Sunday, December 29, 2013

Year-end wrap up: Sunday Salon Dec. 28

  Twenty-thirteen was a good year in reading. I hope 2014 will be a great one.
This year I tried new reading activities and modes.
  • ·      took on and met a reading challenge.
  • ·      joined a local book group (I still miss the Maine book group I read with in the past).
  • ·      went to a book meet-up in nearby Charlottesville.
  • ·      took a Coursera course in historical fiction.
  • ·      read my first book on Kindle.

Total books read: 47 (I have never tallied books read before as I have a natural aversion to quantifying. But, there, I’ve overcome it.
Challenges: I chose one The Europa Challenge. I chose a modest goal : 6 books and got carried away trying to discover what these books were. Read 14

Notable books for me this year:
  • ·      Most loved mysteries : Gene Kerrigan’s trilogy: Little Criminals, The Midnight Choir, The Rage
  • ·      Most loved novels: Jane Gardam’s trilogy: Old Filth, The Man with the Wooden Hat, Last Friends. I liked Old Filth best, but all three were good.
  • ·      Most haunting: Patrick Hamilton’s Hangover Square.
  • ·      Most delightful: Yangsze Choo’s The Ghost Bride
  • ·      YA classic (and the only YA read all year) John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars
  • ·      Best Historical Fiction: Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall
  • ·      Most unlikely for me to read: Neil Gaiman’s American Gods (Gaiman not on my radar until I started reading blogs.)
  • ·      Grizzliest: Caryl Ferey’s Mapuche
  • ·      Great Books having to do with where I live now: Art of Power, Hemingses of Monticello, John Adams
  • ·      Least Memorable: Broken For You, although I read this about a year ago, I have no idea why and I have no memory of it. Zip. Someone – I can’t remember who—must have recommended it or lent to me
  • ·      Book quit mid-stream: Swamplandia. I was having a hard time getting into it anyway, but when it disappeared, I quickly forgot about it. Recently found it underneath the bed. (Maybe I should leave it there?)
  • ·      Reading now, soon to finish: Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch

New challenges to come next Sunday.


  1. Not only did I recommend Broken For You, but also I lent it to you. How could you forget?!? ;) Okay, not sounds like otherwise you'd have a pretty memorable year in reading. I also liked The Fault In Our Stars, in fact, it was my favorite book read this year, which is odd, considering that I resisted it for so long because of its subject matter.

  2. It sounds like you had a good reading year. I'm looking forward to reading about your new challenges next week.

  3. I missed the previous postings about the Europa challenge somehow. Sounds like it was good anyway if you ended up reading twice the number of books. i'm going to give Ghost Brides a go based on your reaction!

    Have a wonderful New Year Barbara

  4. I'm going to add Kerrigan's to my library hold again, it was such a long wait last time . I was in the middle of reading something else when it finally arrived. Never had enough time to get beyond the first chapters.
    Happy reading... 2014 !

  5. Sounds like you had a very good reading year in 2013. Best wishes in 2014.

  6. I wasn't familiar with Gaiman until I read blogs either. American Gods is still on my to read list but I'll be starting The Ocean at the End of the Lane on audio soon.

    Happy new year!!