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Goodreads Challenge: Complete!

20 Dec

I’ve decided that with my vacation from work, I’m going to take a vacation from blogging as well. I have one more book review to write, but the plan now is that I’ll be back sometime in the first week of January. I encourage you all to take the time off, too!

2013 Reading Challenge

2013 Reading Challenge
Sam has
completed her goal of reading 70 books in 2013!

So as my last planned post of the year (we’ll see if that holds), I wanted to announce that I completed my book goal for the year! I set the bar hight at 70 and passed the finish line on Monday. In celebration, I’m going to share the books below along with my rating. Because I’m a nerd, there are some statistics at the bottom. You can view them all on my Goodreads Reading Challenge page. I’ll include a link to those I reviewed.

  1. Geek Love by Katherine Dunn (2)
  2. Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson (4)
  3. Love is a Mix Tape by Rob Sheffield (3)
  4. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson (4)
  5. Room by Emma Donoghue (4)
  6. Never Let Me Go by Ishiguro Kazuo (3)
  7. Devil in the Details by Jennifer Traig (3)
  8. History of a Pleasure Seeker (3)
  9. The Great Train Robbery by Michael Crichton (3)
  10. Bossypants by Tina Fey (4)
  11. The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta (4)
  12. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (5)
  13. Me Talk pretty One day by David Sedaris (2)
  14. Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris (3)
  15. The Magicians by Lev Grossman (2)
  16. Excel VBA Programming for Dummies by John Walkenbach (4)
  17. First Darling of the Morning by Thrity Umrigar (4)
  18. What is the What by Dave Eggers (4)
  19. Freakonomics by Steven Levitt (5)
  20. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (4)
  21. The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick (4)
  22. The Writer’s Guide to Everyday Life from Prohibition Through World War II by Marc McCutcheon (5)
  23. A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard (2)
  24. The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl (3)
  25. One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus (3)
  26. Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby (4)
  27. A Secret Gift by Ted Gup (2)
  28. Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi (3)
  29. Born to Run by Christopher McDougall (4)
  30. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson (4)
  31. Defending Jacob by William Landay (4)
  32. The River of Doubt by Candice Millard (3)
  33. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (4)
  34. Inferno by Dan Brown (3)
  35. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls (3)
  36. The Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman (1)
  37. Vixen by Jillian Larkin (2)
  38. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (4)
  39. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot (3)
  40. Life of Pi by Yann Martel (4)
  41. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (4)
  42. Enders Game by Orson Scott Card (4)
  43. The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton (4)
  44. Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner (4)
  45. Grand River and Joy by Susan Messer (4)
  46. Airman by Eoin Colfer (4)
  47. The Girl in the Polka Dot Dress by Beryl Bainbridge (3)
  48. The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling (3)
  49. Blink by Malcom Gladwell (4)
  50. Post Office by Charles Bukowski (2)
  51. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain (2)
  52. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson (4)
  53. Night by Elie Wiesel (4)
  54. Affinity by Sarah Waters (3) – and Book Club Reflection
  55. Loba by Diane de Prima (1)
  56. Burning Bright by Tracy Chevalier (3)
  57. Walking the Bible by Bruce Feiler (4)- and Book Club Reflection
  58. The Absent Lord by Jason Beacon (3)
  59. The Almond Tree by Michelle Cohen Corasanti (4)
  60. The Tilted World by Tom Franklin (3)
  61. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (5)- and Book Club Reflection
  62. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (2)
  63. Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi (3)
  64. The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman (5)
  65. The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin (3)
  66. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (2)
  67. The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury (4)
  68. Daughter of the God-King by Anne Cleeland (4)
  69. The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis (4)
  70. Some of Tim’s Stories by S.E. Hinton (4)

Stats: My average rating is 3.4 for this year. I read a total of 23,804 pages for an average of 340 pages per book. 36 of my books were audio books and the other 34 physical books. 20 of these books were for my book clubs.

How about you, Reader? Did you meet your reading goal? How close have you come? I’ll do another post about which ones were my favorites and what I recommend. Right now I’m plodding through Harry Potter y la Orden del Fenix (yes, in Spanish) so it will be a while till I finish another book.

Until next time, write on.