2013 Reading List

Wednesday, January 16, 2013


One of my goals for this year is to read more, a lot more though even a little more would be a vast improvement from the 2012 screen induced coma I have had myself in. Last year I think I read four books: The Sisters Brothers / Look at Me / Savages / Jane Eyre. The year before that it was much closer to twenty-four books. It's true I have been busier and tv feels like about all I can muster at times, but I can make more time for more reading and I should do so because I love it. I feel happier when I am reading more often. I feel more like me. I think whatever happens between your brain and your soul while reading is a bit magical and I do not want to go through this year without indulging. On Rooth's recommendation I started the Night Circus the first of this month - at halfway through I am not up to my normal reading speed and consumption but I think I might be able to at least get through these six books this year if I continue trying to make it a priority. Also on my list is the The Walking Dead comic series. Fisher got a large 8 volume compendium book for Christmas and says it's even better than the show and that I have to read it. A couple of these books have been moved from last years reading list to this one, like 1Q84 (Murakami is one of my favorites) and Sherman Alexie's book which sounds fantastic; I took a year of Native American History in college and I can't believe I haven't cracked this one open yet, but it's next on my list.

Are you reading anything I should know about? Any must reads on your list?

20 comments:

  1. I agree with Fisher! The Walking Dead comic is soooo much better than the show - and the show is really great! I'm all up to date and now I read the monthly issues that come out. You should totally crack open the compendium, you won't stop reading i bet!

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    1. i do want to read it . . . i just love the show so i am afraid it will either ruining it for me by giving things away, or ruin it for me by being so much better. any thoughts on that? xo

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  2. Interesting list - I haven't read anything you mention here apart from Murakami, so I'll definitely have a proper look when I can. x

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  3. This is a goal I subscribe too. I've started to re-read some classics: Fitzgerald, James Joyce, Charles Dickens and I always have a fashion or film book close by.
    Ada

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    1. i finally read james joyce a couple years ago - dubliners, i really loved it.

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  4. I hope that you're liking The Night Circus. I read the first in The Walking Dead graphic novel series and it freaked the crap out of me so I'm sure it's just as good, if not better than the show.

    Best of luck on your reading goals. If you want to track them with me, I'm on GoodReads :)

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    1. i do like it, a lot. it's the perfect book to get me back into reading which is exactly what i needed. now i am getting excited to read the walking dead, fisher needs to hurry up!

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  5. From your list I've only read A Tree grows in Brooklyn, actually just finished it about two weeks ago. My book wishlist on amazon is huge but I am not allowing myself to buy any new ones until I finish the two boxes full of books a friend left me when she moved out of the country...

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    1. somehow that one escaped me but a friend of mine read it and it's one of her favorites now. did you love it too? i still have a least two boxes of unread books on my book shelf, more than half of these i own and have been meaning to read for awhile.

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    2. I really enjoyed reading the book. It's one of the books I didn't want to end because I wanted to know more about the live of the protagonist.

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  6. I read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn last year when I realized I somehow escaped school and a liberal arts degree without ever having read it! I bought The Night Circus for my sister's birthday last summer and she said she'd let me know how it was. She has 3 kids and is a doctor sooo I don't think she ever got around to reading it! Haha. I'll trust your endorsement and pick up a copy of my own! I just finished reading 'Bring Up the Bodies' by Hilary Mantel (the fall of Anne Boleyn, perfect for a Henry VIII history nerd like me!). And now I'm moving through the Claude Izner murder mysteries (the ones set in 1890s Paris). I have 'Eats, Shoots, and Leaves' on my night table, and 'Hausmann, or The Distinction' next.

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    1. i have liberal arts degree too - oh no, i have a liberal of science. but i did take so many lit classes and never read a tree grows in brooklyn either, it's time. i really like the night circus so far, it's an easy read but in the best way possible.

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  7. Thanks for sharing this list! I really love reading too and have been looking for a good book! I'm definitely going to check these out!

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  8. The first three are in my list. I've added the last three in my list now. Thanks! I like the cover of Beautiful Ruins! I want to have a copy of that! :D

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    1. i agree, the cover of beautiful ruins is so pretty, makes me want to jump on a plane to the Mediterranean (if that were an option of course!). well, we will have to chat about the top three when we are done!

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  9. Thanks for sharing this list! I really love reading too and have been looking for a good book! I'm definitely going to check these out!

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  10. I've been told that I read too much, as I read about 2 books a week (I'm a bit of a speed reader). But I must confess that I seldom read anything serious, I read a mixture of chart reads and pure nonsense but it's my de-stresser. I also love the classics, I read Wuthering Heights last year and it totally sucked me in!

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  11. I am so with you on this goal! So far, I'm off to a good start. Since the beginning of the year, I'm on my third book. I'm currently obsessed with non-fiction, but hope to get back to fiction as soon as I finish two more books. This list will come in handy once I'm ready. One book I think you would really enjoy is The End of Your Life Book Club. It's a book about a beautiful relationship between a (dying) mother and her son and the books they love. I really enjoyed it. Side note: I started and tried desperately to get through 1Q84 last year, but could never get into it. I only have two books in my life that I've never finished (it really bothers me not to finish a book) and this is one of them. [sad face]

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  12. The Night Circus was a fun read. And IQ84 is still sitting on my end table.

    I just started Gone Girl. I try to read an hour before bed, and if possible, during my lunch break. And I adore a lazy Saturday morning with a book.

    You can check out my book club here if you are curious.
    http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/50475.The_Smart_Chicks_Book_Club

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