My Year In Reading – 2013

Since my parents are coming up here for the holidays, I’m going to write this post a little ahead of time. If I finish any books between now & then end of the year, I’ll add them to the list.

This year was a weird year for me. I started physical therapy and was completely unprepared for how much worse my brain fog was made by the increased physical activity so I read less than half the amount of books I read last year. I also wasn’t able to keep up with my book reviews for CBR5 or even for Goodreads, so this won’t be a massive link-filled post. I’ve starred the books I recommend. (If a book is the first in the series, then I’ve just starred that, rather than every book in the series – if you read the first, you can decide for yourself if you want to read farther!)

Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews
Bite Me, Your Grace by Brooklyn Ann*
How to be Sick by Toni Bernhard*
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia de Luce #1) by Alan Bradley* (I recommend this series to anyone who likes cozy detective stories)
The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag (Flavia de Luce #2) by Alan Bradley
A Red Herring Without Mustard (Flavia de Luce #3) by Alan Bradley
Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson #7) by Patricia Briggs (I *love* this series)
Storm Front (the Dresden Files #1) by Jim Butcher*
Quiet: the Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain*
Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll (a reread)*
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke (a reread)*
Grace by Grace Coddington* (I highly recommend for anyone who loves fashion)
Spoiled by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan
I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron*
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (a reread)*
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Feast of Souls (Magister Trilogy #1) by CS Friedman (a reread)*
Wings of Wrath (Magister Trilogy #2) by CS Friedman (a reread)*
Legacy of Kings (Magister Trilogy #3) by CS Friedman (a reread)*
American Gods by Neil Gaiman (a reread)*
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (a reread)*
Stardust by Neil Gaiman (I can’t remember if I’ve read this before)*
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman*
The Influencing Machine by Brooke Gladstone*
Bad Science by Ben Goldacre*
An Infamous Army by Georgette Heyer (ugh do not read this book – so boring)
The Stepsister Scheme by Jim Hines
The Killing Moon by NK Jemisin
Furious Love by Kashner & Schoenberger (read for the juicy stories about Burton & Taylor, not the writing style, which is mediocre at best)
LaBrava by Elmore Leonard*
50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology: Shattering Widespread Misconceptions about Human Behavior by Scott Lilienfield*
The Sisters by Mary Lovell (a biography of the Mitford sisters)*
Storm Born (Dark Swan #1) by Richelle Mead (a reread)
Thorn Queen (Dark Swan #2) by Richelle Mead (a reread)
Iron Crowned (Dark Swan #3) by Richelle Mead (a reread)
Shadow Heir (Dark Swan #4) by Richelle Mead
Goodnight Tweetheart by Teresa Medeiros
Un Lun Dun by China MiƩville*
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell*
Still Midnight (Alex Morrow #1) by Denise Mina*
The End of Wasp Season (Alex Morrow #2) by Denise Mina
Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm: A New English Version by Philip Pullman (I actually did the audiobook version, narrated by Samuel West & it was FABULOUS.)
Mistborn: the Final Empire (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson*
The Well of Ascension (Mistborn #2) by Brandon Sanderson
The Hero of the Ages (Mistborn #3) by Brandon Sanderson
Archangel (Samaria #1) by Sharon Shinn (a reread)*
Jovah’s Angel (Samaria #2) by Sharon Shinn (a reread)
Summers at Castle Auburn by Sharon Shinn (a reread)*
Troubled Waters (Elemental Blessings #1) by Sharon Shinn (a reread)*
Building Stories by Chris Ware*
The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson*
Fables (#1): Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham*
Fables (#2): Animal Farm by Bill Willingham

Currently Reading:
Middlemarch by George Eliot
How The Scots Invented the Modern World by Arthur Herman
The Happiness Trap by Russ Harris
Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
Royal Heirs (Elemental Blessings #2) by Sharon Shinn