Friday, January 3, 2014

What I Read in 2013

         Ever since I signed up for a Shelfari account in 2010, I've had a 50 book a year reading goal. I didn't come close that first year, but I only started counting in August. I came a little closer every year, and last year I managed to read 37 books.
         This year however, I started a new job, at a library. Do you see where I'm going with this? With unprecedented access to books, I've blown past my reading goal for this year. I finished my 50th book on August 3rd! And just kept going.

         Like I did last year, I want to post the completed list of everything that I read over the course of 2013. I have eclectic tastes, and they're reflected well here. I've put * next to books that I particularly enjoyed. You'll see a lot of *.


  1. Panic in Level 4: Cannibals, Killer Viruses and Other Journeys to the Edge of Science by Richard Preston
  2. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot*
  3. The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic - and How it Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World*
  4. Bad Brains by Kathe Koja
  5. All There Is... Love Stories from StoryCorps by Dave Isay
  6. My Life in France by Julia Child
  7. Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln*
  8. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  9. The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History by John M. Barry
  10. Fire in the Blood by P. N. Elrod*
  11. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini*
  12. Fantastic Voyage: An Amazing Journey Through the Human Blood Stream by Issac Asimov
  13. Parenting: Illustrated with Crappy Pictures by Amber Dusick*
  14. Next by Micheal Crichton
  15. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
  16. Push by Sapphire*
  17. Bag of Bones by Stephen King*
  18. 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke
  19. Raising the Dead: Organ Transplants, Ethics and Society by Ronald Munson
  20. My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf
  21. 50 Shades of Grey by E. L. James
  22. Every Second Counts: The Race to Transplant the First Human Heart by Donald McRae*
  23. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  24. Coraline by Neil Gaiman*
  25. Hide and Seek: Jewish Women and Hair Covering by Lynne Schreiber
  26. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs *
  27. Aaron and Ahmed by Jay Cantor
  28. Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword by Barry Deutsch
  29. Straight: The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality by Hanne Blank
  30. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman*
  31. Herevill: How Mirka Met a Meteorite by Barry Deutsch
  32. We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver*
  33. The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
  34. M is for Magic by Neil Gaiman
  35. Vampire Loves by Joann Sfar*
  36. The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story by Susan Hill
  37. Fat Vampire: A Never Coming of Age Story by Adam Rex
  38. Ink: The Not-Just-Skin-Deep Guide to Getting a Tattoo by Terisa Green
  39. Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach*
  40. Blood Oath by Christopher Farnsworth*
  41. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  42. Collecting Cooper by Paul Cleave
  43. It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini*
  44. Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women by Geraldine Brooks
  45. How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran
  46. Joyland by Stephen King*
  47. The President's Vampire by Christopher Farnsworth
  48. The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan
  49. Chew: Taster's Choice by John Layman
  50. Virgin: The Untouched History by Hanne Blank*

And those were my first 50 books of 2013. Everything I read between January 1st 2013 through August 3rd 2013. 50 books in 7 months. :o) Not too shabby, huh? But that was just the beginning. I kept reading (since I'm still working at the library, I'm still reading like a fiend), and here are the rest of the books I read last year:

  1. Red, White and Blood by Christopher Farnsworth
  2. The House of Tomorrow by Peter Bognanni
  3. Lizard Music by Daniel Pinkwater*
  4. Fat Men from Space by Daniel Pinkwater
  5. Moby Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, Including the Author, Who Went in Search of Them by Donovan Hohn*
  6. The Walking Dead: Days Gone Bye by Robert Kirkman*
  7. The Hoboken Chicken Emergency by Daniel Pinkwater*
  8. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  9. Orange is the New Black: One Year in a Women's Prison by Piper Kerman*
  10. Looking for Bobowicz: A Hoboken Chicken Story by Daniel Pinkwater
  11. Veiled Courage: Inside the Afghan Women's Resistance by Cheryl Benard
  12. The Feminist Porn Book: The Politics of Producing Pleasure by Tristan Taormino
  13. Sleeping Naked is Green: How an Ecy-Cynic Unplugged Her Fridge, Sold Her Car, and Found Love in 366 Days by Vanessa Farquharson
  14. Big Brother by Lionel Shriver*
  15. The Blue Moose by Daniel Pinkwater
  16. Moosepire by Daniel Pinkwater
  17. Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat and Obsession by Julie Powell*
  18. The Walking Dead: Miles Behind Us by Robert Kirkman
  19. Son of Holmes by John Lescroart*
  20. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks
  21. Preacher: Gone to Texas by Garth Ennis*
  22. The Walking Dead: Safety Behind Bars by Robert Kirkman
  23. Doctor Sleep by Stephen King*
  24. Preacher: Until the End of the World by Garth Ennis
  25. The Walking Dead: The Heart's Desire by Robert Kirkman
  26. Rasputin's Revenge by John Lescroart
  27. The Walking Dead: The Best Defense by Robert Kirkman
  28. The Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy and Hard Times by Jennifer Worth*
  29. Unholy Night by Seth Grahame-Smith
  30. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern*
  31. Preacher: Proud Americans by Garth Ennis
  32. Fables: Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham*
  33. Fables: Animal Farm by Bill Willingham
  34. The Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman 
  35. Feed by Mira Grant 
  36. Fortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman
  37. Spook by Mary Roach
  38. Posted to Death by Dean James
  39. Preacher: Ancient History by Garth Ennis

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