2014 Reading Resolutions

Stuck in a reading rut? Here are some ideas to crack you out of your cycle and get you back on track. There are too many great books old and new for you to choose from. No matter what your reading history, a new calendar year is upon us and it’s time to get back on the reading wagon!

Read the Movies

MV5BMTYxMzYwODE4OV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNDE5MzE2MDE@._V1_SX640_SY720_If a movie is worth its salt, it was probably a pretty fab book first.

Before you head to “The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug” this winter, know if what you’re seeing on the big screen is fact or fiction based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit.”

Just in time for Valentine’s Day 2015, “Fifty Shades of Grey” promises to bring the first of E.L. James’ erotic trilogy to life on screen. Don’t worry, we have the first installment of the trilogy in physical and digital format so the teenagers in your home don’t have to know what you’re reading.

Finally, a special shout out to actor Shailene Woodley who will star in several books to movies in 2014. She’ll play the main character Tris in Veronica Roth’s “Divergent” (in theatres March 2014) and then will play Hazel (a quick-witted terminally ill teen) in John Green’s “The Fault in Our Stars” in June 2014.


Read Minnesota

Give your home state some love! Support your fellow Minnesotans by reading what they’ve written.

William Kent Krueger had a new book out in 2013. “Ordinary Grace” explores fictionalizes how a tragic event rocked a small Minnesota community in 2013. Plus, Krueger is a great guy. He recently helped Detroit Lakes Public Library celebrate their centennial and pledged to donate his honorarium to the library. So that makes him a fine upstanding citizen as well as a terrific writer and storyteller.

Erin Hart may not have been born here but she calls Minnesota her home. She is working on book five of the Nora Gavin series. So if you love women archaeologists set in Irish bogs, this is the series for you. Start with “Haunted Ground.”

Now go get it. Start by reading the back of the cereal box in 2014 and by year’s end you’ll be tackling Tolstoy’s “War and Peace.”