What I Read in 2013

As I’ve explained here and here, this year I wanted to begin more seriously monitoring my reading habits. This year was a good year to start for me, because I was finishing my Master’s degree and facing down a BIG WHOPPING UNKNOWN: my future. I had a smallish mid-graduate-life-crisis, mostly because of the current abysmal state of the post PhD market, which  left me waffling for a month or so about whether to apply to programs this year or wait awhile, and I started working in a new place over the summer. I needed something less stressful and less life-changingly important to focus on. This list more or less became it. 

I started out taking copious stats about each read, which quickly made reading too much of a chore and, consequently, I nixed. But you can check out my notes on the first twenty or so books at the second link above. 

All in all, I read forty-six books this year, but I also wrote a 100+ page Master’s Thesis, graduated, worked part-time as a tutor and part-time as an English Instructor, finished my novel, applied to eight doctoral programs, attended a conference, revised a chapter of my thesis for potential publication, attended a writer’s conference, submitted an abstract for a conference that will happen next year, edited several writing samples, made paper bead bracelets and crocheted sugar skull caps for a local craft fair, made time for something of a social life, learned how to cook lots of healthier meals, started jogging on a semi-regular basis, and did much more. Yes, I’m disappointed that I didn’t even make it to fifty books. But I’m also very grateful that I had the chance to read as much as I did. Mine is very much a first world problem. 

  1. This Year You Write Your Novel, Walter Mosley
  2. Agents of Light and Darkness, Simon R. Green
  3. Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table, Ruth Reichl
  4. My Antonia, Willa Cather
  5. Sherlock’s Sisters, Joseph Kestner
  6. Place: A Short Introduction, Tim Cresswell
  7. The Land of Little Rain, Mary Austin
  8. The Female Barber Detective, Albert W. Aiken
  9. The Professor’s House, Willa Cather
  10. Blood Meridian, Cormac McCarthy
  11. Gardens in the Dunes, Leslie Marmon Silko
  12. Tropic of Orange, Karen Tei Yamashita
  13. The Road, Cormac McCarthy
  14. The Woman Detective: Gender and Genre, Kathleen Gregory Klein
  15. The Lady Investigates, Patricia Craig and Mary Cadogan
  16. The Cats of Copenhagen, James Joyce
  17. Hark! A Vagrant! Kate Beaton
  18. Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins
  19. Mocking Jay, Suzanne Collins
  20. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson
  21. Kitty Goes to Washington, Carrie Vaughn
  22. Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success, K.M. Weiland
  23. First Grave on the Right, Darynda Jones
  24. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, Stieg Larsson
  25. Save the Cat! Blake Snyder
  26. Zen in the Art of Writing, Ray Bradbury
  27. Confessions of a Freelance Penmonkey, Chuck Wendig
  28. ‘A’ is for Alibi, Sue Grafton
  29. The Diabolist, Layton Green
  30. Second Grave on the Left, Darynda Jones
  31. Third Grave Dead Ahead, Darynda Jones
  32. ‘B’ is for Burglar, Suge Grafton
  33. Blackbirds, Chuck Wendig
  34. Kitty Takes a Holiday, Carrie Vaughn
  35. ‘C’ is for Corpse, Sue Grafton
  36. The Sorrows of Satan, Marie Corelli
  37. Laughing All the Way, George Shannon
  38. The Gashlycrumb Tinies, Edward Gorey
  39. Dead Until Dark, Charlaine Harris
  40. Living Dead in Dallas, Charlaine Harris
  41. Under Empyrean Sky, Chuck Wendig
  42. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams 
  43. Harriet the Spy, Louise Fitzhugh
  44. Let’s Pretend this Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)Jenny Lawson (The Bloggess)
  45. The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood
  46. Hyperbole and a Half, Allie Brosh

…I guess I did also read Darth Vader and Son. So 47? *shrug*

As I don’t imagine I’ll be reading a book in the next four hours, I’m calling this list complete.  I guess to sum up this first year of my reading habits research, my reading-resolutions are to read more in the coming year just for fun but also for my specific specialty. Hopefully, I’ll be starting a doctoral program in the fall and that second won’t even be a problem. 

Happy New Year everyone! Here’s hoping for another great year of reading, writing, and most of all living life to its fullest.

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