Reading in 2013

I recently decided to commit to a Goodreads challenge (well, a self-imposed challenge on Goodreads) to read 30 books in 2013. I’ve set two ground rules: these books must be read (not listened to on audiobook) and they must be fiction (academic books are not going to count for the simple reason that I will have to read academic text books rather than reading them for fun).

I have completed one book so far this year and I finished it in the first week of January. I read Life, the Universe, and Everything by Douglas Adams. It is the third book of his Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. I am currently reading So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish.

I have four books (Four? Oy vey.) that I have slightly abandoned that I would like to finish or at least continue to work through for this year. I would like to finish at least three of these books: I Only Say This Because I Love You (Deborah Tannen); Made to Crave (author); and The Meaning of Night (author). I am making progress on Middlemarch (George Eliot), but it is long and full of detail. I started it a few years ago, but I can’t make myself finish it. Why? Well, I’m not really sure.

So, my “to read” list for 2013 looks at little something like this:

1. Life, The Universe, and Everything
2. So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
3. Mostly Harmless
4. One for the Money
5. I Only Say This Because I Love You
6. The Meaning of Night
7. Made to Crave
8. Emma
9. Mansfield Park
10. Northanger Abbey
11. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
12. Disasterland  — I think this comes out in Summer 2013. Eithe way, I’m dying for its release!
13. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
14. The Casual Vacancy
15. Laundered
16. Grey Mask
17. The Friday Night Knitting Club
18. Brideshed Revisted
19. The Fault in Our Stars
20. The Marriage Plot
21. Breakfast at Tiffany’s
22. The Forsyte Saga
23. Stardust
24. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand
25. My Life in France
26. Matched
27. Crossed
28. Reached
29. Austenland
30. A Discovery of Witches

*phew* What a list! I may not get through all of that. I may diverge from this list entirely and read something that catches my eye (which is most likely to happen). I just wanted to lay out a plan for the coming months.

Do you have a reading list for 2013? What are some of your favorite books that you would recommend adding to my list (*Note: I won’t read 50 Shades of Grey, so don’t bother…But 50 Shades of Earl Grey? Maybe. Probably.)? How many books would you challenge yourself to read? Let me know!


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