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Five From Forever in Fourteen {2014 reading challenge}

With 2013 in the rearview mirror, and the “13 books in 2013” challenge behind us, I have been asked if I would be running something again this year, and I figured, why not? 2013 was a bumper year for reading for me, but with an increasingly mobile Beetle, two boys at big school and Butterfly at preschool, with the attendant activities and commitments, I’m not wanting to push myself too hard, or overcommit to one area at the expense of another.

So I pondered my options, and thought about what *I* wanted out of a reading challenge this year (since it’s my blog and my challenge and all!). And from there I decided on the Five From Forever in Fourteen challenge. What the what? I’m throwing down a challenge to take a moment to think of the books you’ve said you want to read “someday”. That have been on your to-read list forever. Someday is now. Take that list and pick five.


To join the challenge:
Choose your five books.
Leave a comment on this post telling us what they are (if you are unable to commenting without logging in, add LWD to the front of your email – ie, – and I’ll know to remove it)
Start reading!

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On the various social media sites, I’ll be using the hashtag #FFFi14 if you want to play along that way. You can find me sharing my FFFi14 updates (among other things) on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Goodreads.

So, with all that out of the way, what are my five for this year?

1. Eleanor & Park (Rainbow Rowell)
2. Persuasion (Jane Austen)
3. Sense & Sensibility (Jane Austen)
3a. Sense & Sensibility (Joanna Trollope) – more on this later in the year!
4. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
5. The Other Boleyn Girl – Phillipa Gregory
(all links to The Book Depository are affliate)

With honourable mention to my current book in progress, Emma (Jane Austen).

Even if you aren’t challenging, I’d love to know what your reading goals are for this year, and what you are reading now. My list is always looking for new finds – what great books have you read lately you can recommend?

  • AJ

    Love the new challenge Miss Dove! I’ll blog when I get back!

    January 3, 2014 at 9:59 am Reply
    • LittleWhiteDove

      Yay! Looking forward to having you play along for FFFi14!

      January 3, 2014 at 12:06 pm Reply
  • Erin

    I can do five books!! Even if they will all be crazy fat and scary (because the easy ones I read straight away).
    Sign me up!
    My five are: The Tea Rose. Dracula. The picture of Dorian Gray. The secret life of Marilyn Monroe. The jungle book.
    Most of these have been sitting on my shelves for years. Some of these I started but never got very far in. None of them are re reads.
    FFFi14 here we go!

    January 3, 2014 at 12:27 pm Reply
    • LittleWhiteDove

      Yay! Welcome aboard! That sounds like a great list. I haven’t read most of those, so I’ll be looking forward to seeing your thoughts on them.

      January 4, 2014 at 7:55 am Reply
  • bermudagirl

    Hey Little Dove, wow I think it’s a great idea with your challenge. You’ve really posed a great question for me. What do I want to read this year? Shouldn’t be too demanding and its open so I can read whatever I want. I desperately need to start reading for pleasure again!! Ever since I started quilting and blogging my previously main hobby has now taken a back seat and I’m lucky if I can read a few pages at night!
    I will have to check out my good reads account for some inspiration and actually start using it to go through all my books!!

    January 3, 2014 at 9:05 pm Reply
    • LittleWhiteDove

      Feel free to update your list as the year progresses – the only constraint is the five have to be from your to-read list 🙂

      January 4, 2014 at 7:59 am Reply
  • ann

    Count me in!! I am starting with the new John Grisham book, Sycamore Row, which I got last weekend. Will have to think about the other 4!!

    January 4, 2014 at 5:47 am Reply
  • Tegan Churchill

    Joining in! I am reading Saving Amy by Nicola Haken at the moment. I’m quite enjoying it and finding it hard to put down.

    January 4, 2014 at 9:42 pm Reply
    • LittleWhiteDove

      Welcome aboard Tegan! Those are the best kind of books, aren’t they?

      January 7, 2014 at 7:34 pm Reply
  • islandkylie

    My intro post is up.

    Could decide on just 5 so have included 2 back ups! Let the reading begin!

    January 5, 2014 at 4:11 pm Reply
    • LittleWhiteDove

      Typical Kylie! Thanks for joining in, and good luck reaching your main target this year too!

      January 7, 2014 at 7:35 pm Reply
  • Rebecca

    You’ve made me get off my butt and order a copy of the book I’ve been contemplating for a while. Waiting for an illustrated anniversary edition of On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin to arrive in the mailbox. That will be my first off the list.

    January 6, 2014 at 2:45 pm Reply
    • LittleWhiteDove

      oh, NICE! Looking forward to hearing what you have to say about it.

      January 7, 2014 at 7:35 pm Reply
  • bermudagirl

    Ok, I’ve decided I’m definitely in! This will be my first challenge! As a new blogger I need to figure out that stuff about how to do the linky button thing. I picked out some books that have been sitting on my bookshelf a while. Some maybe a decade or so, others only a few years old. In any case they mostly have somewhat to do with my personal goals for 2014. Not in any particular order:
    1. Making a Literary Life (Carolyn See)
    2. The Forest for the Trees (Betsy Lerner)
    3. The Money Tree (Martin Bamford)
    4. The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything (Ken Robinson)
    5. DK -Plan to Get Pregnant (Zita West)

    None of them are fiction but I don’t want to commit to any non-fiction as I prefer to read what I feel like when I feel like it, where fiction is concerned.

    Plus, when I looked at the fiction it was so difficult, because if it has been on my shelf for so long, then it either means that I am not really interested in the subject or I’ve read it already.

    Great challenge though!!


    January 7, 2014 at 5:53 pm Reply
    • LittleWhiteDove

      Great to have you on board! Completely understand your reasoning for fiction vs non-fiction.

      For the button, just highlight the code in the box below and copy it, then go to the page where you write your post, and select the html option and paste it in. When you switch back to the visual editor, the button will be there!

      January 7, 2014 at 6:04 pm Reply

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