My 2014 Reading List

2014 Reading List (books to read!)I wouldn’t call it a resolution, per se (as soon as I label anything a “resolution,” I am pretty much resolving to never do it), but I’d love to spend more time reading and less time Keeping Up With The Kardashians this year.

Health-Related Reads

You may have noticed by now that I’m kinda into health and fitness. Just a little. A couple of these books were actually recommended by you guys in response to a tweet of mine a few weeks ago. Gotta love social media!

Non-Fiction Reads

Ok, this list of books might officially put me on the no-fly list. But I am not exaggerating even a little when I say I could watch documentaries and read books about drug lords, mobsters, gangsters, villains and serial killers 24/7/365. Don’t be scared of me, please.

  • Killing Pablo by Mark Bowden: I am fascinated by Pablo Escobar. I know I was five when he died, making it impossible, but I still secretly wish I was him in a past life. Weird? Creepy? Whatever.
  • Brutal: The Untold Story of Life Inside Whitey Bulger’s Irish Mob by Phyllis Karas: Living in Boston, all you hear about is Whitey. I’ve been told this book is awesome, and the author even came to the beach I used to lifeguard at on the Vineyard. So now I have to read it.
  • The United States of Paranoia: A Conspiracy Theory by Jesse Walker: I took a Terrorism class in college one semester (relax, it wasn’t a how-to course), and actually did my final project on 9/11 conspiracy theories. Not saying I necessarily believe them all, but they’re fascinating to read about. This novel covers all the major conspiracy theories in American culture and politics.
  • Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson by Jeff Guinn: C’mon, don’t act like you’re not curious about what was going on in Manson’s head as a kid.
  • Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger: I mean, I couldn’t have this entire list of non-fiction books make you afraid of me. Written by a marketing professor, this book explores what makes things popular—sounds so interesting!
  • Smuggler Nation: How Illicit Trade Made America by Peter Andreas: Contraband, history, illegal activities, capitalism—sounds like a good read to me!

Classic Reads

After switching my major eight times in college (literally), I accidently (literally) ended up with an English degree. This meant reading lots of the classics, and growing to love over-analyzing complicated, old books. I still feel like there are tons of iconic novels that I haven’t tackled.

  • Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov: 50 Shades of Grey sucked. Literally, but figuratively as well. I’d like some WELL-WRITTEN sexual scandal, thank you very much.
  • As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner: The Sound and the Fury is my absolute favorite book ever, so it’s borderline ridiculous that I haven’t read any of Faulkner’s other works.

Beach Reads

You need some quick, enjoyable reading material for the beach and travel.

  • And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini: I’m actually already halfway done with this novel. Hosseini (author of The Kite Runner) is just such a phenomenal writer that even when nothing is really happening in the novel, it’s such an enjoyable read.
  • Bossypants by Tina Fey: I’ve wanted to read this for so long! I hear it’s hilarious—and I’d expect nothing less from Tina Fey.
  • The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling): I actually picked this for book club months and months ago and then never read it. I heard mixed reviews from my friends (most actually didn’t like it), but I’m just so curious to see what a non-Harry Potter novel looks like from Rowling.

Wow. 16 books. I’m going to have to pass on, like, ten Kardashians TV marathons to get through them all this year. I feel smarter already…

What books are on your reading list?

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Comments

  1. I want to read cooked as well! Also this one: http://www.amazon.com/Salt-Sugar-Fat-Giants-Hooked/dp/1400069807

  2. I just started The Interstings by Meg Wolitzer – so good!

  3. The fact that your fav book is the sound and the fury makes me trust your recommendations 100%! A good few of those foodie ones are one my list too :)

  4. I’m in the process of reading The Cuckoo’s Calling right now. I already know I’m going to love it or hate it but I think I have a more objective opinion because I’ve never read anything by Rowling so I’ve got nothing to compare it to.

  5. I read Bossypants by Tina Fey while on an airplane, and it literally took all of my restraint to keep from having gut laughs that made everyone turn and look at me like I was a crazy lady. It’s great. If you like it, try reading a couple by Chelsea Handler, she’s hilarious as well. Wheat Belly really makes you never even look at gluten items ever again.

  6. GREAT LIST!

  7. Bossypants will always be one of my favorite books. EVER.

    I thought Cuckoos Calling was good, there’s a pretty good twist at the end!

  8. Marion Nestle is my idle..her book “What to Eat” is incredible and she has a new one called “Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics” that I believe is a little more up to date.

  9. Bossypants is the best. You’re gonna die! You should add The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. Its really good. I’m reading Beautiful Ruins right now and it’s “meh” so far.

  10. Ohhhh Lolita is a good one! I think you will like it :)

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  11. You sound like me. I have shelves of books that I want to read, books piled on top of my bed, books piled on my side table by the couch…I love to read, but every time I sit down at home, I just want to watch TV and not use my brain…

  12. I didn’t like “Cuckoo’s Calling” either, and I’m a huge HP fan. I love reading crime fiction, so I was pumped to read Cuckoo, but found it terribly boring.

    Also, have you read any Dennis Lehane? All his books are Boston crime fiction (he wrote Shutter Island, Gone Baby Gone, Mystic River, etc) and are SO good. I highly recommend him :)

  13. If you’re looking for a better 50 Shades of Grey (because I agree, that series sucked and not in the good way) I highly recommend Blindfolded Innocence and Masked Innocence which both come out this year. I read review copies of both and they’re a great blend of sexy and smart. Lolita is great though, just really effing disturbing.

  14. I read Wheat Belly and just didn’t think there was any basis to wheat being ‘bad’, unless of course you have celiac disease. I’m the ‘everything in moderation type”.

    I was reading And the Mountains Echoed (I absolutely love Khaled Hosseini), but I put it down .. just wasn’t in the mood for that kind of book and I haven’t picked it back up yet.

    Monica

    • Now I’m super intrigued to read Wheat Belly–it seems like everyone I’ve talked to either wasn’t impressed or thinks it’s the Bible of food haha

  15. I was just flipping through my copy of Crazy Sexy Diet the other day, and while I was skeptical reading a lot of the info on my first time through, I think she makes a lot of really great points. As a scientist, one of the things I’m still trying to wrap my head around and understand is the concept of balancing food pH but it’s nice to see she’s done a lot of research on everything she shares with her readers.

    • Kimberly Snyder talks a lot about food pH, too–I found myself thinking “ehh, this is way too much to worry about when putting together a meal” haha, but I still think it’s really interesting–and is has convinced me to cut down on the coffee.

  16. the conspiracy theory book looks interesting..I love reading about conspiracy theories, but it’s also kind of nerve wracking to know that we will probably never know the truth/full-truth!

  17. If you want a great laugh read anything by David Sedaris. Naked being my favorite one. Random, insanely stories stories about his life

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