Saturday, 11 January 2014

Reading Challenge: What I Read in 2013

I'm thrilled to say that I completed the 2013 Goodreads Reading Challenge. I set myself a goal of 75 books, wishing I could strive for more, but afraid of not completing the challenge as I was finishing graduate school and trying to get a real job. I've always thought of myself as a reader, but university does take the fun out of reading.

I managed to read 97 books out of my goal of 75, not including the books I re-read. Here's what I read in 2013:

1.   The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
2.   Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy     The Best Classic Book
3.   Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

4.   Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh     The Funniest Book
5.   Son by Lois Lowry
6.   Inside by Alix Ohlin     The Best Canadian Fiction
7.   The Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan
8.   Messenger by Lois Lowry
9.   Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
10.   A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
11.   A Beautiful Truth by Colin McAdam
12.   The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
13.   The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

14.   The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls     Unexpected Favourite
15.   Rick Mercer: A Nation Worth Ranting About by Rick Mercer

16.   Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott     The Book that Surprised Me
17.   The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
18.   The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
19.   Allegiant by Veronica Roth     The Book that Disappointed Me a Little
20.   The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron
21.   Openly Straight by Bill Koenigsberg     Best Controversial Topic Book
22.   The Bridge from Me to You by Lisa Schroeder
23.   The Maze Runner by James Dashner
24.   Marie Antoinette Serial Killer by Katie Alender
25.   Catch a Falling Star by Kim Culbertson
26.   Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater     The Best Teen Supernatural Book
27.   Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
28.   Abandon by Meg Cabot     The Best Paranormal Romance [Series]
29.   Defy by Sara B. Larson
30.   Underworld by Meg Cabot
31.   Awaken by Meg Cabot
32.   The Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher      The Best Mystery/Thriller
33.   Lament by Maggie Stiefvater
34.   Legend by Marie Lu
35.   Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia
36.   Insurgent by Veronica Roth
37.   The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
38.   Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
39.   Divergent by Veronica Roth     The Best YA/Teen Dystopian

40.   The Fault in our Stars by John Green 
41.   Rip Tide by Kat Falls 
42.   Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am by Harry Mazer
43.   The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
44.   The House of Hades by Rick Riordan  Book I was Most Excited For 
45.   Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys     Best War Story
46.   Who Could That Be At This Hour? by Lemony Snicket
47.   The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen
48.   The Serpent's Shadow by Rick Riordan
49.   The Demigod Diaries by Rick Riordan
50.   The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan
51.   The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
52.   In My Enemy's House by Carol Matas
53.   Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

Middle Grade
54.   Smile by Raina Telgemeier     The Best Graphic Novel
55.   Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown     The Best Middle Grade
56.   The Hypnotists by Gordon Korman
57.   A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Llyod     The Best Lovable Book
58.   Spirit Animals, Book One: Wild Born by Brandon Mull

Picture Books
59.   Fox and Squirrel by Ruth Ohi     
60.   Swamp Water by Robert Munsch
61.   The Very Brave Bear by Nick Bland     The Sweetest Picture Book
62.   The Night Before Christmas by Barbara Reid     The Best Holiday Book
63.   How Do Dinosaurs Say I'm Mad by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague
64.   There is a Bird on Your Head! by Mo Willems
65.   I Love My New Toy by Mo Willems
66.   The Duckling Gets a Cookie by Mo Willems
67.   The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog by Mo Willems
68.   Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! by Mo Willems
69.   The Pigeon Wants a Puppy! by Mo Willems
70.   Chester by Melanie Watt     
71.   Boo! by Robert Munsch
72.   Press Here by Herve Tullet
73.   Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. 
74.   Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
75.   Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems  The Funniest Picture Book
76.   My Friend is Sad by Mo Willems
77.   The Pigeon Has Feelings, Too! by Mo Willems
78.   Finding Christmas by Robert Munsch
79.   Moose! by Robert Munsch
80.   No Clean Clothes by Robert Munsch
81.   We Share Everything! by Robert Munsch
82.   Zoom! by Robert Munsch
83.   Get Out of Bed! by Robert Munsch
84.   Playhouse by Robert Munsch
85.   Andrew's Loose Tooth by Robert Munsch
86.   I Am So Embarrassed by Robert Munsch
87.   Look at Me! by Robert Munsch
88.   Seeing Red by Robert Munsch
89.   Down the Drain by Robert Munsch
90.   The Sand Castle Contest by Robert Munsch
91.   Mmm, Cookies! by Robert Munsch
92.   Makeup Mess by Robert Munsch
93.   Too Much Stuff! by Robert Munsch

Graphic Novels
94.   The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan     The Best Cover
95.   Fables by Bill Willingham
96.   The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
97.   The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan     

In 2014, here are my reading resolutions: 

  • Read 150 books (shooting for 175!)
  • Read 10 classic novels
  • Read more Canadian fiction
  • Read more middle grade 
Happy Reading in 2014, Everyone! 

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