2013 by the Numbers

Happy New Year, everyone! I've had a really great reading year. I read 57 books in 2013, totaling 17,021 pages. That's quite an accomplishment if I do say so myself. Also, it's a bump up from the 49 books I read in 2012.

GoodReads was paramount in my tracking my yearly progress. They even have a nifty little diagram to display your star ratings.

Only two books won the coveted 5 star rating this year: Elizabeth George Speare's The Witch of Blackbird Pond and Jeaniene Frost's One Foot in the Grave.  Alternatively, two books won the dreaded 1 star rating: Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot and some random graphic novel not even worth mentioning again here.

And simply because it does me proud to see them all listed one after the other, here is the definitive list of my 2013 reads in all its glory:
  1. Steve Martin's Shopgirl
  2. David Levithan & Rachel Cohn's Dash & Lily's Book of Dares
  3. Cynthia Hand's Boundless
  4. Sharon Creech's Love that Dog
  5. Scott Mills' Big Clay Pot
  6. Sharon Creech's Replay
  7. Maggie Stiefvater's The Raven Boys
  8. Martin Rowson's The Waste Land
  9. Miss Lasko-Gross' A Mess of Everything
  10. George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion
  11. Kristin Cashore's Graceling
  12. John Green's Paper Towns
  13. Raina Telgemeier's Drama
  14. J.K. Rowling's The Casual Vacancy
  15. Aline Kominsky-Crumb's Need More Love
  16. Maggie Stiefvater's The Scorpio Races
  17. Jen Van Meter's Hopeless Savages
  18. Sara Varon's Sweaterweather
  19. Paula McLain's The Paris Wife
  20. Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot
  21. Charles Burns' Black Hole
  22. Emily Dickinson's Selected Poems
  23. J.D. Salinger's Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters & Seymour: An Introduction
  24. Eric Stephenson's Put the Book Back on the Shelf
  25. Orson Scott Card Ender's Shadow
  26. Carson McCullers' The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
  27. J.R. Ward's Dark Lover
  28. Sharon Creech's Pleasing the Ghost
  29. C.S. Lewis' The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
  30. Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone
  31. Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy
  32. P.C. Cast's Marked
  33. Alan Moore's Watchmen
  34. Scott Westerfeld's Uglies
  35. Maggie Stiefvater's Linger
  36. Koushun Takami's Battle Royale
  37. Laurell K. Hamilton's Guilty Pleasures
  38. Garth Nix's Sabriel
  39. Shannon Hale's Princess Academy
  40. Libba Bray's A Great and Terrible Beauty
  41. Janet Taylor Lisle's Afternoon of the Elves
  42. Maggie Stiefvater's The Dream Thieves
  43. Elizabeth George Speare's The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  44. Robert Galbraith's The Cuckoo's Calling
  45. P.D. James' Death Comes to Pemberley
  46. Phillip Pullman's The Golden Compass
  47. Lauren Kate's Fallen
  48. Jeaniene Frost's Halfway to the Grave
  49. Richard Salas' Peculia
  50. Jeaniene Frost's One Foot in the Grave
  51. Sylvia Plath's Collected Poems
  52. Jeaniene Frost's At Grave's End
  53. Jeaniene Frost's Destined for an Early Grave
  54. Jeaniene Frost's First Drop of Crimson
  55. Jeaniene Frost's This Side of the Grave
  56. Maria Semple's Where'd You Go, Bernadette
  57. Jeaniene Frost's One Grave at a Time
Obviously, I'm pretty pleased with myself. I'm aiming to read 50 books in 2014 (it's going to be a busy year for me for a ton of other reasons. Stay tuned.). Now tell me, how was your reading year?

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