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Books I read in 2013

“Bedbril / Glasses for reading in bed” via Nationaal Archief on Flickr

This is just a basic list. I intended to add comments on each book, but it took so much work to compile the list that I’m just not up to it.

[Added to my resolutions: Keep a list of books I read IN ONE PLACE. No more of this wading through Goodreads, LibraryThing, receipts, and library notices to figure out what I’ve read.]

They’re not in any particular order, and I’m sure I missed a few that I just don’t recall, but here is most of my reading for 2013:


  • The White Queen by Philippa Gregory
  • The Kingmaker’s Daughter by Philippa Gregory
  • The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory
  • Changeling by Philippa Gregory
  • Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay
  • Timepiece by Myra McEntire
  • The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
  • What Happens At Christmas by Victoria Alexander
  • Marvel 1602: 10th Anniversary Edition by Neil Gaiman
  • A Girl’s Guide to Vampires by Katie MacAlister
  • Beautiful Creatures by by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • Austenland: A Novel by Shannon Hale
  • Catching Fire: The Hunger Games Series, Book 2 by Suzanne Collins
  • Mockingjay: The Hunger Games Series, Book 3 by Suzanne Collins
  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
  • Corsets & Clockwork: 13 Steampunk Romances (Mammoth Books) ed. by Trisha Telep ( I didn’t read all the stories – I read “Wild Magic” by Ann Aguirre and “Deadwood” by Michael Scott)
  • Amphigorey by Edward Gorey
  • Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton
  • Simon’s Cat by Simon Tofield


  • Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son’s First Son by Anne Lamott
  • Her Story: A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America by Charlotte S. Waisman
  • Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work that Matters by Jon Acuff
  • Goal, Motivation and Conflict: The Building Blocks of Good Fiction by Debra Dixon
  • David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Quitter by Jon Acuff
  • Point Of View: Understanding Which P.O.V. is Best for Your Story and Using it Effectively (Tip, Tricks and Tools of the Writer’s Trade) by Alfie Thompson
  • You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One) by Jeff Goins
  • The book of the knight of the tower : manners for young medieval women by Rebecca Barnhouse
  • Young medieval women by Katherine J. Lewis
  • Women in medieval Europe, 1200-1500 by Jennifer C. Ward
  • Women’s lives in medieval Europe : a sourcebook by Emilie Amt
  • Writing With Emotion, Tension, and Conflict: Techniques for Crafting an Expressive and Compelling Novel by Cheryl St.John

Started – Not yet finished, but I will:

  • The White Princess by Philippa Gregory
  • Write Great Fiction: Revision And Self-Editing by James Scott Bell
  • The Clockwork Scarab: A Stoker & Holmes Novel by Colleen Gleason
  • Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate) by Gail Carriger
  • Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose
  • And Furthermore by Judi Dench
  • Hogfather by Terry Pratchett

Started but didn’t finish, and I may not:

  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory
  • Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James

Basking in the inappropriateness

Recently I came across this list of Six Inappropriate Children’s Books (via @Georgia_McBrideand noticed it includes two of my favorites.

I have the audiobook of Go The F*ck To Sleep by Adam Mansbach and I love it, but (obviously) I haven’t shared it with any children (just new parents). I think all parents have felt the frustration shared in the book and probably wanted to unleash the diatribe it describes. What makes the audiobook extra awesome is Samuel L. Jackson’s narration.

The other is The Gashleycrumb Tinies by Edward Gorey, which I have loved since I can remember. I love Edward Gorey – he gets those twisted places in my heart without being, well, gor(e)y. I recently got it from the library and shared it with my 12-year-old daughter because I thought she would enjoy it as well. No such luck.

Her exact reaction?

“I’m worried about you.”

Ok. Not a fan, then.

What’s your favorite “inappropriate” children’s book?