2013 in Books

The last year has been a great year for reading! I set a personal goal to read 100 books and I surpassed my goal by 12 books for a total of 112. I started my first professional library job this fall, so I’ve really ramped up my YA reading even more than usual. I also work for a really big system that has a fantastic collection and I’ve been able to track down a more diverse range of reading options.

Of the 112 books I read in 2013, I read:

  • 48 YA books
  • 23 graphic novels
  • 20 adult fiction
  • 19 nonfiction
  • 2 middle grade fiction
  • 26 ebooks
  • 10 audiobooks

Top 10 Favorite 2013 Books

  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  • Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley
  • Why Can’t I Be You by Allie Larkin
  • The Midnight Dress by Karen Foxlee
  • Reality Boy by A.S. King
  • Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
  • This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
  • Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
  • Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

Non-2013 Releases That I Read and Loved in 2013

  • Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  • The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
  • Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder
  • Legend by Marie Lu
  • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sanchez

Reading Resolutions for 2014

  • Read more books with diverse main characters
  • Read more books from the backlist, especially published before 2006 (when I first started reading YA)
  • Read more middle grade fiction, especially for middle school readers
  • Read more in general! Goal for 2014 is 125

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