Reading Resolutions for 2014: Get Smarter, Read Great Poetry and More
We know your New Year's resolutions for 2014 include things like quitting smoking, losing weight and finding love. But, we're willing to bet that you'd also like to read more books--and maybe even read a new author or a classic novel. Such goals may seem daunting, but fear not: We've got the answers to all your 2014 reading resolutions.
Read a new author
It's so difficult to determine which authors are "new" to which readers, so we're recommending reads by a slew of recent fantastic debut authors. Our Bookish Awards lists some of our favorite newbies--and their attention-grabbing books--of 2013. And, before their sophomore books get published, be sure to check out Taiye Selasi, Bill Cheng, Helene Wecker and NoViolet Bulawayo.
Read a classic
The high-school-aged book nerd in you really wants to (finally!) read a classic this year. Maybe it's that Edith Wharton novel you were supposed to read for a class but never did. Maybe you want to read "Moby-Dick"--because "Moby-Dick." If you need help choosing, check out our list of 20th Century American Fiction. And, for a slightly underrated (but totally addictive) classic read, we recommend Wilkie Collins' "The Woman in White."
Read a new genre
Don't let fear of the unknown stop you from exploring the more "out-there" genres. Our Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy and Best Comic Books and Graphic Novels of 2013 lists will match you with a perfect first book in either genre, whether you're looking for funny, tragic or scary. If speculative fiction isn't your thing, try a memoir. Rolling Stone writer Rob Sheffield's latest book, "Turn Around Bright Eyes," tells the story of how karaoke helped him to recover from the loss of his wife and fall in love again.
Feed your brain
Whether you want to beef up your knowledge of American history, brush up on the latest in behavioral science, or gain insight into the future of tech, reading a book is the best way to learn something new. Look to our lists of 2013's top think books and nonfiction titles to get started.
Read more books
Start off 2014 with a clean reading slate by diving into an entirely new series! If you're interested in thrillers and are in a binge-reading mood, we've tallied up how many books Janet Evanovich, Lee Child and other titans of the genre have written, and how long it'll take you to get through each series. Movie fans might enjoy digging into the "Bourne" and "Godfather" series that inspired their respective film franchises. If young adult is more your speed, author Marie Lu has laid out which dystopian YA series you should dive into based on your familiarity with the genre.
Poetry is a surprisingly Internet-friendly genre. In the new year, you may be looking for a book that can give you an occasional quick jolt of the feels without requiring a huge reading commitment. If you're new to the form, start with something casual and light, like Mary Oliver's "Dog Songs." If you're an initiate and want something more intense (and weirder), go with Anne Carson's "Red Doc>."
Read a long book
There's something irrefutably appealing about a gigantic, door-stopping read. If the story is addictive, there's simply a lot of it to feast on. If the book is more of a challenge ("Infinite Jest," brilliant as it is, should definitely come with a bottle of Tylenol), finishing it at least gives you a sense of accomplishment. Look to our list of the best long novels for some top 800-plus-page reads. If you're more of a nonfiction person, try Doris Kearns Goodwin's lively (and lengthy) history of the Progressive Era, "The Bully Pulpit."
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