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25-12-2013
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1. Atonement by Ian McEwan
2. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
3. Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West
4. Diplomacy by Henry Kissinger
5. The White Man's Burden by William Easterly
6. The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Writings by Edgar Allan Poe
7. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
8. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
9. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
10. Dr. Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
11. Possession by AS Byatt
12. A Cool Million by Nathanael West
13. The Suicide Club by RL Stevenson
14. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West
15. The Dream Life of Balso Snell by Nathanael West
16. Candide by Voltaire
17. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
18. Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman
19. Bend Sinister by Vladimir Nabokov
20. To a God Unknown by John Steinbeck
21. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev
22. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
23. How to Be Good by Nick Hornby
24. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
25. The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
26. La Porte Étroite by André Gide
27. Gabriela, Cravo e Canela by Jorge Amado
28. Guerras do Alecrim e Manjerona by António José da Silva
29. Poetics by Aristotle
30. Medea by Euripides
31. Lysistrata by Aristophanes
32. Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
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34. Looking for Alaska by John Green

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1. Elizabeth and Mary: Cousins, Rivals, Queens by Jane Dunn
2. Selected Poems by Walt Whitman
3. The Rattle Bag edited by Seamus Heaney and Ted Hughes
4. The Stranger's Child by Alan Hollinghurst
5. Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce
6. In the Hand of the Goddess by Tamora Pierce
7. The Woman Who Rides Like a Man by Tamora Pierce
8. Lioness Rampant by Tamora Pierce
9. Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce
10. Wolf Speaker by Tamora Pierce
11. Emperor Mage by Tamora Pierce
12. The Realms of the Gods by Tamora Pierce
13. Rome: An Empire's Story by Greg Woolf
14. First Test by Tamora Pierce
15. Page by Tamora Pierce
16. Squire by Tamora Pierce
17. Lady Knight by Tamora Pierce
18. Program Evaluation by John M. Owen and Patricia J. Rogers
19. The Pinecone: The Story of Sarah Losh, Forgotten Romantic Heroine - Antiquarian, Architect, and Visionary by Jenny Uglow
20. Designing Surveys by Ronald Czaja & Johnny Blair
21. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
22. The History of Sexuality: Volume 1 by Michel Foucault
23. Vanished Kingdoms: The History of Half-Forgotten Europe by Norman Davies
24. Girl Trouble by Carol Dyhouse
25. Becoming a Writer by Dorothea Brande
26. Basics of Qualitative Research by Strauss & Corbin
27. The War of the Roses by Michael Hicks
28. Cleopatra the Great by Joann Fletcher
29. Volunteer: A Traveller's Guide to Making a Difference Around the World by Lonely Planet Guides
30. Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
31. All Good Things by Sarah Turnbull
32. Nepal by Lonely Planet Guides
33. The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England by Ian Mortimer
34. Climbing Everest: The Complete Writings of George Mallory by George Mallory
35. Goddess: The Classical Mode by Harold Koda
36. Flappers: Women of a Dangerous Generation by Judith Mackrell
37. Bugatti Queen by Miranda Seymour
38. First They Killed My Father: a daughter of Cambodia remembers by Loung Ung
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45. Autobiography by Morrissey
46. Traitors of the Tower by Alison Weir
47. On the Roof of the World: the Guardian Book of Mountains edited by Richard Nelsson
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24. Dark Places - Gillian Flynn

Managed to squeak in another one these past few days...

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I did it! Unfortualtely I doubt I can read this much next year. So my goal is also going to be around 12-15 books.
I'm decreasing my goal big time for 2014 as well...

I went with 20 books for 2013 but I think I'm going to start with a goal of 12 for 2014

I have a slew of longer books I've been avoiding because I didn't want them to take up too much time and I don't want to have an aggressive goal that will prevent me from tackling them this coming year

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I agree, i do the same with large books. They are so time consuming so i spend most of the year reading it. Next year i go back to school. Thus my decreased goal. I had a lot of time off to read these last couple of months.

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This year, I read less than in 2012 but at least I completed my goal. I seemed to understand better my taste for books, cause most of them were likeable and I was able to finish the majority.
The only thing that disappointed me was that I couldn't find a new favorite, something that felt close to me, you know. They were mostly light reads and not as substantial as I wished for. Now for 2014, I'll try to be more picky and take some risks. I also want to find more books of fiction that are agreeable to me. Well, at least there wasn't something totally nasty on my least of reads.

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Looks like my complete list for 2013 is as follows:

1. Dare Truth or Promise by Paula Boock
2. Ask the Passengers by A.S. King
3. The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
4. Taking the Long Way by Lily R. Mason
5. Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult
6. Among Other Things, I've Taken Up Smoking by Aoibheann Sweeney
7. Osmosis by Susan X Meagher
8. Looking For Alaska by John Green
9. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
10. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
11. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
12. Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer
13. Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer
14. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
15. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
16. My Education by Susan Choi
17. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
18. The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith
19. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks
20. Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman
21. Love In the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block
22. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling


I didn't read as much as I had hoped, but at least I did what I could! Found some really amazing books. The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Looking For Alaska, The Hunger Games trilogy, the Gillian Flynn Books (currently reading Gone Girl), My Education, World War Z... some really great reads!

As TanyaKiller said, I definitely understand my taste in books better so that's a plus. Moving for law school in 5 months, so here's hoping I can do at least 20 more in 2014

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1) The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair, Joël Dicker
2) Thérèse Raquin, Émile Zola
3) Dry, Augusten Burroughs
4) The Plague, Albert Camus
5) Meet Me at the Cupcake Café, Jenny Colgan
6) Manon Lescaut, the Abbé Prévost
7) Contes du jour et de la nuit, Maupassant
8) A Wolf at the Table: A Memoir of My Father, Augusten Burroughs
9) The Maids, Jean Genet
10) Valley of the Dolls, Jacqueline Susann
11) The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky
12) Battle Royale, Koushun Takami
13) Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
14) Living Dead Girl, Elizabeth Scott
15) Sharp Objects, Gillian Flynn
16) And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie
17) Dark Places, Gillian Flynn
18) Where'd You Go, Bernadette, Maria Semple
19) Cyrano de Bergerac, Edmond Rostand
20) The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka
21) Tell the Wolves I'm Home, Carol Rifka Brunt
22) I'm Not Scared, Niccolò Ammaniti
23) Don Juan or The Feast with the Statue, Molière
24) Thérèse Desqueyroux, François Mauriac
25) A Simple Heart, Gustave Flaubert
26) The Misanthrope, Molière
27) La Critique de l'École des Femmes, Molière
28) Les Précieuses ridicules, Molière
29) The School for Wives, Molière
30) Lord of the Flies, William Golding
Currently reading 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

It was my first book challenge! Thanks to the Christmas holidays I reached my goal but it was a close thing. On the positive side I read most of the novels written in english without any translation.

Like other members I'll decrease my goal for 2014 (let's say 25 books) because some of the things I intend to read are time-consuming.
I also want to stop reading several books at the same time. I feel like there are many novels that I'll never finish because of this habit.

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I'm not sure I will decrease my goal of books. I'll be back at school, so it might seem like a smart decision. But I got this huge hunger for reading now. I kind of got used to the challenges and all. I guess I'll see as the year develops.
I'm curious. What were the best and worst books you guys read this year? I'm always searching for new recommendations.

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Looks like my complete list for 2013 is as follows:

1. Dare Truth or Promise by Paula Boock
2. Ask the Passengers by A.S. King
3. The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
4. Taking the Long Way by Lily R. Mason
5. Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult
6. Among Other Things, I've Taken Up Smoking by Aoibheann Sweeney
7. Osmosis by Susan X Meagher
8. Looking For Alaska by John Green
9. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
10. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
11. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
12. Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer
13. Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer
14. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
15. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
16. My Education by Susan Choi
17. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
18. The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith
19. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks
20. Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman
21. Love In the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block
22. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling


I didn't read as much as I had hoped, but at least I did what I could! Found some really amazing books. The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Looking For Alaska, The Hunger Games trilogy, the Gillian Flynn Books (currently reading Gone Girl), My Education, World War Z... some really great reads!

As TanyaKiller said, I definitely understand my taste in books better so that's a plus. Moving for law school in 5 months, so here's hoping I can do at least 20 more in 2014
Congrats on law school!

I agree with the both of you, making this list made me understand what books I like and which I dislike. I really enjoyed Gone Girl! I'm looking forward to reading Dark Places next year. I didn't finish World War Z, I got caught up in another book, I hope to finish it in 2014. My favorites this year were Pillars of the Earth (its a huge book, if you like medieval fantasy, like Game of Thrones), The Ring , and Khaled Hosseini's books never fail to be a page turner. I enjoyed Frankenstein's Cat & Columbine, getting to understand more about biotechnology was so fascinating! I want to read more nonfiction, does anyone have any recommendations?

Fantomette, how is 1Q84? I've been interested in the book, but its so big! I've seen film adaptations of that authors works and its always good.

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^^ I love nonfiction! I recommend Wild Swans by Jung Chang and Stolen Lives by Malika Oufkir, two biographies that made quite an impression on me in 2012. These 2 philosophy books aswell: Justice by Michael Sandel and The Conquest of Happiness by Bertrand Russell.

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1. Our Best Last Chance by King Abdullah II of Jordan
2. Leap of Faith: Memoirs of An Unexpected Life by Queen Noor of Jordan
3. Gossip Girl: I Like It Like That by Cecily von Ziegesar (re-read)
4. Fifty Shades Freed by E L James (re-read)
5. The Ivy by Lauren Kunze & Rina Onur
6. Gossip Girl: Nobody Does It Better by Cecily von Ziegesar (re-read)
7. Gossip Girl: Only In Your Dreams by Cecily von Ziegesar (re-read)
8. Gossip Girl: Would I Lie To You by Cecily von Ziegesar (re-read)
9. Gossip Girl: Don't You Forget About Me by Cecily von Ziegesar (re-read)
10. Gossip Girl: You Know You Love Me by Cecily von Ziegesar (re-read)
11. Gossip Girl: You're The One That I Want by Cecily von Ziegesar (re-read)
12. The Debutante Divrocee by Plum Sykes (re-read)
13. The Daughters by Joanna Philbin (re-read)
14. Gossip Girl: Because I'm Worth It by Cecily von Ziegesar (re-read)
15. The Longest War: A History of the War on Terror and the Battles with Al Qaeda Since 9/11 by Peter L. Bergen
16. The Diana Chronicles by Tina Brown
17. No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account on the Mission that Killed Osama bin Laden by Mark Owen & Kevin Maurer
18. Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History by Antonio J. Mendez, Matt Baglio
19. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
20. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling
21. The Making of Terrorism in Pakistan by Eamon Murphy
22. Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
23. I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai & Christina Lamb
24. Behind the Burqa: Our Life in Afghanistan and How We Escaped to Freedom by Batya Swift Yasgur (As Told to), Sulima and Hala
25. Stolen Childhoods: The Untold Stories of the Children Interned by the Japanese in the Second World War by Nicola Taylor
26. I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
27. Ever the Diplomat by Sherard Cowper-Coles
28. Stolen: Escape from Syria by Louise Monaghan
29. Prince Charming: The John F. Kennedy, Jr. Story by Wendy Leigh, Stephen Karten


Only 29 books and way below last year's and my goal, oopsy.

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Fantomette, how is 1Q84? I've been interested in the book, but its so big! I've seen film adaptations of that authors works and its always good.
I only read 100 pages so far. I was totally unfamiliar with this author and put one of his old novel on my Christmas list to discover his work but my mum offered me the whole 1Q84 trilogy!
I was afraid it would be a complicated start but the writing style is simple and clear therefore I feel that if the reader like the universe of the author the number of pages won't be too much of a problem. I have yet to really discover what the story is about.

I'll recommend Where'd You Go, Bernadette (funny and original) and Tell the Wolves I'm Home (contrary to what it seems it's not a depressing book).

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01: What I Did by Christopher Wakling
02: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
03: 1Q84 (book 1) by Haruki Murakami
04: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
05: Ten by Gretchen McNeil
06: The Last Hundred Days by Patrick McGuinness
07: The Death of Bees by Lisa O'Donnell
08: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
09: Red Dragon by Thomas Harris
10: The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
11: And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
12: The Magicians by Lev Grossman
13: Columbine by
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14: The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
15: Along Came A Spider by James Patterson
16: The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

17: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

18: Style by Lauren Conrad
19: Goat Mountain by David Vann
20: White Horse by Alex Adams

Not a bad year, but I'm aiming for something a bit bigger this year... 50 Book Challenge, here I come!

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