My year in books, 2013

I’m happy to say that I managed to meet my Goodreads challenge goal of 100 books in 2013. To further myself as a writer and a reader, I did my best to move across genres and decades (although I still have yet to pick up a proper mystery). I read novels, epic poetry, collections of short stories, and even a few non-fiction titles. Formats varied too; the list includes ebook, audiobook, and print editions.

Favorite book of 2013: David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
Best indie book of 2013: Dragon Killer by Rob May
Most tears shed in 2013: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Crappiest book of 2013: The Patchwork Girl of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Most personally disappointing of 2013: Everyman by Philip Roth
Newly favorited authors in 2013: Ursula K. Le Guin, Jack London, and Charles Dickens
Achievements unlocked: Ulysses, The Divine Comedy, and some of the Russians.
Books read: 107
Reviews written: 58

Here’s a fancier way to search through the list: My Year in Books 2013

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
A Rhapsody of Dreams by Tami Egonu
A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
ApartFrom by Constance A. Dunn
Armageddon in Retrospect by Kurt Vonnegut
Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
Behind Blue Eyes by D.M. Wolfenden
Big Sur by Jack Kerouac
Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
Catwings Box Set by Ursula K. Le Guin
City of Illusions by Ursula K. Le Guin
Cornerstone: Raising Rook by K.A. Krisko
Crome Yellow by Aldous Huxley
Dance Of The Goblins by Jaq D. Hawkins
Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
Delta of Venus by Anaïs Nin
Doctor Who: Catastrophea by Terrance Dicks
Dragon Killer by Rob May
Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey
Everyman by Philip Roth
Faust: First Part by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne
Gifts by Ursula K. Le Guin
Green Hills of Africa by Ernest Hemingway
Grendel by John Gardner
How Not to Write a Novel by Howard Mittelmark
How to Become a Famous Writer Before You’re Dead by Ariel Gore
I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
In the Ravine and Other Short Stories by Anton Chekhov
Into Forever by Thomas Purser
Joy of Gardening by Dick Raymond
Julia Wiles and the Amulet of Dreams by L.C. Alex
Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
Kim by Rudyard Kipling
Kingdom of Fear by Hunter S. Thompson
Lady Susan by Jane Austen
L’Assommoir by Émile Zola
Lavinia by Ursula K. Le Guin
Men Without Women by Ernest Hemingway
Mephisto in Onyx by Harlan Ellison
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Nocturnes by Kazuo Ishiguro
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Of Love and Other Demons by Gabriel García Márquez
Old Man’s War by John Scalzi
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis
Planet of Exile by Ursula K. Le Guin
Pontoon by Garrison Keillor
Poor Folk by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Powers by Ursula K. Le Guin
Raven Girl by Audrey Niffenegger
Ringworld by Larry Niven
Rocannon’s World by Ursula K. Le Guin
Sing Down the Moon by Scott O’Dell
South Sea Tales by Jack London
Summer Crossing by Truman Capote
The Amateur Emigrant by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
The Black Pearl by Scott O’Dell
The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon
The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac
The Discomfort Zone by Jonathan Franzen
The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
The Dying Animal by Philip Roth
The Farthest Shore by Ursula K. Le Guin
The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi
The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
The Last Colony by John Scalzi
The Nick Adams Stories by Ernest Hemingway
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
The Patchwork Girl of Oz by L. Frank Baum
The Poison Belt by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli
The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams
The Sea Wolf by Jack London
The Shadow of the Torturer by Gene Wolfe
The Song of Hiawatha by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The Story Template by Amy Deardon
The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula K. Le Guin
The Trial by Franz Kafka
The Trouble With Rane by Robert Beacham
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible by Edward C. Smith
The Waves by Virginia Woolf
The Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King
To Your Scattered Bodies Go by Philip José Farmer
Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
Ulysses by James Joyce
Voices by Ursula K. Le Guin
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
Watership Down by Richard Adams
What Every Body is Saying by Joe Navarro
White Fang by Jack London
Wild Nights! by Joyce Carol Oates
Zoe’s Tale by John Scalzi

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