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2013 in Books

I’m always impressed with those people that set out with the goal of reading 100 books in a given year. Even 50 sounds daunting. When it comes to books, I usually have a few different lists floating around, but never on a time frame. I have the books that people recommend to me, TIME Magazine’s All-Time list of 100 Novels (as a guide to the “classics”), and then I have an ever-changing list as a note on my iPhone of books that pop up in articles or I hear about in passing.

It’s no collection of 100 groundbreaking, life-altering titles, but thanks to my obsession with scanning titles I read into GoodReads, here is my 2013 reading habits in review:

 

Books I Read in 2013: 23!

1) “Magical Thinking: True Stories” by Augusten Burroughs

2) “Looking for Alaska” by John Green

3) “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” by Jonathan Safran Foer

4) “Everybody Who Was Anybody: A Biography of Gertrude Stein” by Janet Hobhouse

5) “The Time Keeper” by Mitch Albom

6)“The Writing Life” by Annie Dillard

7) “Where I’ve Been, and Where I’m Going: Essays, Reviews, Prose” by Joyce Carol Oates

8) “The Subway Chronicles: Scenes from Life in New York” by Jacquelin Cangro

9) “Starbucked: A Double Tall Tale of Caffeine, Commerce, and Culture” by Taylor Clark

10) “My Name is Memory” by Ann Brashares

11) “The Best American Essays, 2008”

12) “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou

13) “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail” by Cheryl Strayed

14) “The Virgin Suicides” by Jeffrey Eugenides

15) “The Lover’s Dictionary” by David Levithan

16) “The Kid: What Happened After My Boyfriend and I Decided to Go Get Pregnant” by Dan Savage

17) “The Love Affairs of Nathanial P. by Adelle Waldman

18) “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs

19) “Lone Wolf” by Jodi Picoult

20) “Feed” by M.T. Anderson

21) “Will Grayson, Will Grayson” by John Green

22) “Have a Little Faith” by Mitch Albom

23) “The Art of Fielding” by Chad Harbach

 

Books I Started in 2013, But Haven’t Yet Finished:

1) “The Beautiful and Damned” by F. Scott Fitzgerald

2) “Player Piano” by Kurt Vonnegut

3) “A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens

4) “Speedboat” by Renata Adler

5) “Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table” by Ruth Reichl

6) “I Don’t Know How She Does It” by Allison Pearson

 

iPhone Note Books for 2014:

1) ”The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green

2) “The City and the Pillar” by Gore Vidal

3) “We Had it So Good” by Linda Grant

4) “On the Road” by Jack Kerouac

5) “Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison

6) “This is the Story of a Happy Marriage” by Ann Patchett

7) “The Price of Salt” by Patricia Highsmith

 

Currently Reading:

1) “Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger, Sorry, any high school English teacher that assigned this to me, first-timer over here.

2) “Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit” by Jeanette Winterson

 

This year’s favorite? “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed.

Resonated deepest? “The Lover’s Dictionary” by David Levithan. This book was brilliant.

Most disappointing? “The Virgin Suicide” by Jeffrey Eugenides.