My secret goal was to keep track of how many books I read from January to December. The whole year, nothing but books.
Remember, this goal for 2013 was not part of my original list I posted at the beginning of the year. I didn’t want it to be 6 months into the year, and all I had read was a random book or two. That would just be terrible, especially for a book-lover such as myself.
So I gave myself a number that I thought I could work with, considering I chase after a toddler all day. I set my magic number at 3. 3 books a month equals 36 books in a year. I could do that, and hey if I read more than 36 books, then that’s just the icing on top!
Okay drum roll please……
How many books have I read?
Oh. My. Gosh. That is a heck of a lotta books!
Here are the books that have been read by yours truly, and depending on how good the book was, firmly entrenched in my brain:
- The Confession by Charles Todd
- Drift by Rachel Maddow
- Most Talkative by Andy Cohen
- Downton Abbey: A New Era by Jessica Fellowes & Matthew Sturges
- Garment of Shadows by Laurie E. King
- Locked Rooms by Laurie R. King
- Search The Dark by Charles Todd
- Watchers of Time by Charles Todd
- A Fearsome Doubt by Charles Todd
- A Cold Treachery by Charles Todd
- A Long Shadow by Charles Todd
- A Bitter Truth by Charles Todd
- Anthem For Doomed Youth by Carola Dunn
- V Is For Vengeance by Sue Grafton
- The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene
- The Secret in the Old Attic by Carolyn Keene
- To End All Wars by Adam Hochschild
- 1912: The Election That Changed History by James Chace
- When Trumpets Call: Theodore Roosevelt After The White House by Patricia O’Toole
- An Impartial Witness by Charles Todd
- A Mourning Wedding by Carola Dunn
- Manna From Hades by Carola Dunn
- A Colourful Death by Carola Dunn
- Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
- Peril at End House by Agatha Christie
- The Red Door by Charles Todd
- Money Rules: The Simple Path to Lifelong Security by Jean Chatzky
- The New Frugality by Chris Farrell
- A Lonely Death by Charles Todd
- Halloween by Agatha Christie
- The Big Four by Agatha Christie
- Dead Man’s Folly by Agatha Christie
- Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson
- The Bloody Tower by Carola Dunn
- Crazy Sexy Kitchen by Kris Carr
- The Mystery at Lilac Inn by Carolyn Keene
- The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
- The Irregulars: Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington by Jennet Conant
- The Bungalow Mystery by Carolyn Keene
- Taken at the Flood by Agatha Christie
- Plastic Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too by Beth Terry
- The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
- Cards on the Table by Agatha Christie
- The Hidden Staircase by Carolyn Keene
Obviously my reading interests lie heavily with British mysteries, but I also love books that revolve around WWI, early 20th century politics, frugality, and personal finance.
What books did I really love? All of the books by Charles Todd. Yes, all
Drift, Rachel Maddow’s book was awesome-sauce, seriously. Politics mixed with military history and you have got a book that was enlightening.
Agatha Christie is my favorite mystery author, so all of her books are must-reads.
Zero Waste Home, was a minimalist game changer and it has really changed the way at I look at things. Also Beth’s book Plastic Free was an eye-opener; seriously, plastic is in everything! Want to change your life? Read these two books!
An absolutely fascinating book was The Irregulars: Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington by Jennet Conant.
Who knew that the guy who wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was a British spy in the U.S. during WWII? I couldn’t put this book down!
Another couple of favorites was To End All Wars (for all you WWI buffs) and 1912: The Election That Changed History. Can you tell I like history?
So there ya go! 44 books read in 2013. I totally surpassed my goal of 36 books to read this year
Go me, go me, go me, go me, go me!