Books I've Read

2013 Reading Challenge – Met!

Here are the books I read in 2013. Challenged myself to read 70 books and read 80. Yay!

1. A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L’Engle

2. Graceling by Kristin Cashore

3. Many Waters by Madeleine L’Engle

4. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

5. City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

6. City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

7. Sabriel by Garth Nix

8. The Parish and the Hill by Mary Doyle Curran

9. Deadline by Mira Grant

10. Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill

11. Friday Night Bites by Chloe Neill

12. Twice Bitten by Chloe Neill

13. Hard Bitten by Chloe Neill

14. Skinned by Robin Wasserman

15. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

16. Drink Deep by Chloe Neill

17. Biting Cold by Chloe Neill

18. House Rules by Chloe Neill

19. Lirael by Garth Nix

20. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

21. A Conspiracy of Alchemists by Liesel Schwarz

22. Rhapsody by Elizabeth Haydon

23. Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings

24. Queen of Sorcery by David Eddings

25. Magician’s Gambit by David Eddings

26. Blackout by Mira Grant

27. Castle of Wizardry by David Eddings

28. The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

29. Abhorsen by Garth Nix

30. The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson

31. Enchanter’s End Game by David Eddings

32. Queen of Shadows by Dianne Sylvan

33. Shadowflame by Dianne Sylvan

34. Shadow’s Fall by Dianne Sylvan

35. Of Shadow Born by Dianne Sylvan

36. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

37. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

38. The Phantom of Manhattan by Frederick Forsyth

39. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

40. Inferno by Dan Brown

41. Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness

42. Arrows of the Queen by Mercedes Lackey

43. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

44. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

45. Fire by Kristin Cashore

46. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

47. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

48. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

49. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

50. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

51. Paper Towns by John Green

52. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

53. 1984 by George Orwell

54. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

55. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan

56. Mind Games by Keirsten White

57. A Clockwork Heart by Liesel Schwarz

58. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

59. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

60. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

61. Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

62. The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson

63. The Bones of Paris by Laurie R. King

64. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

65. Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen

66. If I Stay by Gayle Forman

67. Where She Went by Gayle Forman

68. Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham

69. The Magicians by Lev Grossman

70. Divergent by Veronica Roth (goal reached 10/16/13!)

71. Insurgent by Veronica Roth

72. Allegiant by Veronica Roth

73. The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

74. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

75. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

76. The Death Cure by James Dashner

77. Pawn by Aimee Carter

78. Beastly by Alex Flinn

79. White Cat by Holly Black

80. Red Glove by Holly Black

Drabbles

2013 Goals – Um . . .

As 2014 begins, it’s time to look back and see how well I did on the goals I set for last year. The answer is . . . mixed.

Starting with the reading goals:

1. Read 70 books this year.

Yeah, I pretty much blew this one out of the water. According to GoodReads, my tally for the year was 80. Not too shabby!

2. Read at least 15 books off of the “1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die” list.

Nope. Not even a single one. Granted, when I made that goal, I was planning on being in grad school working on my Master’s degree in English, so I assumed I would be reading more classics, which might be on this list. Oh well. It was a nice idea!

3. Complete all series that were not completed last year (see this post).

I don’t think I got any of these either. Seriously, there are so many good books coming out – how do you keep track of them all?!?!?

4. Complete all series that I begin this year (such as Kristin Cashore’s Graceling Realm series, which I’ve read the first book of last week).

I actually did fairly good on this one. There were only a few series that I started last year that I didn’t finish, but I’ll get to them at some point.

5. Continue to try and get all the books I currently own up on my Goodreads account.

I am laughing now at my crazy ideas. In order to complete this, I would have had to read nothing but what’s on my bookshelves currently and nothing new. Yeah right. I’m silly.

So naturally, I have new reading goals for 2014, but since I know that “The Broke and the Bookish” plan to have their next TTT post about those, I’ll leave that until next Tuesday. 🙂

Now on to the regular resolutions and such.

1. Finish editing Children of Light and start querying it.

Nope. Didn’t happen. I’m still working on it though.

2. Do more with Bibliophiles Anonymous.

I’m actually quite pleased at how well the podcast has done this past year. We’re continuing to grow and have had some nice interactions with other readers and authors and such (including getting my review of Pawn retweeted by Harlequin Teen, which was pretty awesome). I think 2014 will be a good year for us as well.

3. Devote more time to my family and personal goals and less time to my job.

We have been spending more time as a family lately, mostly because we’ve started playing more games together, mostly that we saw on TableTop. It’s been fun.

4. Develop a daily routine.

Still working on that, although writing with the 5 AM Writers Club on Twitter is helping with that.

5. The Happiness Project.

Yeah, gave that up after only a month or two.

So that’s how 2013 went down. Some success, some utter failures, but that just shows where my priorities lie at the moment. Do I have goals for 2014? Absolutely, but this post is getting a little long. More on those later.

Wishing all of you a wonderful 2014!