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2013 Book List

I failed semi-miserably at reading this year. My goal was to read 55 books and I’ll end the year with either 32 or 33. However, I did pack in some heavy reads including Kavalier & Clay which took me more than a month to get through.

I’m looking forward to 2013. I set myself a goal of 45 – a reasonable and achievable number. Nothing like the whopping 75 of graduate school, but something I can manage between writing, work, photography and LIFE.

I also decided to create a list.
It includes 28 set books that I plan on reading this year (which I’m sure I won’t *actually* accomplish all of, but a girl can dream, right?) and 17 additional slots of things I pick up along the way throughout the year. There are 2 sets of trilogies on the list, I’m planning for only book 1 of each, but if the mood strikes I might pick up the 2nd and 3rd in my “additional” or reserve them for 2014.

SO here’s my 2013 TO READ list:
(updated as of Friday, December 21)

Watership Down / Richard Adams
Little Women / Louisa May Alcott
Emma / Jane Austen
(Book 1) of The Gemma Doyle Trilogy / Libba Bray
Sever / Lauren DeStefano
This is How You Lose Her / Junot Diaz
The Marriage Plot / Jeffery Eugenides
Gone Girl / Gillian Flynn
Freedom / Jonathan Franzen
The Vanishing of Katharina Linden / Helen Grant
A Prayer for Owen Meany / John Irving
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest / Ken Kesey
On the Road / Jack Kerouac
I Know This Much is True / Wally Lamb
Messenger / Lois Lowry
Son / Lois Lowry
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter / Carson McCullers
Atonement / Ian McEwan
1Q84 / Haruki Murakami
(Book 1) of His Dark Materials Trilogy / Philip Pullman
Yet-to-be-determined-book / Ayn Rand
Where the Red Fern Grows / Wilson Rawls
Midnight’s Children / Salman Rusdie
The Little Prince / Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Franny and Zooey / J.D. Sallinger
Seating Arrangements / Maggie Shipstead
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn / Betty Smith
Salvage the Bones / Jesmyn Ward
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  • I tried to mix in some classics, contemporaries, adult and kid lit. I also tried to go for variety of length, although it seems like for the most part all of these books really scale on the heavy side. Some of these books REALLY pack a punch — weighing in at 1,000 odd pages, like our friends I Know This Much is True.
  • Upon recommendation, I removed Atlas Shrugged. It will likely be a game-time decision about which other Ayn Rand book I choose – whether Fountainhead or Anthem. It will likely be based on which books I’ve read leading up to it, where it falls in the list, and how far I’ve made it in progress.
  • I also tried to make room for books that have been sitting on my shelf for 2+ years. (I’m looking at you Wally Lamb.)
  • I wanted to add books that I’m near certain I have read before (or had read to me) — The Little Prince and Little Women — but I haven’t actually read in adulthood. It’s pure coincidence they both have ‘little’ in the title.
My “additional reads” are open to suggestions! I’m leaving those free for things I pick up along the way, new releases, books that strike my fancy, reads that compliment my current projects, etc.
What are you planning to read in 2013? I would love to hear it!
Cheers! Jillian


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    December 20, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Watership Down is one of my favorite books of all time. Atlas Shrugged, however, I stopped reading after 6 months and 900+ pages. It didn't matter that I was within 200 pages of the end. I couldn't take anymore. Unless you already own it, I highly recommend replacing it with Anthem, which is like 90 pages and can be read in an evening. If you absolutely must do one of her lengthier novels, The Fountainhead is tolerable.

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    Jillian Audrey
    December 20, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Oh thanks for the tip about Atlas Shrugged! Maybe I'll replace it then. Honestly, this was my thought when putting that book on the list:

    "Ayn Rand is so hot right now, I should totally read one of her books because I have been meaning to do so for the past 10 years and I still haven't. Hmmm, which one? Well, they made Atlas Shrugged into a movie, it's inevitable that I'll end up watching it on Netflix or iTunes, so maybe I should try to read the book first? Yeah, good idea."

    I temporarily thought the same thing about Anna Karenina. And then realized, no, just no. I'll watch the movie and be perfectly satisfied.

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    December 20, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Yes, if the other 44 books on your list mean anything to you, read Anthem and be done with Rand 😉

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    Jillian Audrey
    December 21, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Ha, thanks! I amended my list, especially since I realized I left 2 things off and there was probably no way I was going to get through the 2 trilogies I put on there (and there was always room to read books 2 & 3 if I REALLY wanted to.)

    Honestly, this is what I'm guessing will be my Rand scenario: It's November 30th and I'm like "Oh, crap, haven't gotten to that Rand read yet, Anthem it is!"

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