Top Ten Books I Meant to Read in 2014 But Didn’t Get To

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday was supposed to be the top ten 2014 releases I meant to read, but, like I said last week, I don’t really track new releases except for Stephen King, and I read both of his 2014 releases, Mr. Mercedes and Revival. So, without further ado, here are some of the books I had wanted to read in 2014, but didn’t get to:

  1. A Dance with Dragons – George R. R. Martin. I spent a large portion of the summer and fall reading Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, and petered out somewhere in A Feast for Crows, the fourth installment. A Dance with Dragons is the fifth, and I’ll hopefully get to it sometime this year—assuming I ever make myself finish A Feast for Crows, which is arguably the most boring book in the series.
  1. Lord of the Rings trilogy – J. R. R. Tolkein. I tell myself every year that I’m going to finally read Lord of the Rings, and every year I put it off. I feel like it’s something I *should* read, but I just can’t bring myself to care enough to actually do it. Maybe some day I’ll get around to it, but I’m not exactly hopeful.
  1. Watership Down – Richard Adams. I bought this book last year and just haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. Planning to do so at some point this year.
  1. American Gods – Neil Gaiman. After reading Neverwhere last year and not being totally crazy about it, I thought I should take a break from Gaiman so that I could take on American Gods with a clean slate and an open mind. Hoping to get to it sometime this year.
  1. The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams. This is another one that I’ve been meaning to read for a while, not just since last year. I actually got about halfway through it a few years ago and was hoping I’d have the time to revisit it in 2014, but what with getting married and moving a few states away and all that jazz, my reading life was in the toilet for at least half the year. Hopefully I’ll get to this one this year.

 

I can’t think of any others in particular that I had intended to read in 2014, so I guess we’ll just have to hang out at 5 this week.

What books did you not get a chance to read in 2014?

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4 thoughts on “Top Ten Books I Meant to Read in 2014 But Didn’t Get To

  1. I also need to read American Gods – I’ve had it for ages and I absolutely love Gaiman’s work – I almost feel scared to read it – maybe it will be the one that escapes me!!!
    Lynn 😀

    • My first Gaiman was The Ocean at the End of the Lane, so I think that set me up for quite different expectations than if I had read Neverwhere or American Gods first. I just need to read more Gaiman in general!

    • I read two or three of the books in the Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide, but I have to read them again/finish the rest. Lord of the Rings is a different matter—I’m not really into high fantasy, but I feel like I *should* read them, you know? At the very least, I’m reasonably certain I’ll get to American Gods sometime this year. 🙂

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