January 30, 2014

52 weeks. 52 books.

Like I shared earlier this month, one of my goals for 2014 is to read a book every week.
52 weeks, 52 books. 
I have made it a habit to turn off the television and rather pick up a book, and every night before I go to sleep I try to read a little more. Once a month I am going to do a blog post both to share some of my favorite reads with you guys, as well as to hold myself accountable! If you guys have any good suggestions for books that I should read, please let me know! I'm pretty excited that I made it through the first 4 weeks, and look forward to the next 48 books that I plan on reading!


The first book I read was a doozy. It's called "Walk Across the Sun" and it's by Corban Addison. It's a pretty heavy duty read about two sisters who lose their entire family due to the tsunami and are then abducted and thrown into a brothel in Mumbai.

In the second week I read the book "Attachments" by Rainbow Rowell. It's a cute story about two women that work together and write each other witty emails knowing full well that their emails are being monitored. Little do they know, a boy named Lincoln is reading them and quickly falling in love with one of them. It's a pretty charming book.

I got a little behind in the third week, but got through "Orange is the New Black". I bought the book right after I binge-watched the show (which is incredible), but like most books-turned-movies/television shows, the book was even better. If you're not familiar with the show, it's a memoir by Piper Kerman who spent a year in a women's prison. 

For the fourth week I finished "The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared" by Jonas Jonasson. This book starts out on Allan's 100th birthday when he escapes the old folks home and starts out on a crazy adventure involving a briefcase full of cash, murder and many criminals. There were so many times I laughed out loud during this book, and I had a hard time putting it down. I highly recommend this one!

Ok, I'll be back here four weeks from now with another update! 
XO, Erin

27 comments:

  1. OOOO i will definitely be adding these to my reading list!! Im currently making my way through The Fault in our Stars. Highly recommended if you haven't read it yet!! :)

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  2. I did this last year, though I fell off the band wagon at the end. There are a ton of great books coming out this year. I can't wait to hear about what you have read.

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  3. I don't know if you are only reading fiction, but if you want a feel-good, non-fiction book you should try "I'm Proud of You"

    http://www.amazon.ca/Im-Proud-You-Friendship-Rogers/dp/1470155117

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  4. I made a similar goal this year of 50 books. I've also finished four and one of those was Orange is the New Black. Right now I'm reading The Rosie Project. It's hilarious. I'm about a hundred pages in and already would recommend it. Excited to follow along.

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    1. I'm so glad to hear that someone is reading the Rosie Project! I got it for Christmas from my boyfriend's brother and had never heard of it, so I'm really excited to read it now that you said it's funny. Thanks!

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  5. Good for you, I shall look forward to reading your review posts.

    http://vodkaandarose.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. "The 100-year-old man who climbed out the window and disappeared" sounds like my kind of book, may have to give it a little google. I adore reading but didn't make time to read as much as I should have in 2013, hopefully i'll be a little better in 2014. xx

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  7. Very nice!! I also have a challenge, but I don´t have number, because I am busy and I prefer read anything I can during 2014.
    Good luck.
    PS. I had a badge if you want to join. http://www.princess-corner.com/2013/12/2014-challenge.html#.UuqlYvl5PbA

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  8. This is great! I'm really into modernist literature right now and my favorite I've read so far is Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf. Also, if you want to read a book of short stories, I would recommend Dubliners by James Joyce.

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  9. Interesting sounding books, Good luck on your Challenge.

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  10. Attachments is definitely on my reading list - I recently finished FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell and it was very quirky and engaging!

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  11. These all sound like a great selection of books! I'll be putting these down on my reading list asap!

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  12. Such a good little post! I've just finished reading a book and onto the next! May give; The 100-year-old man who climbed out the window and disappeared, a go. xx

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  13. These sound great! I've been wanting to read the last two you mentioned.

    This is my first month without cable and weirdly enough I haven't read more than 100 pages. I read 50 books last year, so I'm definitely "behind" haha.

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  14. I didn't know that Orange is the New Black was based on a book. Cool!

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  15. That's a great goal! I had never seen the tv show, but I enjoyed Orange is the New Black as a book.

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  16. I haven't read a book a week since grad school — good for you! If you have time to read anything in between the novels, this post made the cut for the January Review at http://www.Malta-Notebook.com/pages/january-review. Xo

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  17. I absolutely love reading and enjoyed this post! I always have a book in tow and love finding that next great adventure. I'm definitely going to check out the ones you mentioned above, which sound really good (I've also already binge-watched "Orange is the New Black," but books are always better than their TV/movie counterparts!). Do you have a GoodReads page? It's one of my favorite websites, and makes finding new books, making to-read lists, and writing and reading reviews as easy as pie. As far as book recommendations, I'd highly recommend "14" by Peter Clines, "Gone With the Wind" and "Lost Laysen" by Margaret Mitchell (my all-time favorites), "Night Film" by Marisha Pessl (one of the best books I've ever read), "The Historian" by Elizabeth Kostova, "Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand, "Edenbrooke" by Julianne Donaldson, "The Handmaid's Tale" and "Oryx and Crake" by Margaret Atwood, and "Glaciers" by Alexis M. Smith. I could go on and on but I'll leave you with those to start! :)

    ~Mandy
    hello-dear-wind.blogspot.com

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  18. I find it amazing that you're able to finish a book within a week. It takes me much longer, mostly because i have to read for school and do other things. But this is a great goal you have here.

    xo,
    Colette | Skattered Notes

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  19. I love this idea to read a book a week! My current goal is a book a month, but I'm hoping to get through more than 12 books this year. The four your read in January all sound fabulous! I'll have to add them to my list. I can't wait to hear what February brings.

    Cammi

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  20. What a great resolution! I would love to get more reading done but when I dive into a book I feel like neglecting the weekly newspaper (and vice versa).
    I've read Jonas Jonasson's novel and I loved it, too. Looking forward to reading "The Girl who saved the King of Sweden".

    And I'm curious about the next 11 lists :)

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  21. I have also started to read a book a month - are you on Good Reads? it would be awesome to follow you and see your reviews and reccomendations throughout the year!

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  22. The Rosie Project is a fantastic and funny read and the author is Australian - Graeme Simsion.
    Another striking, atmospheric and haunting read is Burial Rites by Hannah Kents - listening to the audio version is even better as it is set in Iceland and based on a real-life story of Agnes Magnúsdóttir. She is also an Australian author.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOpZgQ7-hfQ

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  23. You should read The Idiot Girls Action Adventure Club by Laurie Notaro. Or really any of her books. She's hilarious.

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  24. I hope you'll make it! :) my goal this year is to read 40 books :)

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