I took on three challenges in 2013, and I set my personal “reading year” from December 20, 2012 – December 20, 2013. I do this because I like to write up my end-of-year posts over the holiday while also using the holiday to jump start the next reading year. Mentally, I equate the end of fall semester with the end of the year.
Here’s the breakdown of what I accomplished in 2013:
Challenge: The 2013 Reading Challenge
Level: 80 Books
Progress: 90/80 OR 83/80. COMPLETED.
I met AND exceeded my reading goals for the year! The Goodreads count is off form my official count because of the 12/20 start date. This year I’m going to hold my late December reads until January to put in Goodreads so their count will match my own. Anyways, you can see the full list from my official count, complete with links to reviews, here.
Challenge: The 2013 Debut Author Challenge
Level: 12 books
Progress: 12 books. COMPLETED.
I finished book number 12 literally at the 11th hour, but I did manage to read twelve debuts this year.
1. Dance of Shadows by Yelena Black
2. Being Henry David by Cal Armistead
3. The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd
4. Pivot Point by Kasie West
5. Taken by Erin Bowman
6. The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
7. In The After by Demitria Lunetta
8. Rush by Eve Silver
9. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
10. The Holders by Julianne Scott
11. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner
12. The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan
Challenge: 2013 Feminist Reads Challenge
Host: The Hiding Spot
Level: Hard (10+ books)
Progress: 30+. I’m an overachiever and lost track in November.
What I love most about this challenge is that I get to define what a feminist book is. This may mean different things to different people, but the point is that we are seeking to read books with amazing female protagonists
1. The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson
2. The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
3. Requiem by Lauren Oliver
4. A Million Suns by Beth Revis
5. The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd
6. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
7. Changeling by Philippa Gregory
8. Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger
9. Now I’ll Tell You Everything (Alice #25) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
10. The Elite by Kiera Cass
11. Invisibility by David Levithan and Andrea Cremer
12. Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher
13. I Am J by Cris Beam
14. The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
15. In The After by Demitria Lunetta
16. Losing It (short story collection) edited by Keith Gray
17. Shades of Earth by Beth Revis
18. Dragonslippers; This is What An Abusive Relationship Looks Like by Rosalind B. Penfold
19. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
20. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
21. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
22. Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
23. The Cute Girl Network by MK Reed
24. Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan <— dude novel, but it challenges the patriarchy and has a great trans character.
25. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
26. Saints by Gene Luen Yang
27. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
28. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
29. Please Ignore Vera Dietz by AS King
30. Pawn by Aimee Carter
31. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
32. Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein
Did you meet your 2013 reading goals?