2013 Reading Roundup

Aurora Antiques Pavillion

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.]

[And a note from the future! I no longer track my reading on my Tumblr. Now I use the shit out of Goodreads.]

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 Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
Middlesteins, The by Jami Attenberg
Fry Chronicles, The by Stephen Fry
Wolves of Andover, The by Kathleen Kent
Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters by Courtney E. Martin
Delta of Venus by Anaïs Nin
God, If You’re Not Up There . . . by Darrell Hammond
Sorcery & Cecelia by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer
Angel Maker, The by Stefan Brijs
Cloud Atlas, The by David Mitchell
Beggar King, The by 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, Bernadette by Maria Semple
Apron Book, The: Making, Wearing, and Sharing a Bit of Cloth and Comfort by EllynAnne Geisel
Urban Farm Handbook, The by Annette Cottrell and Joshua McNichols
Mermaid Chair, The by Sue Monk Kidd
Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg
Picking Up: On the Streets and Behind the Trucks with the Sanitation Workers of New York City by Robin Nagle
Comfort of Lies, The by Randy Susan Meyers
When Women Were Birds by Terry Tempest Williams
At The Kitchen Table: The Craft of Cooking at Home by Greg Atkinson
Craft, Inc.: Turn Your Creative Hobby Into a Business by Meg Mateo Ilasco
Zero-Waste Lifestyle, The by Amy Korst
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Tiny Book of Tiny Stories, The by Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Handmade to Sell by Kelly Rand
Chop Wood, Carry Water by Rick Fields, Peggy Taylor, Rex Weyler, and Rich Ingrasci
Still Life with Woodpecker by Tom Robbins
How to Sell Your Crafts Online by Derrick Sutton
A Very Modest Cottage by Tereasa Surratt
Homeward Bound: Why Women Are Embracing the New Domesticity by Emily Matchar
Shopgirl by Steve Martin
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
14,000 Things to be Happy About by Barbara Ann Kipfer
I’ll Seize the Day Tomorrow by Jonathan Goldstein
Handmaid’s Tale, The by Margaret Atwood
Make the Bread, Buy the Butter by Jennifer Reese
Happiness Is a Chemical in the Brain by 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, The by Mark Haddon
Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin (audiobook)
Gap Creek by Robert Morgan
Bitter is the New Black by Jen Lancaster (audiobook)
Story of Edgar Sawtelle, The by David Wroblewski
Slim for Life by Jillian Michaels (audiobook)
I Could Do Anything If Only I Knew What It Was by Barbara Sher
50 Popular Beliefs That People Think are True by Guy P. Harrison (audiobook)
Germania by Simon Winder
How To Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran (audiobook)
An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin (audiobook)
Stiff by Mary Roach (audiobook)
On Writing by Stephen King (audiobook)
Bonk by Mary Roach (audiobook)
Seven Storey Mountain, The by Thomas Merton
Second Nature: A Gardener’s Education by Michael Pollan
Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris (audiobook)
Car Living When There’s No Other Choice: Tips & Tricks for Survival & Safety by Veronica Harnish
Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind by Shunryu Suzuki
Paper Moon by Joe David Brown (originally Addie Pray)
Zen Reader, The ed. By Thomas Cleary
Zen Heart by Ezra Bayda
You Are Not So Smart by David McRaney
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America by Barbara Ehrenreich
For the Time Being by Annie Dillard
Forest for the Trees, The by Betsy Lerner
Book of the Camp Fire Girls, The (1921)
Barnheart by Jenna Woginrich
Night Circus, The by Erin Morgenstern
Necromancer’s House, The by Christopher Buehlman
Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk
$64 Dollar Tomato, The by William Alexander
Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
Labrador Pact, The by Matt Haig
Point Your Face at This by 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 Dogs by R. D. Rosen, Harry Prichett, and Rob Battles
Inquiry into Love and Death, An by 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, The by María Dueñas
Valley of Unknowing, The by Philip Sington
Simple Living Guide, The by Janet Luhrs
Casual Vacancy, The by J. K. Rowling
Familiar by J. Robert Lennon
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Engagement, The by Chloe Hooper
King of the Badgers by Philip Hensher
Uninvited Guests, The by Sadie Jones
Wolves in the Land of Salmon by David Moskowitz
The Portable Beat Reader ed. by Ann Charters
A Private Hotel for Gentle Ladies by Ellen Cooney
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald (audiobook)
Weekend Novelist, The by Robert J. Ray
Golden Notebook, The by Doris Lessing
Wallflower at the Orgy by Nora Ephron
Dear Girls Above Me by Charles McDowell (audiobook)
Girl’s Guide to Homelessness, The by Briana Karp
Unmade Bed, The ed. by Laura Chester
Arcadia by Lauren Groff
Possession of Mr. Cave, The by Matt Haig


  • Shopgirl and An Object of Beauty by 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 How by Augusten Burroughs. I laughed out loud and I came near to tears, too. This man has been through some shit. If anyone is qualified to tell you how to cope and learn to love your flawed self, it is Augusten Burroughs.
  • You Are Not So Smart by 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 Bound by Emily Matchar. Reading this led to some serious venting.

— Amanda


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