2013 Reading List

Last year I foolishly signed up for a whole bunch of reading challenges, figuring that I’d be able to get through them all with very little effort or problems. This turned out not to be true and I failed to complete any of them, apart from the 2012 reading challenge at GoodReads. The only reason I managed that one was because it didn’t involve reading specific titles and was a total of all books read. The main problem with my other challenges was that I set up all the books beforehand, which made the challenges very rigid. Once I got behind there was no catching up. Having said all this, though, I did read a total of 83 books, which was way more than I thought I would. I discovered quite a few new-to-me authors along the way.

So far this year I haven’t signed up for any challenges. I may do so yet, but will avoid being so strict with my choices as I was last year as I think this can take away from the fun of reading. I would like to read at least 75 books this year, which I think should be quite achievable. Here is this year’s list of books read:

  1. The Time Keeper – Mitch Albom (January 1)
  2. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry – Rachel Joyce (January 5)
  3. The Big Exit – David Carnoy (January 8)
  4. Stories From Jonestown – Leigh Fondakowski (January 16)
  5. 11/22/63 – Stephen King (January 24)
  6. Ellen and the Hummingtree – Audrey Austin (January 31)
  7. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen (February 7)
  8. Master and Commander – Patrick O’Brian (February 18)
  9. Face-Off At The Alamo – Roy MacGregor (February 19)
  10. More Than Just a Game: Soccer vs. Apartheid: The Most Important Soccer Story Ever Told – Chuck Korr and Marvin Close (February 24)

  11. Peregrine Harker & The Black Death – Luke Hollands (February 28)
  12. Dawn to Dark: A Book of Christian Prayer – R. Douglas Jones (February 28)
  13. Doomed: The Untold Story Behind the Collapse of the Elliot Lake Mall – Michael Friscolanti (March 2)
  14. Aeon Flux – Mike Kennedy, Timothy Green II (March 12)
  15. Black Feathers – Joseph D’Lacey (March 14)
  16. What We Talk About When We Talk About God – Rob Bell (March 23)
  17. The Last Eyewitness: The Final Week – Chris Seay and David Capes (March 30)
  18. God is on the Cross: Reflections for Lent and Easter – Dietrich Bonhoeffer (March 31)
  19. Cross the Line – Jack Patterson (April 2)
  20. Finn Family Moomintroll – Tove Jansson (April 9)
  21. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future…: Twists and Turns and Lessons Learned – Michael J. Fox (April 14)
  22. The Rise and Fall of the Bible: The Unexpected History of an Accidental Book – Timothy Beal (April 18)
  23. The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment – A.J. Jacobs (April 20)
  24. Amped – Daniel H. Wilson (April 21)
  25. Walden – Henry David Thoreau (April 26)
  26. Babette’s Feast – Isak Dineson/Karen Blixen (April 28)
  27. The Book of Creation: An Introduction to Celtic Spirituality – J. Philip Newell (April 28)
  28. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett (May 3)
  29. Two Pints – Roddy Doyle (May 4)
  30. The Devil in Pew Number Seven – Rebecca Nichols Alonzo (May 7)
  31. Moominpappa’s Memoirs – Tove Jansson (May 14)
  32. Moominsummer Madness – Tove Jansson (May 22)
  33. Before I Go To Sleep – S.J. Watson (May 27)
  34. Amulet, Book 1: The Stonekeeper – Kazu Kibuishi (May 29)
  35. A Bag of Marbles: The Graphic Novel – Joseph Joffo, Vincent Bailly (June 5)
  36. The Martian Chronicles: The Authorized Adaptation – Dennis Calero (Illustrator), Ray Bradbury, Howard Zimmerman (Editor) (June 8)
  37. Birthdays of a Princess – Helga Zeiner (June 11)
  38. F in Exams: The Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers – Richard Benson (June 15)
  39. Amulet, Book 2: The Stonekeeper’s Curse – Kazu Kibuishi (June 16)
  40. The Clock of Life – Nancy Klann-Moren (June 23)
  41. Something Wicked This Way Comes: The Authorized Adaptation – Ray Bradbury, Ron Wimberly (June 25)

  42. Peter Pan – J.M. Barrie (June 26)
  43. Moominland Midwinter – Tove Jansson (July 3)

  44. Amulet, Book 3: The Cloud Searchers – Kazu Kibuishi (July 8)

  45. The Flute Player – Shawn Mihalik (July 13)
  46. Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness Singing with Others – Stacy Horn (July 16)
  47. A Loonie for Luck – Roy MacGregor (July 21)
  48. The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared – Jonas Jonasson (August 3)
  49. Amulet Book Four: The Last Council – Kazu Kibuishi (August4)
  50. Doctor Who and the Three Doctors – Terrance Dicks (August 8)
  51. Einstein’s Dreams – Alan Lightman (August 11)
  52. The Reason for Dragons – Chris Northrop, Rebecca Taylor (Editor), Jeff Stokely (Illustrations) (August 13)
  53. Utopia – Thomas More (August 25)
  54. Xingu – Edith Wharton (August 25)
  55. The October Country – Ray Bradbury (September 3)
  56. Logan’s Run – William F. Nolan, George Clayton Johnson (September 9)
  57. Amulet Book 5: Prince of the Elves – Kazu Kibuishi (September 10)
  58. Cowboys and Aliens – Scott Mitchell Rosenberg (September 16)
  59. Unholy Night – Seth Grahame-Smith (September 20)
  60. A Big Hand For The Doctor (Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E-Shorts, #1) – Eoin Colfer (September 24)
  61. The Red Queen Dies – Frankie Y. Bailey (September 25)
  62. The Nameless City (Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E-Shorts, #2) – Michael Scott (September 27)
  63. The Spear of Destiny (Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E-Shorts, #3) – Marcus Sedgwick (September 30)
  64. Mrs. Queen Takes the Train – William Kuhn (October 1)
  65. The Roots of Evil (Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E-Shorts, #4) – Philip Reeve (October 5)
  66. Tip of the Tongue (Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E-Shorts, #5) – Patrick Ness (October 9)
  67. The Clockwork Scarab – Colleen Gleason (October 14)
  68. Something Borrowed (Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E-Shorts, #6) – Richelle Mead (October 15)
  69. Panic in Pittsburgh – Roy MacGregor (October 24)
  70. The Ripple Effect (Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E-Shorts, #7) – Malorie Blackman (October 27)
  71. InterWorld – Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves (November 4)
  72. Spore (Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E-Shorts, #8) – Alex Scarrow (November 4)
  73. Ardent Forest – Nancy Jane Moore (November 10)
  74. The Beast of Babylon (Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E-Shorts, #9) – Charlie Higson (November 10)
  75. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte (November 14)
  76. The Mystery of the Haunted Cottage (Doctor Who Anniversary E-Shorts, #10) – Derek Landy (November 18)
  77. Nothing O’Clock (Doctor Who Anniversary E-Shorts, #11) – Neil Gaiman (November 24)
  78. The Queen of Spades and Other Stories – Alexander Pushkin (December 1)
  79. William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, a New Hope – Ian Doescher (December 4)
  80. God’s Favorite Place on Earth – Frank Viola (December 5)
  81. The Question That Never Goes Away – Philip Yancey (December 7)
  82. The War of the Worlds – H.G. Wells (December 27)
  83. The Sea of Monsters: The Graphic Novel – Rick Riordan, Attila Futaki, Tamas Gaspar, Robert Venditti (December 28)
  84. The One Year Bible NLT (December 31)
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