2014 reading list thus far: I started out thinking positive for the year. I had all these internet meme images that had fantastic quotes and I ended up requesting several books from the library: Conversations With Myself and The Essential Marcus Aurelius. Conversations had too much South African history for me to pull anything new out of it. It's re-published letters that Nelson Mandela wrote while in prison. The references, which seemed to be on every page, left me feeling lost and I never got into the book. Aurelius isn't written in paragraph form and I never connected with it, either. Both went back to the library unfinished. The Art of Falling by Kathryn Craft exceeded my expectations. I got it on a whim, a book that I searched for while my company at the library was still using the computer. I didn't pick it up until I was looking for an easy read to lull me to asleep after a bad case of insomnia. It had the opposite effect. I stayed up for 2 hours reading it. The characters are beautifully drawn, the inner monologue of the main character just spoke to me in ways few fiction books do. I read the rest of the novel within 10 days. What a wonderful gift to start out the year. My next book to pick up was Mansfield Park by Jane Austen. Very well-written, but I had an itch to re-read Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham. I got into it instead of Mansfield Park and I decided to part with it until I had more time to read it. Since I seem to be going through a philosophy-with-a-scientific-bent phase, I have recently started Nature Via Nurture by Matt Ridley. I find it a very interesting read about the competing projects to map the human genome and the startling discoveries that came from the last, great scientific achievement. So that's my story so far this year. I haven't been as focused on reading as I usually am, but I have enjoyed myself.