My 2013 Reading Challenge: The Results!


2013 has come and gone, and so has my 3rd annual Reading Challenge! This year was particularly busy, so I didn’t end up reading as many books as I did in years past–but I still made it to 45, which is not too bad. Below is the complete list of my books for 2013, in the order read. In case any of you are looking for some new books to read, the items in bold are recommended based on the accompanying rating out of five stars:

* didn’t really like it
** it was ok
*** liked it
**** really liked it
***** it was amazing

Wide Sargasso Sea Jean Rhys ****
The Girl on the Dock G. Norman Lippert ***
James Potter and the Vault of Destinies G. Norman Lippert ***
Crome Yellow Aldous Huxley ***
Shadow and Bone Leigh Bardugo ****
Beautiful Creatures Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl ****
Beautiful Darkness Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Beautiful Chaos Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl ***
Dream Dark Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl **
Beautiful Redemption Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl ***
Rashomon Ryunosuke Akutagawa ***
I, Robot Isaac Asimov ****


The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet David Mitchell ****
The Remains of the Day Kazuo Ishiguro ****
1Q84 Haruki Murakami *****
The Afterparty Leo Benedictus ***
The Willpower Instinct Kelly McGonigal ***
How to Make People Like You in 90 Seconds or Less Nicholas Boothman ***
Foreign Direct Investment in Japan: Multinationals’ Roles in Growth and Globalization Ralph Paprzycki & Kyoji Fukao ****
City of Bones Cassandra Clare ***
The Hangman’s Daughter Oliver Potzsch ****
The Color Purple Alice Walker *****
Twilight of the Elites Christopher Hayes ***
The Color of Magic Terry Pratchett ***


Soulless Gail Carriger ****
Changeless Gail Carriger ***
Japan’s Defense Policy and Bureaucratic Politics, 1976-2007 Takao Sebata ***
Blameless Gail Carriger ***
Heartless Gail Carriger ***
Timeless Gail Carriger ***
Good Omens: The Nice & Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman *****
The Light Fantastic Terry Pratchett ****
Equal Rites Terry Pratchett ***
The Ocean at the End of the Lane Neil Gaiman *****
Etiquette and Espionage Gail Carriger **
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War Max Brooks ****


The Beautiful and the Damned F. Scott Fitzgerald ***
The House of Hades Rick Riordan ****
Brideshead Revisited Evelyn Waugh ****
A Modern History of Japan: From Tokugawa Times to the Present Andrew Gordon ***
Telegraph Avenue Michael Chabon ****
The Purloined Letter Edgar Allan Poe ***
The Pit and the Pendulum Edgar Allan Poe ***
The Fall of the House of Usher Edgar Allan Poe ***
A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens ****

If you’re wondering why there seem to be some short stories on this list of books, it’s because they are considered individual books by the folks at 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die, and I’ve included them here because I’m gradually working my way through that (very very long) list.

Happy New Year!

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