With millions of books to read and more being published every day, I thought it bold to resolve to read 52 books in 2013. That’s only a book a week, after all, and even at that pace, I would barely scratch the surface of a pimple on the face of all that’s possible to read in a year.
But I couldn’t manage even that.
I read 33 books in 2013 (I keep track of such things on Goodreads, which I recommend for anyone who enjoys reading).
Surprisingly, the average reader on Goodreads pledged to read 57 books this year. Wow! I’m such a slacker. I’m aware of one prominent online book reviewer who claims to have read 510 books this year (seriously? A book and a half a day?); maybe it’s outliers like her who skew the averages.
In any case, perhaps I shall resolve to read 57 books in 2014. But today, I’m sharing the list of books I read in 2013. I’ve noted the ones that earned 5-star reviews from me, marked the titles that are self-published (because as a self-published author myself, I like to call attention to such things) and provided links to my reviews (you know, if you’re looking for some good reads yourself in 2014).
***** Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
***** Save the Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need by Blake Snyder
Bossypants by Tina Fey
The New Members’ Handbook for the Christian Believer by Sonya Privette-James (self-published)
***** Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope by Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly
Letters From Mom: A Daughter’s Journal of Healing by Joyce Madeline Kocinski (self-published)
***** The Harlot by the Side of the Road: Forbidden Tales of the Bible by Jonathan Kirsch
The Simplesizing Break by Jane Carroo (self-published)
***** Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall
***** A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle
Your 14-Day Total Shape-Up Plan by Annette Capone
***** Expect This by Heather Slee (self-published)
Mile Markers: The 26.2 Most Important Reasons Women Run by Kristin Armstrong
Walking Toward the Light: A Journey in Forgiveness and Death by Karen Todd Scarpulla (self-published)
***** On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
***** The Liar’s Club: A Memoir by Mary Karr
Passion Killer by Yvonne McEvaddy (self-published)
The View from Mount Joy by Lorna Landvik
***** The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Butter by Anne Panning
The Pale King by David Foster Wallace
Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Home Wrecker: Shattered Reality by Brenda Perlin (self-published)
Giving Up the Ghost by Mary Logue
Finding Summerland by Paige Bleu (self-published)
The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society by Darien Gee
***** The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
This Broken Earth by Roger Colby (self-published)