Monday, December 30, 2013

Books Read in 2013

Stats: I read 122 books this year.

My “best of” in 2013 list:

The ones that had me laughing out loud the most:
The Best Man and The Perfect Match by Kristan Higgins. Be prepared to CRINGE in the best way possible at some of the situations her characters find themselves in.
The Best Man (Blue Heron #1) The Perfect Match (Blue Her...

The book I cannot stop thinking about:
The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult. This is one of those books that devoured in two days and haven’t stopped thinking about since. A tough read, but very thought provoking.
The Storyteller

The book that made me feel smarter after reading:
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
The Power of Habit: Why We ...

The most beautiful language:
Waiting by Carol Lynch Williams
All The Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry
If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch
Waiting   All the Truth That's In Me   If You Find Me

The one that made me cry the most (seriously, I cried for like ¾ of this book):
Mile 21 by Sarah Dunster
Mile 21

My auto-buys of this year (meaning I bought before I even read the sample):
Barefoot Summer by Denise Hunter,
Kristan Higgins's novels,
Drops of Gold by Sarah Eden,
Second Chances by Melanie Jacobson,
Working it Out by Rachael Anderson.
*I absolutely LOVED all of them, btw. They are auto-buys for a reason…*

Barefoot Summer (Chapel Spr...   The Perfect Match (Blue Her...   The Best Man (Blue Heron #1)   Drops of Gold (The Jonquil ...   Second Chances   Working It Out

SOME of my Favorites from 2013:
Inspirational fiction:
Mile 21 by Sarah Dunster
The Maid of Fairbourne Hall by Julie Klassen
Mile 21   The Maid of Fairbourne Hall

YA:
Falling for You by Lisa Schroeder
Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
Falling For You   Out of the Easy

Middle Grade:
The False Prince by Jennifer Neilsen
The Epic Tales of a Misfit Hero by Matt Peterson
The False Prince (The Ascen...   The Epic Tales of a Misfit ...

Romance:
Home to Whiskey Creek by Brenda Novak
The Best Man by Kristan Higgins
Home to Whiskey Creek (Whis...   The Best Man (Blue Heron #1)


The complete list of books I read:

Kaylee’s 2013 Books
*Books owned, + Whitney Eligible, RR- Reread

January (10)
*Her Good Name by Ruth Axtell
+*Reasons I Fell for the Funny Fat Friend by Becca Ann
*Wild Rose by Ruth Axtell Morren RR
Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
Indelible by Kristen Heitzmann
Indivisible by Kristen Heitzmann
*Drops of Gold by Sara M. Eden
The Secret Diaries of Miranda Cheever by Julia Quinn
*The Girl in the Gatehouse by Julia Klassen
Midnight Fear by Leslie Tentler

February (15)
Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
*V is for Virgin by Kelly Oram
*Blindsided by Kyra Lennon
*Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
*The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
The Epic Tales of a Misfit Hero by Matt Peterson
*The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back by Sariah Wilson RR
A Match Made in High School by Kristin Chandler
*Epic Fail by Claire LeZebnik RR
+When Summer Comes by Brenda Novak
Case File 13: Zombie Kid by Jeff Savage
Of Grace and Chocolate by Krista L. Jensen
+*Do Over by Shannon Guymon
*A Trusting Heart by Shannon Guymon
Finding June by Shannen Crane Camp

March (11)
Feedback by Robison Wells
The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd
Princess Academy: Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale
Lady Outlaw by Stacie Henry
*Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson RR
The Maid of Fairbourn Hall by Julie Klassen
Call Me Irresistible by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Kiss of an Angel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Freakling by Lana Krumweide
After Hello by Lisa Mangum
*The Best Man by Kristin Higgins

April (8)
*My Long-term (and at one point illegal) Crush by Janette Rallison (novella)
Easy by Tammara Webber
+*Glitch by Amber Gilchrist
The Space between Us by Jessica Martinez
Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
Smart Move by Melanie Jacobson
*Montana Summer by Jeanette Miller

May (10)
The Heiress of Winterwood by Sarah E. Ladd
A Noble Groom by Jodi Hedlund
The Trouble with Flirting by Claire LaZebnik
*Waiting for Summers Return by Kim Vogel Sawyer
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth E. Wein
*The Guy Next Door by Katie Palmer
*Obsession by Traci Ambramson Hunter
*Bound to the Warrior (Love Inspired) by Barbara Phinney
Princess of the Silver Woods by Jessica Day George
Blue Smoke by Nora Roberts

June (10)
Six Years by Harlan Coben
*The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch
*The Merchant’s Daughter by Melanie Dickerson
The Game Plan (WIP) by Ranee S. Clark
*A Lady and a Spy (novella) by Ranee S. Clark
*Fairest Beauty by Melanie Dickerson
*Beauty and the Beast by Jenni James
*Barefoot Summer by Denise Hunter

July (8)
The Tutor’s Daughter by Julie Klassen
Ripple (WIP) by Jennifer Bryce
*Emma: A Latter Day Tale by Rebecca Jamison
*It Happened at the Fair by Deanne Gist
Head in the Clouds by Karen Witemeyer
Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham
The Silent Governess by Julie Klassen
They That Mourn (WIP) by Chanda Simper

August (12)
The Heist by Janet Evanovich
Inferno by Dan Brown
+Longing for Home by Sarah Eden
Daddy’s Gone Hunting by Mary Higgins Clark
+*Second Chances by Melanie Jacobson
The Elite by Kierra Cass
The Prince (a novella) by Kierra Cass
+*Friday Night Alibi by Cassie Mae
+Home to Whiskey Creek by Brenda Novak
*A Stranger in Town by Brenda Novak
Not Quite Dating by Catherine Bybee
Wife by Wednesday by Catherine Bybee

September (10)
Drift (WIP) by Jennifer Bryce
Room by Emma Donoghue
+Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson
The Walk by Richard Paul Evans
*Miles to Go by Richard Paul Evans
Dare You To by Katie McGarry
Latent (WIP) by C. Michelle Jeffries
The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
The Road to Grace by Richard Paul Evans
Return to Loan Oak by Amy Knupp

October (11)
*Surrounded by Strangers by Josi Kilpack RR
+*Mile 21 by Sarah Dunster
+*The Avery Shaw Experiment by Kathy Oram
+All the Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry
+Dead Girls Don’t Lie by Jennifer Shaw Wolf
+*Unexpected by Karen Tufts
David and Goliath by Malcom Gladwell
*Tell Me No Lies by Rachel Branton
Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
+A Step of Faith by Richard Paul Evans
Just Like Heaven by Julia Quinn RR

November (5)
*The Power of Everyday Missionaries by Clayton Christensen
*The Perfect Match by Kristin Higgins
The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
+Take me Home for Christmas by Brenda Novak
*A Family by Christmas by Brenda Novak

December (12)
+Safe Haven by Jean Holbrook Mathews
*+My Own Mr. Darcy by Karey White
*+Working it Out by Rachael Anderson
Falling for You by Lisa Schroeder
+Waiting by Carol Lynch Williams
The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
In Honor by Jessi Kirby
*Stealing the Preacher by Karen Witemeyer
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
Rule by Jay Crowther
Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
*On Writing by Stephen King

--Note: I don’t rate books because I just don’t J If it is on this list, I liked it enough to finish it. My DNF (did not finish) list is probably just as long as this one. Also, there are varying levels of content in a few of these books that some might find offensive (language, sex, violence) so if you are sensitive to any of that or want my thoughts on a specific book, send me a private message at kayleebaldwin at gmail.

First up on my 2014 TBR pile:
Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson (for book club)
Warbreaker (Warbreaker, #1)

What books should I add to my TBR pile for 2014?


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