New Year, New Books: Book Resolutions for 2014

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Welcome to 2014! So far it has been FREEZING in our neck of the woods. We are hoping things turn around soon… for the warmer.

As 2014 begins, Heidi and I have been thinking a lot about the blog, even though we haven’t had the time to write many reviews. It’s been hard to post a review every week this year. Unfortunately, our time for reading especially took a hit over the holidays.  We had to spend time with family instead of with words and beloved characters… sigh.

However, our new goal for 2014 is to post on the DNFB twice a week, once on Mondays and once over the weekend – anywhere from Friday through Sunday. I know what you’re thinking … probably something along the lines of “You’re crazy, Rachel. You and Heidi can barely seem to keep up with one post a week.”

While this thought does have an excellent point, DNFB is looking to branch out a bit in regards to the types of articles that we write. It won’t just strictly be just book reviews. Of course, it will still all be book related, so no worries on that front. We’ve decided to make the change based not only on our own reading habits, but also on the popularity of some of the more “non-review” type articles we’ve written in the past.

So now that we have established a schedule that we are going to ardently try to maintain, I want to get on with the main point of this post: my book resolutions of 2014! Instead of doing New Year’s Resolutions – which I seem to have an uncanny knack for never completing – I have decided to make a list of books I hope to read and review for the year of 2014.

1. Horns by Joe Hill

2. Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

3. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

4. Naked by David Sedaris

5. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris

6. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

7. Extinction Parade #1 by Max Brooks

8. Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon

9. I am Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe

10. The Painted Bird by Jerzy Kosinski

11. The Water Method Man by John Irving

12. The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough

I would absolutely love feedback on this list. Feel free to comment, approve, or disprove. I am also intrigued to know what you’re planning on reading. Obviously, this is the bare minimum. I hope to be reading much more than this.

Well… until Monday.

Here’s to a happy 2014 for all!


Written by Rachel B.

Rachel is a co-creator and writer at Definitely Not for the Birds (DNFB). She works as a Content Creation Specialist. Presently, she writes, reads, and then reads and writes some more, with a giant and ever-present mug of green tea in her hand. Follow Rachel @rrbindl and DNFB @not4birds

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