2013 Reading Roundup

Colorful book spines in a stall at one of my favorite antique malls.

[Two notes: 1) I apologize for the long lag between posts. Our laptop went TU during the holiday madness and we had to get a new one and import all our stuff from two other computers and adjust to both new hardware and new software. 2) The following was originally posted on my tumblr, ST. INKY, where I track my current reads.]

Here it is: the big list. (Well, lists, plural, because I also kept track of books I didn’t finish.)

Please question me! Please post your own lists! I want to know what everyone is reading.

Books I read in 2013 (in chronological order):
French Lieutenant’s Woman, The by John Fowles
Tell the Wolves I’m Homeby Carol Rifka Brunt
Middlesteins, Theby Jami Attenberg
Fry Chronicles, Theby Stephen Fry
Wolves of Andover, Theby Kathleen Kent
Perfect Girls, Starving Daughtersby Courtney E. Martin
Delta of Venusby Anaïs Nin
God, If You’re Not Up There … by Darrell Hammond
Sorcery & Ceceliaby Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer
Angel Maker, Theby Stefan Brijs
Cloud Atlas, Theby David Mitchell
Beggar King, Theby Oliver Pötzsch
Brief Wondrous Lie of Oscar Wao, The by Junot Díaz
Reliable Wife, A by Robert Goolrick
Little Known Facts by Christine Sneed
Life is Elsewhere by Milan Kundera
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Where’d You Go, Bernadetteby Maria Semple
Apron Book, The: Making, Wearing, and Sharing a Bit of Cloth and Comfort by EllynAnne Geisel
Urban Farm Handbook, Theby Annette Cottrell and Joshua McNichols
Mermaid Chair, Theby Sue Monk Kidd
Writing Down the Bonesby Natalie Goldberg
Picking Up: On the Streets and Behind the Trucks with the Sanitation Workers of New York Cityby Robin Nagle
Comfort of Lies, Theby Randy Susan Meyers
When Women Were Birdsby Terry Tempest Williams
At The Kitchen Table: The Craft of Cooking at Homeby Greg Atkinson
Craft, Inc.: Turn Your Creative Hobby Into a Business by Meg Mateo Ilasco
Zero-Waste Lifestyle, Theby Amy Korst
Gone Girlby Gillian Flynn
Tiny Book of Tiny Stories, Theby Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Handmade to Sellby Kelly Rand
Chop Wood, Carry Waterby Rick Fields, Peggy Taylor, Rex Weyler, and Rich Ingrasci
Still Life with Woodpeckerby Tom Robbins
How to Sell Your Crafts Onlineby Derrick Sutton
A Very Modest Cottageby Tereasa Surratt
Homeward Bound: Why Women Are Embracing the New Domesticityby Emily Matchar
Shopgirlby Steve Martin
Pilgrim at Tinker Creekby Annie Dillard
14,000 Things to be Happy Aboutby Barbara Ann Kipfer
I’ll Seize the Day Tomorrowby Jonathan Goldstein
Handmaid’s Tale, Theby Margaret Atwood
Make the Bread, Buy the Butterby Jennifer Reese
Happiness Is a Chemical in the Brainby Lucia Perillo
This Is How: Proven Aid in Overcoming Shyness, Molestation, Fatness, Spinsterhood, Grief, Disease, Lushery, Decrepitude & More. For Young and Old Alike by Augusten Burroughs (audiobook)
Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Theby Mark Haddon
Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin (audiobook)
Gap Creekby Robert Morgan
Bitter is the New Black by Jen Lancaster (audiobook)
Story of Edgar Sawtelle, Theby David Wroblewski
Slim for Lifeby Jillian Michaels (audiobook)
I Could Do Anything If Only I Knew What It Wasby Barbara Sher
50 Popular Beliefs That People Think are Trueby Guy P. Harrison (audiobook)
Germaniaby Simon Winder
How To Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran (audiobook)
An Object of Beautyby Steve Martin (audiobook)
Stiffby Mary Roach (audiobook)
On Writingby Stephen King (audiobook)
Bonkby Mary Roach (audiobook)
Seven Storey Mountain, Theby Thomas Merton
Second Nature: A Gardener’s Educationby Michael Pollan
Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owlsby David Sedaris (audiobook)
Car Living When There’s No Other Choice: Tips & Tricks for Survival & Safetyby Veronica Harnish
Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mindby Shunryu Suzuki
Paper Moonby Joe David Brown (originally Addie Pray)
Zen Reader, Theed. By Thomas Cleary
Zen Heartby Ezra Bayda
You Are Not So Smartby David McRaney
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in Americaby Barbara Ehrenreich
For the Time Beingby Annie Dillard
Forest for the Trees, Theby Betsy Lerner
Book of the Camp Fire Girls, The(1921)
Barnheartby Jenna Woginrich
Night Circus, Theby Erin Morgenstern
Necromancer’s House, Theby Christopher Buehlman
Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk
$64 Dollar Tomato, Theby William Alexander
Hyperbole and a Halfby Allie Brosh
Labrador Pact, Theby Matt Haig
Point Your Face at Thisby Demetri Martin
Poisoned Pilgrim, The by Oliver Pötzsch
Annotated Emma, The
by Jane Austen, annotated and edited by David M. Shapard

Throw the Damn Ball: Classic Poetry by Dogsby R. D. Rosen, Harry Prichett, and Rob Battles
Inquiry into Love and Death, Anby Simone St. James
Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton
Writing Life, The by Annie Dillard

I originally set my 2013 goal at 100 books but I realized at some point that unless I actively sought out novellas and comic books instead of consuming whatever I came across or whatever the library sent, as usual, then I was never going to reach that, so I reset it at 75. In the end I completed 85 books in 2013!

Books I started but did not finish (for whatever reason):
Time in Between, Theby María Dueñas
Valley of Unknowing, Theby Philip Sington
Simple Living Guide, Theby Janet Luhrs
Casual Vacancy, Theby J. K. Rowling
Familiarby J. Robert Lennon
Wuthering Heightsby Emily Brontë
Engagement, Theby Chloe Hooper
King of the Badgersby Philip Hensher
Uninvited Guests, Theby Sadie Jones
Wolves in the Land of Salmonby David Moskowitz
The Portable Beat Readered. by Ann Charters
A Private Hotel for Gentle Ladiesby Ellen Cooney
One Hundred Years of Solitudeby Gabriel García Márquez
The Beautiful and Damnedby F. Scott Fitzgerald (audiobook)
Weekend Novelist, Theby Robert J. Ray
Golden Notebook, The by Doris Lessing
Wallflower at the Orgyby Nora Ephron
Dear Girls Above Meby Charles McDowell (audiobook)
Girl’s Guide to Homelessness, Theby Briana Karp
Unmade Bed, Theed. by Laura Chester
Arcadiaby Lauren Groff
Possession of Mr. Cave, Theby Matt Haig

  • Shopgirland An Object of Beautyby Steve Martin. Like many comedians, Steve Martin has a secret superpower for observing human nature. He knows what makes us tick.
  • Everything I read by Annie Dillard (I can’t wait to read more of her).
  • This is Howby Augusten Burroughs. I laughed out loud and I came near to tears, too.
  • You Are Not So Smartby David McRaney. Interesting I expected. Riveting I did not. This book gave me a lot to think about the way I think.
  • Hyperbole and a Half made me laugh so hard I had to take breaks from reading it — even though I’d already read it all on her blog.  And no one — no one — has ever more accurately described the descent into and return from depression than Allie Brosh.
  • Homeward Boundby Emily Matchar. Reading this led to some serious venting.



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