Books Read 2013

Goal: 18,000 pages (at least).  I chose not to count books this year because I found myself avoiding really heavy, dense or long books (ex: Moby Dick, Swamplandia, Infinite Jest) because I was trying to reach 120.

January 2013:

  1. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell, 509 pages. (Jan 5). REVIEW
  2. The Darlings – Christina Alger, 352 pages. (Jan 10). REVIEW
  3. Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles – Ron Currie Jr., 340 pages. (Jan 20). REVIEW
  4. There Once Lived a Girl Who Seduced Her Sister’s Husband, and He Hanged Himself – Ludmilla Petrushevskaya (Translated by Anna Summers), 171 pages. (Jan 21). REVIEW
  5. The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories: Vol. 2 – Joseph-Gordon Levitt, 127 pages. (Jan 27).

February 2013:

  1. I Read It, but I Don’t Get It: Comprehension Strategies for Adolescent Readers – Cris Tovani, 152 pages. (Feb 12).
  2. Lord of the Flies – William Goldberg, 182 pages. (Feb 14).
  3. We Have Always Lived in a Castle – Shirley Jackson, 146 pages. (Feb 17). REVIEW

March 2013:

  1. The Tiger’s Wife – Tea Obreht, 338 pages. (March 3). REVIEW
  2. Nothing Gold Can Stay – Ron Rash, 239 pages. (March 4). HALF-REVIEW
  3. The Messenger – Stephanie Pippin, 70 pages. (March 4). REVIEW
  4. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee, 323 pages. (March 8).
  5. Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn, 419 pages. (March 9). QUICKIE
  6. Bastard Out of Carolina – Dorothy Allison, 309 pages. (March 23). HALF-REVIEW
  7. The Odyssey – Homer, ___ pages. (March 23).
  8. The Spare Room – Helen Gardner, 175 pages. (March 25).
  9. The Things They Carried – Tim O’brien, 246 pages. (March 31). REVIEW

April 2013:

  1. The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards – Kristopher Jansma, 251 pages. (April 4).  REVIEW
  2. Songs From Under the River: A Collection of Poetry – Anis Mojgani, 93 pages. (April 7). REVIEW
  3. Night – Elie Wiesel, 120 pages. (April 12).
  4. The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern, 512 pages. (April 20). QUICKIE
  5. What Learning Leaves – Taylor Mali, 88 pages. (April 21).
  6. Virgin Soul – Judy Juanita, 306 pages. (April 28). REVIEW

May 2013:

  1. In the Skin of a Lion – Michael Ondaatje, 244 page. (May 10). REVIEW
  2. Creative Nonfiction: Lust, Lies and Bad Behavior, 80 pages. Issue 48. (May 15).
  3. Birds in Fall – Brad Kessler, 238 pages. (May 20). QUICKIE
  4. Appointment in Samarra – John O’Hara, 220 pages. (May 24). REVIEW
  5. Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell, 325 pages. (May 28). REVIEW

June 2013:

  1. Safe Houses – Marie-Helene Bertino, 164 pages. (June 2). REVIEW
  2. Floating In My Mother’s Palm – Ursula Hegi, 187 pages. (June 4).
  3. The River of No Return – Bee Ridgeway, 452 pages. (June 13). REVIEW
  4. My Education – Susan Choi, 304 pages. (June 19). REVIEW
  5. The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing – Melissa Bank, 288 pages. (June 28).

July 2013:

  1. Black Tickets – Jayne Anne Phillips, 288 pages. (July 6). QUICKIE
  2. The Ocean at The End of The Lane – Neil Gaiman, 181 pages. (July 7). REVIEW
  3. Othello – William Shakespeare, 314 pages. (July 7).
  4. The White – Deborah Larsen, 215 pages. (July 8). REVIEW
  5. Stardust – Neil Gaiman, 248 pages. (July 11).
  6. Bohemian Love Diaries – Slash Coleman, 248 pages. (July 13). REVIEW
  7. Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury, 179 pages. (July 16). QUICKIE
  8. The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic – Emily Croy Barker, 576 pages. (July 27). REVIEW
  9. The Execution of Noa P. Singleton – Elizabeth L. Silver, 352 pages. (July 29). REVIEW

August 2013:

  1. The Sense of an Ending – Julian Barnes, 163 pages. (August 6). QUICKIE
  2. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves – Karen Joy Fowler, 310 pages. (August 15). REVIEW
  3. FanGirl – Rainbow Rowell, 433 pages. (August 25). REVIEW

September 2013:

  1.  Best American Poetry 2013 – Edited by David Lehman & Denise Duhamel, 240 pages. (Sept. 15).  REVIEW
  2. A Guide to Being Born – Ramona Ausubel, 200 pages (Sept 22). REVIEW

October 2013:

  1. Oryx & Crake – Margaret Atwood, 374 pages (Oct 10). REVIEW
  2. Talking to Neruda’s Questions – MTC Cronin, 78 pages (Oct 13).
  3.  Bellman and Black – Diane Setterfield, 336 pages (Oct 25). REVIEW

November 2013:

  1. The Man Who Walked Between the Towers – Mordicai Gerstein, 34 pages (Nov 2).
  2. The Night Bookmobile – Audrey Niffenegger, 40 pages (Nov 14). REVIEW
  3. Tenth of December – George Saunders, 251 pages (Nov 19). REVIEW
  4. Zombie – Chuck Palahniuk, 10 pages (Nov 21).
  5. Sula – Toni Morrison, 174 pages (Nov 27). REVIEW

December 2013:

  1. Raven Girl – Audrey Niffenegger, 80 pages (Dec 1).
  2. Where’d You Go, Bernadette – Maria Semple, 326 pages (Dec 8).

13 thoughts on “Books Read 2013

  1. Jennie Saia says:

    “…The kind of books that make us happy are the kind we could write ourselves if we had to.” <– Thanks for this quote! I believe it completely – everyone has a story worth sharing.

    Also, I was pleasantly surprised to find out you're hanging out down here in NC with me. :)

    • Cassie says:

      I’ve lived in NC since I was 5 years old. : ) Definitely love hanging out here since it’s the place I call home! Glad you’re here. How long have you been here :)

  2. osheho says:

    First of all, I love your blog…
    I want to say something that makes me sound really intelligent and brings out my wonderful taste in novels, but I cant think of anything right now.
    But this isn’t about me. PLEASE, read the book thief. Its beautiful, I promise!
    And write a review for it when you do, I really want to know how you feel about it

    • Cassie says:

      Unfortunately, I read that one before I had a book blog and this was just a blog about my trip to Australia. That was in 2010 and I would have to swim through all of those posts.

      I actually taught excerpts of The Book Thief to my 9th grade class this semester and had them write sequences as if they were death and he had an obsession with a certain type of person during a historical period. It was a lot of fun. I liked The Book Thief, but I read it during a lot of hype so I think I had a mixed review. I need to read that one again though, thank you for reminding me! Did you review it? If so, send me a link.

  3. 5eyedbookworm says:

    I have some books from your books that are in my TBR list. The Ocean at the End of the Lane was a pleasant surprise for me, having not read what the book was about (I judged the book by its cover), I was completely taken aback, but in a good way :)

    • Cassie says:

      I didn’t love that book and I think it was the opposite feeling than you had. I think I thought it was one thing and then it was completely different. I think I need to read it again though. Which ones are on your TBR?

      • 5eyedbookworm says:

        Oh! You reviewed it. Let me go check later :) I’m planning to read it again. To be honest, I thought it was some kind of drama. I’ve never read any of Neil Gaiman’s books before (yikes!) so I wasn’t expecting anything like monsters or special powers.

        Here are the ones in my list: Cloud Atlas, Gone Girl, To Kill a Mockingbird. The Night Circus, Elanor and Park, Fan Girl and Oryx and Crake.

      • Cassie says:

        I hadn’t read anything by him before either, but I had read a lot of news articles that he wrote. The YA novels that you mention are both amazing. Seriously. I’m more than obsessed with Rainbow Rowell.


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