2014: What Women Born In The 1970s Read in 2014

VOTING HAS CLOSED ON THIS LIST. DO NOT VOTE HERE THANK YOU.
This 2014 tally was for women born between 1 January 1970 through until December 31 1979 (in 2014 they turned 35 years - 44 years old).
Profiles had to be set to show age and/or year of birth (to show they were really born in the 1970s) to be eligible to vote on this list.
If members read more than 100 books, they whittled their tally down to their top 100 read in 2014.


This list is run annually and this was our third year.

In 2013 the list generated 2837 books from 394 members. The top read books in 2013 were:
1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (91 readers)
2. The Fault in our Stars by John Green (67 readers)
3. Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple (50 readers)
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4,563 books · 1,064 voters · list created December 31st, 2013 by Penny (votes) .
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message 1: by Penny (last edited Dec 31, 2013 01:49PM) (new)

Penny Hi Everyone,
Welcome to 2014!
If you need to flag this list so that you have its location pinned down, add the book you are currently reading. As soon as you have read it completely (as long as you finish it in 2014), it will become your first official 'vote'.
'Voting' is a terrible concept of a word - what we're really achieving here is a 'tally' of the books us 1970s born chicks have read in 2014. So please do that - DON'T vote for anything you've read any other year. DON'T vote for popular books unless you've read them in 2014. Please DON'T vote if you are not a woman born in the 1970s (I shouldn't have to say this, but there are some numskulls around who can't read instructions properly). And by 'woman' - I include transgendered women. If you live your life as a woman, you are a woman to this list owner!
I'd prefer if everyone 'add books to this list' rather than tick next to books already in the tally. What I do is regularly check for duplicates and amalgamate them. In this way, the most popular edition shows in the tally. This is important info too and can be fun to watch as book covers change constantly at the beginning of the year.

Have fun everyone, and feel free to converse about the books you are reading here :D

Penny :)


message 2: by Amber (new)

Amber Happy New Year Penny! I'm excited to see what all us women of the 70's read this year.


message 3: by Penny (new)

Penny Welcome back Amber - I always like your muppet pic ;D


message 4: by Denise (new)

Denise Fun idea! I'll try to remember to "vote" throughout the year. Usually I see it on Amber's page and then remember. :)


message 5: by Penny (last edited Jan 19, 2014 01:02AM) (new)

Penny I am reading this awesome YA book by Mandy Hager called 'Dear Vincent'. Hager is known as tackling the hard subjects and this is no exception - Teen suicide. If you know someone who is/has contemplated suicide, then this is the perfect gift for them. Hager treats teens as the young adults that they are, not as children. A lot of where she is coming from comes from experience and she's also been a school teacher too.
New Zealand author, publisher is Random House. Seriously, give it a go, or give it to a teen that you know might need it to help them cope. :)


message 6: by Julia (new)

Julia Awesome -- I just found this list and love seeing what my peers are reading . . . definitely joining! It was also a relief to learn that this is a tally more than a rating thing; I have a hard time ranking, starring, etc. No consistent criteria; I'm completely arbitrary! But a list I can keep. Looking forward to updating here as well as in my "books read in 2014" shelf as I finish books this year.


message 7: by Penny (new)

Penny Julia wrote: "It was also a relief to learn that this is a tally more than a rating thing..."

Hi Julia,
How you 'rank' what you have read this year is completely up to you. Personally, I just add each of my read books as I've just finished reading them. I know some people rank theirs according to how well they were liked. And some (lucky) people who read more than 100 in a year definitely have to do the ranking thing to decide what will be their top 100. So it is completely up to you. As long as you're following the rules I've set up, how and when you 'vote' and 'rank' them is up to you.
My advice is definitely to 'vote' as you read each one though, otherwise it gets pretty hard to remember what you've read in a year!


message 8: by Julia (new)

Julia Thanks, yes, I plan to just enter the books as I read them. Rating is so hard for me. I keep a shelf of books I've read in each year, just like to be able to see what I've read, and when I put the books I've read so far in 2014 on I was able to access that shelf to choose from so it eliminated books I'd read in other years and I was able to only choose from those. Is there a way to access this list from the app? I'm not tech savvy . . .


message 9: by Amber (new)

Amber Denise wrote: "Fun idea! I'll try to remember to "vote" throughout the year. Usually I see it on Amber's page and then remember. :)"

Penny wrote: "Welcome back Amber - I always like your muppet pic ;D"

Thanks Penny.

Denise, I am OCD about voting every time I finish a book. I am such a book nerd. ;)


message 10: by Penny (new)

Penny Yep, I'm OCD about 'voting' every time I finish a book too Amber, so you're not alone there hehe...


message 11: by Penny (new)

Penny Ok...so who else is turning 40 this year? Tell me I'm not alone here people?! The year has dawned for me and I still feel every bit the irresponsible git of a teenager I was over half my life ago. I guess this means age is actually irrelevant in that way?

It probably doesn't help that I'm now single again after seven years of a beautiful relationship either...

Pen :\


message 12: by Rora (new)

Rora Not this year, but I did in November. I managed to happily survive it, I'm sure you will too. : )


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I am a few years from 50 (why I can't vote on this list!), and still 15 inside.


message 14: by Penny (new)

Penny I hope to survive it (it won't be until the end of November so I have time to get used to it). I'm hoping the worst is behind me. 2013 was relationship-wise a truly crapola one for me(for those not already in the know, my partner died in September from a tumour in her liver). Fiction-writing wise, I finished writing my first official novel. A two-year project ending in the mark of an A!

Back to list-related stuff - I am seeing once again the usual B S people who vote for the same books that they read last year rearing their ugly heads. Really people? Can you be more original and just keep out of lists that you're not welcome to join?

Truth be known, I don't know if I believe you read them last year either...presuming you're time-wasters in the rest of your life too. I pity you...

Everyone genuine - keep going :):):)


message 15: by Julia (new)

Julia I saw "Still Life" was added . . . I tore through all the Louise Penny books in 2013 -- actually the last in the series, "How the Light Gets In," was the last book I read in 2013. I loved them. They get better and better as you go on, the real draw for me was what was happening to Gamache in the force. I am hoping there are more on their way, Penny leaves it open to that, despite some resolution in book # 9. Anyway, now jonesing for another good mystery series, I am currently reading "Maisie Dobbs" because someone told me Jacqueline Winspear is great . . . not too into it yet, but going to stick with it.

Penny, I am so sorry about your loss. My partner started chemotherapy on 1/2, she has recurrent uterine cancer, a real low blow; she had been in remission for 6 years. It is so difficult to have her sick, my heart goes out to you having gone through all of the caregiving and it ending in grieving.


message 16: by Penny (new)

Penny Hi Julia,

Well my heart goes out to you too, because I know all about the chemotherapy track...
The freaky thing for me was that she was fine, seemed totally fine, having kicked the breast cancer. She'd had the lump in her liver the whole time but every test said it was negative, yet they could not operate. We did the diet thing, and we went to healer Jeanette Wilson too. Jeanette is amazing. And she was surprised that my partner was 'going' because she felt her energy so strong. Because I didn't know she was dying, I was away that weekend and my parents were looking after her. We were due to Jeanette Wilson for another healing that day. But Jeanette heard her call out to her around 4am and she helped her pass. You might not want to believe this, but my partner's brother had come to get her. My parents heard her talking to him. I had always said she was my angel on loan, and I truly believe she was. She helped support me while I was writing my novel. If you are meant to be here, you will be here, but if you are meant to leave, you will leave.
Jeanette gave me healing for my spirit, and I feel grateful that my partner no longer has to suffer the pain.
All I can add is KEEP STRONG IN YOURSELF and make sure you have a support crew to support you through the trying times. And may you both be blessed with a blissful recovery!

Penny x


message 17: by Angie (new)

Angie Hi all. New year and new books. Woohoo!
I read Gone Girl first because i meant to get to it last year. I was not that impressed.
I turn 40 this year at the end of June. I think I am ok with it. Lol.
I have been enjoying the Harry Dresden books by Jim Butcher. I love this genre...whatever it's called. Magical lol.


message 18: by Jana (new)

Jana Eichhorn Penny and Julia - my heart hurts for you both. =(

Angie - I am SO GLAD to hear you say that about Gone Girl. I was expecting to get wrapped up in a heart-pounding thriller and not be able to put it down, and in the end, it was a bit underwhelming, wasn't it?


message 19: by Penny (new)

Penny OK - just to uplift you all again - yes, it was sad, BUT the one thing I learned is this - when the person loves you just as much as you love them, it isn't the same as when someone does the dirty on you and leaves. When someone does the dirty, they are still alive, though you may wish with all your heart they were not!!!!
I can tell you now, being on this side, that her leaving with as much love as we both still felt for each other, made it easier for me to let go and to be happy that she had moved to a place with no more pain. I'm a spiritual girl, I believe that we move on after this life time. So I know, that wherever she is, she's so much stronger than she was in the end here. And that makes me happy, it really does :D

And hmmmm Angie...as per my usual promise - I will be reading the top three books from last year...eeek...you know that one right there is one of them....


message 20: by Chrissy (new)

Chrissy So glad to have found this list back in 2013! I added a bunch to that list but this year I've been adding them as I've finished them, which is easier than going back and remembering. It's also fun to scroll down the list and see what I've already read that's been added. :)


message 21: by Angie (new)

Angie Underwhelming is s good description Jana.
I heard so much before hand. My expectations may have been a little high.Let me knowafter you've read it Penny


message 22: by Penny (new)

Penny Angie wrote: "Underwhelming is s good description Jana.
I heard so much before hand. My expectations may have been a little high.Let me knowafter you've read it Penny"


Oh, you know I will!


message 23: by Julia (new)

Julia I liked "Gone Girl." I fear my standards for literary criticism are quite low -- if the book entertains me and does not offend me I like it. "Gone GIrl" was one that I stayed up all night to finish, purely for the hedonistic pleasure of it. My college professors would be appalled, really.

Finished "Maisie Dobbs" last night. Not sure that I've found the next series that I will develop ridiculous obsession with, but I will definitely read the next one. This was hard to get into but once I did it was a good read. Now that the author has told all of the back story on the main characters the next in the series might be pure mystery -- that would be good. Currently reading "The Persian Pickle Club." My SIL said it was a sweet story she enjoyed, and my friend said "Life is too short to have wasted my time reading that book." So hopefully I end up on the sweet story end of things . . .

Thanks, everyone, for your empathy, and thank you, Penny, for sharing your story. My biggest fear is that my partner dies. And to hear that the love we share now is what will sustain us both, even if the worst happens, is comforting. She is in the hospital now -- her white blood cells crashed. Been a long few days.

Read on, ladies of the 70s, read on!


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads The second Maisie Dobbs is much more a straight mystery, yes.


message 25: by Julia (new)

Julia Thanks, Susanna. Why does your profile say "censored by goodreads"? I keep trying to figure it out but I give up!


message 26: by Penny (new)

Penny Julia said: Thanks, everyone, for your empathy, and thank you, Penny, for sharing your story. My biggest fear is that my partner dies. And to hear that the love we share now is what will sustain us both, even if the worst happens, is comforting. She is in the hospital now -- her white blood cells crashed. Been a long few days.

Hey Julia - feel free to PM me anytime you feel like it. Thinking of you and sending as much energy as I can muster. Kia Kaha - stay strong...


message 27: by Penny (new)

Penny Wow, a book just toppled 'Gone Girl'!!!!


message 28: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Hi all, this is my first year participating in this list. I look forward to discovering new books through your votes during the year. Happy reading!


message 29: by Penny (new)

Penny Hi Jennifer,

You are very welcome :D
You might notice (as I have noticed), that there were a lot of Jennifers born in the 1970s - you can tell that by the number that are on this list!


message 30: by Penny (new)

Penny I feel like I've been gone a long time from Good Reads lately. I haven't read much either :( But now that I've sent in my application for an NZSA mentor, I might be able to catch up on some reading, yay! And it's raining today. Woohoo reading time!


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Penny wrote: "Hi Jennifer,

You are very welcome :D
You might notice (as I have noticed), that there were a lot of Jennifers born in the 1970s - you can tell that by the number that are on this list!"


I went to school with more Jennifers!


message 32: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Jennifer was actually the most popular girl's name in the US from 1970 to 1984, perfect for this list. So many Jennifers!


message 33: by Julia (new)

Julia Jennifer wrote: "Jennifer was actually the most popular girl's name in the US from 1970 to 1984, perfect for this list. So many Jennifers!"

My mom told me that j names in General were very popular in the 70s. Almost every name they considered for me started with j. I know a lot of j's my age -- Jennifer's Jessica's Julie's Jill's Jackie's. . . However my mom told me once they thought about Kimberley. Glad they didn't go with it just because my last name is kimball. Ugh. Can you imagine? I think that was the type of thing parents thought was cute in the 70s. Kimberley kimball. So glad I dodged that bullet!


message 34: by Penny (last edited Feb 08, 2014 12:50AM) (new)

Penny Julia wrote:
My mom told me that j names in General were very popular..."

And you can sooooo tell that too! Have a quick squizz and see how many 'j' names are on this list! I am in the minority...I just had a Dad obsessed with Beatles music. Was the funniest thing ever when I was 17 and going out with a guy who's last name was 'Lane'!!!!



message 35: by Julia (new)

Julia Penny wrote: "Julia wrote:
My mom told me that j names in General were very popular..."

And you can sooooo tell that too! Have a quick squizz and see how many 'j' names are on this list! I am in the minority....."


My dad loved the Beatles, too. They considered Michelle for my sister so both their daughters would have names of Beatles songs. "Julia, seashell eyes . . ." Though my mom really named me after the character in Lillian Hellman's memoir "Pentimento." The fact that there was a Beatles song, "Julia," was a fringe benefit/selling point for my dad.

Penny Lane would have been pretty awful. Might even top Kimberley Kimball :)


message 36: by Penny (new)

Penny LOL Julia!

My mum put her foot down with child number two, so my sister got Michelle (actually, though, spelt with only 1 'l' - Michele as Dad asked a woman at work how she spelt her name and it was different) as a second name.
By the time my little sister came along, my Dad was enjoying Elton John's 'Nikita', so my sister got 'Nikki' hehe.
As for popularity - I'm in New Zealand but I do remember a lot of Jennifers and Jennys in my class, so I'm picking it was popular the world over in the 70s. Who was a famous Jennifer at the time do you think?
BTW - we are totally off-topic but it IS interesting as a group!


message 37: by Penny (new)

Penny OK. I just did a quick(ish) search of famous/semi-famous Jennifer reasons in the 1970s. One of which i remember well, which is the first one:
Jenny (Jennifer) Agutter - child actress in the 60s with 'The Railway Children' and star of 1976 Sci-Fi classic 'Logan's Run', also 1977's 'The Six Million Dollar Man'.
Ali McGraw played a character named 'Jennifer' in the 1970s movie 'Love Story'
1968 Donovan song 'Jennifer Juniper' [incidentally, there was also the song 'Jennifer Eccles' [The Hollies(?)]
Character named 'Jennifer North' from Jacqueline Susann's novel 'Valley of the Dolls' + film adaptation, 1967. Character portrayed by a Sharon Tate.

I'm out of other answers - come on Jennifers, Jens and Jennys - what are the reasons behind your names that you know of?


message 38: by Julia (new)

Julia Check out this site:

http://www.babynamewizard.com/baby-na...

I found a few references to an actress born in 1919 -- Jennifer Jones.

On the topic of books, has anyone read "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle"? I hardly ever abandon a book but by current assessment is that life is too short. Nothing is happening and there is so much detail . . . anyone want to change my mind?


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Also the character "Jennifer Ryan" on As the World Turns (then the most popular US soap opera) in the late 60s/70s.


message 40: by Erin (new)

Erin Given this discussion here's a fun set of maps of the US that I spent an enjoyable half hour going over - the most popular names by state for sixty years: http://jezebel.com/map-six-decades-of...


message 41: by Penny (new)

Penny Wow. I think this is the first time this has ever happened to me (other than when I start these lists each year) that the book I've just finished reading meant that it headed to the top of the list. Wicked! I know it might not be for long, but hey, I'm enjoying my moment of 'making the difference' :D


message 42: by Penny (new)

Penny Do me a favour people. I've noticed that some of you have added books that you have not even read yet to the list. Could you please remove these? This list is for adding books that YOU HAVE READ SO FAR THIS YEAR, ie 2014 ONLY.
Don't ruin it for the rest of us. What is the point in being a part of this if you don't do it properly?
Please, just delete them. And wipe the whole lot of your own if you don't meet the criteria as listed in the instructions.
There are so many lists on GoodReads, you don't need to pollute our list, you can vote/pollute on another one if your heart desires. One that hasn't got particular rules...

Of course, I am assuming that everyone can read/understand posts, but maybe I shouldn't?


message 43: by Jana (new)

Jana Eichhorn I had one on the list that I'd added when I started reading (Catch 22) that I moved back over to my "to read" shelf yesterday because my dog destroyed the book, but I removed it from this list right away too - I hope that's OK? Didn't mean to ruffle any feathers! =)


message 44: by Penny (new)

Penny Hey Jana,

No, I'm talking about a person I saw who had listed about 26 books, MOST of them only on their 'To Read' shelf. I'm sure they're not alone though...


message 45: by Penny (new)

Penny I hope the recent re-alignment of the top read books so far this year is accurate and not a popularity contest...I trust that everyone adding their 'votes' CAN actually read and follow instructions?
Good...


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads 14 votes out of 45,000 ratings is probably legit, I'd say.


message 47: by Amber (new)

Amber yes, i agree that it is probably legit. i have read it with a book club here on goodreads and i think it's a popular book right now esp. for women.


message 48: by Penny (new)

Penny I'm just always staggered when people have read 40 books so early in the year. I know some people might have (how envious and amazed am I?), but I know it isn't true of everyone...and...I do find it weird when instead of listing all three books, some people list 'The Hunger Games trilogy' instead. Perhaps people who read more than 100 in a year? Throwing up my shoulders in a shrug of 'who knows?'
I hope I don't come across as too bitter...I AM on day 2 of a 6 day fast. Feelin a little bit headachy and tired. I regularly fast but I spent last night talking to someone until just before 2am. Not really the thing to do when you're fasting.
But WOOHOO! Have just purchased my tickets to the Wellington (New Zealand) Writers Festival. Am looking so forward to it!


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads My mother's read that much, but she's a demon reader. Also she's retired and reading and cooking are her hobbies.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Good luck with your fast, Penny.


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