Books I read this year: 2013

Did you know that this year marks 10 years of me blogging about the books that I’ve read? It’s true. I started in December of 2003.  You can find all my book posts under the 100 books category off to the left.

This year I read 120 books. I know the last post said 121, but I realized that I miscounted. So it’s actually 120. That only includes books that I read myself, not books that I read aloud to the girls. I should do another post on those, but I don’t keep track of them as stringently. I should start. Anyway, here are the books I read this year, with my top 10 in bold.  I decided my top 10 by looking over the list and bolding anything that the thought of made me sigh happily or think, “oh yes.” And there just happened to be ten of those. Re-reads have an (r) next to them.

If you want to read my reviews of any of them, you can enter the title into the search box on the left and it should bring up the post. And if you order any of them through the links I’ve provided to Amazon, I get a little kick-back, so that’s always nice of you. 🙂


Howl’s Moving Castle- Dianna Wynne Jones (r)

House of Many Ways- Dianne Wynne Jones

This I know: Notes on Unraveling the Heart- Susannah Conway

Zeb and the Great Ruckus- Josh Donellan

Stranger things Happen- Kelly Link

Magic For Beginners- Kelly Link

We the Animals- Justin Torres

How to Be an Explorer of the World- Keri Smith

Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes- Jonathan Auxier

The Woodcutter- Kate Delany

Mercury- Hope Larson

This Is How You Lose Her- Junot Diaz

Speaking From Among the Bones- Alan Bradley

The Best American Travel Writing 2012

The Map of Time- Felix J. Palma

The Best American Essays 2012

Bebe Day By Day: 100 Keys to French Parenting- Pamela Druckerman

The Book Thief- Markus Zusak

The Best American Short Stories 2012

Etiquette and Espionage- Gail Carriger

Leaping Beauty- Gregory Maguire

The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012

The Best American Mystery Stories 2012

The Case of The Missing Marquess: An Enola Holmes Mystery – Nancy Springer

The Night Circus- Erin Morgenstern  (r)

Child’s Mind: Mindfullness Practices to Help our Children be more Focused, Calm, and Relaxed- Christopher Willard

The Case of the Left Handed Lady- Nancy Springer

The case of the Bizarre Bouquets- Nancy Springer

French Twist- Catherine Crawford

The Most Beautiful Walk in the World- John Baxter

Goodbye to Berlin- Christopher Isherwood

The Candymakers- Wendy Mass

The Book of Story Beginnings- Kristin Kladstrup

The School for the Insanely Gifted- Dan Elish

The Angel’s Kiss: A Melody Malone Mystery- Justin Richards

Mr. Fox- Helen Oyeyemi

The Thirteenth Tale- Diane Setterfield

Beatrice and Virgil- Yann Martel

Making Space- Thich Nhat Hanh

Lost Lands and Forgotten Realms- Dr. Bob Curran

The Case of the Peculiar Pink Fan- Nancy Springer

Everyday Zen- Charlotte Joko Beck

Minimalist Parenting- Christine Koh, Asha Dornfest

The Transportation Accident- Ned Beauman

House of Havoc- Marni Jameson

The Ghost Writer- John Harwood

Five Little Pigs- Agatha Christie

Dare, Dream, Do- Whitney Johnson

Things Fall Apart- Chinua Achibe

Fool- Christopher Moore

The Chicken Chronicles- Alice Walker

A Life in Stitches- Rachael Herron

Summer Falls- Amelia Williams

Better than Fiction- many

The Thief- Fuminori Nakamura

I, Iago- Nicole Galland

The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline- Nancy Springer

The Case of the Gypsy Goodbye- Nancy Springer

The Dream of Perpetual Motion-Dexter Palmer

Elizabeth Taylor: From the Pages of Vanity Fair

Third Girl- Agatha Christie

We are all Completely Beside Ourselves- Karen Joy Fowler

True Love- Thich Nhat Hanh

The Secret Life of Pronouns- James Pennebaker

Modesty Blaise- Peter O’Donnell  (r)

The Ocean at the End of the Lane- Neil Gaiman

A Field Guide to Now- Christina Rosalie

The Gifts of Imperfection- Brene Brown

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes- Arthur Conan Doyle

This is how you Die- many

Oscar Wilde and the Murders at Reading Gaol- Gyles Bandreth

The Equivoque Principle- Darren Craske

The Eleventh Plague- Darren Craske

The Lazarus Curse- Darren Craske

The Romulous Equation- Darren Craske

A Tale for the Time Being- Ruth Ozeki

Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls- Alissa Nutting

The Bagman- Rachael Rippen

The Graveminder- Melissa Marr

Bride of the Rat God- Barbara Hambly

Lost Japan- Alex Kerr

A Farewell to Arms- Ernest Hemingway

Steal Like an Artist: 10 things Nobody Told You About Being Creative – Austin Kleon

How to be Interesting- Jessica Hagy

Living your Yoga- Judith Lassater

Nevermore- William Hjortsberg

Daily Rituals: How Artists Work-  Mason Currey

The Reason I Jump- Naoki Higashida

Ajax Penumbra- Robin Sloane

Invisible Cities- Italo Calvino

The Affinity Bridge- George Mann

The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two- Cathrynne Valente

Van Gogh: The Life- Stephen Naifeh

Global Mom- Melissa Dalton-Bradford

Yurei Attack- Yoda and Alt

Yokai Attack- Yoda and Alt

Kwaidan- Lucadio Hearn

The Translator- Nina Schuyler

The Melancholy of Mechagirl- Catherynne Valente 

Curtsies and Conspiracies – Gail Carriger

The Prize Winner of Defiance Ohio- Terry Ryan

S. – JJ Abrams and Doug Dorst

Ancient Japanese Ghost Stories- Toyo Hashi

Muffins and Miracles: Church Service in the Real World – Linda Hoffman Kimball

In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods – Matt Bell

A Question of Death- Kerry Greenwood (r)

The Cats of Tanglewood Forest- Charles De Lint

Murder on a Midsummer Night- Kerry Greenwood (r)

Unnatural Habits- Kerry Greenwood

Six Gun Snow White- Catherynne M. Valente

Why We Broke Up- Daniel Handler

The Beautiful Thing that Awaits us All- Laird Barron

The Oriental Casebook of Sherlock Holmes- Ted Riccardi

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency- Douglas Adams

Moonrise Kingdom- Wes Anderson

A Spirited Manor- Kate Delany

Spirit of Denial- Kate Delany

The God Who Weeps: How Mormonism makes Sense of Life – Terryl and Fiona Givens

A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent – Marie Brennan

Odd and the Frost Giants- Neil Gaiman

I should give honorable mentions to The Graveminder by Melissa Marr; I, Iago by Nicole Galland, This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz, and the Enola Holmes series by Nancy Springer.  And of course, The Night Circus is one of my favorite books of all time, but it was a re-read so I didn’t mark it.

There really are no books on this list that I disliked, I’ve pretty much gotten to the point that I stop reading something if I don’t like it. There were some that didn’t stick as long as others did, but on the whole it was a really good reading year.

I read 86 fiction titles (71% of total books) and 34 non-fiction (28%), with those percentages being right along my normal trajectory. (My percentages based on my totals for the last 10 years were 73% fiction, 27% for non-fiction. Crazy isn’t it?)

59 were by female authors, 55 by male authors, with 8 being anthologies. This isn’t something I really pay attention to while I’m picking books to read, so I thought it was interesting that it split pretty evenly.

I read a substantially higher percentage of non-fiction in May and September, which I find interesting, though it’s probably not to anyone else.

What was your favorite read this year?

One thought on “Books I read this year: 2013

  1. Brandy on

    I love seeing what you read 🙂 I would say, to buck trends apparently, that my favorite read this year was Alligient, the final book in the Divergent trilogy, and the one that made so many readers of YA lose their sh#! I found a lot of meaning in the ending others didn’t like, but if you ever read it, let me know your thoughts.

    Happy New Year, and happy reading!

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