January 2014 Book Log

Good books to read

Happy Monday, everybody! Anybody else out there who is looking for more good books to read in 2014 instead of spending hours on Pinterest? This year I have pledged to try and read at least one classic, one biography and one work of contemporary fiction every month. I’m pretty excited to start! Here’s what’s on my list this month.

A Classic

I’m not Stiller |I’m not Stiller is a novel by Swiss author Max Frisch published in 1954. My mother has urged me to read it for years, but since I’ve had to read another of Frisch’s works in school and did not enjoy it at all, I’ve never listened to her. Well, I’ve just started this book yesterday and I must admit, she was right! The narrator travels to Switzerland with an American passport and gets arrested at the border. The officials believe him to be the missing sculptor Ludwig Stiller. He keeps denying that assumption but nobody believes him, not even his friends and aquaintances. It’s been long since I’ve read a novel that’s so well-written (I hope the English translation is too) and I honestly can’t imagine how it’s going to end.

A Contemporary Book

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore | Okay, I’m not actually reading this one at the moment, but all contemporary books currently on my list are German and haven’t been translated yet. I wanted to read this one for ages and I read so many great things about it! It’s about a guy who starts working at a bookstore. It’s not a normal bookstore, curious things happen there. Slowly, he discovers the surprising secrets of this strange place…

A Biography

Thomas Hardy | I’ve really enjoyed reading Tess of the d’Urbervilles last year (as in almost stayed up all night to finish it) and I always love learning about great and inspiring authors, so I’m really looking forward to this biography by Claire Tomalin. All I know about Hardy is that he was a British novelist and one of the greatest poets of the twentieth century. There’s much to learn I guess!

What about you? Do you have any tips of good books to read for me? And did you set yourself any ‘reading resolutions’ for the new year? If you are looking for even more books to read, I’ve got you covered!



  • Emmali
    January 13, 2014


    I’ve just handed in my last exam, so now I finally got some time on my hands – and I mean to spend a lot of it reading! My goal for this year is 60 books – I’m doing the goodreads challenge (do you use goodreads?). First I’m going to read “Fallvatten” by Mikael Niemi, since I got it as a christmas present :-)

    • hanna
      January 15, 2014


      I have used Goodreads in the past, but I’m not really active on there anymore…maybe I’ll get back into it this year?

      • Emmali
        January 15, 2014


        I think you should, I get inspired to read a lot because of all the updates from friends :)

        • hanna
          January 16, 2014


          hihi, I just did! :) Added you as a friend as well :)

  • Latrina
    January 15, 2014


    No reading resolutions for me this year, well I didn’t set any… However, I hope to read more this year than the last! I love your reading goals. :) and can’t wait to hear of all the stories you have read!

    I’m currently re-reading the Harry potter series. Not sure what to start after this though. :)

    • hanna
      January 17, 2014


      I’ll definitely share! :)

      And re-reading old favourites is always a good idea as well :)

  • Melinda DiOrio
    January 20, 2014


    I like your plan! I love to read, but don’t find I have as much time these days. 3 a month is ambitious, right now mine is 12, but I’m hoping to add some other in there along the way. You can see what’s on my priority list here – http://www.melindadiorio.com/2014/01/2014-reading-list.html

    • hanna
      January 22, 2014


      I try to squeeze in as much reading as possible, so let’s hope I can make it through that list!

  • Stephanie @ Long Distance Baking
    January 24, 2014


    I’m trying to read more classics this year as well! Read The Great Gatsby before the new movie came out (how had I made it this far without reading it?!), am reading Wurthering Heights right now, and just bought This Side of Paradise! As far as contemporary I want to read Divergent before that movie comes out as well. I’m excited to see what else is on your list for the year! :)

    • hanna
      January 24, 2014


      I loved reading wuthering heights, i must definitely read it again. And Divergent hasn’t been on my list before, but now it is ;)

  • Stephanie @ Long Distance Baking
    January 24, 2014


    Wuthering…not Wurthering. Maybe spell checking my posts should be a resolution as well! :)

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