2013: A Year In Books

The year's over already. It was a big year all around. Big moves in location and in career. My first year as a bookseller meant that I had a legit excuse to keep my nose in a book, and despite what my friend Kenny claims, I swear these numbers are correct. (For the record, he claims I read way more, not less.)

Quick Facts:

  • Total number of books read: 109
  • Month I read the least: January
  • Month I read the most: September
  • Poetry books read: 4
  • Short story collections read: 6
  • Picture books read: 4 (That are worth counting, at least)
  • Kids' (beginner & middle grade) books read: 14
  • YA books read: 34
  • Mystery/thrillers read: 11
  • Graphica read: 1
  • Non-fiction read: 9
  • Memoir read: 4
  • Top three books of the year: Bad Unicorn, The Snow Child, Perfect Ruin
  • Worst books of the year: The Resurrectionist & Asylum
  • Most painful cliffhanger of the year: Perfect Ruin
  • Number of series started: 18
  • Number of series completed: 2
  • Book I thought I hated but I actually wound up loving: If on a Winter's Night a Traveler
  • Number of started, but currently unfinished books this year: 18
After the jump, you can see a month-by-month guide to all the books I read in 2013 (with links to any reviews I may have done for them).


Nada... How sad and depressing is that fact?


2. Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made by Stephan Pastis
4. Hello, My Name is Pabst by Miek Bruno and Kerry Sparks


6. Glitches by Marissa Meyer


17. The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde
18. Asylum by Madeleine Roux


20. Faces of Evil: Obsession by Debra Webb
21. Mustache Baby by Bridget Heos
22. Inferno by Dan Brown
24. Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman
25. Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender


28. Lost Sloth by J. Otto Seibold
29. A Guide to Being Born by Ramona Ausubel
32. The Art Forger by B. A. Shapiro


33. The Inventor's Secret by Chad Morris
35. Cain's Blood by Geoffrey Girard
*Not pictured


40. The Arrivals by Melissa Marr
43. The White Forest by Adam McOmber
44. If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan
49. The Fifty Year Sword by Mark Z. Danielewski
*Not pictured


54. Undertown by Melvin Jules Bukiet
55. The Unrest-Cure and Other Stories by Saki
56. The Spiderwick Chronicles: The Field Guide by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi
57. The Spiderwick Chronicles: The Seeing Stone by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi
58. The Spiderwick Chronicles: Lucinda's Secret by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi
59. The Spiderwick Chronicles: The Ironwood Tree by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi
60. The Spiderwick Chronicles: The Wrath of Mulgarath by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi
62. Desert Tales by Melissa Marr
63. Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
64. How to Catch a Bogle by Catherine Jinks
66. Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great by Bob Shea
69. The Song of the Quarkbeast by Jasper Fforde
**Advanced copy, not yet released


71. The Creature Department by Robert Paul Weston
72. Crazy Hair by Neil Gaiman
74. Poached by Stuart Gibbs**
75. The Copernicus Legacy: The Forbidden Stone by Tony Abbott**
76. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke
77. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge**
78. The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
79. The Year of Shadows by Claire Legrand
80. Strange Bodies by Marcel Theroux***
81. Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh
82. The Twistrose Key by Tone Almhjell
83. Potty Mouth at the Table by Laurie Notaro
84. Coraline by Neil Gaiman
**Advanced copy, not yet released 
***Advanced copy, not yet available in US 


85. The Flame Alphabet by Ben Marcus
86. All the Truth That's in Me by Julie Berry
87. Rags & Bones: New Twists on Timeless Tales by Melissa Marr
88. Earth Again by Chris Dombrowski
89. Solo: A James Bond Novel by William Boyd
90. Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano
91. The Big Chihuahua by Waverly Curtis
92. The Carpet People by Terry Pratchett
93. The Creeps by John Connolly
94. The Last Unicorn (Graphic Novel) by Peter S. Beagle and Peter Gillis
95. The Replacement by Breanna Yovanoff
96. Tooth for a Tooth by Frank Muir
97. The Savages by Matt Whyman
98. The October List by Jeffery Deaver


99. The Sweet Dead Life by Joy Preble

100. The Fire Dance by Helene Tursten***
101. The Commonplace Book of Pie by Kate Lebo
102. The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan
103. Mothership by Martin Leicht and Isla Neal
104. The House of Hades by Rick Riordan
105. Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong**
106. Miss Anne in Harlem: The White Women of the Black Renaissance by Carla Kaplan
107. Dirty Magic by Jaye Wells**
108. About Face by Ann Gerike*
109. The Little Book of Hindu Deities: From the Goddess of Wealth to the Sacred Cow by Sanjay Patel*
*Not pictured
**Advanced copy, not yet released 
***Advanced copy, not yet available in US 

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