Wednesday, June 25, 2014

End of 2013 Reading List - Yeah It's Late, Sue Me

SHEESH I haven’t made a book list since Q3 last year, so….yeah a little late.  I will keep my comments super short. 

77.  The Drowned Cities, Paolo Bacigalupi – (Shipbreaker #2) Like it just ok.  Way too much fighting/ war which just sort of bores me.  I liked Shipbreaker way better. 

78.  Both Flesh and Not, David Foster Wallace – 15 essays posthumously published.  Not my favorite essays of his, but I’ll read David Foster Wallace any day.  I just like him.

79.  John Dies at the End, David Wong – Amusing.  Fun read if you don’t feel like thinking much. 

80.  The Family Fang, Kevin Wilson – No, it’s not about a family of werewolves.  It’s about a family of artists, which may be just as strange…“With each deep, measured breath, she imagined that various parts of her body were slowly going numb, from her fingers to her hand to her wrist to her elbow to her shoulder, until she was as close to dead as she could be. It was an old Fang family technique employed before doing something disastrous. You pretended to be dead and when you came out of it, nothing, no matter how dire, seemed important.”  Also – there’s a TWIST!  I love a twist. 

81.  We are Water, Wally Lamb – My least favorite Wally Lamb, but still readable. 

82.  Mr. Peanut, Adam Ross – Liked it a lot.  I gave it 4 starts on Goodreads and that’s fairly rare for me.  5 is even rarer.

83.  At the Bottom of Everything, Ben Dolnick – OK. I liked it fine, but it didn’t set my world on fire.  Reminded me of a lot of other books, like I Know This Much is True (sort of). 

84.  The Burgess Boys, Elizabeth Strout – Boring.  I don’t know why I thought I’d like it.  I hated Olive Kitteridge and that won the stupid Pulitzer.  I did like this one WAY better, but it was still meh.  

85.  More Than This, Patrick Ness – I honestly can’t remember anything about this book.  That is not necessarily a bad thing, because I would definitely remember details if it was terrible.  Obviously, though, it also wasn’t something that stuck with me. 

86.  The Goldfinch, Danna Tartt – I loved it.  I didn’t want to because of all the hype, but it was just good.  Solid story, solid writing, solid characters.  Can’t complain about any of it, and I have found myself thinking about it from time to time since I read it.  AND I remember a lot of it, which is a big thing for me. 

87.  Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief, Lawrence Wright  - ermehgerd. There are some crazy people in this world.  I’m sure not all Scientologists are complete nut-jobs but these ARE. 

88.  We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Shirley Jackson – Not really a book, more of a novella.  Loved it.  Not as SHOCKING as The Lottery, but still yummy and engrossing. 

89.  A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole – Yeah, I read it again.  I love it.  And it’s a free country. 

90.  The Penelopiad, Margaret Atwood – Ooooooooo.  Now I get it. 

91.  The Caine Mutiny – Surprisingly…..funny?  How weird is that?!

92.  Life After Life (The Kate Atkinson one)– Lots of hype, but yeah I understand it.  I liked it.  I really did.   

93.  Spelling Like It Is – Don’t hate me because I like Tori Spelling.


Ok so that’s all of 2013.  I listened to 69 of the 93 books, which averaged out to $7.98 per book THANK YOU AUDIBLE.COM!!