Friday, January 3, 2014

Books Read (and Listened To) in 2013

During 2013 I finished a grand total of 127 of books.  Of these books 46 were audiobooks (indicated with an asterisk in the list below) and an additional 39 were young adult/children's books.  So that leaves 42 print, adult books.
Grand Prismatic Spring, July 2013
My Top Ten favorites (and it was hard to pick!) were, in no particular order:
Dancing in the Streets: A History of Collective Joy by Barbara Ehrenreich
The War Prayer by Mark Twain
The Wool series by Hugh Howey
A Secret Gift: How One Man's Kindness--and a Trove of Letters--Revealed the Hidden History of the Great Depressiont by Ted Gup
Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition by T. Collin Cambell
My Antonia by Willa Cather
The Food of a Younger Land by Mark Kurlansky
Beauty Queens  by Libba BrayThe Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Attwood
Icicles at the Library, December 2013
My least favorites were:
Burned by Ellen Hopkins
Ice by Shane Johnson
Mountain goat, August 2013
I didn't read as many books as last year even though I still read every day.  The massive Earth's Children series took quite a while to get through, as did The Year of the Happy Woman with all its stopping for reflection and planning.  Also, I don't really like "self-help" books and I kept having to prod myself back to it.  It was good, but it took me literally months to get through it.  Also, I read considerably fewer kid's books.  I had to take a break mid-year in the Earth's Children series.  I was weary of only reading the 700 page books...not to mention lugging them around.  Still, that is pretty darn fabulous epic of a story. 
Fall colors, October 2013
And since I got a Kindle for Christmas (Thanks, Dad!) I guess I will be adding ebooks to the mix in 2014!   I was telling Matt that format doesn't matter so much to me.  I like reading print.  I like reading ebooks.  I like listening to audiobooks.  I like listening to other people reading aloud.  I like to read to others aloud.  It really doesn't matter to me.  I just like reading.    Books are amazing.
Clearing the porch, December 2013
My 2013 book list includes:
  • Blood Done Sign My Name (Timothy B. Tyson)*
  • Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter (Adeline Yen Mah)*
  • For Better: How the Surprising Science of Happy Couples Can Help Your Marriage Succeed (Terra Parker-Pope)*
  • The Little Book of Plagiarism (Richard Posner)
  • Reached (Ally Condie)
  • The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat And Other Clinical Tales (Oliver Sacks)
  • Coraline (Neil Gaiman)*
  • You Say I'm a Bitch Like It's a Bad a Thing (Ed Polish & Darren Wotz)
  • America's Hidden History: Untold Tales of the First Pilgrims, Fighting Women, and Forgotten Founders Who Shaped A Nation (Kenneth Davis)*
  • Your Brain is God (Timothy Leary)
  • Rand McNalley's Historical Atlas of the World
  • The Lowbrow Guide to World History (Michael Powell)
  • How To Store Your Garden Produce: The Key to Self-Sufficiency (Piers Warren)
  • The Land of the Painted Caves (Jean Auel)
  • The Long Walk (Richard Bachman)*
  • To Everything There Is a Season (Jude Daly)
  • Prayer for a Child (Rachel Field & Elizabeth Orton Jones)
  • Bruh Rabbit and the Tar Baby Girl (Virginia Hamilton)
  • Father, We Thank Thee (Arthur Wortman & Sue Tague)
  • The Christmas Coat: Memories of My Sioux Childhood (Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve & Ellen Beier)
  • Noah's Ark (Peter Spier)
  • 'Til The Cows Come Home (Jodi Icenoggle & Normand Chartier)
  • When Clay Sings (Byrd Baylor & Tom Bahti)
  • The Breadwinner (Deborah Ellis)*
  • Stardust (Neil Gaiman)*
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Mark Twain)*
  • Burned (Ellen Hopkins)*
  • Old Yeller (Fred Gipson)*
  • Shelters of Stone (Jean Auel)
  • Summer and the City (Candace Bushnell)*
  • Are You SURE You Want To Post That?: Smart Social Networking (Gail Hand)
  • Wolves in the Walls (Neil Gaiman & Dave McKean)
  • The Dangerous Alphabet (Neil Gaiman & Gris Grimly)
  • Crazy Hair (Neil Gaiman & Dave McKean)
  • Blueberry Girl (Neil Gaiman & Charles Vess)
  • Chu's Day (Neil Gaiman & Adam Rex)
  • The Carrie Diaries (Candace Bushnell)*
  • Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born (Jamie Lee Curtis & Laura Cornell)
  • B is for Beer (Tom Robbins)*
  • A Secret Gift: How One Man's Kindness--and a Trove of Letters--Revealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression (Ted Gup)*
  • The Way of the Happy Woman: Living the Best Year of Your Life (Sara Avant Stover)
  • The War Prayer (Mark Twain)
  • Full Circle: A Celebration of Billings Past and Present in Photographs (Lois Cunningham)
  • Ah-Choo!: The Uncommon Life of Your Common Cold (Jennifer Ackerman)*
  • Brain On Fire: My Month of Madness (Susannah Cahalan)*
  • Into the Wild (Jon Krakauer)*
  • Shift (Hugh Howey)
  • Reconstructing Amelia (Kimberly McCreight)*
  • Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China (Leslie T. Chang)*
  • Bound By Law? Tales From the Public Domain (Keith Aoki & James Boyle & Jennifer Jenkins)
  • Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition (T. Collin Campbell)*
  • The Other Way to Listen (Byrd Baylor & Peter Parnall)
  • Ring O'Roses: A Nursery Rhyme Picture Book (L. Leslie Brooke)
  • Chanticleer and the Fox (Barbara Cooney)
  • Saving Zoe (Alyson Noel)*
  • The Other Life (Ellen Meister)*
  • The World of Nigel Hunt: The Diary of a Mongoloid Youth (Nigel Hunt & Douglas Hunt)
  • Wool (Hugh Howey)
  • Origin of the Milky Way and Other Living Stories (Barbara Duncan)*
  • I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly (Kristina Gregory)*
  • The Windup Girl (Paolo Bacigalupi)*
  • True Stories of Censorship Battles in America's Libraries (Valerie Nye & Kathy Barco)
  • Hope for the Flowers: A Tale Partly About Life Partly About Revolution and Lots about Hope for Adults and Others (Including Caterpillars who can read) (Trina Paulus)
  • A Story, A Story (Gail Haley)
  • Joseph Had A Little Overcoat (Simms Taback)
  • The Princess and the Pea (Janet Stevens)
  • Island: A Story of the Galapagos (Jason Chin)
  • Abe Lincoln's Dream (Lane Smith)
  • My Antonia (Willa Cather)*
  • Death in Yellowstone: Accidents and Foodhardiness in the First National Park (Lee H. Whittlesey)
  • Images You Should Not Masturbate To (Graham Johnson & Rob Hibbert)
  • The Numerati (Stephen Baker)*
  • Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches From the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture (Peggy Orenstein)*
  • I Can Read With My Eyes Shut (Dr. Seuss)
  • The SCAR Project (David Jay)
  • The Plains of Passage (Jean Auel)
  • Are You My Mother? (P.D. Eastman)
  • In a People House (Dr. Seuss)
  • The Cat in the Hat Came Back (Dr. Seuss)
  • The Cat in the Hat (Dr. Seuss)
  • Dr. Seuss's ABC's (Dr. Seuss)
  • Hop on Pop (Dr. Seuss)
  • My Brother's Book (Maurice Sendak)
  • The Little House (Virginia Lee Burton)
  • Ice (Shane Johnson)*
  • A Morning's Work (Stanley Burns, M.D.)
  • Against Medical Advice (James Patterson & Hal Friedman)*
  • Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life (Karen Armstrong)*
  • The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity (W. Paul Young)*
  • The Food of a Younger Land (Mark Kurlansky)*
  • The Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood)*
  • The Mammoth Hunters (Jean Auel)
  • Wise Women Said These Things (Helen H. Moore)
  • Harveys Alphabet of Bristol Cream (Adrian Ball)
  • The Meaning of Life (Bradley Trevor Greive)
  • Tomorrow: Adventures in an Uncertain World (Bradley Trevor Greive)
  • Montana Impressions (John Lambing)
  • The Valley of Horses (Jean Auel)
  • Born Round: The Secret History of a Full-time Eater (Frank Bruni)*
  • When We Went to the Mountains (Hap Gilliland)
  • Make of My Life a Prayer (Charles Fillmore et al)
  • Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? (Dr. Seuss)
  • Fox in Socks (Dr. Seuss)
  • Once Upon A Potty (Alona Frankel)
  • Animal Farm (George Orwell)*
  • The Eleventh Plague (Jeff Hirsch)*
  • The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean Auel)
  • Beauty Queens (Libba Bray)*
  • Islamic Stories for Muslims and Non-Muslims
  • The Gardener (S.A. Bodeen)*
  • Uppity Women of Medieval Times (Vicki Leon)
  • A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There (Aldo Leopold)
  • Matilda (Roald Dahl)*
  • Seed by Seed: The Legend and Legacy of John "Appleseed" Chapman (Esme Raji Codell & Lynne Rae Perkins)
  • Susannah the Pioneer Cow (Miriam Mason)
  • Lost Boy (Brent Jeffs)*
  • Thank Your Wicked Parents: Blessings From A Difficult Childhood (Richard Bach)
  • School Is Hell: A Cartoon Book (Matt Groening)
  • The Murder of King Tut: The Plot to Kill the Child King - A Nonfiction Thriller (James Patterson & Martin Dugard)*
  • Skipping Christmas (John Grisham)
  • Dancing in the Streets: A History of Collective Joy (Barbara Ehrenreich)*
  • Prayers at Mealtime (Sister Mary Teresa)
  • From the Heart of Lizzie: A Fictional Story of a Girl Who Grows Up on a Farm in Minnesota in the 1930's and 1940's (Julie Welle Verzuh)
  • Tracks: The Exhilarating Tale of a Willful Woman's Solo Trek Across 1,700 Miles of Australian Outback (Robyn Davidson)
  • A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier (Ishmael Beah)*
  • Treasures From the Attic: The Extraordinary Story of Anne Frank's Family (Mirjam Pressler)*

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