2014 Reading List

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!

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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.

So here’s

What I Read in 2013:

Fiction Books

* 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

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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:

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* Wool by Hugh Howey

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…

Spiritual Books

* 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:

Fiction Books

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

Spiritual Books

* 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!)

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  1. I have the Style, Sex, & Substance book on my list to..I’ve wanted to read it for the past 2 years since it came out but never got around to getting a copy and I kept mentioning it and my mom got me one for christmas ha. I also have rome sweet home by the hahns another spiritual book i’ve heard good things about.

  2. I can’t recommend the 5 love languages book enough! And the quizzes that go with it. Let us know how you like it. 🙂

    I just started reading, “The Supper of The Lamb” with my husband and we’ve both been enjoying it a lot so far!

    • AdminJamin says:

      I am breezing through The 5 Love Languages, but having a hard time identifying which one is mine. Hobbs said he was going to read it too and I can’t wait to find out what his is! 🙂 I don’t know if I’m thinking of the same book, but I read The Lamb’s Supper by Dr Scott Hahn and it changed my spiritual life! 🙂

  3. Thanks for linking up! I agree with you about Ender’s Game – I love that one and the 3 that follow it, but I did not enjoy the Shadow series at all! Have you read Children of the Mind, Speaker for the Dead, and Xenocide? Those were much better storylines than the Shadow series.

    • AdminJamin says:

      I did love Ender’s Shadow, but yeah the other ones were completely different. I read Speaker for the Dead and didn’t like it at all either but my husband really did. He’s reading Xenocide now, but since I didn’t like Speaker, I didn’t bother with the next two. There must be something very specific, for me, that I loved about EG because whatever that something is, I did not get it from any of the other books… I’m thinking about trying some of Orson Scott Card’s other science fiction series.

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