Tuesday, January 21, 2014

2013 in books

2013 was not my most prolific year as a reader. I read 25 books; in 2012, I finished off 37 books. My new job played a big role in the drop off last year. There is a very large hole in July and August where I was too busy being overwhelmed by my job (and distracted by a certain guy who was leaving, again) to get much reading done.

I could babble on about books for days, but I won't subject you to that. Here is my 2013 reading list, presented in the order that I read the books:

Once Upon a Time, There Was You by Elizabeth Berg
Beauty by Lauren Conrad
Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed
The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown
Making Babies: Stumbling Into Motherhood by Anne Enright
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain
The Submission by Amy Waldman
The House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost African Childhood by Helene Cooper
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
Crossing the Borders of Time: A True Story of War, Exile, and Love Reclaimed by Leslie Maitland
Missed Connections: Love, Lost & Found by Sophie Blackall
Carry the One by Carol Anshaw
Tapestry of Fortunes: A Novel by Elizabeth Berg
This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz
A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams
The World Without You by Joshua Henkin
This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld
The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan
Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett

Favorite: This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett and Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed
Made me cry the hardest: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Made me think the hardest: Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink
Book that I hesitate to admit that I read: Beauty by Lauren Conrad
Book that I'm mostly likely to read again: Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed

While I didn't read as much as I would have liked to in 2013, I like the unintentional balance of what I read. A little fiction. A little nonfiction. Some young adult. A bit of challenging literary fiction. Bestsellers. Random stuff I just plucked off of a shelf because it looked interesting.

If I can't read as much as I want (and I'll never have the time to read everything that I want), at least I can sample a wide variety of what's out there.  

2 comments:

Nina said...

You read some great books this year! I think Billy Lynn''s & Five Days at Memorial were my favorites that you read this year

Lynn said...

I liked the Dear Sugar book too. I also liked Gone Girl, but I wonder how it will be as a movie, now that we know the ending.

 
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