Julia’s 2014 reading challenge

For the fourth year in a row, I’m doing a reading challenge!

As I recently talked about, I’m changing things up a bit this year. Before I get into details, let’s talk another quick walk down memory lane…

My 2011 reading challenge
Goal: Read 24 books (two per month, on average).
FAIL – I came up short… big time!
Total books read for the year: 19

My 2012 reading challenge
Goal: Read 12 specific books.
PASS – I had read them all by November 2012!
Total books read for the year: 28

Julia's 2012 reading challenge

Julia’s 2012 reading challenge

My 2013 reading challenge
Read 12 specific books.
PASS – I’ve read them all, just in the nick of time!
Total books read for the year: 27

Julia's 2013 reading challenge

Julia’s 2013 reading challenge

For 2014, I wanted to up the ante, just a little bit. One of my goals for 2014 is to unplug after work and focus on cooking, spending time with my fiancé and reading. Hopefully less time on my laptop and iPad helps me meet this new (and more challenging) goal for 2014.

My 2014 reading challenge
Read 12 specific books and 30 books in total.

Before I go any further, I just wanted to point out that my total book goal for 2014 is five more books than Erin H.’s. Yeah yeah, she’s having a baby, but she’s also the most voracious reader I know. So I’m boasting already.

As for the 12 specific books I’m aiming to read this year, they are:

Julia's 2014 reading challenge

Julia’s 2014 reading challenge

  1. The Magician’s Nephew – C.S. Lewis
  2. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
  3. The End of Your Life Book Club – Will Schwalbe
  4. And the Mountains Echoed – Khaled Hosseini
  5. The Friday Night Knitting Club – Kate Jacobs
  6. Player One: What Is to Become of Us – Douglas Coupland
  7. Fallen Skies – Philippa Gregory
  8. The Cuckoo’s Calling – Robert Galbraith
  9. The Purchase – Linda Spalding
  10. Orange is the New Black – Piper Kerman
  11. She’s Come Undone – Wally Lamb
  12. Cutting for Stone – Abraham Verghese

These are all books I already own, have been lent to me, or I’ve inherited from family members. The first two I plan to tackle are The Cuckoo’s Calling and Cutting for Stone, because they’re borrowed from friends. I’m excited to read all of them!

As for reading a total of 30 books this year, well… I’ve never done it before. The most I’ve ever read (since I started counting in 2011) is 28. I am sure I can top 30 if I put my mind to it (and stay unplugged after work Monday to Friday).

So now, here’s the question – what’s your 2014 reading challenge?


About Julia Kent

Julia is an outgoing and energetic writer and food blogger from Halifax. Five years ago, Julia started The Unputdownable Book Club and her food blog, The Domestic Blonde. A graduate of Carleton University’s journalism program, Julia currently works in Ottawa in public relations. As a former broadcast journalist and with a background in musical theatre, she is a natural presenter. In her free time, she recipe-tests, reads, runs, hosts a podcast called Young PR Pros, watches bad television and plays competitive soccer. She’s addicted to Canadian Living and Chapters Indigo. Her favourite books include A Thousand Splendid Suns, Pride & Prejudice and The Book of Negroes. Twitter: @kentjulia
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