read in 2013

  1. The Secret Piano: From Mao’s Labor Camps to Bach’s Goldberg Variations by Zhu Xiao-Mei. (Audiobook. Really fascinating book, about the Cultural Revolution in China, which I knew nothing about, and about the beautiful truth of music. It bogged down for me at the end, however.)
  2. Leviathanby Scott Westerfeld (My first real steampunk novel, set in an alternate WWI. The steampunk elements and characters were spot on, but I’m not sure if I’ll read the rest of the series.)
  3. How to Ditch your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier (Devoured this book–short, simple, funny, not much depth, about invisible fairies that help you with things like finding parking spaces.)
  4. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver (Took me forever to read it, but learned a lot. A lot about supporting local food industry–but the cooking and gardening aspect were the best part of it.)
  5. The Everafter by Amy Huntley (Not really perfect or a favorite book at all, but a good premise about a dead girl rediscovering her life.)
  6. Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George (I sort of liked the premise–a castle that builds its own rooms–better than the actual book, so I guess my expectations were too high.)
  7. Wicked Lovely by Marissa Marr (A little dark, and the plot was sort of odd because you knew the ending really soon, but yet there were so many complications with the characters that it worked. A faery book.)
  8. Warriors Don’t Cry by Melba Patillo Bates (My second time reading this book–the first time was in high school. I understood it better the second time around–the author is brilliant at focusing on the most interesting details. About the integration of Central High school.)
  9. Anything but Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin (Written in the point of view as a twelve year old who has autism. Pretty good–but would be better if the author had actually been autistic.)
  10. A Marriage Made in Heaven, or, Too Tired for an Affair by Erma Bombeck (Very delightful to read–I related a lot to the different aspects of the book–my life resembles a housewife in the 50s/60s quite a bit. Funny, sweet, and realistic.)
  11. A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton (Partial read–too much swearing to finish.)
  12. Momfulness: Mothering with Mindfulness, Compassion, and Grace by Denise Roy (I loved this book. It talks about being a mother and gives you meditations to help you be more present. Would like to own.)
  13. The Two-Income Trap: Why Middle-Class Parents are Going Broke by Elizabeth Warren and Amelia Warren Tyagi (Partial read–didn’t enjoy the solutions they came up or failed to come up with. And the book was out of date.)
  14. Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery (I don’t really remember reading this book before–and I absolutely loved it this time. Anne is one of the greatest characters in literature, and watching her grow up is spectacular.)
  15. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (Good, but yet forgettable for me.)
  16. 2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love
  17. 3500: An Autistic Boy’s Ten-Year Romance with Snow White by Ron Miles
  18. Insurgent by Veronica Roth (very good sequel)*
  19. Transparent by Natalie Whipple*
  20. Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame*
  21. Stardust by Neil Gaiman*
  22. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer*
  23. Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner*
  24. Mind Games by Kiersten White*
  25. Maids of Misfortune by M. Louisa Locke
  26. As a Man Thinketh by James Allen
  27. A Tale of Time City by Diana Wynne Jones*
  28. A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home by Sue Halpern
  29. The Sisterhood by Helen Bryan*
  30. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol
  31. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  32. Invisible by Lorena McCourtney*
  33. Three Days on Mimosa Lane by Anna DeStefano
  34. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan*
  35. Bygones by Kim Vogel Sawyer*
  36. The Uncrowned King by Harold Bell Wright
  37. Beyonders: A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull
  38. Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White
  39. My Story by Elizabeth Smart*
  40. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson*
  41. Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz
  42. The Fault in our Stars by John Green*
  43. Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers (audiobook)
  44. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Vol. 1 by Arthur Conan Doyle (audiobook)*
  45. The Eye of Minds by James Dashner
  46. Wonder Struck by Brian Selznick*
  47. I am Malala (partial)
  48. A Christmas Carol (repeat) (audiobook)
  49. The Boxcar Children
  50. The Boxcar Children book 2
  51. Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger
  52. Life Planning

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