52 Weeks – 52 Books – What I Read in 2013

Can you believe 2013 is over – already!?  It feels just like yesterday I was cursing myself for setting my reading goals and frantically reading as fast as I could to achieve it. Oh yeah, it was yesterday.  Sometimes I can’t figure out why I do this to myself but then as I look over the pages that have accumulated over the year(s) I remember.  It’s too hard not to get carried away into the characters and plots and quotes and yes, even the tears.  I even enjoy the craptastic 1 star books because it gives me something to whinge about (Robbo LOVES that).  Without any further disruption I give you the books of 2013.  If you want recommendations I would stick to the 5 & 4 star books and a few of the 3s.  Anything below that you can’t blame me! (If you want my full reviews – don’t worry, they’re not long winded – check my Goodreads account on the sidebar)

5 Star

  • The False Prince by Jennifer A Nielsen (YA)
  • The Runaway King by Jennifer A Nielsen (YA)
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Greem (Fiction)
  • Okay For Now by Gary D. Schmidt (Fiction)
  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (Fiction)
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peal Pie Society (Fiction)
  • Code Name Verity by Elizabeht Wein (YA)
  • My Story by Elizabeth Smart (Non-fiction)
  • The Book of Mormon

4 Star

  • Calico Joe by John Grisham (Fiction)
  • Princess Academy by Shannon Hale (YA)
  • Enna Burning by Shannon Hale (YA)
  • Past the Shallows by Favel Parrett (Fiction)
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (Fiction)
  • Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler (Historical Fiction)
  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple (Fiction)
  • Dad Is Fat by Jim Gaffigan (Non-fiction/ Humor)
  • The Favored Daughter: One Women’s Fight to Lead Afghanistan into the Future by Fawzia Koofi (Non-fiction)
  • The Last Dragonslayer (The Chronicles of Kazam, #1) by Jasper Fforde (YA)
  • The Song of the Quarkbeast (The Chronicles of Kazam, #2) by Jasper Fforde (YA)
  • Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella (Fiction)
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (YA)
  • The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes (Fiction)
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (Fiction)

3 Star

  • The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne (Fiction, YA)
  • Switched by Amanda Hocking (YA)
  • Torn by Amanda Hocking (YA)
  • Ascend by Amanda Hocking (YA)
  • The Red Tent by Anita Diamant (Fiction)
  • Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson (Travel/ Non-fiction)
  • Until I Say Goodbye: A Book about Living by Susan Spencer-Wendel (Non-fiction)
  • City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1) by Cassandra Clare (YA)
  • City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2) by Cassandra Clare (YA)
  • Requiem (Delirium, #3) by Lauren Oliver (YA)
  • Inferno by Dan Brown (Fiction)
  • Party of the Century: The Fabulous Story of Truman Capote and His Black and White Ball by Deborah Davis (Non-fiction)
  • The Second Life of Amy Archer by R.S. Pateman (Fiction)
  • The Rackateer by John Grisham (Fiction)
  • Everything is Perfect When You’re a Liar by Kelly Oxford (Non-fiction/ humor)

2 Star

  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed (Non-Fiction)
  • The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani (Fiction)
  • Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson (Non-fiction)
  • The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness (Fiction)
  • Dead Ever After (Sookie Stackhouse #13) by Charlaine Harris (Fiction)
  • The Zookeeper’s WIfe by Diane Ackerman (Non-fiction)
  • Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris (Non-fiction/ Humor)
1 Star
  • Belle by Lesley Pearse (Fiction)
  • The Book of Mormon Girl: Stories from an American Faith by Joanna Brooks (Non-fiction)
  • Life After Life by Kate Atkinson (Fiction)
  • Hashtag Love by Kate Forster (Fiction)

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