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2013 Year in Review

Man, oh, man, 2013 was an excellent year for reading.  I had quite the run going, with one essentially flawless book leading into another and into another.  Even the not-flawless books were still respectfully good — my biggest strikes were the ones I read in connection with Book Club.

So, here are highlights from 2013:

*Karen Thompson-Walker’s The Age of Miracles which is stunningly beautiful and not one I would have stumbled across on my own.

*My first Stephen King novel, The Eyes of the Dragon, which was brilliant and not one I would have picked up on my own.

*Maureen Johnson’s The Name in the Star which provided a genuine moment of anything-could-happen-right-now-and-it-would-work-and-I-have-no-idea-which-direction-this-is-going-to-take-but-whatever-it-is-will-be-amazing (I suppose in shorthand, the term is “adrenaline”).

*Finally got around to reading Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief and fell in love with the little German bibliophile.

*Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series which blends myth and the modern world (mostly) logically and completely sarcastically.

*Cat Valente’s The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making which is the most magical book I’ve ever read and the quintessence of literature.

*The opportunity to experience something new from my most enduring favorite author in Robin McKinley’s Pegasus.

This year, I was able to develop some consistent reading habits and tore through several of those books at a remarkable pace.  However, I found it difficult to keep the pace on the blogging side of things (as evidenced by the 7 day delay on this very post).  The trick for this upcoming year will be to sync the reading and writing better.

So what is in store for this upcoming year? you ask.  I’m going to stick with the goal of 25 (with fresh motivation — I was so close to the finish line in 2013!).  I have loved branching out and finding new things to read, but I miss my old favorites.  This year, I plan to mix in some re-reads with the new finds.  Also, there will probably be a number of sequels this year, since every series I started in 2013 was worth continuing.  And as always, I’m open to recommendations!

Thanks for two great years and happy reading!