nerd alert 2013

Since I read 100 books last year, I wanted to do the same this year and I secretly wanted to try to read a few more. Well, cutting to the chase, I suceeded! I clocked in 114 books this year, 14 more than last year/over goal. Pretty good, if I do say so myself. Although I have been trying really hard to hit 115, I’m in the middle of 100 Years of Solitude, but it might take me 100 years to finish.

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Within those 114 books, I read 35,963 pages, which works out to 98 pages per day. The longest book I read was Stephen King’s The Stand which clocked in at 1,153 pages. A close second was The Dark Tower at 1,050. Stephen King is a wordy fella.

Speaking of Stephen King, I started out the year reading several of his books. I had read a few as a teenager, but never really got into him, so I made a point to try this year. He’s not my favorite author, but he’s not the worst. I really enjoyed some of the books and didn’t care for a few others but I’ll get to that in a minute.

It was also the year of re-reads. Hugh Howey’s Dust was coming out and since I adored the previous parts of the story, I went back and read them all to prepare. It was totally worth it. I have a habit of reading and promptly forgetting, so this made it so that I went into Dust fully submersed in the Silo world. It was an incredible ending.

I also re-read The Chronicles of Narnia which were just as great as I remembered. Except I don’t think I ever finished the last few books because I didn’t remember them at all. I had fun reading those and discussing them with Keith, since I was actually reading his copies.

I also re-read Matilda, just to see if it was as magical as I remember and it was. I adore that book.

Some of my favorites this year (not including re-reads), in no particular order:

  1. The Stand by Stephen King
  2. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
  3. The Green Mile by Stephen King
  4. Dust by Hugh Howey
  5. Wizard and Glass (The Dark Tower IV) by Stephen King
  6. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
  7. Allegiant by Veronica Roth
  8. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  9. Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham
  10. The Hedge Knight by George R. R. Martin
  11. The Sworn Sword by George R. R. Martin
  12. The Mystery Knight by George R. R. Martin
  13. The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
  14. Snatched by Karin Slaughter
  15. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

The weirdest book I read this year? John Dies at the End by David Wong. I gave it 3 stars so it wasn’t terrible but I seriously had no idea what was going on the whole time. The weirdest series was The Dark Tower series by Stephen King. I didn’t care for the first book, was hooked by the second, apparently loved the 4th, but by the end things got realllllly weird. I feel like Stephen King had a midlife crisis in the middle of writing it and lost his mind. Ugh. It could have been so perfect.

Absolute favorite book of the year was a three way tie: The Stand by Stephen King/Dust by Hugh Howey/And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini. The Stand was awesome. It was actually the first book I read this year and I just loved it. I read 13 other Stephen King books but it was the best. Also Dust by Hugh Howey, which I stated before, it was just a great ending to one of my favorite series. And the Mountains Echoed was just heartbreakingly beautiful. I have adored all three bookes by Khaled Hosseini. He is an amazing writer, I love that he writes about life in the Middle East as it is not something I would probably read about otherwise and he just manages to create these beautiful characters and storylines.

Biggest disappointment this year was The Fault in Our Stars. I feel like I must be broken. This book has over 400,000 reviews on Goodreads with an average of 4.5 stars. I liked it, but it didn’t really do anything for me. Friends of mine have said how they weeped through the book and although I may have gotten a little misty at the end, I didn’t actually cry. I thought it was well written, I enjoyed the characters and the storyline…it just missed the mark for me.

Biggest surprise were the three Dunk and Egg novelas by George R. R. Martin. I supposedly had been told about these before but had no recollection. They are set 90 years before A Song of Ice and Fire and are short little books about a hedge knight and his squire. Really enjoyed them. Wish there were 100 more.

In case you care, you can see all my other books/ratings for the year here.

Let’s shoot for another 100 in 2014!

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  1. Congratulations on reading more than 100 books. I had a similar target, but I am ending on 78!

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  2. Wow! That is impressive! Gosh I thought my average of one book/week was impressive! Not so much! I never managed to finish 100 Years of Solitude and I, too, love the Khaled Hosseini books.

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    • Thanks Nicole! I have a slight problem haha. And no real social life so lots of time for reading! A book a week is great progress!

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