Book List

I love reading. I recently wrote my feelings about it:

I am consumed by it. In a wonderful, coming-alive sort of way. All my worries slip away as the story weaves through me, lifting me to something higher. I am changed, yes, but in all the right ways, by the books I read. I think more critically, feel more deeply, desire more strongly because of being swept away to new places. Places I could never explore if not led by the hands of these authors with the most beautiful gift of words. I find myself in those pages. In those words, between those lines, and through those experiences of characters so different from myself.                           -from this post

This year, 2013, I have a goal to read at least a little, every day. I think finally, this is a goal I can achieve! I am going to keep a running list of the books I read this year, and what I am currently reading.


Quiet: The Power of Introverts in A World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain

26) Looking for Alaska by John Green - completed 29
25) Fragments by Dan Wells - completed Mar 27
24) Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare - completed Mar 22
23) Insurgent by Veronica Roth (re-read) - completed Mar 19
22) Divergent by Veronica Roth (re-read) - completed Mar 17
21) Requiem by Lauren Oliver - completed Mar 14
20) Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare (re-read) - completed Mar 13
19) Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (re-read) - completed Mar 11
18) Whispers and Lies by Joy Fielding - completed Mar 8
17) Legend by Marie Lu - completed Mar 8
16) Crown of Embers by Rae Carson - completed Mar 7
15) The Fault in Our Stars by John Green - completed Mar 4
14) Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo - completed Mar 1
13) The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson - completed Feb 23
12) Speak by Laurie Hale Anderson - completed Feb 20
11) Forest Born by Shannon Hale - completed Feb 16
10) I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: The Legacies by Pittacus Lore - completed Feb 15
9) Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver - completed Feb 12
8) Partials by Dan Wells - completed Feb 10
7) Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert - completed Jan 23
6) The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho - completed Jan 16
5) Inheritance by Christopher Paolini - completed Jan 12 (at 5 am...oops)
4) Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver - completed Jan 8
3) Delirium by Lauren Oliver - completed Jan 6
2) River Secrets by Shannon Hale - completed Jan 5
1) Enna Burning by Shannon Hale - completed Jan 4

Here is my bookshelf, as it currently stands. It will not stay this way for too long, because I am always adding more. And it does not have all my books. My sister is borrowing some. I have my religious and therapy books on a different bookshelf. But these are the ones I am most excited to look at every day. 

Normally, I have an incredibly hard time picking favorite books, but I will try to do narrow down my favorites, by genre.

Favorite Classic, Romance -  Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Favorite Classic, Non-romance  -  East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Favorite Non-fiction -  Same Kind of Different As Me: A Modern-Day Slave, An International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together - by Ron Hall & Denver Moore

Favorite Young Adult Fantasy  -  Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling (obviously - please note the wand I have hanging from the wall - I bought it at Alnwick Castle where they filmed portions of the first two movies - I have it hanging by my books because there is no better form of magic than reading)

Favorite Young Reader Fantasy  -  Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

Favorite Distopian Fiction  -  Divergent (and Insurgent, and presumably the final book in the trilogy that I am literally dying to read) by Veronica Roth

If I had to choose just one book/series, I can now honestly say my favorite is Divergent. It's taken 25 years for me to commit to a favorite book,  but Veronica did it. And she inspired my desire to write, so I'm kind of a huge fan. 

What are your favorite books? favorite genres?

What books do you recommend that I read? I am open to reading almost any genre, even if I haven't previously read it, as long as I know that someone enjoyed it. 

Let me know how I can expand my bookshelf!!


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