Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 in Review!

Here it is the last day of 2013 (well, it's about 2 weeks before that as I start this post).  I've been debating doing a best of 2013 post and I ultimately decided not to.  You see, it would put me in the position of trying to compare very different books to decide which was better.

Instead, I'm just going to lay it all out.  Here are all the reviews I posted this year, grouped by rating.  Also, this is the last time you'll see fractions of stars--I've decided to just suck it up and stick to 1 star, 2 stars, etc.  You may have also noticed my rating scale on the right side bar of the blog.  I'm just keeping it simple, folks.

So, here we go...starting with the best.

5 STAR BOOKS
Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist
My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett

4.75 STAR BOOKS
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Wild by Cheryl Strayed

4.5 STAR BOOKS
Beautiful Battlefields by Bo Stern
Bristol House by Beverly Swerling
Fear, Faith, and a Fistful of Chocolate by Deborah M. Coty
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
In the Garden of Stone by Susan Tekulve
Margot by Jillian Cantor
The Queen's Vow by C.W. Gortner
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain
Yesterday's Sun by Amanda Brooke

4 STAR BOOKS
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
All You Could Ask For by Mike Greenburg
Appearances and Other Short Stories by Margo Krasne
Blood and Beauty by Sarah Dunant
The Boleyn Deceit by Laura Andersen
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
The Fifth Knight by E.M. Powell
The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
Heart Like Mine by Amy Hatvany
Midwives by Chris Bohjalian
Nowhere But Home by Liza Palmer
The Orchard by Theresa Weir
Pastors' Wives by Lisa Takeuchi Cullen
Seduction by M.J. Rose
Seeker of Stars by Susan Fish
Televenge by Pamela King Cable
Very Valentine by Adriana Trigiani
The Virgin Cure by Ami McKay
We Are Water by Wally Lamb
A Wilder Rose by Susan Wittig Albert

3.75 STAR BOOKS
The Boleyn King by Laura Anderson
Gracianna by Trini Amador
Julia's Child by Sarah Pinneo
Road Trip to Redemption by Brad Mathias
The Tale of Lucia Grandi: The Early Years by Susan Speranza

3.5 STAR BOOKS
The Age of Desire by Jennie Fields
Barefoot Summer by Denise Hunter
Capitol of the World: The Race to Host the United Nations by Charlene Mires
Firefly Island by Lisa Wingate
The First Warm Evening of the Year by Jamie M. Saul
The Gods of Heavenly Punishment by Jennifer Cody Epstein
Lead Your Family Like Jesus by Ken Blanchard, Phil Hodges, and Tricia Goyer
Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini
Ragged Hope by Cynthia Ruchti
The Supreme Macaroni Company by Adriana Trigiani
Swimming in the Moon by Pamela Schoenewaldt

3 STAR BOOKS
Amity and Sorrow by Peggy Riley
Carry On, Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Ellis Island by Kate Kerrigan
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Forgetting Tabitha by Julie Dewey
A Guide for the Perplexed by Dara Horn
The Loyalist's Wife by Elaine Cougler
Manuscript Found in Accra by Paul Coelho
The Middlesteins by Jamie Attenberg
Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner and Saint by Nadia Bolz-Weber
Revealing Heaven: The Christian Case for Near-Death Experiences by John W. Price
She Rises by Kate Worsley
An Untamed Heart by Lauraine Snelling

2.5 STAR BOOKS
The Clover House by Henriette Lazardis Power
The Fountain of St. James Court by Sena Jeter Naslund
Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan

2 STAR BOOKS
His Last Mistress by Andrea Zuvich
Revenge Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham

1.5 STAR BOOKS
Godiva by Nicole Galland

CHILDREN'S LITERATURE - No stars assigned
The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit by Emma Thompson
Llama Llama and the Bully Goat by Anna Dewdney
The Remarkable Ronald Reagan by Susan Allen

4 comments:

  1. Seriously, this is an impressive list of things you read in one year!

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    1. This isn't even a complete list...there are a few books that I read but, for whatever reason, did not review....

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  2. A goal of mine in 2014 will be to read more. This is an impressive list! I will have to choose a couple from your highly rated books.

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  3. Great list! I found that I usually have most of my books in the 4 stars range.

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