A girl’s gotta read… my 2015 TBR list…definitely a work in progress.

Happy New YearIn a few days, the clock will strike midnight and suddenly it’ll be a new year. 2015. Eek! Actually, I am not really afraid of the coming year. Since I gave up the practice of making resolutions, my life has been so much calmer.

The only thing I’ve decided I’ll do (besides write more) is take part in the 2015 Read Harder Challenge. I figure I need to be nudged out of my usual reading comfort zone every now and again.

Now, mind you, I usually forget about these challenges about a month into them, but I am going to see if this one sticks. I did tell myself a few years ago that I should read more non-fiction and since I’ve got an idea for a historical novel, I could always say it’s part of my research. 😉

So what’s this challenge? You have to read books that fit within certain boundaries. So here’s what I *think* I’ll be reading in 2015…

A book written by someone when they were under the age of 25 – (still working on this one…)

A book written by someone when they were over the age of 65 – God Help the Child by Toni Morrison (coming April 2015)

A collection of short stories God’s Gym by John Edgar Wideman

A book published by an indie press – Gravity by Raven St. Pierre

A book by or about someone that identifies as LGBTQGiovanni’s Room by James Baldwin

A book by a person whose gender is different from your own  The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin (coming in October 2015)

A book that takes place in Asia Salaam, Paris by Kavita Daswani

A book by an author from Africa The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna

A book that is by or about someone from an indigenous culture Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko

A microhistory A Nervous Splendor: Vienna 1888-89 by Frederic Morton (not sure if this is a microhistory but it sounds intriguing)

A YA novel – The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

A sci-fi novelHalf Way Home by Hugh Howey

A romance novel Fat Girl by Leigh Carron 

A National Book Award, Man Booker Prize or Pulitzer Prize winner from the last decade – Just Kids by Patti Smith

A book that is a retelling of a classic story – Entwined by Heather Dixon

An audiobookHome by Toni Morrison

A collection of poetry North: Poems by Seamus Heaney

A book that someone else has recommended to you – ‘Til the Well Runs Dry by Lauren Francis-Sharma (recommended by Urenna Sanders–thanks!)

A book that was originally published in another language – The History of Danish Dreams by Peter Hoeg

A graphic novel, a graphic memoir or a collection of comics of any kind –The Hedge Knight by George R.R. Martin, Ben Avery & Mike S. Miller

A book that you would consider a guilty pleasure – Easy Virtue by Mia Asher

A book published before 1850 Love by Stendhal

A book published this year – Chasing Moments by Tia Kelly (coming in February 2015)

A self-improvement book Revision & Self-Editing for Publication by James Scott Bell

Making my winter reading list

It’s November–which means NaNoWriMo month for me. I’ll be writing like crazy (and posting chapters on my author site), but I’ll also be getting cozy and reading. So what will I be reading? I am so glad you asked! Since we’re creeping closer and closer to the Christmas season (yes, I am well aware that it was *just* Halloween a few days–but it will soon be Thanksgiving and First Advent and you know how the days fly by), I’ve made a list of what I’ll be reading to get in the holly-jolly spirit *and* what I’ll be reading for the sheer pleasure of it. So here goes…

Holiday Reads

Secret SantaSecret Santa – Scarlett Bailey

A Christmas to Remember – Jenny Hale

The French for Christmas – Fiona Valpy

Screen Shot 2014-11-03 at 09.28.09Snow Angels, Secrets & Christmas Cake – Sue Watson

The Reluctant Elf – Michele Gorman

Sweet Christmas Kisses: Fourteen Sweet Christmas Romances – Beate Boeker, Donna Fasano and a host of other writers

 

On My Kindle Now

Screen Shot 2014-11-03 at 09.32.29Didn’t Mean to Love You – Christina C. Jones

Fear of Heights – Mara White

The Secret Place – Tana French

 

On My Preorder List

Screen Shot 2014-11-03 at 09.34.13Chasing Moments – Tia Kelly

It’s Not Me, It’s You – Mhairi McFarlane

Winter’s Tale – Mark Helprin

 

That’s it for today–there will probably be more books added to my Winter Reading List, so  check back often!

Happy reading! 🙂