Reading Regrets: The Books We Wish We Read in 2014

Reading Regrets: The Books We Wish We Read in 2014

As the year ends, folks love to talk about the absolute best books that they’ve read. They brag about the prize-winning titles adorning their shelves, but they hang their heads in shame at the thought of the books that got away. The tomes that sat gathering dust while others were picked up and read. The books that were meant to be read, though 365 days was not enough. Here, two Bookish editors share their lists of books they regret not reading in 2014.  

Kelly’s reading regrets

I’ve read a lot this year, 52 books to be exact. That’s a book a week; that’s over 17,000 pages consumed! While that’s nothing to scoff at, I sit here still wishing I had found a lazy Sunday to squeeze in just one extra book or series.

In 2013, my reading regrets were The Fault in Our Stars (which I read and GIF-reviewed) and A Game of Thrones (2013’s bookmark is still intact).

A few more excellent titles joined the ranks of the unread books on my shelves in 2014:

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1. Dublin Murder Squad

One of my favorite books that I read this year is the first book in this series: In the Woods. I am in awe of Tana French and swore I’d pick up the remaining four and get to reading. This never happened; I owe my library a visit.

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2. Outlander

This romance jumped to the top of my TBR pile the second I laid eyes on Scottish hunk Sam Heughan (who plays Jamie in the Starz television series). If I could travel back in time, I’d read it immediately.

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3. The Lunar Chronicles

A futuristic world based on classic fairy tales? I don’t know why I haven’t read this yet.

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4. Wild

I didn’t realize how badly I wanted to read this until I read this Vulture article. Now, it’s at the top of my list for books I’m reading in 2015.

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5. Gone With the Wind

I bought it. I started it. I… got distracted. I wish I could say, “Frankly, dear book, I don’t give a damn if I finish you.” But I do.

Elizabeth’s reading regrets

I’m back in school now, which means I have the best excuse ever to spend hours and hours reading every day. The downside is that often, the books I’ve been assigned keep me from getting to the books I’d otherwise pick out for myself. There were definitely some grad school-related casualties on my reading list in 2014, but in 2015, I’m striking back. Here’s what I am definitely reading next year, assignments be damned.

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1. Lolita

I read Speak, Memory for the second time this year, but still haven’t read Vladimir Nabokov’s most famous work, which makes me feel like I don’t get to talk about him. Next year, that’s changing.

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2. The Pale King

I’m still massively in denial that David Foster Wallace is no longer with us, and as a result, I’ve been stalling when it comes to reading his last book. That said, I can’t wait to dive into this huge, wacky book about the IRS and will certainly be doing so in 2015.

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3. Little Failure

I love memoir. I love Gary Shteyngart. How have I not read this book yet?!

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4. Ulysses

Unless everyone in the world is going to stop with the Ulysses references RIGHT NOW, I guess I’m going to have to read the thing. James Joyce references, prepare to stop sailing right over my head.

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5. Unbroken

Laura Hillenbrand is awesome, and I have had every intention of reading this book for several years now. Now that it’s becoming a movie, I need to pick up the pace before the world at large spoils it for me.

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