Have You Set Any Reading Goals For 2014?

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Good morning, everyone!  I pray y'all are staying toasty warm on this chilly mid-morning.  I am curled under my nice, soft heated throw.  It's brrr outside and we are buried under several inches of snow here in WNY.  Ugh!

I used to be quite an avid reader right up into my mid 20s.  Then I got sick and I kinda lost interest in most everything I found joy in and that included reading.  Even though I had bought myself a nice tablet that had a nice reading app on it and the Scribd app on it, I just couldn't get into a book, including ones from favorites authors.  But this year, since it looks like I am going to be laid up for a indeterminate amount of time, I have set some reading goals for this year and have purchased some books for my tablet and some hardbound books for me to delve into too as well.

[caption id="attachment_2233" align="alignleft" width="180"]Homemaking: A Bible Study For Woman At Home by:  Baukje Doornenbal (Author) , Tjitske Lemstra (Author) Homemaking: A Bible Study For Woman At Home
by: Baukje Doornenbal (Author) , Tjitske Lemstra (Author)[/caption]

In Homemaking: A Bible Study For Woman In the Home, This book invites you to examine your habits, your values, your hospitality, your appearance, and the way you use your time and money, all in the interest of being your best for God.

[caption id="attachment_2234" align="alignright" width="189"]Becoming a Titus 2 Woman; A Bible Study with Martha Peace by Martha Peace Becoming a Titus 2 Woman; A Bible Study with Martha Peace by Martha Peace[/caption]

Becoming a Titus 2 Woman provides older women a training tool for learning how to successfully mentor younger women. Each of the ten chapters concludes with a chapter summary and application questions that will help women put into practice what they have read.

[caption id="attachment_2236" align="alignleft" width="300"]The Little Book of Etiquette by Dorothea Johnson The Little Book of Etiquette by Dorothea Johnson[/caption]

With The Little Book of Etiquette, never again hesitate when selecting a fork from a fancy place setting, making a formal introduction, hosting a business dinner, or dining on awkward foods. The experts at Washington's School of Protocol will save you from embarrassing future faux pas! Full-color illustrations.

[caption id="attachment_2237" align="alignright" width="192"]I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
by Malala Yousafzai[/caption]

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.
On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive.

Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize.

I AM MALALA is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls' education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.

I AM MALALA will make you believe in the power of one person's voice to inspire change in the world.

[caption id="attachment_2238" align="alignleft" width="201"]Orphan Train: A Novel by Christina Baker Kline Orphan Train: A Novel
by Christina Baker Kline[/caption]

Orphan Train is a gripping story of friendship and second chances from Christina Baker Kline, author of Bird in Hand and The Way Life Should Be.

Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to “aging out” out of the foster care system. A community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse...

As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life – answers that will ultimately free them both.

Rich in detail and epic in scope, Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, of unexpected friendship, and of the secrets we carry that keep us from finding out who we are.

[caption id="attachment_2239" align="alignright" width="197"]The Snow Child: A Novel by Eowyn Ivey The Snow Child: A Novel
by Eowyn Ivey[/caption]

Alaska, 1920: a brutal place to homestead, and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel. Childless, they are drifting apart--he breaking under the weight of the work of the farm; she crumbling from loneliness and despair. In a moment of levity during the season's first snowfall, they build a child out of snow. The next morning the snow child is gone--but they glimpse a young, blonde-haired girl running through the trees.

This little girl, who calls herself Faina, seems to be a child of the woods. She hunts with a red fox at her side, skims lightly across the snow, and somehow survives alone in the Alaskan wilderness. As Jack and Mabel struggle to understand this child who could have stepped from the pages of a fairy tale, they come to love her as their own daughter. But in this beautiful, violent place things are rarely as they appear, and what they eventually learn about Faina will transform all of them.

The last three are on my wish list.  I would rather have the paperbacks, but for now, I have a digital copy on my tablet.  I tend to be a fast reader so I think I can polish all these off in about four months.  And then I will have to find some more to read.

I apologize ahead of time if the pictures and the descriptions of the books get messed up.  I don't quite know how to format it so they don't all bunch up like that.  If anyone knows how to do so they don't, please let me know.  I would be ever so grateful!  :)

Have you set any reading goals for 2014?  If so, what are a few books that you have chosen to read for this year?  Can you suggest any to add to my list?  Will you be reading any of the ones that I have posted?  I look forward to reading your comments!

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