2014 Required Reading: January

I’ve enjoyed doing Required Reading posts for two years now, thanks to Tina of I Like It Dog-Eared, and there is no excuse not to do it again this year. This meme has actually motivated me to read more and to venture into other genres, thereby enriching my reading experience every month. Before I go to my required reads for the first month of this year, let’s do a quick recap of my December reading:

  • Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. This was a re-read, and I enjoyed it as much as I did the last time. Not to mention that I immensely enjoyed the online discussion/competition with the book club on this. I am currently reading the second book of the series and I am up to re-reading the rest of the books in the series this year. 5/5 stars.
  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. This will be my second most favorite Rainbow Rowell book — Attachments is still my most favorite — and I’ve just become a Rowell completist with this book. But I hear she has a new book this year? So looking forward to it, because, yes, I’m a fan! πŸ™‚ 4/5 stars.

Although not part of my December required reading, I started Sarah Addison Allen’s The Sugar QueenΒ and finished it earlier this month. I so loved this book I added it to my favorites shelf. I also read a local novella, All I Want For Christmas, a collaborative effort among Miles Tan, Chris Mariano, and Chrissie Peria which added to the warm and fluffy feels of the Christmas season. I will be writing my thoughts on these books (and on Eleanor & Park, too) when I finally get the groove of the work routine back.

And now, for my Required Reads for this lovely month of January!


I will start easy this month so I’m reading only 2 books. And because I made a goal to read less ebooks this year, both of my choices are print books. Yay to making a dent on my TBR pile of physical books!

January 2014 Required Reading

  • Just One Day by Gayle Forman. When I learned that Gayle Forman has another book, I immediately put this book on my wishlist because I loved If I Stay and Where She Went so much. This book was my Christmas gift to my self last year. πŸ™‚
  • A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin. I actually started this already last year with some friends in the book club but I lagged behind after I gave birth (they’re already on the fifth book, waah!) so here I am trying to catch up with them. This is the real challenge because I want to finish this book this month. πŸ™‚

The book club has Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean At The End Of The Lane as book of the month which I already read last year so I did not include it anymore in my list.

Here’s to hoping for a wonderful reading year. Wish me luck! πŸ™‚

6 thoughts on “2014 Required Reading: January

  1. I am going to echo Monique: Woot! ASOS! Haha! I have If I Stay, and I actually tried starting it last year. But I switched it with another title, I think. I am finding it kind of hard to start contemporary YAs for awhile now. I don’t know why. But still, I am not writing it off. I have heard so many good things about Gayle Forman. πŸ˜€

    1. If I Stay and Where She Went are two of my favorite books and I vowed to read more of Gayle Forman if she has another book. I hope you get to read them too, but be ready for some tears. πŸ™‚

      And yes, ASOS. Currently making progress on this so yay! πŸ™‚

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