Monday, December 30, 2013

2013 Reads: All Together Now



Wow, quite a pile this year!  Two things contributed to my success:  An hour commute on the subway 4-5 days a week, and my friends and family all living in other cities and countries not to mention on other continents.  I've also picked up a reading-in-coffee-shops habit, so that's three things.  Math. Sigh.

Month-by-month, here's the complete list:

January
1. Speaking Activities That Don't Suck - English Teacher X
2. The Snowman - Alfred Castelli and Milo Manara
3. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
4. Confessions of a Prairie Bitch - Alison Arngrim
5. Wild - Cheryl Strayed
6. Wolf Hall - Hilary Mantel
7. Parnassus on Wheels - Christopher Morley
8. Bring Up The Bodies - Hilary Mantel
9. How To Be A Woman - Caitlin Moran

February
10. Cathedral - Raymond Carver
11. Raymond Carver: A Writer's Life - Carol Sklenicka
12. A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian - Marina Lewycka
13. Sharp Objects - Gillian Flynn
14. The Language Instinct - Steven Pinker
15. 344 Pounds: How I lost 125 Pounds By Counting Calories - Shawn Weeks
16. Swamplandia! - Karen Russell
17. Founding Mothers - Cokie Roberts
18. Where'd You Go, Bernadette - Maria Semple
19. English Teacher X Guide to Teaching Abroad - English Teacher X
20. American Scream: The Bill Hicks Story - Cynthia True
21. L'Assommoir - Emile Zola
22. Therese Raquin - Emile Zola
23. Medium Raw - Anthony Bourdain

March
24. Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
25. The Fortune of the Rougons - Emile Zola
26. Quiet - Susan Cain
27. The Kill - Emile Zola
28. The Belly of Paris - Emile Zola
29. Blonde - Joyce Carol Oates
30. The Conquest of Plassans - Emile Zola
31. Abbe Mouret's Transgression - Emile Zola

April
32. One for the Money - Janet Evanovich
33. Moonwalking with Einstein - Joshua Foer
34. The Star Machine - Jeanine Basinger
35. French Milk - Lucy Knisley
36. Silent Stars - Jeanine Basinger
37. I Do and I Don't: A History of Marriage in the Movies - Jeanine Basinger
38. A Land More Kind Than Home - Wiley Cash
39. The Shoestring Girl - Annie Jean Brewer
40. Bless The Beasts and Children - Glendon Swarthout
41. Two for the Dough - Janet Evanovich
42. Marbles - Ellen Forney
43. My Mortal Enemy - Willa Cather

May
44. The Orphan Master's Son - Adam Johnson
45. Finn - Jon Clinch
46. Zanuck: The Rise and Fall of Hollywood's Last Tycoon - Leonard Mosley
47. Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You - Sam Gosling, Ph.D
48. Your Republic is Calling You - Young-Ha Kim
49. The Game - Jack London
50. 117 Days Adrift - Maurice and Maralyn Bailey
51. Where The Lilies Bloom - Vera and Bill Cleaver
52. Adrift: Seventy-Six Days Lost at Sea - Steven Callahan
53. The Emperor of All Maladies - Siddhartha Mukherjee
54. Doc - Mary Doria Russell
55. Germinal - Emile Zola
56. Onions In The Stew -Betty MacDonald

June
57. On Chesil Beach - Ian McEwan
58. Tom and Jack: The Intertwined Lives of Thomas Hart Benton and Jackson Pollack - Henry Adams
59. Special Topics in Calamity Physics - Marisha Pessl
60. American Born Chinese - Yang Gene Luen
61. Stitches - David Small
62. Heat - Bill Buford
63. Hellhound On His Trail - Hampton Sides
64. Heaven To Betsy - Maud Hart Lovelace
65. Betsy In Spite of Herself - Maud Hart Lovelace
66. Up the Down Staircase - Bel Kaufman
67. It's Not Really About the Hair - Tabatha Coffey
68. Raymond Chandler: A Biography - Tom Hiney
69. Townie: A Memoir - Andre Dubus III
70. What Maisie Knew - Henry James
71. Nana - Emile Zola

July
72. Anybody Can Do Anything - Betty MacDonald
73. The Plague and I - Betty MacDonald
74. The Disappointment Artist - Jonathan Lethem
75. An Atheist in the Foxhole - Joe Muto
76. The Lost Weekend - Charles Jackson

August
77. The Flight of the Phoenix - Elleston Trevor
78. Confessions of a Sociopath - M.E. Thomas
79. Cookoff: Recipe Fever in America - Amy Sutherland
80. Anchored In Love - John Carter Cash
81. The Surrendered - Chang-Rae Lee
82. My Korean Deli - Ben Ryder Howe
83. Hattie Big Sky - Kirby Larson

September
84. Emily of Deep Valley - Maud Hart Lovelace
85. Society's Child: My Autobiography - Janis Ian
86. Meeting Jimmie Rodgers - Barry Mazor
87. Coming Clean - Kimberly Rae Miller
88. The Walls of Jericho - Paul I. Wellman
89. A Widow's Story - Joyce Carol Oates
90. The Dinner - Herman Koch
91. Three Cups of Deceit - Jon Krakauer
92. The Female of the Species - Joyce Carol Oates
93. The Elements of Style - William Strunk, Jr. and E.B. White
94. Flash for Freedom - George MacDonald Fraser
95. Bobbie, General Manager - Olive Higgins Prouty
96. Eleanor & Park - Rainbow Rowell
97. The Ladies' Paradise - Emile Zola

October
98. Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang - Joyce Carol Oates
99. The Beast Within - Emile Zola
100. Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail - Louise Shivers
101. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass - Frederick Douglass
102. Flowers in the Attic - V.C. Andrews
103. Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell
104. The Silent Wife - A.S.A. Harrison
105. Maggie: A Girl of the Streets - Stephen Crane
106. Attachments - Rainbow Rowell
107. The Thin Commandments - Stephen Gullo
108. Twelve Years A Slave - Solomon Northup
109. Fifty-Nine in '84: Old Hoss Radbourn, Barehanded Baseball, and the Greatest Season a Pitcher Ever Had - Edward Achorn
110. Emily Dickinson: Beyond The Myth - Patricia Sierra
111. Three Nights in August - Buzz Bissinger
112. The Power of Habit - Charles Duhigg
113. Home Cooking - Laurie Colwin

November
114. Johnny Cash: The Life - Robert Hilburn
115. Jenny and the Jaws of Life - Jincy Willett
116. The Execution of Noa P. Singleton - Elizabeth L. Silver
117. The Memory Keeper's Daughter - Kim Edwards
118. Shadow of the Moon - M.M. Kaye
119. The Starbucks Experience: 5 Principles for Turning Ordinary into Extraordinary - Joseph A. Michelli
120. Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life Without Losing Its Soul - Howard Schultz
121. The Things They Carried - Tim O'Brien
122. If on a winter's night a traveler - Italo Calvino
123. The Birthday Boys - Beryl Bainbridge

December
124. The Big Rock Candy Mountain - Wallace Stegner
125. Migrant Mother: How a Photograph Defined the Great Depression - Don Nardo
126. The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly - Sun-Mi Hwang
127. Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller - Sarah Miller
128. The Woman Upstairs - Claire Messud
129. The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition - Anne Frank
130. A Shooting Star - Wallace Stegner
131. Hurt Go Happy - Ginny Rorby
132. Tall Story - Candy Gourlay
133. A Wilder Rose - Susan Wittig Albert
134. The Man Who Loved Books Too Much - Allison Hoover Bartlett
135. The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen - Jacques Pepin
136. Up the Junction - Nell Dunn
137. Brother One Cell - Cullen Thomas

What does it all mean?  How did they all resonate with me?

 Next time: Stats.

1 comment:

James Chester said...

I am in awe of just how much you read this year, and of how good what you read was.

But what happened in July. ;-)

happy reading in 2014