Tuesday, December 31, 2013

My 2013 Reading List

If you do not read books, you will be bored by this blog post.  For that matter, if you are not interested in finding new books to read, you will be bored by this blog post.  You have been warned.

I knew my senior picture would come in handy one day.
To sum up 2013, I'd like to share a list of the books I've read this year.  I know I've forgotten a few, which bugs me a little, but it's my own fault for forgetting to write down every title I've read as I went.  I'm an avid reader, and if you are too, hopefully this list will be of some help if ever you're wondering what to read next.

My goal for this year was to read at least two books a month, and I went above and beyond that goal, which makes me happy.  My reading goal for 2014 will be to read more than fifty books.

I'm going to give a 1-5 star rating for each book I've read in 2013, depending on how much I enjoyed the read.  If you see my list and have a book to recommend for me, please let me know in the comments!  Also, I will put (RR) next to books I re-read, because this means the book is good enough to read over and over again. 

My 2013 Reading List:
  1. Outlaw by Ted Dekker: ****
  2. Black by Ted Dekker (Twice this year, in June and November!) (RR): *****
  3. Red by Ted Dekker (RR): *****
  4. White by Ted Dekker (RR): *****
  5. Showdown by Ted Dekker (RR): *****
  6. Genesis by Ted Dekker: I will not rate this, because this actually is not a published book available to the public.
  7. The Blood Book by Ted Dekker: This is also not a published book.
  8. House by Ted Dekker and Frank Peretti (RR): ****
  9. Iscariot by Tosca Lee: ****
  10. Elsie Dinsmore by Martha Finley (RR): ****
  11. Elsie's Holidays at Roselands by Martha Finley (RR): ***
  12. Elsie's Girlhood by Martha Finley (RR): ***
  13. Elsie's Motherhood by Martha Finley: ***
  14. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling: *****
  15. Left Behind by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins: *****
  16. The Boys of the Dark by Robin Gaby Fisher: ** (Warning, a lot of violent content)
  17. 19 Minutes by Jodie Piccoult (RR): *** (Warning, explicit language and some sexual content)
  18. The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis (RR): *****
  19. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (RR): *****
  20. The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis (RR): *****
  21. The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis (RR): *****
  22. The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis (RR): *****
  23. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (RR): ****
  24. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (RR): *****
  25. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: ****
  26. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini: ***
  27. The Purpose of Man: Designed to Worship by A.W. Tozer: ***
  28. Radical by David Platt: *****
  29. Follow Me by David Platt: ****
  30. The Explicit Gospel by Matt Chandler: ***
  31. 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker: ****
  32. 7 Experiment: Staging Your Own Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker: ****
  33. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli: ***
  34. My Story by Elizabeth Smart: ****
  35. Toxic Charity by Robert D. Lupton: ***
  36. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (RR): ****
  37. Maggie: A Girl of the Streets by Stephen Crane: *** (Warning, some pretty heavy content)
  38. Daisy Miller by Henry James: ***
  39. Carrie by Stephen King: ** (Warning, a horror novel with graphic content and language)
  40. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld (RR): *****
  41. Pretties by Scott Westerfeld (RR): ****
  42. Specials by Scott Westerfeld (RR): ***
  43. City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau: ***
  44. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie (RR): *****
  45. Praise Habit by David Crowder (RR): ***
  46. I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced by Nujood Ali ****
  47. I Love You Like Crazy Cakes by Rose A. Lewis ***** 
  48. The Color Purple by Alice Walker ***
I'm actually quite surprised by how many books I re-read this year!  If it's a joy once, it's a joy again.

If you kept a list of what you read this year and post it on your blog, send me the link!  I would love to have some ideas of what more to read in 2014.

See you next year, friends!

One year ago: Recap of 2012
Two years ago: Help Find Haley (Updated)
Three years ago: Because I'm Broken
Four years ago: The End of a Decade

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