2013 Book Round Up

2013readingchallengelogoOne of my goals for 2013 was to read 100 books. While I didn’t quite make it (72), that’s still pretty impressive. Here’s a breakdown of what I read:

  • 11 were either kids or young adult; the rest were adult.
  • 9 were nonfiction and the rest were fiction.
  • 20 were single short stories (yes, I realize it’s cheating to include those), and 12 were short story anthologies.
  • I know the authors of 27 of the books; 8 of them are also with my publisher, Evolved.
  • Only 16 were books that randomly caught my eye on a library shelf or website; the rest were either recommended or written by someone I know.
  • 17 were by Lindsay Buroker.

Best books I read in 2012:

  • Lindsay Buroker’s Emperor’s Edge series (7 books, plus some short stories): A steampunk/fantasy series about assassins and intrigue that’s really just a lot of fun. Plus the first one is free.
  • Butter by Erin Jade Lange (who’s originally from my hometown, but I don’t know her – although I found out that she’s an ex-girlfriend of my high school best friend’s husband): a YA book about an obese kid who gains popularity when he announces his plans to kill himself live on the internet
  • Strange Pilgrims: a book of short stories by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

If you challenged yourself to read a set number of books in 2013, how did you end up doing?  What were your favorites?  Anything you particularly disliked?

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