Once again, it's been an eclectic year. Biography, literary fiction, chick-lit, cookbooks, CanLit, current events, mystery, even an etiquette book, I once again enjoyed reading many different books. I think this is the trick to me reading a lot, and with only one DNF this year, I seem to have made a good choice in books. Were there any trends? Other than taking loads of chick lit with me on my holidays, I don't think there is anything you can narrow down.
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Here a few of my most-read reviews this year:
An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth - Chris Hadfield
A House in the Sky - Amanda Lindhout
Emancipation Day - Wayne Grady
Parenting Without Borders - Christine Gross-Loh
Just What Kind of Mother Are You? - Paula Daly
Ghana Must Go - Taiye Selasi
Ascent of Women - Sally Armstrong
The Poisoned Pawn - Peggy Blair
The Scottish Banker of Surabaya - Ian Hamilton
Eighty Days - Matthew Goodman
The Heavy - Dara-Lynn Weiss
(Find out tomorrow if any of these are my best books of the year)
If there is one thing I learned this year it's that I'm not good at completing challenges. As in, terrible at completing challenges. Will this stop me from entering them? Of course not.
Every year I challenge myself to read 100 books. Since I've started blogging, I haven't achieved this but this year I'm proud to announce that, thanks to a week long vacation at a resort with terrible Wi-fi leading to a reading binge at the end of the year, I made it to 100!!!
Canadian Book Challenge - 13/13 (this one runs from July to July)
Back to Classics - 4/6
Around the World in 12 Books - 4/12
Ik Lees Nederlands - 3/5
I'm kind of disappointed with myself that I didn't finish the Ik Lees Nederlands (I Read Dutch) challenge. However, along the way I did discover some great new (to me) Dutch authors and quite a few Dutch books I want to read, so I'm happy I signed up for it.
The only thing I do worse than Challenges is readalongs. This year I joined signed up for Jane Eyre, The Count of Monte Cristo, and Little Women. I read 1/4 of Jane Eyre, 2 chapters of The Count of Monte Cristo, and I didn't even start Little Women. Will this stop me from signing up for them? Yes.
Tomorrow I'll be sharing my best books of 2013.