Sunday, January 5, 2014

Books Read 2013

Abysmal.  This is the word that I must use for my reading rate for 2013.  Abysmal.

2010 - 56 books read
2011 - 75 books read
2012 - 60 books read

2013? This past year, I read 36.  Thirty six.

Like I said, Abysmal.

It wasn't even like I was baking a lot or ill or anything. I really don't know.  I was lazy.  What a low number of books.  Boo!

  1. "Fablehaven" by Brandon Mull
  2. "Where Do I Go" by Neta Jackson
  3. "Harry Bentley's Second Chance" by Dave Jackson
  4. " The Casual Vacancy" by J.K. Rowling
  5. "To The Nines" by Janet Evanovich
  6. "Who Do I Talk To?" by Neta Jackson
  7. "The Woman Who Died A Lot" by Jasper Fforde
  8. "Who Do I Lean On?" by Neta Jackson
  9. "Everwild" by Neal Schusterman
  10. "A Hat Full of Sky" by Terry Pratchett
  11. "The Sorceress" by Michael Scott
  12. "Dead Beat" by Jim Butcher
  13. "The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection" by Alexander McCall Smith
  14. "Wintersmith" by Terry Practchett
  15. "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes"* by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  16. "Harry Bentley's Second Sight" by Dave Jackson
  17. "Front Porch Princess" by Kathryn Springer
  18. "Picket Fence Promises" by Kathryn Springer
  19. "The Prince Charming List" by Kathryn Springer
  20. "A Study in Scarlet"* by  Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  21. "The Sign of Four"* by  Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  22. "The Necromancer" by Michael Scott
  23. "The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets" by Eva Rice
  24. "Deadly Decisions" by Kathy Reichs
  25. "The Stepsister Scheme" by Jim C. Hines
  26. "The Colour of Magic" by Terry Pratchett
  27. "Ten Big Ones" by Janet Evanovich
  28. "Trains and Lovers" by Alexander McCall Smith
  29. "The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells" by Andrew Sean Greer
  30. "Who is my Shelter?" by Neta Jackson
  31. "Proven Guilty" by Jim Butcher
  32. "Fatal Voyage" by Kathy Reichs
  33. "Intervention" by Terri Blackstock
  34. "The Cross Gardener" by Jason T. Wright
  35. "Building Better Relationships" by Bobbie Yagel
  36. "The Last Dragonslayer" by Jasper Fforde

I also read books for/with Isabel, but I don't count those, nor do I count comics I read.  There are only a few books that stick out as the best of my pitiful year.

J.K. Rowlings "The Casual Vacancy."  I reviewed it here.  It was a read that stayed with me.

Pratchett's "A Hat Full of Sky" is book 2 of the Tiffany Aching series, but I liked it even better than book one.  Small review here. It was just sweet.

In the non-fiction category, I read "Building Better Relationships" for a Bible Study group that met Monday nights at church.  I fully appreciated all the helpful hints and ways to make your relationships with your loved ones, including those difficult people you cannot get away from, better. Mainly, give up the pride, which I have a lot of when dealing with specific people.

The rest were ok, good even (McCall Smith never disappoints.  Fforde is always good for a smart laugh.  Neta Jackson is hokey but sweet in this jaded world) but there were some that were just not my cup of tea.  This would include Blackstock's "Intervention" (I completely disliked the main character and will not continue reading the series), and  Pratchett's "The Colour of Magic" (I KNOW!  All you Discworld people are gasping! I loved the "Tiffany Aching" Discworld series, so I thought I'd go all the way to the start with book 1.  Not a fan. But I will have you know, I am still giving the series a chance and am currently reading book 2 anyway.  It might get better.)

So there's my list.  I'll have you know I am currently reading 4 books at a time, because I'm weird like that; "The Light Fantastic" (Pratchett's second Discworld book), "The Tail of Emily Windsnap," "The 365 Day Chronological Bible," and I'm especially excited to read "11/22/63" by Stephen King.   This 860+ page behemoth was recommended to me by my youngest brother-in-law on my husband's side. I was so impressed that he'd read it, until he told me he'd listened to it in the car; cheater.  :)  I cannot wait to get deeper into this book; the premise is fascinating!

Wish me luck for 2014.  It HAS to be better than 2013 for books!


The Foil Hat said...

Maybe it was something in the air - my 2013 reading year was abysmal as well. I did read the Stephen King book - it was fun! I can't wait to see what you think of it.

Kellis said...

I feel like my reading was slack this year too, and I'll blame you. I get lots of book inspirtation from you! :p I did the audio book of the Stephen King too, and liked it a lot. Tho it is VERY long. (Obviously). Not sure you'd be into it, but have you heard of The Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger? It's a good quartet of books about vampires and werewolves in Victorian England. I read Enders Game (way before the movie) and loved it. Divergent was good too, although the third and final book is a big dud. It's so bad, I'm not even sure I'd recommend the first two based solely on the third. Happy Reading!!

Niki said...

and Niki is the biggest loser of all... i'm not sure i even read one new book last year