2013 Reading Challenge- Done and Done!
So I didn’t make my goal. I still read 41 books out the 55 projected and funnily enough, 40 books was my original estimate, which I technically completed considering “The Adventures of Augie March” was a partial read.
I read several great books this year and only a few duds. For 2014, I have already signed up to read 45 books. I can’t wait!
Lessons from 2013:
- I will not pre-fill my list with must-reads before I can add more books to the list. This idea was just plain crazy and too limiting. So many new books came out that I was dying to add to my “To-read” list and now I’ve forgotten what they were!
- I will be more selective about what goes on my “To-read” list. Many books ended up being hard to get from the library, or missing altogether. A few books were so obscure that I would have to order them from Amazon and I didn’t want to spend $15 plus on a book.
- I will use the Goodreads Recommendations function a bit more judiciously. Granted, none of the recommendations were awful, but more than a few ended up being quite dull or just too hard to find.
- Cookbooks do not make great reading material.
- If I’m not into a book, I shouldn’t feel the need to finish it. Life is too short.
Below are all of the books I read in 2013. Asterisks (*) indicate I reviewed the book on this blog. Any books highlighted in bold I considered to be particular stand outs.
Enjoy the list- I certainly did!
1. The Women– T.C. Boyle
2. Gone Girl– Gillian Flynn
3. The Alienist- Caleb Carr
4. A Spot of Bother- Mark Haddon
5. Flight Behavior- Barbara Kingsolver
6. The Last Days of Dog Town- Anita Diamant
7. Bossy Pants- Tina Fey
8. Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly- Anthony Bourdain
9. Let the Great World Spin– Colum McCann *
10. Wolf Hall– Hilary Mantel *
11. The Red House- Mark Haddon
12. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter- Seth Grahame-Smith *
13. Starting Now- Debbie Macomber
14. Girl Walks into a Bar…- Rachel Dratch *
15. Started Early, Took My Dog- Kate Atkinson *
16. On Writing– Stephen King *
17. A Ticket to Ride- Paula McLain
18. Bright Lights, Big City- Jay McInerney *
19. 11/22/63– Stephen King
20. The Partly Cloudy Patriot- Sarah Vowell *
21. Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant: Confessions on cooking for one- Jenni Ferrari-Adler
22. Murder Below Montparnasse- Cara Black
23. One Thousand White Women- Jim Fergus * (under post “The Discerning Reader”)
24. Bohemian Paris- Dan Franck
25. Restless– William Boyd *
26. Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth- Reza Aslan
27. City of Thieves– David Benioff
28. Human Croquet- Kate Atkinson
29. The Night Circus- Erin Morgenstern
30. Lies That Chelsea Handler Told me- Chelsea Handler
31. River of Darkness– Rennie Airth
32. A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1)– George R. R. Martin
33. Time and Again- Jack Finney
34. Water Music- T.C. Boyle
35. The Drunken Botanist– Amy Stewart
36. Great Tales from English History– Robert Lacey*
37. The Adventures of Augie March (a partial read)- Saul Bellow
38. Among Wolves- Scott O’Connor
39. Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald- Therese Anne Fowler*
40. Fraud- David Rakoff
41. Boom!- Mark Haddon