On the last day of the year, I’m finally posting the list of books I’ve read/listened to in 2013, starting with the one I’m currently finishing and going back to the first one I finished a year ago. I had such a great start to the year and was plowing through audiobooks like nobody’s business. And then once I finished The Twelve in late August I really slowed down. Game of Thrones took me two months to get through, and the next Diana Gabaldon in the Outlander series has taken me two months as well. Those two books alone were the length of 2-3 books all on their own. They are massively long! Worth it, but long.
Worst book of 2013: Last First Kiss. Cheesy romance at its worst. Good thing it was a free Kindle download.
Best book of 2013: I’ll have to go with the Game of Thrones book, although the Justin Cronin vampire novels (The Passage and The Twelve) were very well written with a great cast of characters.
I only read a couple non-fiction books this year, but both were outstanding (Brain on Fire and Alone on the Ice). Ice took a while to get interesting – there was a LOT of backstory on that one. But once the actual exploration mission began I was spellbound.
I’m actually going through two books right now – an audiobook (Gabaldon) and a Kindle book which isn’t listed here. I’m barely halfway through the Kindle book which is why I didn’t list it. However, I’ve got 5 hours left of the 48-hour Gabaldon book, so I listed it since I am over 90% done (although I’m tempted to try to listen to the last five hours today just so I can say it’s done and start a new book tomorrow).
|1. A Breath of Snow and Ashes||Diana Gabaldon||Still reading|
|2. Princess Academy: Palace of Stone||Shannon Hale||2013-11-01|
|3. Midnight in Austenland||Shannon Hale||2013-10-12|
|4. A Storm of Swords (Game of Thrones, Book 3)||George R.R. Martin||2013-10-11|
|5. The Twelve||Justin Cronin||2013-08-31|
|6. The Firebird||Susanna Kearsley||2013-08-10|
|7. The 5th Wave||Rick Yancey||2013-08-01|
|8. Rise: An Eve Novel||Anna Carey||2013-07-26|
|9. Once: An Eve Novel||Anna Carey||2013-07-10|
|10.Beautiful Creatures||Kami Garcia||2013-07-05|
|11.The Art of Hearing Heartbeats||Jan-Philipp Sendker||2013-06-19|
|12.Alone on the Ice: The Greatest Survival Story in the History of Exploration||David Roberts||2013-06-10|
|13.Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness||Susannah Cahalan||2013-05-26|
|14.Madame Tussaud: A Novel of the French Revolution||Michelle Moran||2013-05-18|
|15.The Kitchen House: A Novel||Kathleen Grissom||2013-05-01|
|17.The Great Gatsby||F. Scott Fitzgerald||2013-04-17|
|18.Requiem (Delirium)||Lauren Oliver||2013-04-13|
|19.What Alice Forgot||Liane Moriarty||2013-04-07|
|20.The Do-Over||Kathy Dunnehoff||2013-03-29|
|21.Day by Day Armageddon: Beyond Exile||J. L. Bourne||2013-03-21|
|22.The Selection||Kiera Cass||2013-03-12|
|23.The Chaperone||Laura Moriarty||2013-03-07|
|24.The Passage: A Novel||Justin Cronin||2013-02-27|
|25.Before I Fall||Lauren Oliver||2013-01-24|
|27.Last First Kiss||Lori Leger||2013-01-10|