First Quarter 2014 Summation

First Quarter 2014 Summation

Here is an abstract of my literary doings during the first quarter of 2014.

Books Read

January 2014
The Rosie Project, by Graeme Simsion – 1/6/2014
Long Division, by Kiese Laymon – 1/22/2014
How To Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, by Mohsin Hamid – 1/23/2014
The Son, by Philipp Meyer – 1/30/2014

February 2014
Lost Lake, by Sarah Addison Allen – 2/2/2014
The Good Lord Bird, by James McBride (Audio) – 2/4/2014
The Lowland, by Jhumpa Lahiri – 2/18/2014
A Tale for the Time Being, by Ruth Ozeki – 2/26/2014

March 2014
The Dinner, by Herman Koch (Audio) – 3/4/2014
Hill William, by Scott McClanahan – 3/7/2014
At Night We Walk in Circles, by Daniel Alarcon – 3/10/2014
The Impossible Knife of Memory, by Laurie Halse Anderson – 3/20/2014
The End of Your Life Book Club, by Will Schwalbe – 3/24/2014

Year-to-Date Total = 13

Nine of these were contestants in the Tournament of Books. I enjoyed each of the books I’ve read so far in 2014, with the exception of Hill William. With thirteen books read so far, I’m a little off of my goal to read 75 books this year, but I’m good with it. I’m finishing a book a week, which isn’t bad. Not bad at all.

Book Club

I’ve been a bit of a slacker with book club reading so far this year. I’m pledging here and now to do better.

My local book club read Blink, And Then There Were None, and Unbroken. I read exactly none of them, though I did read Blink many years ago. Overall, the book club seemed to enjoy each of these selections.

The Third Thursday Book Club read The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, The Forgotten Garden, and The Secret Countess. Again, I read exactly none of them, though I read The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet several years ago. Overall, there seemed to be mixed feelings on each of these, with Hotel probably having the most success with our group.


No challenge progress this quarter, though I did buy the new Printz and Newbery (and Caldecott) winners. That counts for something, right? Also, I’m hopeful that the Tournament of Books continues its trend of predicting the Pulitzer winner and that, like last year, I’ll have already read the fiction winner when it is announced later this week..

The Pulitzer Project – 12/86
The Printz Project – 8/14 (+7 honor books)
The Newbery Project – 25/92 (+12 honor books)

First Quarter Highlights

That’s it. That’s what happened in the first quarter of 2014. Thanks to everyone who stopped by my blog!

Looking Ahead

Look! I’m trying something new. I’ve been inspired by many of you that take the opportunity to set some loose goals as to the coming months. Here are the things I’m hoping to get to in the second quarter of 2014:

  • Book club selections, of course! These will include The Gift of Fear, The Taming of the Shrew, and The End of Your Life Book Club (which I already finished!).
  • Life After Life. I’ve owned this for months but haven’t read it yet. With it making it to the finals of the Tournament of Books, I really need to read it. And soon.
  • A Madness of Angels. I’ve been promising Jenny for almost a year that I would read this one.
  • Whatever looks good. With so much of my reading being comsumed by the Tournament of Books list, I’m looking forward to just scouring my shelves, the bookstore shelves, and the library shelves for whatever looks good.

What are you looking forward to reading?