Yesterday my eye fell on a tweet by Frankie Magazine, linking to their article on a Book Bucket list. Frankie’s Caro Cooper compiled a list of five books to read. She also shared some interesting discoveries she made, when she asked people which books she should read.
This all made me think about my reading habits. As a kid I spend many afternoons, each week, in the library. In that particular library the librarians were all volunteers. Elderly women mostly, who couldn’t seem to grasp the fact that I returned with a hand full of books just a couple of days after I had first borrowed them.
I couldn’t get enough of books. Of learning new things, of walking into a new magical land of letters to discover. Usually I’d take my newly borrowed books and went to my grandmother’s. I’d sit at the table, while she made tea, and I looked through every book, trying to decide which one I’d read first.
This reading habit slowly disappeared during my high school years. I’ve tried to get back into it. Because I remember enjoying it so much. And there are so many books on my wish list, and unread books on my bookcase…
Up until now -I hope- nothing really got me back into that habit. While reading the article in Frankie Magazine I felt the urge to try this list-thing one more time. And thus my 2014 Book Bucket list, grew and grew and now it is filled with 62 books to read.
My goal is to have read 50 books come December 31st, 2014. That leaves 55 weeks to complete this project and plenty of time to create a new reading habit. I didn’t want to loose momentum, which is why I decided to start right away. I listed more books than my actual reading goal, so I can toss a few books of the list when I don’t like them. After all, I want to recreate this habit because i love reading. It shouldn’t be a task, just an enjoyment.
Give up on a book if it’s boring. Reading isn’t something you do because it’s good for you — it’s not like taking your vitamins. You’re reading because it’s fun. So if a book isn’t fun, dump it. Give it a try for at least a chapter, but if you still don’t love it, move on. – Leo Babauta on reading
I will document my progress over at Goodreads. And after I finished a book I will post a few of my favourite sentences here. No big book reviews. For the simple reason that I don’t enjoy writing them. I’d much rather spend my time reading my next favourite book.
Last but not least, most books are written or translating in(to) English, only a couple of books are written in Dutch. Three of the books below, I’ve read before. Het Achterhuis by Anne Frank (her diary), The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger and The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (still my all time favourite novel…).
If you’re doing something similar, please let me know in the comments or via email. I’d love to connect with fellow book nerds!
The 2014 Book Bucket List:
- 1984 – Orwell, George
- Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think – Diamandis, Peter H.
- Het Achterhuis: dagboekbrieven – Frank, Anne (5th+ time)
- Advice to Little Girls – Twain, Mark
- Anna: het leven van Annie M.G. Schmidt – Zijl, Annejet van der
- The Art of Travel – Botton, Alain de
- Before I Go To Sleep – Watson, S.J.
- The Bell Jar – Plath, Sylvia
- The Berlin Wall: 13 August 1961 9 November 1989 – Taylor, Frederick
- Big Questions from Little People: and Simple Answers from Great Minds – Harris, Gemma Elwin
- Bonjour Tristesse – Sagan, Françoise
- Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits – Millman, Debbie
- Brieven aan Doornroosje – Tellegen, Toon
- The Casual Vacancy – Rowling, J.K.
- The Catcher in the rye – Salinger, J.D. (2nd time)
- The Circle – Eggers, Dave
- Daily Rituals: How Artists Work – Currey, Mason
- Diana Vreeland – Dwight, Eleanor
- The Diary of Anais Nin Volume 1 1931-1934: Vol. 1 (1931-1934) – Nin, Anaïs
- The Diary of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate Self-Portrait – Kahlo, Frida
- The Earth Hums in B Flat – Strachan, Mari
- Failure is not an Option: Mission Control From Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond – Gene Kranz
- The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden – Jonasson, Jonas
- The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II – Kiernan, Denise
- The Goldfinch – Tartt, Donna
- Grace: A Memoir – Coddington, Grace
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – Rowling, J.K.
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Rowling, J.K.
- The Heart is a Lonely Hunter – McCullers, Carson
- A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius – Eggers, Dave
- Heimwee naar Nederland – Bril, Martin
- De hommel en de walrus – Dekkers, Midas
- How I Live Now – Rosoff, Meg
- How to Fall in Love – Ahern, Cecelia
- The Imperfectionists – Rachman, Tom
- Into the Heart of Borneo – O’Hanlon, Redmond
- Komkomma – Daniëls, Wim
- Life After Life – Atkinson, Kate
- The Luminaries – Catton, Eleanor
- Mad About the Boy – Fielding, Helen
- Moominpappa at Sea – Jansson, Tove
- Mrs Fry’s Diary – Fry, Mrs. Stephen
- New York – Rutherfurd, Edward
- Norwegian Wood – Murakami, Haruki
- NW – Zadie Smith
- Pain, Parties, Work: Sylvia Plath in New York, Summer 1953 – Winder, Elizabeth
- Pier en oceaan – Jong, Oek de
- The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction – Jacobs, Alan
- The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry – Ronson, Jon
- Room – Donoghue, Emma
- S. – Abram, J.J.
- The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo: A Novel – Haghenbeck, F.G.
- Slouching Towards Bethlehem – Didion, Joan
- The Summer Book – Jansson, Tove
- The Time Traveler’s Wife – Niffenegger, Audrey (5th+ time)
- A True Novel – Mizumura, Minae
- The Valley of Amazement – Tan, Amy
- Wisdom of the Heart – Miller, Henry
- With Their Backs to the World: Portraits from Serbia – Seierstad, Åsne
- The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year – Townsend, Sue
- Wonder – Palacio, R.J.
- The Year of Magical Thinking – Didion, Joan