Usually, I like to take a picture of my smallest bookshelf at the end of a year, the one where I shelf the books I’ve read, put it at the front of this post, and then, after listing the books contained within, clear all the books out, take another picture, and end the post with the image of the empty shelf, waiting to be filled. It’s the reader’s version a blank canvas, a whole lot of potential. To a bibliophile, one of the most beautiful things in the world is a full bookshelf: how will it be filled? Will there be many big, thick books? How many will match, all parts of a series? Will there be a variety of height and colors? It’s one of my favorite moments of a new year, comparing last year’s shelf to the empty potential of the new year’s shelf.
At the moment, my phone has gone MIA, so I don’t have a way to snap a photo of last year’s shelf, which might be for the best, since it was a slightly pathetic year. Anyone who follows the blog will notice that I managed to do 33 reviews of the books I’ve read…My goal was 100 and most of the books I’ve read, I’ve one reviews of. Only three went without reviews. Meaning I only made it to 36 books this year. 36. Less than half. Ouch.
Needless to say, I’m going to try to up my reading in 2014. I’ve never reached 100 books since I started doing this challenge, but my highest was 78. I want to beat that this year. I already have a stack of books I’m eager to dive into once I clear over the leftovers from last. And, just as I like to take a picture of the shelf full of books, followed by an empty one, I also like to list what I’ve read, highlighting the one’s I’ve particularly enjoyed. So here it is, 2013’s Read Books List, in no particular order:
001. Howard Pyle’s Book of Pirates compiled by Merle Johnson
002. French Quarter Fiction edited by Joshua Clark
003. In Search of Zarathustra: The First Prophet and the Ideas that Changed the World by Paul Kriwaczek
004. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
005. Greece in the Bronze Age by Emily Vermeule
006. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
007. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
008. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
009. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
010. Magic: the Gathering: Rath and Storm edited by Peter Archer
011. Magic: the Gathering: Ice Age Cycle Book I: Gathering Dark by Jeff Grubb
012. Magic: the Gathering: Ice Age Cycle Book II: The Eternal Ice by Jeff Grubb
013. Magic: the Gathering: Ice Age Cycle Book III: The Shattered Alliance by Jeff Grubb
014. Magic: the Gathering: The Secrets of Magic Anthology edited by Jess Lebow
015. Magic: the Gathering: The Myths of Magic Anthology edited by Jess Lebow
016. Magic: the Gathering: The Thran by J. Robert King
017. Magic: the Gathering: Artifacts Cycle Book IV: Bloodlines by Loren L. Coleman
018. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
019. Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris
020. Plagues and Peoples by William H. McNeill
021. Kickboxing Geishas: How Modern Japanese Women are Changing their Nation by Veronica Chambers
022. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
023. Of Thee I Zing by Laura Ingraham
024. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
025. The Missing Madonna: A Sister Mary Helen Mystery by Sister Carol Anne O’Marie
026. Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett
027. The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold
028. Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold
029. Carrie by Stephen King
030. Dead Until Dark: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel by Charlaine Harris
031. Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
032. Renaissance in Japan: A Cultural Survey of the Seventeenth Century by Kenneth P. Kirkwood
033. Magic: the Gathering: Invasion Cycle Book I: Invasion by J. Robert King
034. Star Wars: Jedi Academy Trilogy Volume 1: Jedi Search by Kevin J. Anderson
035. Star Wars: Jedi Academy Trilogy Volume 2: Dark Apprentice by Kevin J. Anderson
036. Time & Heart Book One: The Duke’s Trumpet by Claire E. Smith
Not exactly an impressive haul, though there were a few bright spots. Hopefully, this year will be more successful. Which of the above books have you read? Which did you like or dislike? Any books you’d recommend I tackle here in 2014?
Now, if you don’t mind….I’ve got some reading to do.