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Busy's Reading for 2013

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My goal is undecided. I think I'll bring it down to 60, I'm returning to school in June. I'll have to read my text books and stuff.

As far as genres I will still read whatever catches my eye.
However, my goal for 2013 will be to read more new authors. I think a ratio of 2/3 new authors is a good start.

1. A Casual Vacancy - J.K. Rowling
2. Watership Down - Richard Adams *
3. Less Incomplete - Sandie Gustus *
4. Why I Left Goldman Sachs - Greg Smith *
5. Super Brain - Rudolph Tanzi/Deepak Chopra
6. The Four Agreements - Don Miguel Ruiz *
7. Clean - Alejandro Junger *
8. Leaving a Trace: On Keeping a Jornal - Alexandra Johnson *
9. Darkest Child - Delores Philliips *
10. Selected Poems - Oscar Wilde *
11. The Canterville Ghost - Oscar Wilde
12. Classic Irish Short Stories - T.P. McKenna
13. Girl in Translation - Jean Kwok *
14. Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker - Jennifer Chiavirini *
15. Ellis Island - Kate Kerrigan *

16. In Cold Blood - Truman Capote

17. The Butterfly Experience - Karen Whitelaw Smith *

18. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie - Ayana Mathis *

19. Quiet - Susan Cain*
20. Proof of Heaven - Eben Alexander*
21. The Black Count - Tim Reiss *

22. Shakespeare's Tremor and Orwell's Cough: The Medical Lives of Famous Writers - John Ross *

23. Property - Valerie Martin *
24. Red Glass - Laura Resau *

25. Iscariot - Tosca Lee *

26. Dissolving Barriers - Louise Hay


27. My Beloved World - Sonia Sotomayor *
28. Son of Oscar Wilde - Vyvyan Holland *

29. Me Before You - Jojo Moyes *

30. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty - James Turber *

31. Salt, Sugar, Fat - Michael Moss *

32. The Writers Notebook - Ralph Fletcher *

33.  Meditations to Change Your Brain - Rick Hanson *

34.  Infinite Quest: Develop Your Psychic... - John Edward
35.  Kafka in 90 Minutes - Paul Strathern *

36.  Dostoevsky in 90 Minutes - Paul Strathern

37.  Shards and Ashes - Melissa Marr*

38.  Wheat Free: The Dangers of Eating Wheat - Karen McKay *



39. Imperfect Harmony - Stacy Horn *

40. The Obesity Myth - Paul Campos *

41. Heft - Liz Moore *

42. All Woman and Springtime - Brandon Jones *

43. 12 Years a Slave - Solomon Northup *

44. The Seamstress - Sara Tuvel Bernstein *

45. The Demonologist - Andrew Pyper *

46. The Longevity Diet - Brian Delaney *



47. The Gods of Gotham - Lyndsay Faye *

48. The Orphan Master's Son - Adam Johnson *

49. A Step of Faith - Richard Paul Evans

50. The Survivor - Gregg Hurwitz *



51. Judy Garland - Anne Edwards *



* New Author

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OK school started, this means my reading will suffer.

52. We Are All Completley Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler *
53. A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
54. Earl Nightingale's The Strangest Secret by Earl Nightengale *
55. Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness by William Styron *
55. Critically Reading and Writing well by Rise Axelrod *
57. The New Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz *
58. The Physics of Star Trek by Lawerence Krauss *
59. The Adventures of Funny, The Amazing Fish-Bunny by Patrick Connolly *

60. Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall *

61. The Shining by Stephen King
62. The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith/JK Rowling
63. The Son by Philipp Meyer *

64. City of Hope by Kate Kerrigan
65. Mile 81 by Stephen King
66. Horns by Joe Hill *

67. Bartleby, the Scrivner by Herman Melvile *

68. The Gift by Shad Helmstetter *



69. Story Structure: The Key to Successful Fiction by William Bernhardt *

70. Doctor Sleep by Stephen King



71. NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

72. Allegiant by Veronica Roth

73. The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout *

74. Siddhartha by Herman Hessee*

75. The Four Doors by Richard Paul Evans


76. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnugut (re-read)
77. The Christmas Wedding by James Patterson

78. The Christmas Stories by Charles Dickens

81. The Best Christmas Pagent Ever by Barbara Robinson

80. On Christmas Eve by Ann Martin

81. Seven For A Secret by Lyndsay Faye

82. The Letter (Christmas Triology #3) by Richard Paul Evans

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Here are some books that are on my TBR list for 2013. I usually get to most of the TBR list in any given year.




Why I Left Goldman Sachs: A Wall Street Story - Greg Smith

Watership Down - Richard Adams

The Darkest Child - Delores Phillips

The Four Agreements - Don Miguel Ruiz
The Butterfly Experience - Karen Whitelaw Smith
Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker - Jennifer Chiaverini
The Casual Vacancy - J.K. Rowling

Quiet: The Power of Introverts... - Susan Cain

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie - Ayana Mathis

Property - Valerie Martin

The Black Count... - Tom Reiss

The Gods of Gotham - Lyndsay Faye
The Seamstress - Sara Tuvel Bernstein

A Step of Faith - Richard Paul Evans

Doctor Sleep - Stephen King

Allegiant - Veronica Roth


These are all authors I've never read

Alice I Have Been - Melanie Benjamin
The Autobioraphy of Mrs. Tom Thumb - Melanie Benjamin

Brooklyn Story - Suzanne Corso


The Cross Gardner - Jason Wright


Dybbuk and Other Talkes of the Supernatural - S. Ansky

The Eighties: A Bitchen Time To Be A Teenager! - Tom Harvey

Elsewhere, California - Dana Johnson


Faith - Jennifer Haigh


The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove - Susan Gregg Gilmore


Joseph Anton - Salman Rushdie

The Known World - Edward P. Jones


Lark Rise to Candleford: Trilogy - Flora Thompson
The Leftovers - Tom Perrotta

Legand - Marie Lu
Let the Great World Spin - Colum McCann


Nine Stories - J.D. Salinger

Our Nig - Harriet Wilson


Perfect Peace - Daniel Black

Redfield Farm: A Novel of the Undergound Railroad - Judith Redline Coopey


She's Come Undone - Wally Lamb

Someone Knows My Name - Lawrence Hill
Star Trek: Children of the Storm - Kirsten Beyer

The Stranger - Albert Camus

Suits Me: The Double Life of Billy Tipton - Diane Wood Middlebrook


These are authors I've read before

And The Mountain's Echoed - Khaled Hosseini
Every Last One - Anna Quindlen
Howards End Is on the Landing - Susan Hill

Once - Anna Carey
Rise - Anna Carey
Spring's Gental Promise - Janette Oke

Story's End - Marissa Burt
The Time Keeper - Mitch Albom
Hollow City - Ransom Riggs
The View from Dellphi - Jonathan Odell

These are books that I've started or will be starting before year end (and will finish in 2013)
11/22/63 - Stephen King (actually 1/2 through this one, but need to pick it back up)
Hellucination - Stephen Biro (Started but never finished)


*New Author

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Newly added goal


Looking at my list thus far, I see a lot of non-fiction there. I promised myself I would read much more fiction this year.

I think my ratio will be <=25% non-fiction and >=75% fiction.

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Did you enjoy Mrs Lincoln's Dressmaker....I have that on wishlist/to buy.

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I did like the book.  I would give it 4 out of 5 stars.

But maybe it is more interesting to me since I'm from the States. But still a good look at the era.

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I am failing miserably at my #2 goal.


I promised myself I would read much more fiction this year.
I think my ratio will be <=25% non-fiction and >=75% fiction.


I've read 17 fiction books and 24 non fiction books.

That is less than 50% fiction books read thus far.


Urgh.  I've still got the rest of the year to try to bring this around.

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Why worry about it? What's important is that you are enjoying what you are reading and you clearly are with those figures. If you put too much pressure on yourself you'll likely end up reading much less. :)

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You're right of course.  I do enjoy reading my non-fiction.

I suppose I just wanted to branch out and read more things that would allow me to use my imagination more.  But, it doesn't seem so. :)


...I just put 2 more nf books in my library queue.  I am hopeless!!  :D

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You are doing terrific as far as number of books read .Wow --


As for the nonfiction, you sound a lot like me . I tend towards nonfiction most of the time now. I occasionally toss in a fiction  ,but  it has to be something serious in which you learn something by reading it . The older I get, the more that most fiction seems like lot of "fluff" or a waste of time .

Not badmouthing anyone who enjoys it. As long as people read, that's what counts . We all read for different reasons . If I read fiction, it has to have a serious story line behind it, or something in which you learn more about life or relationships or families .


I see you have a Wally Lamb on your list of haven't read yet- you are in for a treat with him ! One of my favorites . I tried reading the Mrs Tom Thumb, but too much fluff for my taste . I hope you like it though .


I agree with Chalie , if you put too much pressure on yourself to read something out of the norm ,then you might not enjoy reading as much . Life's too short to waste it reading books you wouldn't normally pick .

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When is your school starting then? I have no idea how the system works in the States :shrug::) I bet you can squeeze in a few more books before that... :)

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School for me starts on 3 september. 

I should be able to squeeze at least one more in before then. And then maybe one big book, or 2 smaller books a month. We will see.

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I will probably top out around 85 books for this year.  My goal was 60 so I am satisfied.


I will keep it at 60 for next year. I don't have much time to read when school is in session, but I will try to finish the challenge for 2014.

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