Saturday, August 24, 2013

2013 Reading List Update

So back in January I made myself a reading list for the year. Since then I have added ad removed books from that list as well as, you know, read some of them. So I thought it would be fun to share a little update about what's on my list and what I've gotten through so far. 

The List:
[to read / read / reading]
1. The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling
2. My Name is Will by Jess Winfield
3. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett
4. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
6. Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes
7. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
8. Night World, No 1 by LJ Smith
9. Night World, No 2 by LJ Smith
10. Soul Between the Lines by Dorothy Randall Gray
11. The Vampire Armand by Anne Rice
12. For A Few Demons More by Kim Harrison
13. The Outlaw Demon Wails by Kim Harrison
14. Looking for Alaska by John Green
15. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
16. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
17. The Spiral Dance by Starhawk
18. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
19. Hidden by PC & Kristin Cast
20. I Was a Teenage Fairy by Francesca Lia Block
21. Changeless by Gail Carriger
22. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
23. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
24. The Calling by Cate Tiernan
25. Changeling by Cate Tiernan
26. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
27. Hit List by Laurell K Hamilton
28. Kiss the Dead by Laurell K Hamilton
29. Stardust by Neil Gaiman
30. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
31. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
32. A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin
33. Poltergeist by Kat Richardson

A lot of the books on this list are parts of series. I'm really big into urban fantasy series -I love vampires, don't judge me- as well as some similar type young adult ones. Because young adult is for everyone and anyone who thinks that ya lit is childish and not worth their time is stupid. Sorry not sorry if that sounded rude if you are one of those people. Books snobs are just annoying, you know?

via my instagram
Anyways, currently I am engrossed in Inkheart. I've seen the movie a bunch and found the book on my mom's bookcase and snatched it from her (don't worry I'll return it... eventually) for my next read. I am about 3/4 done with it and absolutely love it. I'm hoping to find the other two sometime soon as well.

And if you're looking for something to read, I definitely recommend American Gods or Good Omens. Both were phenomenal (I do love Neil Gaiman) and relatively quick reads. And if you're into urban fantasy you should check out the Kim Harrison books I listed (those are middle of the series books, but the link will bring you to a goodreads page where you can locate the full list) or the Night World books for urban fantasy young adult books.

What have you been reading lately? Any suggestions for me?

Manda Rave


  1. I never find the serenity I need, but I want to read more. And write.


    1. Reading is like my security blanket. The right book just wraps me up and makes me feel better

  2. Oooo! Inkheart sounds intriguing. I have a very certain taste in what I read, I can't handle anything depressing or that will set my brain into worrying about something. Some series' or stand alone reads don't do this, most don't, but that's probably because by now I have an idea of what I should stay away from. I have a little list of my favorites, and I have plenty I want to read as well. I love, love, love seeing what my friends are reading, especially if we have similar tastes! :D

    1. Surprisingly I don't have a problem reading depressing stuff. I do have a few triggers though. I read Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and I loved it but it was super triggering and I haven't been able to bring myself to pick up the second one.

      Inkheart is very good, I think you might like it :)

  3. I still haven't read any Gaiman even though my husband read Good Omens and recommended it to me. I bet his work is right up my alley. I loved The Fault in Our Stars and I wasn't expecting to, to be honest, but it had me in tears at the end.

    1. I cried so hard over The Fault in Our Stars. You should definitely read Gaiman's work. I recommend him to everyone. It's just so good.

  4. You gotta get on The Bell Jar! That's one of my absolute favorites. Women who Run with the Wolves is sooooooo hard to get through. I feel like I've been reading it for years. Although I love it, it's just been hard for me.
    Currently reading "The Practical Neuroscience of Buddha's Brain" it's super good!
    Recommend: Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson

    1. I'm hoping to read The Bell Jar soon. Kind of on an urban fantasy kick right now. I have been reading WWRWTW for awhile too. I like reading it in bits and taking time to think about it and reflect.

      I will look that up, thanks!


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