2013: A Year in Review

Now that 2013 has officially wound down, here are some highlights from the year.

Best Books

I’ve read four books this year that I’ve rated with 5 stars. That seems to be a good ratio based on reading 37 books. In fact, I might have been just a bit stingy. In 2012, I read 30 books and rated four with 5 stars.

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier | 2013: A Year in Review | The 1000th Voice blog

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier 

Love Poems by Pablo Neruda

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

Peace Like a River by Leif Enger

Some Favorite Parts of the Year

This has been a good year for my family and I, here are the highlights:

  • Celebrating Claire’s 3rd birthday
  • Celebrating Nick’s 32nd birthday at the last football game in the Metrodome – Also, the last game of the 32nd season in the Metrodome
  • Visiting friends and family in South Dakota a few different times, including going camping
  • Watching Claire’s personality really blossom
  • Celebrating 5 years of marriage

And now for some stats

Peace Like a River by Leif Enger | 2013: A Year in Review | The 1000th Voice Blog

Books Read: 37

Books Reviewed: 26

Books Not Reviewed: 11 (Yikes!)

5 Star Books*: 4

4 Star Books*: 17

3 Star Books*: 6

Books Unfinished: 4 (1 quit for now, 2 set aside and 1 in progress)

Fiction Read: 23

Nonfiction Read: 13

Poetry Read: 1

Estimated pages read: 11,012 (calculated using whatever edition I set on Goodreads)

Books 15o Pages & Below: 4

Books 151 to 300 Pages: 12

Books 301 to 450 Pages: 19

Books 415 Pages & Up: 2

*of books actually reviewed

**Linked up with Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Best Books of 2013**

What did your 2013 look like? What was your favorite book and/or moment?

Weekly Reads: 12.30.2013 & the Best Reading of 2013

With a little hesitation bred from a lack of familiarity,  last week I started reading:

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami | Weekly Reads at The 1000th Voice

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
By Haruki Murakami

I’m 250+ pages in, and it’s great! Once again, I’m so glad I decided to read this.

Best Reading of 2013

Best Book: Peace Like a River by Leif Enger

Book I Was Excited About and Thought I Was Going To Love More But Didn’t: Maya’s Notebook by Isabel Allende – I have not given up on this book for good.

Most Surprising (in a good way!) Book: Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks (Good because she learned how to create a life for herself despite losses and the norms of her time.)

Book I Recommended Most: Peace Like a River by Leif Enger

Best Series Discovered: I read two series in 2013-The Little House series and The Hunger Games-neither was a new discovery.

Favorite New Authors Discovered: New-to-me authors Daphne du Maurier, Leif Enger & Melanie Benjamin

Best Book That was out of My Comfort Zone or Was a New Genre: I didn’t read any new genres this year, but I so infrequently read Spiritual/Religious books that 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker fits the bill.

Most Thrilling, Unputdownable Book: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire & Mockingjay

Book I Read That I’m Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year: I generally don’t reread books. With that said, I’m probably most likely to reread 7 by Jen Hatmaker or A Little House Reader sometime in the future.

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

Favorite Cover of a Book: Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

Most Memorable Character: It’s a tie between Joe in The Round House by Louise Erdrich and Merikat in We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

Most Beautifully Written Book: Peace Like a River by Leif Enger

Book That Had the Greatest Impact on Me: 7 by Jen Hatmaker

Book I Couldn’t Believe I Waited to Finally Read: In terms of amount of time on my physical bookshelf without reading, it would have to be The Solace of Open Spaces by Gretel Ehrlich.

Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book: “Colin was perennially appalled by the threadbare state of other people’s morals.” and “Colin’s only understanding of love was of limitless loyalty, boundless tolerance: Mary had fallen, irreparably in his estimation.” I liked these two from The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling because of how well they succinctly describe Colin’s character. Also, “At peace? Who but the insane would ever be at peace? What person who has enjoyed life could possibly think one is enough? Who could live even a day and not feel the sweet ache of regret?” from Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walters.

Shortest and Longest Books Read:
Shortest – Love Poems by Pablo Neruda (90 pages)
Longest – The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling (505 pages)

Book That Had A Scene In It That I Was Dying To Talk About: The Little House series had me constantly pondering my thoughts on Mary, and I wanted to talk to everyone about them.

Favorite Relationship From A Book: Laura and Almanzo from These Happy Golden Years

Favorite Book I Read from An Author I’ve Read Previously: The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

Best Book I Read Based SOLELY on a Recommendation from Somebody Else: Peace Like a River by Leif Enger was recommended to me 10 years ago by my favorite teacher.

Genre I Read Most: It seems to be a toss-up between Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction and Contemporary Fiction. Many books seem to cross over these three genres.

Newest Fictional Crush: None

Best 2013 Debut: We’ll be the Last Ones to Let You Down by Rachael Hanel

Most Vivid World/Imagery in a Book: Peace Like a River by Leif Enger

Book That Was The Most Fun To Read: Little House in the Big Woods

Book That Made Me Cry Or Nearly Cry: Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

Book That I Think Was Overlooked When It Came Out: Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter and Peace Like a River by Leif Enger

And then looking forward…

One Book I Didn’t Get To In 2013 But Will Be My Number 1 Priority in 2014: It’s not a priority, but I’m really looking forward to Actors Anonymous by James Franco.

Book I Am Most Anticipating for 2014: See above.

One Thing I Hope to Accomplish or Do in My Reading/Blogging in 2014: To thoroughly enjoy the books I read.

*Linked up with the Perpetual Page Turner H/T to Love Laughter Insanity*