2013: A Year of Reading in Review

26 Dec

There are still five days left in 2013 but given all I have to do before then, I don’t think I’ll have time to finish and properly review another book (spoke too soon). A couple of you might remember that I started off the year determined to read and review 52 books between January 1 and December 31. Well… I didn’t quite reach that goal.

This year, I read 31 32 great books. Short of my goal, but I did beat 2012’s count of 28. I found new favorite authors, new favorite series, and new favorite characters which, despite the low count, I consider success in my book. Sure, there have been a few that weren’t as well-loved, but then not everything can be 100% fantastic.

I have a few exciting things up my sleeve for 2014 which I am so excited about and will share with you later. For now, I’ll tell you that my 2014 reading goal is 35 books. Very manageable. I’m hoping my 2014 is much easier than my 2013 was and I’ll be able to surpass this goal with ease.

In 2014, I am most looking forward to the following books being released: The Caller by Juliet Marillier, the third in the Shadowfell series; Lady Thief by A. C. Gaughen, the sequel to Scarlet; and SUPPOSEDLY Arram by Tamora Pierce, the first book in the new Numair series that I have been waiting for since at LEAST 2006!! Look for reviews of these and more here at More Than One Page!

I’ll leave you with a list of the books I read this year and a link to the review. Looks like Ann Turnbull and Juliet Marillier are the two authors who won me over, with Turnbull earning 4 spots on the list and Marillier earning 3. Old favorites included Patricia C. Wrede, Jane Yolen, Diana Wynne Jones, Sherwood Smith, and Tamora Pierce. My favorite book read this year is probably a toss-up between Scarlet and Seraphina undeniably Prince of Shadows.

  1. The Far West by Patricia C. Wrede
  2. Cybele’s Secret by Juliet Marillier
  3. The Girl from Snowy River by Jackie French
  4. The Falconer’s Knot by Mary Hoffman
  5. The Battle for Gullywith by Susan Hill
  6. Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore
  7. Seraphina by Rachel Hartmann
  8. A Stranger to Command by Sherwood Smith
  9. Enchanted Glass by Diana Wynne Jones
  10. The Double Life of Cassiel Roadnight by Jenny Valentine (review posted on outside site)
  11. The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielsen
  12. Alice in Love and War by Ann Turnbull
  13. Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George
  14. Darker Still by Leanna Renee Hieber
  15. Snow in Summer by Jane Yolen
  16. Between Two Ends by David Ward
  17. Crusade by Linda Press Wulf
  18. Dragon’s Blood by Jane Yolen
  19. No Shame, No Fear (Quaker #1) by Ann Turnbull
  20. Numbers by Rachel Ward
  21. Shadowfell (Shadowfell #1) by Juliet Marillier
  22. Witchstruck by Victoria Lamb
  23. Splendors and Glooms (Fire Spell) by Laura Amy Schlitz
  24. Wintercraft by Jenna Burtenshaw
  25. Ravenflight (Shadowfell #2) by Juliet Marillier
  26. Forged in the Fire (Quaker #2) by Ann Turnbull
  27. Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen
  28. The Book of Story Beginnings by Kristin Kladstrup
  29. Seeking Eden (Quaker #3) by Ann Turnbull
  30. The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart by Leanna Renee Hieber
  31. Battle Magic by Tamora Pierce
  32. Prince of Shadows by Rachel Caine (review will be available January 22)

Let me know your favorite book from 2013, the books you are most looking forward to in 2014, and how many books you plan to read in the new year in the comments below!

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    […] few of you might remember my book review round-up from last year. I decided to make a similar list this year and reflect on all of the fantastic books I […]

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