2013: Year 3 in books

2012 fell flat on its face against 2011 in the books department, and one of my 2013 goals is to read. Specifically, to ‘read more than I did in 2012’. Let’s face it, I highly doubt I’ll read MORE than I did in 2011. But I can try to beat 2012’s numbers first, and then go from there.

There are some different circumstances to account for this year, and in the past 6 months: I don’t take the bus nearly as often as I did in 2011. I also live closer to work now, am working more, and have lots of other things taking up my time than I did in the past.

As it stands, now on January 12, 2013: I live in an apartment with a very finite number of books at my disposal. Some were bought for a class I’m currently teaching, some were gifts, and some aren’t mine. My plan FOR NOW is to read everything I have here at my fingertips, BEFORE flying back to the states for something like ‘good’ in March. First, I have to finish the book I’ve been slacking on for the past two months: Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter.

Here I go.

Update: 7 February:
I dropped The Scarlet Letter out of boredom and lack of interest. I don’t need books to tell me what happens to women who don’t follow society’s rules, I find that out every day. On to The Invisible Man, Ellison.

1. Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison
 (March 21) (review)

2. A Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin  (April 19) (review)

3. A Clash of Kings, George R. R. Martin 
(May 6) (review)
4. A Storm of Swords, George R. R. Martin (May 28) (review)

5. A Feast for Crows, George R. R. Martin (June 7) (review)
6. A Dance with Dragons, George R. R. Martin (June 18) (review)
7. Snow White, the Brothers Grimm + Camille Rose Garcia  (June 19) (review)
8. Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie (June 20) (review)
9. M is for Magic, Neil Gaiman (June 22) (review)
10. The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman (June 23) (review)
11. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs (June 25) (review)

12. The Accidental, Ali
 Smith (July 5) (review)
13. The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood (July 7) (review)
14. Henry VI (Part I), William Shakespeare (July 13) (review)
15. Henry VI (Part II), William Shakespeare (July 20) (review)

16. Henry VII (Part III), William Shakespeare (August 4) (review)

17. Shoggoth’s Old Peculiar, Neil Gaiman (November 25) (review)
18. The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman (November 28) (review)

19. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum 
(December 4) (review)
20. Beware of the Dog,Roald Dahl  (December 10) (review)
21. A Calendar of Tales, Neil Gaiman (December 10) (review)
22. Other People, Neil Gaiman (December 11) (review)
23. The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains, Neil Gaiman (December 11) (review)

(ahem. Goal to meet 2012’s number met. I will keep going, since there are a lot of short stories on the list, and the size/length of the GoT series won’t make up for all of them.)

24. Pig, Roald Dahl (December 11) (notes)
The Rocking Horse Winner, DH Lawrence
The Book, Ben Loory
The Man UpstairsPG Wodehouse
Playing With Dynamite
John Updike

25. The Maltese FalconDashiell Hammett (December 13) (notes)
Federigo’s FalconGiovanni Boccaccio

26. Do You Know Where I Am?, Keir Dullea, December 22 (notes on all of the below)
Game, Donald Bartheleme

27. The Uninvited, Lewis Allen/Dorothy Macardle, December 23

28. Fortunately, the Milk, Neil Gaiman, Dec 25

29. The Fantastic Mr. Fox, Roald Dahl, Dec 26
30. The Enormous Crocodile, Roald Dahl
31. The Magic Finger, Roald Dahl
32. Lifeboat, Alfred Hitchcock

33. Spellbound, Alfred Hitchcock, December 27

34. Strangers on a Train, Patricia Highsmith, December 29
By Advice of Counsel,  PG Wodehouse

35. Something to Worry About, Deep Waters, PG Wodehouse, December 30

One Response “2013: Year 3 in books” →
  1. Try Ken Follett


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