My #CathSorority friend, Liesl created a great link up of posts about Books to Read in 2014 and I really want to join in the fun!
In 2013, I read several books as part of my 20th Zero Day Project Goal (101 Goals in 1001 Days). That goal is to read 30 Fiction books before the deadline, but I also like to read spiritual books, especially during Advent and Lent.
What I Read in 2013:
* Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
This was actually a book I reread… for about the 10th time. It is my favorite book. It’s a young adult science fiction that was made into a movie last November. I could NOT believe that as it’s been my favorite book for about ten years. Needless to say, the book was much much better.
After I reread that book, I reread it’s parallel book,
* Ender’s Shadow
The first book in the Shadow Series, this story follows a fellow Battle School student that attends school at the same time with Ender Wiggin (main character in Ender’s Game).
* Shadow of the Hedgemon and I didn’t know until recently that there is an entire Shadow Series so this past year, I read the next two in the series:
* Shadow Puppets
I do not recommend these books. They take place after Battle School and have to do with political strategy and life on Earth after the Formic (enemy alien race in Ender’s Game and Ender’s Shadow.) War. To me, that’s a MUCH different plot line than my beloved science fiction.
But DEFINITELY read Ender’s Game! It’s simply amazing!
I reread another beloved science fiction book in 2013, Feed by M.T. Anderson. It’s excellent and I really enjoyed rereading it (even got my husband to read it!), but I am sad and ashamed that I seem to reread more books than I READ! And I want to find NEW loves! In an effort to find another amazing science fiction book, I went on an Ender’s Game fan forum to get suggestions.
I ended up reading this book:
* Wool by Hugh Howey
IF YOU HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS OF GREAT SCIENCE FICTION BOOKS, I’D LOVE TO HEAR THEM!!Unfortunately, though it was interesting, it was kind of depressing and I don’t really recommend it. It was not what I was looking for. Even though it’s my favorite genre, I only like a very specific type of science fiction I guess…
* Story of a Soul by St. Therese of Lisieux
This is an excellent book and it helps me give the little sufferings I have value and substance. To me, it’s very motivational and inspiring. I recommend it to everyone – Catholic or not!
I have a few ideas of books I want to try this year, so I’m also sharing them even though I have not yet read them. Here’s my
2014 Reading List:
* Out of Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis, and if I like it, the rest of the Space Trilogy
* The Dark Tower: Gunslinger by Stephen King — Hobbs’ favorite book
* The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman
I don’t know if this counts as a spiritual book, but I’m counting it. Because marriage is a sacrament. From what I hear, it’s an amazing book to both help hurting marriages and enhance good marriages. Hobbs is going to read it with me and I’m excited!
* Style, Sex, & Substance Edited by Hallie Lord
I’ve had the sample of this book on my nook for quite some time, but haven’t taken the plunge yet. I really should.
(especially if you like Science Fiction too!)