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Books read 2013

Books read 2013

So, my excuse for not getting anywhere near my yearly reading goal [144 books] is that I finished a masters by coursework thesis which was 24000words, which required a lot of reading itself (a lot of it journal articles and chapters that are not included in the list); that I had a lot of migraines which made it difficult to read; and that I watched a lot of DVDs: Firefly; The Marvel films; Battlestar Gallactica and its associated films and spin off tv show, Caprica; Buffy; How I Met Your Mother; Doctor Who (the new series 1 - 7); and a lot of other stuff, much of it watched with my boyfriend.

I have put an asterisk or comment after the ones I particularly liked [unless the comment obviously indicates that I didn't like it].

Books First Time Read [or finally finished even though I started them years ago]:

Maeve Binchy, Quentins
Julian Barnes, Pulse [first part quite funny, second part fascinating]
Ethel Talbot, The Girls of the Big House
Charles Williams, He Came Down From Heaven
RA MacAvoy, Tea with the Black Dragon

TS Eliot, Murder in the Cathedral *
Pearl Cleage, What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day [fantastic]
Zoe Thurner, Dress Rehearsal
David Levithan, Every Day [really love his writing!]
Chaim Potok, Davita’s Harp [moving and very well written]

Frank Beddor, Seeing Redd [not quite sure why I kept on reading this one]
Bruce Chatwin, Utz [amusing and cleverly written]
Janni Lee Simner, Faerie Winter
Charles Williams, All Hallows’ Eve *
Terry Pratchett, Equal Rites *

Emily Gale, Steal My Sunshine
Simmone Howell, Girl Defective *
Terry Pratchett, Pyramids [godly assassins and camels that do maths]
George RR Martin, A Game of Thrones *
George RR Martin, A Clash of Kings *

Barry Johnson, My Life as an Alphabet *
Julian Barnes, Levels of Life *
Cassandra Clare, City of Bones
Tara Eglington, How to Keep a Boy From Kissing You
Neil Gaiman, Neverwhere *

Sherri S Tepper, Beauty *
Michelle Holman, Hand Me Down
Lauren DeStefano, Wither
John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
Gayle Forman, Just One Day

Susan Heyboer O’Keefe, Frankenstein’s Monster *
Dylan Thomas, Under Milk Wood *
Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park
David Levithan, The Lover’s Dictionary *
Jana Oliver, Briar Rose

Julian Barnes, Arthur & George *
Mary Kay Andrews, Christmas Bliss
John Flanagan, Ranger's Apprentice: The Kings of Clonmel
Patricia A McKillip, The Bards of Bone Plain *
Bill Willingham, Fables: Legends in Exile [this is a fantastic series of comic books, which my boyfriend recommended, given my love of retold fairy tales]

Bill Willingham, Fables: Animal Farm
Bill Willingham, Fables: Storybook Love
Bill Willingham, Fables: March of the Wooden Soldiers
Phillipa Gregory, Stormbringers
Holly Black, White Cat

Bill Willingham, Fables: The Mean Seasons
Raymond E Feist, Faerie Tale
Bernhard Schlink, The Reader *
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein [finally finished reading vol. 3, though I had started the novel 4 years ago]
Bill Willingham, Fables: Homelands

John Flanagan, Ranger's Apprentice: Halt's Peril
James Franco, Actors Anonymous [I like the style, though the content can be very confronting]
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Books Re-read:

Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix [clip clop, clip clop]
Penny Tangey, Loving Richard Feynman
Caitlín R Kiernan, The Red Tree [the right amount of scary]
Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

Michelle Cooper, A Brief History of Montmaray
Michelle Cooper, The FitzOsbornes in Exile
Michelle Cooper, The FitzOsbornes at War
JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
William Shakespeare, The Tempest

JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
F Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Rachel Cohn & David Levithan, Dash & Lily's Book of Dares
JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
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In 2014, I shall again try to read 144 books. It is always my New Year's Resolution - this year I am adding "Start my doctoral thesis" (in literature, of course), and "Eat more chocolate" - yes, you read that correctly. I may even update my lj more often, though I already have lots of fun on tumblr when I am not reading or napping.

Now, if you don't mind, I have to hang out washing before I scoff bangers and mash and then join my boyfriend for a movie marathon that will see the old year out and the new year in. And by movie marathon, we mean the Blu-Ray extended editions of The Lord of the Rings, which is roughly 12 hours of running time. It is going to be a lot of fun.

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