70 Books: My 2014-2015 Reading List


Launch! by E.A. Schneider

Launch! by E.A. Schneider

It’s time and past I post my updated 2014-2015 reading list. Last year I had a goal of reading 35 books, which I was able to surpass. This year, my goal is to read 40 books largely from the list below; hopefully I’ll surpass my 40 book goal, and I have no doubt some surprises will come along the way. The list is in no particular order and I am happy to say that I have read 10 books from it already. Woot! I will periodically update this post using purple text. Keep checking back and commenting, dear readers. 

Fox River by E.A. Schneider

Fox River by E.A. Schneider

  1. A Sand County Almanac with other essays on conservation from Round River by Aldo Leopold <–Done! 🙂
  2. Eats, Shoots and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynn Truss<–Done! 🙂
  3. Dune by Frank Herbert
  4. The Dispossessed by Ursula K. LeGuin
  5. Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells edited by Terri Windling and Ellen Datlow<–Done! 🙂
  6. Orison by Daniel Swenson<–Done! 🙂
  7. Moby Dick by Herman Melville<–Done! 🙂
  8. Deerskin by Robin McKinley<–Done! 🙂
  9. That Hideous Strength by C.S. Lewis<–Done! 🙂
  10. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  11. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  12. Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines<–Done! 🙂
  13. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion<–Done! 🙂
  14. Ruby Slippers, Golden Tears edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling<–Done! 🙂
  15. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  16. The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter<–Done! 🙂
  17. The Iron Heel by Jack London<–Done! 🙂
  18. Almanac for the Dead by Leslie Marmon Silko
  19. Landfill Meditations by Gerald Vizenor
  20. Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
  21. Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man by James Joyce
  22. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  23. Kwaidon translated by Lafcaido Hearn
  24. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  25. Beastly by Alex Finn<–Done! 🙂
  26. Looking for Alaska by John Green
  27. From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne<–Done! 🙂

    Maple tree buds by E.A. Schneider

    Maple tree buds by E.A. Schneider

  28. Round the Moon by Jules Verne<–Done! 🙂
  29. House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday
  30. Looking Backward by Edward Bellamy
  31. King Lear by William Shakespeare
  32. Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
  33. Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
  34. Seventh Son by Orson Scott Card
  35. The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  36. Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher
  37. Skin Game by Jim Butcher<–Done! 🙂
  38. These High Green Hills by Jan Karon
  39. The Flamingo’s Smile by Stephen Jay Gould
  40. The Man in the High Castle by Phillip K. Dick
  41. Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson
  42. Od Magic by Patricia A. McKillip<–Done! 🙂
  43. Bluebeard edited by Heidi Anne Heiner
  44. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  45. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
  46. Moon Over the Back Fence by Esther Carlson
  47. 100 selected poems by e.e. Cummings
  48. Bully for Brontosaurus by Stephen Jay Gould
  49. Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
  50. Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
  51. The Prelude by William Wordsworth
  52. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  53. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  54. Once On A Time by A.A. Milne
  55. The Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card<–Done! 🙂
  56. Xenocide by Orson Scott Card <–Done! 🙂

    Willow tree buds in the wind by E.A. Schneider

    Willow tree buds in the wind by E.A. Schneider

  57. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins<–Done! 🙂
  58. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins<–Done! 🙂
  59. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins<–Done! 🙂
  60. Lavinia by Ursula K. LeGuin
  61. The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals by Charles Darwin
  62. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
  63. Bonk by Mary Roach
  64. Gulp by Mary Roach
  65. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  66. Walden by Henry David Thoreau
  67. Book One of the Journey to the West by Wu Cheng’en, W.J.F. Jenner (Translator)
  68. Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis
  69. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman<–Done! 🙂
  70. The Story of the Treasure Seekers by Edith Nesbit
  71. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  72. The Wood Beyond the World by William Morris
  73. Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand by Samuel R. Delaney

Some of the above books are re-reads, others are previously abandoned testaments to former ambitions, some are canon members I have put off, and many are recommendations from friends & lists. I am making a conscious effort to read more non-fiction and poetry with this 2014-2015 list. Considering my liberal arts education you would think I would have a stronger background in those areas but, alack, I don’t. That’s the nice thing about books: they are there on library shelves and bookstore tables waiting for me to find myself in their pages.

What do you think, dear readers, do you have your sights set on reading anything in particular over the next two years? Any gaps in your reading knowledge you are hoping to fill in 2014-2015? Thanks for stopping at the pond, dear readers, I hope to be back soon with some reviews on the 10 11 20 23 books I’ve read so far.

Spring Wings by E.A. Schneider

Spring Wings by E.A. Schneider


9 thoughts on “70 Books: My 2014-2015 Reading List

  1. What a great list. Looking forward to checking some of those titles out. Are you on Goodreads? Its a great place to find new book, share, and keep track of the ones you’ve read.

    • Well I am a pretty fast reader. I also have gotten in the habit of reading with meals and I can usually read at least 10 pages per 30 minute lunch break, more if I have easy to chew food. I always carry a book with me so during any spare moment of waiting I can read. I think these habits help.

      I will also point out that this particular list is meant to last me two years, I doubt I will finish reading it in 2014. Some of these books are well over 500 pages, that would be a lot of lunch breaks! What are you reading, Jubilare?

      • I read at breakfast, but that is brief and I am lucky if I get through more than two pages. If it weren’t for audio-books I would have a much smaller list of read books. I carry books with me when I travel or go to appointments, but when I have a book, I rarely seem to have the opportunity to read it. Murphy’s Law of Books. You always have time to read when you don’t have a book.

        That it spans two years is a little less mind-blowing, but still impressive. I’m currently reading My Name is Asher Lev, by Chaim Potok. I’m also listening to The Children of Hurin by J.R.R. and Christopher Tolkien, and Seventh Son, by Orson Scott Card. The first and last were lent me by friends, and the other… well.. I have a pretty steady diet of Tolkien, MacDonald and Wodehouse, so… 🙂 Card’s book was suggested to me on the grounds that I am trying to write a fantasy novel based more on a pseudo U.S. culture than the more usual pseudo European or Asian. So far, though, it’s very far from what I am trying to do, though interesting.

      • I agree there is a Murphy’s Law of Books. If I am ever waiting for something more than a couple minutes I know I can make the something happen by pulling out my book and starting to read. I haven’t gotten in to audiobooks yet but that is something I hope to do at some point.

        Caticinem is reading the Seventh Son series too, he is the one who got me interested in it actually. He is really interested in speculative fiction in general and alternative history in particular. I like alternative history too and I’m interested in Puritan culture so I look forward to reading it in the coming months. I think it is neat that you are using a pseudo-US culture, that’s a creative idea. Is your WIP an alternative history or just in a land/culture similar to our own contemporary US?

        How is the Children of Hurin? I stalled out on reading the Silmarillion so I confess to being nervous about reading any of the other non-original trilogy and Hobbit parts of Middle-earth. That’s so strange too because I absolutely adore those four books, in my dark hours I re-read them as medicine.

  2. I don’t like the feel of Seventh Son much, but I am caught up in the story now, so I will continue with it. The culture is very interesting, for sure, and the alternate history aspect seems well woven in so far.
    I write fantasy, not alternate history, though I am interested in reading more of the latter. I used to write pseudo-European-type fantasy, as that is the default for people who grew up on Tolkien and I never thought much about it until the idea of :”write what you know” began to sink in a little more and I realized that it applies to fantasy as much as any other genre. I knew my own culture and was learning more about its history, and the more I did, the more I wanted to write fantasy based on it. As a result, I find myself writing about a pre-industrial, melting-pot-like culture much closer to the first few generations of Tennessee settlers than anything else. The history is different, so it’s not exactly like that, but about as close as most psuedo-European fantasy stories are to actual European history. The hardest part is getting the tone right (something I don’t think I’ve done yet) after years of reading and writing a lot of British and European-based fiction. If you’re interested, and don’t mind prodding unfinished things, I’ll let you peruse a little.

    The Silmarillion ought to be taken in stages. It’s really several stories strung together, and some of them bog down (especially in the middle). I found that the audiobook version is wonderful and really helped me take it in better. Something about Tolkien’s archaic style begs to be listened to.
    So far, I like Children of Hurin. Their story in the Silmarillion never captured me because it was too distanced from the characters, to legend-like. CoH is giving me more insight into the characters and gives the story more impact. But, again, I am listening to it, as I take things in better when I listen. 🙂

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