Erin’s 2014 reading challenge

As many of you know I had a very ambitious reading challenge in 2013. I challenged myself to read 45 books (having read 49 the year before) including the 12 book club books and 25 specific books that I already owned and needed to read. Needless to say I did not meet that goal. As mentioned in this post I have a number of legitimate excuses – the number 1 being I’m pregnant.

This year – since I am 7.5 months along and have only until mid-March until there is a bundle of screaming and pooping joy taking up my every waking (and sleeping) minute – I have significantly reduced my challenge.

challenge-accepted-wallpapers_31078_1440x900I have chosen to set a goal of 25 books overall, including 16 specific novels that I own and need to read. The other nine will be made up of book club choices (I am assuming I won’t get to those in the first few months after birth). I may adjust that number up if things go better than expected… aka if I get more sleep than I think I will!

Since I missed my target last year, included in those 16 specific novels are three that I was supposed to read last year but did not make it to (the bolded ones).

  1. They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children: The Global Quest to Eradicate the Use of Child Soldiers by Roméo Dallaire
  2. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  3. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
  4. Graveminder by Melissa Marr
  5. Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum
  6. The Year of the Flood  by Margaret Atwood
  7. Still Missing by  Chevy Stevens
  8. The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
  9. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
  10. The Lost Girls: Three Friends. Four Continents. One Unconventional Detour Around the World By Jennifer Baggett
  11. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling)
  12. My Best Stories by Alice Munro
  13. Road Ends by Mary Lawson
  14. Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink
  15. The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield
  16. The Shipping News by Annie Proulx

I am looking forward to all of my choices above and the book club novels yet to be chosen and will hopefully make my target this year!

Wish me luck!


About Erin Hopkin

I am a graduate of Carleton University with a Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management, with a specialization in International Studies (yes that may be the longest undergraduate degree title ever). Essentially it means I was trained to work in international policy making for the government – but that is not where I ended up. I actually work writing proposals and winning lots of business for a facility project management firm. I have always been a reader; however, my book choices have changed over the years. In university I read a lot of fantasy or books with happy endings because I was studying political science and international relations – often there are no happy resolutions to those conflicts. I now read more contemporary fiction novels with some classics, non-fiction, political and YA (a guilty pleasure) thrown in. I was drawn to the Unputdownable Book Club by my love of reading, wine and food and I am never disappointed!
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