Friday, December 27, 2013

The Classy Bookshelf: 2013 in Review

Considering I got married this year, I'm really surprised I had much time to read at all.  I had a lovely, relaxing honeymoon and only read a couple of books while propped up on the beach.

I have LOVED being a member of goodreads for the past couple of years, and it really helps me to look back on my reading history and see how far I've come (and how many pages I've read!)

In 2010, I read 65 books and didn't document them particularly well on the blog.
In 2011 (the year I met Mr. RH and fell head over heels), I read only 39 books!
In 2012, I got engaged and got really happy and read 78 books!  Dang! 

And this year, drumroll please, I read 63 out of my goal of 69 books.  Only a 91%.  Whomp!

I can't decide if I need to up my goal or just hang tight for 2013.  Still a lot of big days ahead, I think!

I am still using my same color-coding system for recommendations...

MUST READS (Bold and green!)
Excellent Reads (Blue!)
Hated the Plot Reads (Red)
And the ones in black...meh.  Clearly they didn't make an impact.

  1. Free Fall by Fern Michaels
  2. Hide and Seek by Fern Michaels
  3. Hokus Pocus by Fern Michaels
  4. Fast Track by Fern Michaels
  5. Collateral Damage by Fern Michaels
  6. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
  7. The City of Ember (Book of Ember, Book 1) by Jeanne DuPrau
  8. The People of Sparks (Book of Ember, Book 2) by Jeanne DuPrau
  9. The Prophet of Yonwood (Book of Ember, Book 3) by Jeanne DuPrau
  10. The Diamond of Darkhold (Book of Ember, Book 4) by Jeanne DuPrau
  11. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson & The Olympians #1) by Rick Riordan
  12. If I Stay (If I Stay #1) by Gayle Forman
  13. Size 14 is Not Fat Either by Meg Cabot
  14. Graceling (Graceling #1) by Kristin Cashore
  15. The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson & The Olympians #2) by Rick Riordan
  16. The Maze Runner (Maze Runner #1) by James Dashner
  17. The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson & The Olympians #3) by Rick Riordan
  18. The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson & The Olympians #4) by Rick Riordan
  19. Where She Went (If I Stay #2) by Gayle Forman
  20. The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner #2) by James Dashner
  21. The Death Cure (Maze Runner #3) by James Dashner
  22. This Little Piggy Went to the Liquor Store by A.K. Turner
  23. Sleeping with Mr. Sexy by S. L. Scott
  24. Across the Universe by Beth Revis
  25. Thumped (Bumped #2) by Megan McCafferty
  26. The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson & The Olympians #5) by Rick Riordan
  27. The Giver (Giver Quartet #1) by Lois Lowry
  28. Jane Austen Ruined My Life by Beth Pattillo
  29. Fire (Graceling #2) by Kristin Cashore
  30. Hana (Delirium #1.5) by Lauren Oliver
  31. Gathering Blue (Giver Quartet #2) by Lois Lowry
  32. The Power of Six (Lorien Legacies #2) by Pittacus Lore
  33. Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo
  34. I Remember Nothing: and Other Reflections by Nora Ephron
  35. Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles #1) by Kami Garcia
  36. MWF Seeking BFF by Rachel Bertsche
  37. Larkspur Cove (Moses Lake, Book #1) by Lisa Wingate
  38. Blue Moon Bay (Moses Lake, Book #2) by Lisa Wingate
  39. Speaking from Among the Bones (Flavia de Luce #5) by Alan Bradley
  40. Reached (Matched #3) by Ally Condie
  41. Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella
  42. The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1) by Julie Kagawa
  43. Bad Habits: Confessions of a Recovering Catholic by Jenny McCarthy
  44. Bossypants by Tina Fey
  45. Beach Music by Pat Conroy
  46. The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom
  47. The Naming (Books of Pellinor #1) by Alison Croggon
  48. The Riddle (Books of Pellinor #2) by Alison Croggon
  49. The Crow (Books of Pellinor #3) by Alison Croggon
  50. The Singing (Books of Pellinor #4) by Alison Croggon
  51. Bitterblue (Graceling #3) by Kristin Cashore
  52. Incarceron (Incarceron #1) by Catherine Fisher
  53. The House that Love Built by Beth Wiseman
  54. How I Lost You by Janet Gurtler
  55. My Life After Now by Jessica Verdi
  56. Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth
  57. The Kill Order (Maze Runner #.5) by James Dashner
  58. Jane Austen Goes to Hollywood by Abby McDonald
  59. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
  60. Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) Tahereh Mafi
  61. The Bet (The Bet #1) by Rachel Van Dyken
  62. Lost and Profound by Summer Felix
  63. Hopeless (Hopeless #1) by Colleen Hoover  
By the numbers:
  • 2011:  16,801 pages
  • 2012:  25,706 pages
  • 2013:  20,638 pages
It could have been much worse!

I read some REALLY excellent series books this year, as usual - it's my favorite way to read!  I like to get waay involved with my characters.

If you need a couple series to read:  The Maze Runner Series,  The Graceling Series, and The City of Ember are all pretty awesome.  And Percy Jackson and The Olympians if you're into a kids/YA series.

I'd love to hear what you read in 2013!  Send me the links to your book lists if you have one!

5 Classy Comments:

katie lake said...

You must be a speed reading! Even if I'm reading consistently I can only manage a book over two weeks. Of course when I was single and freshly laid off I read five books that week. Currently on my night stand: The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom (not living up to his other books so far) and Salt by Isabel Zuber (only 25 pages in so far, too soon to tell). If you haven't read the Wicked series then GET ON IT. Seriously sad when I finished the last book. Gregory Maquires other books are entertaining as well. Also, Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts and anything by Cormac McCarthy.

Amber @ A Little Pink in the Cornfields said...

I love your recaps! I'll have mine up soon... hopefully! Blogging and I are not getting along lately ... or I just can't seem to make the time!

Mrs. Jones said...

Check out the other books by Rachel Van Dyken, and the Selection series by Cierra Kass! Love them both!

Leigh said...

I use Goodreads too and I apparently read 119 books in dang! I apparently didn't do much but read, haha. I read Beautiful Ruins and was not a fan at all. It just dragged on and on. You should read Me Before You by Jojo Meyers, The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult, Neccessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain. I LOVED all of them

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

You did way better than I did on reading! I want to read Maze Runner though!

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