Last year I joined Goodreads and set a reading challenge for the year. I’ve always been curious about how many books I read in a given year, and thought it would be interesting to actually keep count. I’ve been a reader all my life, and my reading has ebbed and flowed through the years. Some years I’ve read a new book every 3-5 days racking up a huge total. Others have left me barely at a measly 10 books. My reading goal for 2012 was 60 books, and I not only met the challenge, but surpassed it. Currently, I have read 62 books, and am on track to finish the 63rd by New Year. So for 2013 I’ve decided to raise the bar to 70. With a hefty sum like that I decided to spend some time thinking about what I could read to meet that total. I don’t know all 70 books (what’s the fun in that), but I do know a good percentage of what I’d like to read.
For those of you who’ve been keeping track of my reading habits, you can probably guess a good deal of my reading for the coming year will involve completing some of the book series I’ve been reading, and you’d be right. To kick off 2013, I’ve decided to get back to completing Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles. This series also cuts into another one of her series, The Mayfair Witches, and I’ve never read those before. This will make this huge undertaking feel new, and exciting.
Anne Rice (The Vampire Chronicles & Mayfair Witches)
- The Vampire Armand
- Vittorio the Vampire
- The Witching Hour
- Blood and Gold
- Blackwood Farm
- Blood Canticle
One of the authors I got into a year ago was Cassandra Clare. First I got hooked on her Mortal Instruments series, then on the Infernal Devices. While book 6 of The Mortal Instruments won’t be released until September 2014, the third book in Clare’s Infernal Devices: Clockwork Princess comes out on March 13th. I’m sure this will be in the first 10 books I read for 2013.
One book I hope to read in 2013 is the third installment in Veronica Roth’s Divergent series. The book is yet untitled, but Veronica has stated on her blog that it should be released sometime in the fall of 2013. We can hope! This series is so good that when I realized I’d have to wait for a year until the next one I actually screamed. Not the same scream I reserve for ASOIAF, but close enough.
One book series I’ve recently discovered is the Beautiful Creatures series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. I liked the first book, but found it a tad slow so I’ve left the 2nd book in the series on my iPad (for now). There are 4 books in this series, so I believe I will read the next three to bring my total to 14. The books in the series are as follows:
- Beautiful Darkness
- Beautiful Chaos
- Beautiful Redemption
Also on my To-Read list for 2013 are books 2 and 3 in Richelle Mead’s Bloodlines series. Bloodlines is a spin-off of her Vampire Academy series. Though this series isn’t as engaging to me as VA, Bloodlines is still worth checking out. I purposely didn’t read book 2 when it came out January, because I didn’t want to be left waiting for a year before I found out what happened next. That, and the fact that people I trust said book #2, Gilded Lily was disappointing. The next 2 books in this series are:
- Gilded Lily
- The Indigo Spell (February 12, 2013)
Zombies and Death
The next series I’d like to finish off in 2013 is Z. A. Recht’s The Morning Star Strain saga. I read the first book, Plague of the Dead, this year but never finished the series. The book is about a plague that breaks out, turning people into zombies. The story is told from the point of view of people on the front lines. One is a General who is forced to battle against the zombies, and the other is an Army Colonel investigating the beginning of the outbreak along with a journalist. The next books in the series are:
- Thunder and Ashes
Last week I read Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, and have decided I liked it enough to give her other novels (Sharp Objects, and Dark Places) a try, which will give me book numbers 19 and 20 for 2013. While I’m at it, I also plan on finishing off the last Charlie Huston book (The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death) before his new novel (Skinner) comes out on July 9, 2013.
There are many other books I think I may crack open this coming year, but I have to end this list some time. I’ve had thoughts about rereading A Song of Ice and Fire and Vampire Academy. I’ve even thought about rereading Divergent. Who knows? Maybe I will, but this list isn’t about reading books I’ve already read, but finding new ones to enjoy. So the final book I will add to my list, rounding out the count at 23 is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. I’ve wanted to read this book since it came out, but have been so deep in my various series that I never got the chance. Everything I’ve heard about it marks it as a page-turner.
As I just said, this gives me only 23 books out of my 70 book goal. What books are you reading for 2013? Do you have any recommendations? If so, be sure to leave them in the comments below!