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Ten books I’d like to read in 2014

Not being one who keeps an eye on the list of upcoming books, trying to come up with ten I’d like to read throughout the year ahead has been surprisingly difficult. Initially I began browsing the release lists on sites like Amazon, GoodReads and Barnes & Nobel but the sheer volume of romance and dodgy fantasy fiction eventually overwhelmed me into approaching my list a little differently.

Last year, I wrote a post that showcased the BBC’s ‘100 Books you must read before you die list‘. After studying the list it transpired that I only had twenty books to read before I’d read every single one of them, so I decided this year was as good as any to start polishing off those missing twenty books. Rather than just fill my list with these titles, I figured the best option would be to choose three of them to kick-start my literary adventures for 2014:

I then decided to give Meadhbh the option to choose a few books for us to read. After much deliberation, babbling and a seemingly endless series of questions, she decided upon:

And then, given her love of all things literary, Audrey requested that she choose a couple of books to read in 2014:

Following the (most welcome) input from my various people, I was left with only three books for me to decide upon. Obviously, there needed to be at least one Charles de Lint, which left only two. Eventually, after much deliberation, I remembered seeing the new JJ Abrams novel in a bookshop during my trip to Melbourne. Being a fan of his film work I realised that this needed to go on the list and, to prevent any further frustrations, realised I could add not one, but two de Lint books to the list:

Whether or not I read any of these books is something only time will tell, but it is rather wonderful to have the beginnings of a list for me to work through over the next twelve months! :)


Previous installments of the Twelve Days of Christmas Blog Challenge:

| Day One | Day Two | Day Three |
| Day Four | Day Five | Day Six |
| Day Seven | Day Eight | Day Nine |


Other wonderful bloggers participating in the Twelve Days of Christmas Blog Challenge:

| Marci, Mental Health and More | Many of Us |
| Looking for Lucy |

If I’ve missed you from the above list, please let me know in the comments field below and I’ll add you as soon as humanly possibly so everyone can read your magnificent responses! :)


Thirteen last words (how many do you know?)


One of the most famous last lines in literary history is:So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

But how many others do you know?

For today’s Thursday Thirteen I’m doing something a little different, something a little fun, something that will test your literary knowledge and make you both think and smirk in equal measure.

Listed below are thirteen famous closing lines from thirteen (very) famous books…all you have to do is work out which novel each line comes from. Simple, eh? :)

1. “He might wish and wish and never get it – the beauty and the loving in the world!”

2. “Her work was done.”

3. “It is a different tale altogether, and if it all goes well, I may have a shot at telling it one of these days,”

4. “I curl up, desperately clutching the flat foil balloon and Taylor’s handkerchief, and surrender myself to my grief.”

5. “His own words are a pledge of this:- “My Master,” he says, “has forewarned me.  Daily he announces more distinctly,–‘Surely I come quickly!’ and hourly I more eagerly respond,–‘Amen; even so come, Lord Jesus!'”

6. “And the ashes blew towards us with the salt wind from the sea.”

7. “Now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on Earth has read: which goes on for ever: in which every chapter is better than the one before,”

8. “Then starting home, he walked toward the trees, and under them, leaving behind him the big sky, the whisper of wind voices in the wind-bent wheat.”

9. “O God – please give him back! I shall keep asking You.”

10. “I thought of Ashley, on the other side of that ocean, and wondered what she was doing right now, and hoped that she was well, and happy, and maybe thinking of me, and then I just stood there, grinning like a fool, and took a deep, deep breath of that sharp, smoke scented air and raised my arms to the open sky, and said, ‘Ha!'”

11. “No glot…C’lom Fliday”

12. “Taking the pigtail in one of his paws, he pressed it warmly to his wet moustache.”

13. “Are there any questions?”

So, how many do you know? Let me know in the comments field below and be sure to share your own favourite last lines :)

Note: for your information, two of my personal favourites are lines (6) and (10).