2013 Reading Quest

Welcome to my annual book list of all of the books that I am reading or have read this year. The list is broken down by months, and the books that are italicized  I am currently reading, while the books in normal font are the books that I am finished with, and my notes are in bold after the title.  The number of books we get to read in a lifetime are finite and I do not believe we should waste any of that number on trash. In 2012 I read 32 books, equaling just a little over two books a month due to the fact that I took a reading hiatus of about 5 months. My goal for 2013 is to read an average of 5 books a month! We will see how it goes.

I can also be found at Goodreads.com: My profile here. If you are wonderfully freakish like me, you can keep incredibly long lists of all the books you plan on reading in your lifetime, what books you have read, and what books you are currently reading. I am in love, and I might drool every time I use it (they also have a free app for those of you savvy enough to own such technology. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your level of craziness) such technology has been forced upon me. Woe is me.


Tracks by Louise Erdrich – Beautifully Sad

Shadow Tag by Louise Erdrich – Not worth it (surprising!)

Unbroken by Lauren Hillenbrand – Very Interesting


We Won’t See Auschwitz by Jeremie Dres – Interesting/very short

The Great War by Joe Sacco – Not really a book but beautiful

Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede – Silly and fun

Searching for Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede – Silly and fun

Calling on Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede – Silly and fun

Talking to Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede – Silly and fun

Insatiable by Meg Cabot – Slightly better twilight

Overbite by Meg Cabot- Slightly better twilight

Home From the Sea by Mercedes Lackey – Fun/easy read

Spindles End by Robin McKinley – a good fairytale

The Painted Drum by Louise Erdrich – A MUST READ

The Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood by Rebecca wells – Very good

Bossypants by Tina Fey – Funny!

Knights of Legend by J. Scott Bradley – Eh but well written

Eichmann in Jerusalem by Hannah Arendt – Informative

We Won’t See Auschwitz by Jeremie Dres – Interesting, VERY short


Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – Childhood Favorite

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – Childhood Favorite

Six of One: A Tudor Riff by JoAnn Spears – A Girl’s Night In, Easy Read but fun.

Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum – Amazing!

Legend of the Phoenix by Jessica Holscher – Please Don’t Read


Actium’s Wake by Marcus Crispus – Please Don’t Read

Summer to Fall by Albert R. Waitt – Easy Read, not sure it’s worth it

Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce – Childhood Favorite

Wolf-Speaker by Tamora Pierce – Childhood Favorite

Emperor Mage by Tamora Pierce – Childhood Favorite

The Realms of the Gods by Tamora Pierce – Childhood Favorite

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – Childhood Favorite

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling – Childhood Favorite


Nuremburg: Infamy on Trial by Joseph E. Persico – Amazing and TONS of detail

The Inevitable Hour: A History for Dying Patients In America – Interesting read, a little heavy

The Baker’s Daughter by Sarah McCoy – Writings a little rough, and story predictable but not bad overall

The Welsh Girl by Peter Ho Davis – Amazing!

Freckles by Gene Stratton-Porter – Reminds me of Anne of Green Gables

A Daughter of the Land by Gene Stratton-Porter – Reminds me of Anne of Green Gables


The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – Addicting

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins – Addicting

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins – Addicting

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen – Well-woven Story

A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter – Reminds me of Anne of Green Gables


Cyrano De Bergerac by Edmond Rostand – Everyone should read

An Irish Country Girl by Patrick Taylor – Just fun

The Master Butchers Singing Club by Louise Erdrich – Read it now

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd (Forth Time) – Amazing

The Reader by Bernhard Schlink – Dark and twisty = Amazing

Lie Down with Lions by Ken Follet – Typical

The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley (For the millionth time) – Childhood Favorite


Benediction by Kent Haruf – Undecided

As Sweet As Honey by Indira Ganesan – Good Read

An Irish Country Village by Patrick Taylor – Just Fun

February & March

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – Addicting

Sugar in the Blood by Andrea Stuart – Good read, insteresting history

A Congress of Strange People by Stephanie Lenox – Fun Poetry

Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby by Dolan Siobhan – Unhelpful 

True Grit by Charles Portis – Good read

Unnatural Issue by Mercedes Lackey – Typical

Bridget Jones Diary by Helen Fielding – Girl’s night in

Rose Daughter by Robin McKinley – Childhood Favorite

Chalice by Robin McKinley – Typical

Open Heart by Elie Wiesel – Interesting

Death of Bees by Lisa O’Donnell – Get’s under the skin

Heart and Soul by Maeve Binchy – Fun


Mastiff by Tamara Pierce – Childhood Favorite

Ann Frank: Beyond the Diary by Ruud Van Der Rol – Not much new information

The Professor & the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity & the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester – Interesting

Grammar: The Structure of Language by Rachel Grenon – A Waste

The Tragedie of Macbeth: A Frankly Annotated First Folio Addition by Demitra Papadinis – Fun and Informative


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