Saturday, December 28, 2013

Books You Must Read - Books of 2013

Year #3 went almost the way I planned.  I didn't finish nearly as much reading as I intended to.  Considering the fact that I worked a lot, and even transitioned to a new career, I still read as much as time allowed me to.

Sometimes I reap the rewards of having this blog even when I least expect it, or even when I most neglect it.  This website has a way of inspiriting me to be more even amidst the uncertainty of my life.

For the most part, 2013 turned out to be a good year.

I began the 2013 year by continuing The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo trilogy with Book #2 The Girl Who Played with Fire.  Then I began The Game of Thrones series.  I was able to fit in some random reviews like The Thread, The Shadow Queen, The Hollow Man, The Cranes Dance,The Twelve Rooms of the Nile,Beautiful Lies,Never Tell,Between You and Me,Water Love and Memory.       

I am thankful that I was able to fit in a few Review Requests.  The first was High Tide on Main Street. The next review request was a Bared to You by Sylvia Day. Soon thereafter I also reviewed Reflected in You. Even to this day I am so thankful that I was able to actual put these review requests through.  I had a busy year, from many perspectives.  It was a challenging year emotionally, spiritually, and professionally, to say the least.  I am most proud this year about getting these review requests for 2013.

I was able to also get a hold of some ARCs.  I reviewed the ARCs of:
The Truth in Advertising by John Kenney
Saturday Night Widows by Becky Aikman
Animal Wise by Virgina Morrell
Jungleland by Christopher Stewart
The Dinner by Herman Koch
The Normal Bar by Chrisanna Northrup
The Promise of Stardust by Priscille Sibley
The House Girl by Tara Conklin
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Wake by Amanda Hocking
Every Day by David Levithan
Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza
The Andalucian Friend by Alexander Soderberg
The Accursed by Joyce Carol Oates
The Stonecutter by Camilla Lackberg

This year was a very popular year for a lot of nonfiction reading.  Boy, I fit it a lot of nonfiction.  I really would have liked to balanced this number of nonfiction reads with some fictions.  I guess I did that last year in 2012.  The first nonfiction was a book called This is Water.  The others were:
Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
Ten Fun Things to do Before You Die by Karol Kackowski
Quiet: The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain
The Violinist Thumb by Sam Kean
Anarchy Evolution by Greg Graffin
The Swerve by Stephen Greenblatt
Epigenetics by Richard Francis
Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
With or Without You by Domenica Ruta
Brain on Fire by Susannah Calahan
Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris
The Art of Living by Epictetus
The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
The Zen and Art of Happiness by Chris Prentiss
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
Loneliness by John Cocioppo
A Breast Cancer Alphabet by Madhulika Sikka
The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout

The fiction I did manage to read wasn't bad at all.  I was actually surprised to see these titles when I looked back on my year.  So much happened this year in my life that I can't even remember some of the plots of these books, good thing I have the reviews to remind me.  The first was The Perks of Being a Wallflower.  Then I reviewed The Alchemist and By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept by Paulo Coelho, one of my favorite authors.  Then there was The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker.

I did fit in a few young adult books, that's for sure.  ;) Splintered was the first.  I thoroughly enjoyed it,, surprisingly it.  I'm not one to read a lot of young adult, but I do like to delve into it once in a while and then come out and read some really powerful classics.  I love the contrast.  I appreciate it all so much more.

Oh I made the mistake of actually reading a Christian Life book.  Something I never do.  I'm not sure exactly why, or maybe I'd like to keep that to myself, but I am not one for Christian Life books.  Nevertheless, I did read Captivating.

How did you 2013 year go?

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