Sunday, January 20, 2013

I read this year.

Rereads are italicized.
Favourites are green.
Books I enjoyed very much but have not quite made the favourite list are blue.
Books I disliked are red, not that I have a problem with the colour red or anything. It's a pretty decent colour.
Everything else is black.
Non-fiction is starred.

  • *1: The Brain That Changes Itself
  • 2: An Abundance of Katherines
  • 3: The Fault in Our Stars 
  • 4: The Phantom Tollbooth 
  • 5: Divergent (It's fun. I need that.)
  • 6: Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac
  • 7: Castration Celebration
  • 8: The Faceless Fiend
  • 9: Stories from the Vinyl Cafe (Awesome Canadian Lit. It started as a radio show.)
  • 10: Ender's Game
  • 11: Equal Rites
  • 12: The Light Fantastic
  • 13: First Test
  • 14: Neverwhere
  • 15: Paper Towns 
  • *16: A Place for Owls: True Animal Stories
  • 17: Cat's Cradle ("See the cat? See the cradle?")
  • 18: Player Piano
  • 19: Tuesdays With Morrie
  • 20: And Another Thing... (I came in expecting Hitch Hiker's Guide. Did not remotely live up to Hitch Hiker's Guide.)
  • 21: Nation
  • 22: Dr. Horrible
  • 23: Genius Squad (Not as good as previous books in the series)
  • 24: The Wee Free Men
  • 25: A Planet Called Treason
  • 26: Carrie
  • 27: Asterix the Gaul  (I grew up on Asterix. Nice to re-read.)
  • 28: Asterix in Spain
  • 29: The Taming of the Shrew
  • 30: A Faraway Island (A distant family member who died brought me this when he visited from Sweden. It's weird to hold something he personally selected just six months ago. Not a comment on the book, just a thought.)
  • 31: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (I might have disliked this because school made me analyze it to death.)
  • 32: Lord of the Flies
  • 33: Catching Fire
  • 34: Maus: My Father Bleeds History
  • 35: The Fault in Our Stars (The second time that year.)
  • *36: Growing Up Jung
  • 37: Asterix in Britain
  • *38: What the Dog Saw
  • 39: So You Want to Be a Wizard
  • 40: Insurgent
  • *41: Let's Pretend This Never Happened (made me laugh.)
  • 42: The Magicians (Beautiful writing. "Literary fantasy" at its best.)
  • 43: Furies of Calderon
  • 44: The Andromeda Strain (Crichton is perfect for camping trips.)
  • 45: The Night Circus
  • 46: Me, Who Dove into the Heart of the World: A Novel
  • *47: Quiet: The Power of Introverts
  • 48: Pride and Prejudice
  • 49: 5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth
  • *50: Outliers
  • 51: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (If anybody ever gets around to analyzing it, lemme know. I still am unsure of what happened.)
  • 52: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (A stolen copy from my middle school's library. I will return it eventually.)
  • 53: The Perks of Being a Wallflower (I thought that it was over-hyped.)
  • 54: Coraline
  • 55: It's Kind of a Funny Story
  • *56: The Psychopath Test
  • 57: Hush, Hush (Twilight-inspired YA Lit the mother bought me.)
  • 58: The Long Earth
  • 59: Good Omens (Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. Oh my gosh.)
  • 60: Mort

<3 Gabi

P.S. Exams are almost over, then I will have time to write stuff and read other people's posts.


  1. It's Kind of a Funny Story was brilliant and heartbreaking and I adored it. I quite enjoyed Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, but then again, I can be a bit of a pretentious twat.
    Perks is a great book, but I do believe that it was extremely over-hyped, what with the movie that came out (which I still have not seen.) All in all, I did like Perks, but it wasn't life-changing. I haven't read it in a long time, so who knows. I could go back, and my feelings could have changed.
    Yes to all for the John Green. The Fault in Our Stars is in my top 5 favorite books of all time, with good reason.
    Quiet and the Power of Introverts sounds extremely interesting! I love non-fiction works, and being that I work in a library they are extremely easy to come by.
    I quite like Divergent as a book; the characters are good, even if they plot is a bit trite and predictable. You are right it is fun. I may or may not have stolen the name Tris for my main NaNo character. (Truthfully, I didn't. She already had the name Beatrice when I read Divergent. I stole the nickname Tris. Trixie just didn't fit!)
    That was an extremely long comment. Wow.

  2. The only books I touched were textbooks and scientific papers, which aren't even books.


  3. I'm so glad you posted this! I love seeing other people's reading lists, it gives me great ideas for future reads :)

  4. ASTERIX(!) * is awesome. * and Tintin are the greatest comics ever written. I will stop substituting 'Asterix' with '*'. I was just really excited(!).

    I've really fallen off the reading wagon. I used to read a crapload, but nowhere near as much these days. I think it stems from the fact that I get migraines and headaches much easier now, and that I don't have a comfy chair to read in. I read whilst lying in my bed at night, and research has proven that lying in bed at night makes you sleepy, whilst you are most likely already sleepy - so instead of reading late into the night, I get tired after a bit and then go to sleep. This must be rectified.

    I just finished 'A Dance with Dragons' ('A Song of Ice and Fire' series), and am wondering what to read next. It's a toss-up between rereading the entire 'Malazan Book of the Fallen' series (my favourite series of books)or the entire 'Wheel of Time' series (my second favourite).

    Decisions, decisions.

  5. Reading this made me very happy. You have excellent taste in books. I really need to read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. It's just been sitting on my shelf for a whole year.

    I wish I read more, but I have trouble reading one book at a time, and I end up just not finishing any of them. Not to mention I usually don't have the time.

    Cat's Cradle, Ender's Game, It's Kind of a Funny Story, and Good Omens are definitely on my favorites list as well.

  6. Reading this list was very helpful. I discovered some books that I would definitely want to read.

  7. For ZAMM: Pirsig just replaces the Platonic "Form of the Good" with "Quality" in a very roundabout way (through Eastern religions and his life-story). Not a book that philosophers take seriously, but a great novel.


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