2013 in books.

A couple of days early as I’m heading off to celebrate the new year in Berlin.

Last year’s reading goals were:

  • Read more than 50 books 57 so far, so that’s a success. But I have read less this year than before, I blame work, travelling and Netflix.
  • Complete Line’s 1001 books 2013 challenge Will succeed once I finish the History of Love.
  • Read at least 5 non-fiction books 4 of 5 isn’t that bad. One book about World War I, one about World War II, Edna O’Brien’s autobiography and the Manson murders. I still love fiction more than real life.
  • Read something by Henry James, Selma Lagerlöf, Thomas Hardy, Knut Hamsun, Henry Green, Sigrid Undset and Nancy Mitford Yes to Henry James and Thomas Hardy. Working on Sigrid Undset. Tried Henry Green, but no. The rest I didn’t even give a chance.
  • Continue working my way around the globe in books (37 so far) 43 now, so 6 new countries.
  • Lifelong goals: cross off as many 1001 books you must read before you die (9%) and Nobel Prize winners Up to 11% on all of the 1001 books lists. No new Nobel Prize winners read. Something must be done about that next year.
  • Own more than 1000 books (no more holding back! current number is 939.) Current number is 1259, so I bought over 300 books this year. 

Not as bad as I thought, but there’s plenty of room for improvement. The next year’s reading goals will be as following:

  • Read more than 50 books
  • Participate in a few online reading circles; Line’s 1001 books, Clementine’s Booker prize, Ingalill’s biographies and Bjørg’s off the shelf challenges. 
  • Finish Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset
  • Read at least 5 non-fictions books
  • Continue working my way around the globe in books (43 countries so far)
  • Lifelong goals: cross off as many 1001 books you must read before you die (11%) and Nobel Prize winners
  •  Buy bookshelves, not books

 Books I read in 2013 which you should read:

  •  Life of Pi by Yann Martel (2001)
  • the Goddess Chronicle by Natsuo Kirino (2008)
  • Hangover Square by Patrick Hamilton (1941)
  • the Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway (1926)
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (1937)
  • Touch by Alexi Zentner (2011)
  • the Inspector Barlach Mysteries by Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1950-1951)
  • the Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami (1994)
  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2013)
  • the Twins by Tessa de Loo (1993)
  • Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1934)
  • A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry (1995)
  • the Cuckoo’s Calling by J.K Rowling (2013)
  • Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene (1958)
  • the Honorary Consul by Graham Greene (1973)
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (1960)
  •  the MaddAddam trilogy by Margaret Atwood (2003-2013)
  • Kätilö by Katja Kettu (2008)
  • Quesadillas by Juan Pablo Villalobos (2012)
  • the Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (1985)
  • the Luminaries by Eleanor Catton (2013)
  • the Hours by Michael Cunningham (1998)
  • Ali and Nino by Kurban Said (1937)
  • the History of Love by Nicole Krauss (2005)

 I’m satisfied with this year’s reading, and I hope that next year will be just as good.
Happy New Year!

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