2013 was not a good year for reading for me. I struggled with many of the books I read. Sure, I had some I enjoyed, but many of the books I read were flops, and I got stuck on them for months at a time. In total, I only read 49 books this year. I had hoped to at least reach 50 (normal for me is around 80), but stopped reading in December when life became too busy, and the book I was reading didn't mesh with my current mindset. Nevertheless, I had enough books to jump into the yearly meme from The Happily Ever After, so here it is:
My Life According to Books I Read in 2013
Describe yourself: Unorthodox by Deborah Feldman
How do you feel:
Touch and Go by Lisa Gardner
Describe where you currently live:
Dragon House by John Shors
If you could go anywhere, where would you go:
Joyland by Stephen King
Your favorite form of transportation:
Fox Tracks by Rita Mae Brown
Your best friend is:
Loving Everyone by Michael Chase
You and your friends are:
Local Girls by Alice Hoffman
What's the weather like:
Wicked by Nancy Holder
What is life to you:
In the Bag by Kate Klise
Favorite time of day:
Goodnight, Nebraska by Tom McNeal
Two Graves by Preston and Child
What is the best advice you have to give:
The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff
Thought for the day:
Never Change by Elizabeth Berg
How I would like to die:
One Foot in Eden by Ron Rash
My soul's present condition:
The White Garden by Stephanie Barron
My family is:
The Secrets of Happy Families by Bruce Feiler
Please know that I am not necessarily recommending these books - while I did like most of them, some I did not.
How about you, readers - read any good books in 2013?
Forty nine...that is awesome! I am sure that next year you will select books more to your liking...:)JP
Given all the responsibilities you have I would say you have done extremely well to read as much a you have.
I think "War and Peace" is on line for free if you want some light reading. ;-)
Happy New Year!
I just finished Persuasion, again.
I am impressed with 49 books read--so congrats. Unfortunately, my job requires me reading boring articles and books so that taps most of my reading time. Last month, I did read a friend's book, but I was disappointed with it. I started reading a second one by the same author and it seems much better.
a cute exercise. :)
Yep, 2013 was definitely not "the year of books" for either of us. I actually finished 39 - way less than usual, because there were some books I just couldn't get through.
This is always a fun meme, though! I enjoyed your list.
Here's to great reading in 2014!!
I am impressed with the number of books you read! I am ashamed that I only read 4 :/ Definitely need to step it up this year!
wow, i didn't even come close! happy reading!!
I think 49 is great! I didn't read nearly that many. I read some good mysteries this year. Sue Grafton came out with her latest, which was excellent. And I read another poetry book by Mary Oliver. I'm reading a John Sandford book now.
Holy COW! 49 books!! That's alot. I am reading "Unbroken" right now and it's absolutely excellent. True wwii story about crashing in the pacific and floating for weeks in a 6' life raft with sharks circling the boat while in enemy waters. Can hardly put it down. The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon is excellent too.
Fun Challenge, I joined in too! Thanks for posting :)
Interesting post! I need to take more time to read. I buy books but seldom read them :( Yet when I do read I just love where it takes me!
I remember reading the Tao of Pooh in college. I loved it. What a fun list.
Wow, 80 books is your usual? Impressive. One of my favorites was The Art of Hearing Heartbeats...I forget the author's name. That one stands out among the dozen or so I read last year.
Billy Crystals autobiography - Still fooling em - was hilarious, honest, witty, a real gem.
I'm reading Cheerful Money now.. and while it would not normaly catch my attention, it was recommended and I am thoroughly enjoying it. Very good writing, amusing truths.
Happy New Year and we hope you find lots of new books to read in 2014
Wow. You really made me think here because I love to read, and I always had my fave authors...James Patterson, Lee Child, David Baldacci...and I was not a big non-fiction type reader...until Spring of 2013. Now it is...Gary Zukov's Seat of the Soul...Awareness by Anthony De Mello; Evolutionary Enlightenment by Andrew Cohen; and Conversations with the Universe by Simran Singh...yes, very different indeed. I am happy and I wish you and yours great JOY AND HAPPINESS FOR 2014! Aloha
I don't know how you find time to read! I've read many but the good news is, I can pick up one I read last year and read it again. :)
This is a cool post! Thanks for sharing!
You just made me realize I didn't read many books in 2013 ~ I plan to read more this year !
Goodness I do not know but two of your reads, Rita Mae Brown has made me laugh while Alice Hoffman has had me in tears and laughter..I didn't read as much as I had intended either.
A good list, I had only read Wicked.
I need to read more books! Mostly what I read this year were cookbooks and one on food photography that I really enjoyed.
Hi Lisa! Thank you so much for your interest in this meme again this year. It's so much fun hosting the link up and reading what everyone comes up with.
I missed my goal this year, too.. I set out to read 101 books (including about a dozen graphic novels and a handful of novellas so probably only about 80 full length novels).. this year I made it to 98 including a few re-reads. SO CLOSE! Hopefully 2014 will be a better reading year for both of us.
Love all your answers in the meme. How brave of you to say you'd go to Joyland! ACK! LOL! I think the Tao of Pooh is great advice and One Foot in Eden is brilliant too.
Happy, healthy New Year to you and yours! xxx
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