Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Books I Read in 2013

I keep track of the books I've read on a calendar. I've been doing this since high school and it's a pretty decent system, except when I accidentally go weeks without writing something down and then I have to guess when it actually was that I read it. So some of the dates are probably off. Still, it allows me to keep track of when I read what. And that's really all I need. For 2014, I might switch over to keeping track of things on GoodReads, which I recent realized lets you keep track of what date you finished a book. So maybe this year, I'll actually use my calendar for keeping track of upcoming events (and drooling over how gorgeous Paris is). So here is the list of books I read this year, with my top 10 in bold.

1. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl (January 4th)
2. A Royal Pain by Megan Mulry (January 8th)
3. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes (February 4th)
4. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman (February 19th)
5. Just One Day by Gayle Forman (February 22nd)
6. The Runaway Princess by Hester Browne (February 28th)
7. Broken at Love by Lyla Payne (March 18th)
8. Altered by Jennfer Rush (March 18th)
9. Written in Red by Anne Bishop (April 22nd)
10. Asunder by Jodi Meadows (May 8th)
11. Poison by Bridget Zinn (May 17th)
12. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare (May 20th)
13. The Elite by Kiera Cass (May 29th)
14. The Goddess Inheritance by Aimee Carter (May 31st)
15. This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith (June 1st)
16. When Calls the Heart by Janette Oke (June 3rd)
17. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness (June 10th)
18. The Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar (June 14th)
19. The Assassin and the Pirate Lord by Sarah J. Maas (June 16th)
20. The Assassin and the Desert by Sarah J. Maas (June 16th)
21. The Assassin and the Underworld by Sarah J. Maas (June 17th)
22. The Assassin and the Empire by Sarah J. Maas (June 18th)
23. Shadows on the Moon by Zoƫ Marriott (June 20th)
24. Free Four by Veronica Roth (June 21st)
25. Natural Born Angel by Scott Speer (June 24th)
26. The Beautiful and the Cursed by Page Morgan (June 26th)
27. Born of Illusion by Teri Brown (June 27th)
28. Revel by Maurissa Guibord (June 28th)
29. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (July 1st)
30. The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen (July 14th)
31. The First Star to Fall by Diana Peterfreund (August 8th)
32. Guns for the Dead by Melissa Marr (August 12th)
33. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (August 19th)
34. Gravity by Melissa West (August 22nd)
35. The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner (September 2nd)
36. The Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell (September 10th)
37. Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon (September 12th)
38. Fury of the Phoenix by Cindy Pon (September 16th)
39. If You Were Mine by Sara Farizan (September 26th)
40. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas (September 29th)
41. Battle Magic by Tamora Pierce (October 8th)
42. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (October 16th)
43. Huntress by Malinda Lo (October 21st)
44. Antigoddess by Kendara Blake (November 4th)
45. The Springsweet by Saundra Mitchell (November 21st)
46. Just One Year by Gayle Forman (December 4th)
47. You Knew Me When by Emily Liebert (December 27th)

I would say that 2013 saw a major change in the kinds of books that I enjoy. I read outside of my comfort zone a lot, especially towards the end of the year. I read more adult books than usual, and that will probably continue in to the coming years. I read more books that weren't about straight white girls, and I enjoyed them immensely, so I intend to read even more of those as well. One big thing about my changing tastes, is that it means I was disappointed by a lot of books. I read books that had been sitting on my to-be-read list for years, only to discover that they weren't really holding my interests. I read a lot of sequels that I didn't enjoy as much as the first book, and I think that has more to do with me than it does the quality of those books. It happens.

Some things didn't change. I think that a maximum of four of the books I read had exclusively male protagonists. I tend to read mostly books about women characters and I tend to read mostly books by women authors (as far as I can tell, only 2 of the books I read this year were written by men). I still read mostly fantasy books, followed by realistic fiction. In 2014, I intend to try and throw a little science fiction into the mix, since I've been enjoy a lot of sci-fi television. I'm hoping to read a little more this year, with a goal of at least 60 books in 2014. It shouldn't be too hard, my list of titles I want to read is already more than twice that number.

What are your reading goals for 2014.

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