I didn’t use this blog for most of the last year, but I’ve decided to start posting here again. It’s fun to have an ongoing record of what I’m reading, and to hone my selection and readers’ advisory tools this way.
Here’s what I read in 2013, according to my running list kept on Goodreads, along with the star rating I gave on Goodreads upon completion. One of the issues I have with Goodreads is that it is difficult to read books during the year yet not count them towards your total. I generally will count a book as “completed” if I read most of it. I also count audio books that I completed, because although it’s not technically reading, it does take time and I got to experience the book in one form or another. My goal this year was 50 and I just made it, with 50 completed and a few abandoned.
1. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (5/5)
2. The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger (1/5)
3. Coal to Diamonds by Beth Ditto (3/5)
4. Lucky You by Carl Hiaasen (4/5)
5. Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott (5/5)
6. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway (5/5)
7. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline- Audio (4/5)
8. My Heart Is an Idiot: Essays by Davy Rothbart (4/5)
9. Saturn Returns to New York by Sara Gran (3/5)
10. Something Missing by Matthew Dicks (4/5)
11. The Mystery of the Magic Circle (Alfred Hitchcock’s Three Investigators Series) (2/5)
12. Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life- Audio by Jon Kabat-Zinn (4/5)
13. Liquor by Poppy Z. Brite- Reread for, I believe, the third time (5/5)
14. The Sandman, Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman- Reread (3/5)
15. Life After Death by Damien Echols (5/5)
16. The Sandman, Vol. 2: The Doll’s House by Neil Gaiman- Reread (3/5)
17. The Sandman, Vol. 3: Dream Country by Neil Gaiman- Reread (3/5)
18. Woodsong by Gary Paulsen (4/5)
19. Across the Universe by Beth Revis (3/5)
20. Loud in the House of Myself: Memoir of a Strange Girl by Stacy Pershall (3/5)
21. Women Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything by Geneen Roth (5/5)
22. The Archived by Victoria Schwab (4/5)
23. Attempting Normal by Marc Maron (3/5)
24. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (5/5)
25. The Saskiad by Brian Hall (1/5)- I read most of this and skimmed the rest. Didn’t care for it.
26. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (3/5)
27. Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway by Sara Gran (4/5)
28. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (4/5)
29. Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris (4/5)
30. Lost and Found: Unexpected Revelations About Food and Money by Geneen Roth- audio (3/5)
31. The Girl with the Monkee Tattoo by Kathryn Lively (2/5)
32. 20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill- Reread, audio (4/5)
33. Paper Towns by John Green- audio (2/5)
34. NOS4A2 by Joe Hill (5/5)
35. You’re a Brave Man, Charlie Brown by Charles M. Schulz (3/5, clearly padding my numbers here)
36. Protecting Marie by Kevin Henkes (4/5)
37. Travels with Lizbeth: Three Years on the Road and on the Streets by Lars Eighner (4/5)
38. Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed- audio (5/5)
39. City of Dark Magic by Magnus Flyte (1/5- the worst book I read this year, total train wreck, I read about 80% of it and skimmed the rest).
40. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed- audio (5/5)
41. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (5/5)
42. Help Thanks Wow: Three Essential Prayers by Anne Lamott- audio (2/5)
43. Cinder by Marissa Meyer (3/5)
44. You Can Heal Your Life by Louise L. Hay (5/5)
45. Dream Work by Mary Oliver (4/5); counting this although I didn’t read the entire thing. I read and loved the majority of it.
46. Finger Lickin’ Fifteen by Janet Evanovich- audio (1/5)- wait, maybe this one is the worst book I read this year. So terrible.
47. Save Yourself by Kelly Braffet (5/5)
48. Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman (3/5)
49. The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss (2/5)
50. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell (5/5, hearts, unicorns and rainbows)
Abandoned books and why I stopped reading them or listening to them:
1. The Corn Maiden by Joyce Carol Oates (4/5) I read most of this and enjoyed it but had to stop because I couldn’t handle how crazy dark all of her writing is.
2. Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love & Fashion edited by Virgie Tovar- I read about 60% of this. Repetitive and not all of the pieces were great.
3. First Test by Tamora Pierce- audio; did not get very far, didn’t like the story.
4. The Little Friend by Donna Tartt- audio; couldn’t get into this.
5. A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle- I struggled with this for months and just find it too dense. May come back to it later.
6. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater- audio; far too slow.
Totals, not counting abandoned books:
Print Fiction: 16
Graphic Novels: 5
Print Nonfiction: 11
Favorites: The Archived, Tiny Beautiful Things, Save Yourself, You Can Heal Your Life, Fangirl, Eleanor and Park and Never Let Me Go.