Wednesday, January 1, 2014

The Books of 2013

Happy New Year!!

The year 2013 has come to an end and it is time to tally the totals for my reads throughout the year.  I was shooting for a total of 75 books for the year.  Sadly, I fell a little short with a total of 71.  These 71 books resulted in a total of 19,429 pages according to my Goodreads statistics.  In the end, this is actually the most books and pages that I have read since I have started keeping track of my yearly totals!  So, despite the fact that I did not meet my goal, I still consider my reading for the year a great success!

I chose not to participate in a lot of challenges this year.  The exceptions were the Goodreads Challenge, Readers Imbibing Peril VIII, and the Sherlock Holmes Challenge.  I just discussed the Goodreads Challenge results above and have already previously reported on RIP VIII here.  As for the Sherlock Holmes Challenge, I have successfully completed that one as of last night, finishing The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes!  I will be reviewing it in the near future, but I really have enjoyed Doyle's tales and cannot wait to read more!

I leave you with my final list of books read in 2013.  For those that I have reviewed at the time of this posting, those titles have been linked to my review and discussion.  You can expect my list of favorites of the year later this week!

  1. The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling 
  2. Leaving a Trace: On Keeping a Journal by Alexandra Johnson 
  3. The Cape by Jason Ciaramella 
  4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky 
  5. Y: The Last Man - Deluxe Edition Book One by Brian K. Vaughan 
  6. Y: The Last Man - Deluxe Edition Book Two by Brian K. Vaughan 
  7. Creative Journal Writing: The Art and Heart of Reflection by Stephanie Dowrick 
  8. Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman 
  9. Use Your Words: A Writing Guide for Mothers by Kate Hopper 
  10. Cinder by Marissa Meyer 
  11. Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones 
  12. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver 
  13. A Tale of Time City by Diana Wynne Jones 
  14. Kingdom Keepers VI: Dark Passage by Ridley Pearson 
  15. Y: The Last Man - Deluxe Edition Book Three by Brian K. Vaughan 
  16. Y: The Last Man - Deluxe Edition Book Four by Brian K. Vaughan 
  17. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn 
  18. Y: The Last Man - Deluxe Edition Book Five by Brian K. Vaughan 
  19. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clark 
  20. And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini 
  21. Montana Chillers: 13 True Tales of Ghosts and Hauntings by Ellen Baumler 
  22. Haunted Montana by Karen Stevens 
  23. Starbounders by Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson 
  24. 1001 Nights of Snowfall by Bill Willingham 
  25. Fables #9: Sons of Empire by Bill Willingham 
  26. Watchmen by Alan Moore 
  27. Habibi by Craig Thompson 
  28. More Montana Campfire Tales: Fifteen Historical Narratives by David Walter 
  29. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien 
  30. The Help by Kathryn Stockett 
  31. Ivy & Bean #1 by Annie Barrows 
  32. The Shining by Stephen King
  33. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  34. Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
  35. Confessions:  The Private School Murders by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
  36. Saga, Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan
  37. Flat Stanley's Worldwide Adventures #1:  The Mount Rushmore Calamity by Sara Pennypacker
  38. Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
  39. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  40. Fables #10:  The Good Prince by Bill Willingham
  41. Fables #11:  War and Pieces by Bill Willingham
  42. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  43. Fables #12:  The Dark Ages by Bill Willingham
  44. The Ultimate Top Secret Guide to Taking Over the World by Kenn Nesbitt
  45. Fables #13:  The Great Fables Crossover by Bill Willingham
  46. Fables #14:  Witches by Bill Willingham 
  47. Fables #15:  Rose Red by Bill Willingham
  48. Ivy & Bean #2:  The Ghost That Had to Go by Annie Barrows
  49. Fables #16:  Super Team by Bill Willingham
  50. Fables #17:  Inherit the Wind by Bill Willingham
  51. I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak
  52. The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood
  53. Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
  54. Fables #18:  Cubs in Toyland by Bill Willingham
  55. Jack of Fables #4:  Americana by Bill Willingham
  56. Jack of Fables #5:  Turning Pages by Bill Willingham
  57. Fables:  Werewolves of the Heartland by Bill Willingham
  58. Jack of Fables #6:  The Big Book of War by Bill Willingham
  59. Jack of Fables #7:  The New Adventures of Jack and Jack by Bill Willingham
  60. Cinderella #1:  From Fabletown With Love by Chris Roberson
  61. Upstairs Girls:  Prostitution in the American West by Michael Rutter
  62. The Unwritten #1:  Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity by Mike Carey
  63. The Unwritten #2:  Inside Man by Mike Carey
  64. The Unwritten #3:  Dead Man's Knock by Mike Carey
  65. The Unwritten #4:  Leviathan by Mike Carey
  66. The Unwritten #5:  On To Genesis by Mike Carey
  67. The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies
  68. The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King
  69. Keeping a Journal You Love by Sheila Bender
  70. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
  71. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

How was your reading for 2013?  Did you meet your reading goals?


  1. You did well!! Out of all my years of blogging, I think six now, this was my lowest year but I am totally okay with it. I set a goal for 60 for next year, but only because it seemed like a nice round number.

    1. Ti ... Thank you! I have come to discover that life tends to take over my reading goals. Sometimes it's for the good and other times it's not. I've learned to go with the flow, and making my reading goal is just an added bonus! :)

  2. Not too shabby at all, especially when there are some great books on this list.

    Have a happy new year!

    1. Michelle S ... Thanks! I hope you have a wonderful new year as well!

  3. I managed 103 books in the end against my challenge of 100, though many of those where short romances during the holiday period.

    This year I have set a challenge of 75 - not that I think I cant repeat this year but because I want to balance reading off with other things.

    1. nordie ... Great job! You even exceeded your goal!! If you discover that balance, let me know your secret! That's something I am always struggling with!


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