2013 Reading Goals

So, I realize that posting about my reading goals for the year halfway through March might be a little silly, but pretend I posted these goals in January and that this is just an update!

Goal the First — Overall, read 45 books in 2013.  Last year, I read 38 books, so I decided to try and up my game a little bit.  So far I’ve read 12 books this year!  Goodreads tells me that I’m 3 books ahead of schedule.  Yay me!

Goal the Second — Read at least 5 non-fiction books.  I’ve finished one non-fiction book already and I’m on my way to finishing a second.  Yay me again!

Goal the Third — Read or re-read at least 5 classics.  I haven’t read any classics yet.  Anyone have a favorite they’d like to recommend?

While 5/12 books I’ve read were Pretty Little Liars books, I have also read some wonderful books this year that I think you should check out!

Daughter of Smoke and Bone — This YA book was a little more fantasy than my usual taste, but I could not put it down.  Fantastic writing, engaging plot.  You want to read this book.

The One and Only Ivan — This book is juvenile fiction, so you can read it in an afternoon.  I adored this book and cannot wait to share it with my daughters.  This is a fictional account of a gorilla who lived in a shopping mall.  It’s guaranteed to make your heart all mushy.

The Little Stranger — This is one of those books that I will begin immediately recommending to everyone who asks me for book recs.  I loved it!  If you enjoyed The Thirteenth Tale, I think you will love this book too!

What have you been reading lately?


  1. Good luck with your goals! *\o/* Did you see that they’re making a movie of Daughter of Smoke and Bone?!

    Loved The One and Only Ivan, of course! 🙂

  2. Look for Mr. Churchill’s Secretary and Princess Elizabeth’s Spy by Susan Elia MacNeal. They are WWII-era spy novels, with Maggie Hope as the heroine! (I may have spelled girl-hero wrong…). They are fun books to read, and the third one is coming out in May!

  3. Ooh, I’m going to have to steal your Goal the Second and Goal the Third. I read 36 books last year but I can’t steal Goal the First because my Goal the First is Infinite Jest, which will tank my total for the year. It took 8 weeks to get 35% through, and now I’m taking a break (sigh).

  4. Classics I love: Anything by John Steinbeck (except Tortilla Flat), “East of Eden” is my favorite. “All Quiet on the Western Front” is also a really great read, as is “The Great Gatsby.” Is that old enough to be Classic? I hope so, I love all of those titles.


  5. Does Wuthering Heights count as a classic? If so I recommend that one. And nicely done on 12 books so far! I’m at 9 and am right on target for 45 but I want to get ahead like you, 🙂

  6. The Portrait of Dorian Gray is good (and not too long, either) so that may be a good fit for the Classic Challenge you’ve set up for yourself 🙂

    I’m not doing as great on reading this year as I would have liked but I’m working on it. I blame Netflix for getting me hooked on tv shows (ahem, The West Wing, Psych) so rather than be an adult and learn to turn the TV off, it’s on… and the books are closed… need to fix that!

  7. This might be a little early, but when you’re in the mood for some Christmas, I really loved Dickens’ A Christmas Carol when I read it in college. I had no idea that he would be a little funny in a kind of clever way. I should probably read some more of his stuff to see if it’s similar!

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