Books 2013

Year end total: 48

Fiction: 46

Beauty and the Werewol(Five Hundred Kingdoms, #6): (GR 2/5)

Near twelve months later, I remember next to nothing about this book. All I can think of is Red’s story line from Once Upon A Time, so hold on while I check the Goodreads page… Alright. So I remember more or less sort of liking this book. I like the 500 Kingdoms books in general, though each one seems to get sloppier than the last in terms of continuity and really, just editing. This wasn’t much different. Read the first books in this series, if you’re a fantasy, retold fairy tales buff, (the first one was fantastic, if memory serves me better than it did here) but stop at number 3 or 4.

The Mysterious Benedict Society (The Mysterious Benedict Society, #1): (GR 4/5)

Fantastic little slip of a kid’s book that I enjoyed quite a bit without being a kid.

Slightly Single (Slightly, #1): (GR 4/5) 

Escapism chick-lit doing exactly what it’s meant to do: help me survive high stress, high-anxiety classes by providing a break when I needed it.

The Luxe (Luxe, #1) (GR 3/5) 

About a year later, I don’t remember a lot from this book. I enjoyed it, it was a bit to high-society-high-drama to fit into my preferred type of light, easy, (usually) YA reads, but it was a nice read besides that.

Slightly Settled (Slightly, #2) (didn’t rate)
Where She Went (If I Stay, #2) (GR 3/5)
Slightly Engaged (Slightly, #3)(didn’t rate)
Rumors (Luxe, #2) (GR 2/5)

The Girl Who Was on Fire: Your Favorite Authors on Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games Trilogy(GR 3/5) 

The only non-fiction I read all year (besides Bossypants, at the very end of December). Sad, right? This is barely non-fiction. But I loved it.

Slightly Married (Slightly, #4)(GR 3/5)
Sweethearts (GR 3/5)
Wife 22(GR 4/5)
The Sugar Queen(GR 4/5)
Gone (Gone, #1)(GR 3/5)
Garden Spells(GR 4/5)

 The Peach Keeper(GR 2/5) 

I didn’t mind reading The Peach Keeper, but the story just fell a little flat for me. It was the only Sarah Addison Allen book that I haven’t loved so far.

Me Talk Pretty One Day(GR 3/5)
Silent in the Grave (Lady Julia, #1)(GR 3/5)
The Girl Who Chased the Moon (GR 4/5)
Hunger (Gone, #2)(GR 3/5)
Lies (Gone, #3)(GR 3/5)
Rise and Shine(GR 2/5)
What Happened to Goodbye(GR 4/5)
A Coming of Age(GR 3/5)
The Magicians (The Magicians, #1)(GR 3/5)
The One and Only Ivan
Water for Elephants(GR 5/5)
The Ocean at the End of the Lane(GR 5/5)
Will Grayson, Will Grayson
The Handmaids Tale
Someday, Someday, Maybe
An Abundance of Katherines
Looking for Alaska
 The Familiar Stranger
The Fault in Our Stars: (GR 5/5)
Names My Sisters Call Me
Where’d you go, Bernadette?

Harvest of Rubies and  Harvest of Gold

I really enjoyed these. I’ve always liked biblical-historical fiction, because it serves as a cure for the childhood disease of viewing bible times as one great big cartoon feature. Titles like these, and like Francine Rivers, which flesh out the world (however accurate they may be) lend a lot to a comfortable understanding of the time and cultural atmosphere of biblical times. As to these two books in particular, my only real complaint was how moral-or-the-story they got towards the end of each, especially the second.

Nothing O’Clock (Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E-Shorts #11): (GR 5/5) 

Oh I just loved this, and not just because it was the equivalent of 30 paperback pages and a nice +1 towards my reading goals — I would have happily read a much longer Gaiman + Who story. Nothing O’clock has pitch perfect Doctor and Amy personalities and a villain that was creepy, and interesting,  and ridiculously hard to fully understand. That, and it was just happy Gaiman words.

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