to find in bookstores in Japan.

      Of all the authors in my ebook list, M. R. Mathias catches my eye. He wrote that book while he was in prison.

  2. An impressive reading list. Reminds me I need to incorporate some classics into my reading list for 2014. I managed 56 last year at Goodreads. Going for 52 books read this year again. One per week is a reasonable goal. Good luck with your list.

    Chris

    1. Good luck with your goal, too. I’m not sure if I’ll ever be able to make 52 in a year. I have too many things to do.

      Classics are good to read. I love Shakespeare.

  3. Exile! I read Homeland and actually liked it quite a lot even though it was a lot more epic than I like my fantasies. I loved Drizzt’s character, too, seeing as how I read it during the rise of Twilight to fame, which I wasn’t too fond of. And I started Exile but never finished. I’ll have to keep an eye out for your review of that one.

    1. My introduction to Drizzt is the Icewind Dale trilogy. I found it rather cliche and predictable, so I wasn’t really expecting much out of the Dark Elf trilogy. I’ll see how I like it. Apparently, my sister is reading a lot of Forgotten Realms now.

      1. This is a series I’ve not tried but do want to. One of the things I enjoyed doing was trying out some long-running series last year that I hadn’t tried: Vorkosigan series, Liaden series (which I started reading as the year ended), the first three novels of the Elric saga. Hope to do more of that this year, both continuing with those series and trying new ones.

        1. Vorkosigan is one I’d like to try. The thing about Forgotten Realms is that several authors have written in it, though Salvatore is probably the most prolific.

  4. Some thoughts: Deadhouse Gates, Redemption Ark, the Mars books, and the Endymion pair are all mind-blowers. I thought 2061 was ok until the end, which irritated me enough that I decided not to read 3001. (Amazon reviews also contributed to that decision.) I am also chipping away at the Hamilton books, so maybe we could coordinate something.
    Bova… not sure what is best. He is nothing if not consistent. The Moonwar books are early in the Grant Tour, though most are more or less stand-alone.

    1. Yeah, those are big books, too. And despite the reviews of 3001, I’m still going to read it. It’s short, so it’s not a big investment of time. Have yet to read Bova, too. As for Hamilton, we’ll see. The way I read, sometimes it’s hard for me to stick to any schedule on time.

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