2013 Books, in Review

I read 44 books in 2013.

I am really trying not to get caught up on that number. I had originally hoped to read 60 books this year, but around the summer time, I realized this probably would not happen, and I tried to make peace with ditching that goal.

I really want reading to be a source of pleasure and relaxation, not about stress or goal-orientation. However, it is a constant struggle within me to turn off that part of my brain, so here I am still talking about it.

When I look at what I read in 2013, I realize there were not many books that I absolutely loved. There was many medicore books,  a few I hated and a few I quit. I used to never quit books, but I finally realized that there are so many amazing books to be read, I will not waste my time with one that feels like torture to get through.

Below is a list of some of my favorite books, from the year. You can click on the link to read my review:

When Things Fall Apart

when things fall apart

Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls


Light on Yoga


Valley of the Dolls

valley of the dolls

Fall of Giants


Winter of the World


Before I Fall

before i fall

The Yoga Sutras of Pantanjali


Wheels of Life


American Heiress


Books I quit

World War Z

The Three Musketeers

The Great Journey: Americans in Paris

The Red Tent

Books I re-read

I often return to past favorites when I am stuck in a reading rut, this seemed to happen a few times this year.

Harry Potter 1-7

The Fault in Our Stars


The Great Gatsby


I am not setting a goal of how many books to read, this year. My reading goal for this year is to simply enjoy reading.

My current to-read pile looks like this, which shows I have not been very successful in refraining from purchasing books:

to read 2014

Do you have any 2014 reading goals?

6 thoughts on “2013 Books, in Review

  1. Great list – I’ve already added a few to my Amazon wish list! My reading goals are just to keep discovering new books and authors (I usually read 2-3 books a week – more when not in school!)

  2. Ahhhh you re-read some great ones! I tried Before I Fall in October and just could NOT get into it. I got about 40 or so pages in before realizing it just wasn’t my time to read it. I felt like the main character was super whiny and really came across as a young teenager. I’ve heard so many good things though so I might try it again!

    • She definitely starts off that way but what I loved was her transformation throughout the book. I’ve done that with books though, I realize later that I would have read them at another time, I may actually have liked it.

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