Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 Redux: A Year in Books

I read up a storm this year, and couldn't have enjoyed it more. I rediscovered my love for fiction, reread some childhood favorites, and discovered the joy of comic books and graphic novels. I began educating myself on feminism, sleuthed my way through multiple mysteries, and admitted that I just can't get into Stephen King.

The Purity Myth: How America's Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women
Click: When We Knew We Were Feminists
Three Black Swans
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Cradle Lake
Kingdom Come
Ender's Game
When Evil Came to Good Hart
Bone, Vol. 1: Out from Boneville (Bone, #1)
The Shining
Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls
Mrs. Queen Takes the Train
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Ordinary Grace
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine, #1)
Murder in Greenwich
My Sister's Keeper
Sheepish: Two Women, Fifty Sheep, and Enough Wool to Save the Planet
The Night Circus
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Sisterhood Everlasting (Sisterhood, #5)
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
The Fault in Our Stars
My Name Is Memory
Bath Massacre: America's First School Bombing
Deep and Dark and Dangerous: A Ghost Story
Tuck Everlasting (A Sunburst book)
T-Rex Trying
The Shining Girls
The Other Shepards
Time Windows
The Doll in the Garden
Wait Till Helen Comes
The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap: A Memoir of Friendship, Community, and the Uncommon Pleasure of a Good Book
Mennonite in a Little Black Dress    

(All images courtesy of Goodreads)

My Top 5 Favorites of 2013:

The Shining Girls, Lauren Beukes
Gone GirlGillian Flynn
Wild, Cheryl Strayed

Honorable Mentions:

In years past, it has always just been my goal to read as much as possible. This year, with the onset of grad school and adding classes to an already busy schedule, my goal is to read one book a month for pleasure reading. I don't want to lose sight of why I'm going back to school in the first place: my insatiable love for books, libraries, and the written word.  

Already on my list for 2014 is the Divergent series, Where'd You Go Bernadette?, and Hollow City. In the name of "research," I'm planning on catching up on my children's and YA literature. I'd also like to read the writings of John Muir. To the library!

What's the best book you read in 2013? What do I need to be reading in 2014? 

Wishing all of you a 2014 full of happiness, favorite books, and bottomless cups of coffee. 

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