New Year’s Resolutions: Reading List for 2015 (Updated 3/13)

Hey everyone! It’s exciting to be back after taking a 2 1/2 week-break from blogging at All Eyes On Screen. I had a wonderful Christmas and fun New Year’s celebration with family and friends in both my hometown state of Illinois and my current residence in Wisconsin. While I was starting to take down all of my holiday decorations, I was thinking through all of the resolutions I have for this new year that has already started. Reviving All Eyes On Screen in 2014 was one of the most fulfilling and fun resolutions to accomplish. As I’m looking to the future, I hope to continue to update and improve All Eyes On Screen, from upping the quality of writing content, to publishing more posts on a consistent basis. I anticipate some major changes happening personally in my life over the next year, but I am hoping to learn to balance my time better, and regularly write for the site. With that all said, I do realize that breaks from writing will be inevitable and necessary to take from time to time; however, I will be aiming to publish posts as consistently and regularly as possible. Looking to the future of 2015, I have been composing lists of resolutions that will serve as an accountability and goal for me to work towards bettering myself and All Eyes On Screen. My first goal related to the site is to read more books. So many of the movies we see today are based on someone’s written work, and I think we often get a more well-rounded view and appreciation for source material when we read it. I’ll admit that I’m not a huge reader, but I’d like to change that. I read ten books in 2014, so I’d like to improve that number by reading twenty-five books over the year 2015. I’ve separated my list into sections that I can work towards. Note: I’ve starred all the books that have (or will have) a movie/TV adaptation (that I’m aware of) with one star. I added a second star for all of the movie/TV adaptations I’ve already seen.


 Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge

This past year, I just started watching the awesome show Gilmore Girls (2000-2007) from the beginning in order, after Netflix so graciously added the show to their streaming service. Gilmore Girls has become my current TV addiction, and with it, a desire to read more, given that Rory always has a book in her hands. I found this awesome list on Pinterest that states: “Over the course of seven seasons of Gilmore Girls, Rory Gilmore was seen reading 339 books on screen.” I selected five on the list that piqued my interest:

25. The Virgin Suicides** by Jeffrey Eugenides

24. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach (Finished 2/16)

23. The Shining** by Stephen King

22. The Great Gatsby** by F. Scott Fitzgerald

21. On the Road* by Jack Kerouac


Finishing (or Continuing) Series

Here is my list of books that are part of series I’d like to finish. It’s embarrassing to admit that I haven’t finished the Harry Potter collection, but I resolve to conclude the series this year. And since we’re talking about J.K. Rowling books here, I decided to add the second book of her Cormoran Strike novels to my series list. Without apology, I also admit to never finishing Tolkein’s The Return of the King after struggling through the first two in the trilogy.

20. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix** by J.K. Rowling (halfway through)

19. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince** by J.K. Rowling

18. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows** by J.K. Rowling

17. The Silkworm* by Robert Galbraith

16. The Return of the King** by J.R.R. Tolkein


Five Personal Choices

Here are five books I’ve been looking forward to starting:

15. Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire)* by George R.R. Martin

14. The Count of Monte Cristo** by Alexandre Dumas

13. Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination by J.K. Rowling

12. Divergent** by Veronica Roth

11. The Bourne Identity** by Robert Ludlum


Book Club Selections

When I moved to Wisconsin halfway through last year, I joined a growing book club. Thanks to that club, I got back into reading. We usually have six meetings a year (one every other month). The future ones have yet to be determined, although talk of reading Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken has surfaced . . .

10. To Kill a Mockingbird** by Harper Lee (Finished 1/22)

9. Unbroken* by Laura Hillenbrand (Finished 3/12)

8. Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times* by Jennifer Worth

7. To be determined

6. To be determined


Your Recommendations

I handed this section over to readers, commenters, and anyone who mentioned an idea via word of mouth, Facebook, or Twitter. These are the five books I picked, thanks to your recommendations:

5. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

4. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

3. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo** by Stieg Larsson

1. The Fault in Our Stars** by John Green


Stay tuned for more New Years Resolutions posts this week and next, and don’t forget to check out my Reading Corner on the bottom left of the site, where I list what I’m currently reading.

I’ll be making the rounds on everyone else’s sites over the next three weeks in hopes of catching up to my lengthy feed of unread posts.

What are your reading resolutions for 2015?

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24 thoughts on “New Year’s Resolutions: Reading List for 2015 (Updated 3/13)

  1. I was so excited to read this post because “Read more!” is always on my resolutions list! I think I need to add Very Good Lives to my list as well. For recommendations, I would put forward The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series, or if you are looking for something more light-hearted compared to your list, I would add Where We Belong by Emily Giffin or an old classic by Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility.

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    • Hey Jenn! Glad you approve of this. More New Year’s Resolutions posts will be coming by this week! Yeah, I thought of you when I saw that Very Good Lives was coming out in April. 😉 I’ll definitely consider starting the Dragon Tattoo series. We’ll see whether I get any other recommendations or not! Thanks for your thoughts.

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  2. First-things-first, if you’re gonna get into the habit of reading, start getting into the habit of keeping-up your Goodreads page (it’s handy – even has a section for an annual challenge!)

    Oh man – book suggestions? I could be here all day! Even though I’m not a fan of The Gilmore Girls, that’s a pretty badass list (and will be prodded for future selections, thanks very much!). I got a pretty sizable stack of books myself for Christmas that I want to finish before the year is out…let’s see how well I can do!

    Suggestions…

    “High Fidelity” by Nick Hornby (my all-time favorite)
    “A Prayer for Owen Meany” by John Irving
    “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline
    “The Art of Fielding” by Chad Harbach
    “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley
    “Norweigan Wood” by Haruki Murakami
    “Lamb” by Christopher Moore
    “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay” by Michael Chabon
    “The Circle” by Dave Eggers

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    • Hey Ryan!! Thanks so much for the thoughtful comment and recommendations!! I consider myself a “binge reader” – I will read several books all at once, and then take a several month hiatus. I’m hoping to not repeat that habit this year!

      Ya know, I do have a Goodreads account . . . I haven’t visited it in a while, so perhaps it’s worth checking out again! (Glad you liked Gilmore Girls’s list. Now I just have to convince you your life isn’t complete without that show. OK, just kidding. ;-))

      Great list of recommendations! Happy to see Ready Player One on here – I actually just read it this past year, thanks to a good friend who is a huge fan of reading. I’ll put special attention towards High Fidelity since it is your favorite! Thank you!

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  3. Jack Kerouac’s On the Road is one of my favourites.The magic of the book, for me, is in the language. Kerouac’s use of words, his epic mystical ramblings can light up your SOUL! The first time I read it I’d never known anything like it. The book is a big joy for me every time I read it.

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    • Hey Paul! That’s awesome to hear. I’m glad to know I’ll be reading one of your favorites this year. That makes me that much more excited to start it! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. 🙂

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  4. I was going to recommend And Then There Were None, too! It’s a great place to start with Agatha Christie. Murder on the Orient Express is great, too-and it features Hercule Poirot, her most famous character. Life of Pi is a really great read, especially if you liked the movie.

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    • Hey Chris! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment! 🙂 Wow, that helps me narrow down the options when I have three people recommending a single book. I have heard of Murder on the Orient Express too – it sounds so interesting!

      Ya know, believe it or not, I actually never got to seeing Life of Pi. I’d really like to. I have a feeling I might like book better if it were to come down to comparing the two mediums. I’ll definitely consider it! Thanks for the recommendations. I really appreciate it! 😀

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  5. I would highly recommend Gone With the Wind (but that’s over 1,000 pages long so it might take up too much time). Otherwise The Rosie Project, Wonder, Eleanor and Park, The Night Circus or Codename Verity.

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    • Hey Abbi! Oh wow . . . I’ve heard great things about that book, but perhaps it is too long for my list this year. Thank you for the recommendations! You are the second person to recommend The Night Circus, so that one is definitely a contender at this point. 😀

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  6. Oh cool! I recently read Gatsby (really liked that one) and of course love all the Harry Potter books! I also joined a book club last year so looking forward to continuing that in 2015.

    OK, this recommendation might be a bit cheesy but I don’t care, I LOVED that book: Eat Pray Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert.

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    • Awww, that’s awesome! I’m excited to finally read Gatsby this year. And book clubs are fun, too, am I right??

      I don’t think it’s cheesy at all! Thanks for the suggestion, Fernando. I’ll definitely consider it as an option. 😀

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