Archive for January, 2013

  1. Each book must be read in it’s entirety to count towards the final total. Only made it halfway through? Doesn’t count towards the total!
  2. The book must be both started and finished in the calendar year.
  3. In be considered a “success”, the reader (that’s me!) must read the same number of books at the age she will turn in that calendar year.
  4. To count towards the total, the book must be blogged. Even if it’s just a picture of the cover with  “This book is about bananas. I don’t like bananas. Therefore, I don’t like this book.”
  5. NO HARRY POTTER! At least not the original 7 books by J.K. Rowling. More on why later.
  6. To count towards the final total, each book must be new to the reader. The only exception to this rule will be for adult books read before sophomore year of high school.
  7. The book must be made up of chapters, parts, or several short stories, collected together. IE: reading one Edgar Allen Poe short story does not count towards the total, but reading an anthology does.
  8. The book must be a new book, not a book I’ve already read. No exceptions. *
  9. Rules are subject to change…..because I don’t like following “rules.”

*Exception granted for books I read in high school or early in college that may benefit me more now. Example: “The Great Gatsby”. I absolutely hated that book in high school, but a classmate pointed out she re-read the novel after college and had a much deeper understanding and respect for the book.



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Spending some quality, late night time with book #5: “In the Woods” by Tara French


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Alright, alright, I didn’t make my goal last year. I could list a bunch of excuses why (my dog got sick, travel, promotion at work) but that’s not really what you come here to read, is it?

Here’s what I DID read in 2012:

  1. The Devil’s Gentleman: Privilege, Poison, and the Trial That Ushered in the Twentieth Century by Harold Schecter
  2. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
  3. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  4. Very Bad Men by Harry Dolan
  5. Incendiary by Chris Cleave
  6. The Boy Detective Fails by Joe Meno
  7. The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
  8. Raise High the Roofbeam, Carpenters & Seymour: An Introduction by J.D. Salinger
  9. Player One: What Is to Become of Us? by Douglas Coupland
  10. The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime that Scandalized a City and Sparked the Tabloid Wars by Paul Collins
  11. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Steig Larsson
  12. Bossypants by Tina Fey
  13. The Invisible Circus by Jennifer Egan
  14. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  15. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  16. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  17. In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson
  18. Dexter by Design by Jeff Lindsay
  19. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

I made it to 19 books by year end, which is pretty good considering I decided to start this venture midway through the year, and that I completely flaked on reading in November & December. Even October was a pretty rough month as far as books were concerned.

What to expect next: RULES. I think that’s part of where I went wrong: there were no defined rules. Normally, I am not a fan of rules but in this case, the rules make this goal a competition.
And if there’s one thing I love, it’s a competition.

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