Books I read in 2013

I read a lot in 2013. I track my reading using Goodreads (you should add me if you use that site) and participated in their 2013 reading challenge. I challenged myself to read 35 books in 2013 and I ended up reading 62 different books. Here’s a list of what I read in 2013, sorted in the order I read them in.

A summary of my list: lots of trashy stuff, but lots of not-trashy stuff too.

What did you read in 2013? What was your favourite? What books do you recommend, and what books should I avoid in 2014?

What I read in 2013

We Need to Talk About Kevin
5 of 5 stars
The first time I tried to read this, I had to stop. This book is brave in its depiction of motherhood.
Maine
5 of 5 stars
I really enjoyed this book. The characters were imperfect, and often unlikeable. The story drew me in and the author did a good job letting the reader in on the deeper story bit by bit. So much better than saving the big stuff for the en…
Noughties
2 of 5 stars
I wanted to like this more than I did. I suspect that I’m too Canadian to get the British intricacies. But ultimately it was pretentious and confusing.
Trinkets
4 of 5 stars
Fast read. I enjoyed it.
Losing It
3 of 5 stars
Light and fluffy and very predictable.
Entwined with You
3 of 5 stars
I understated that this series went from being a trilogy to a five-book series. I think there was some heavy editing to stretch this book (and series) out. The ending felt like it popped out of nowhere.
Debutante
3 of 5 stars
Fun read but main characters weren’t very likeable. I didn’t expect the ending that happened. That presented more questions versus tying things up. Room for a sequel I guess
Forget About It
4 of 5 stars
Enjoyed this book a lot. Funny and light.
The Pretty One: A Novel about Sisters
4 of 5 stars
Easy, fast read and I quite enjoyed it.
The Perfect Marriage
2 of 5 stars
A fast, plot-driven read that glosses over details.
Dolls Behaving Badly
4 of 5 stars
This was a fun read. The characters were relatable and the story moved along quickly. The main character’s voice changed slightly throughout. At first I thought that was weak writing but realized that was a result of the growth she was d…
The Engagements
4 of 5 stars
I really enjoyed the intertwining of the stories and the story of Frances Gerety in this book.




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What I did on my vacation

May they always look at each other like this
The crowd I spent my vacation with.

Team Mitchell was on vacation last week. We laid low at home and it was wonderful.

Highlights of the week include:

Sean’s birthday. We picked up dinner and had our neighbours over for dinner. I made a cherry cheesecake and it was pretty good for someone who doesn’t bake. I made it from a box, but still, I made cake! I should have made him wear the Dora party hat we have in the cupboard from Flora’s 2nd birthday.

Our ninth wedding anniversary. We didn’t do much to celebrate it, but we did acknowledge it.

I read six novels.  I have completed my challenge for 2013 to read 35 books. Now I need to up the number since there’s a lot of 2013 left. Some novels were trashy, but that’s what summer reading is all about.

I played with Instagram video. I’m not sure if I love it yet, but it is fun.

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I took Flora to the ROM. The train trips to and from were big adventures, but an unexpected highlight of our trip was the bat cave. I was convinced she would be terrified of it, but we walked through that thing at least six times in a row.

Train ride
Pink Teddy enjoyed the trip too.

Lots of time spent outside. We went to the park, the splash pad and spent lots of time in the backyard. My favourite afternoon was spent in the backyard just enjoying my family, talking, hanging out and playing.

We’re back to our regular routine today – Sean and I at work and Flora at her school for summer camp. I think our return to routine was almost welcome, but I’ll still look forward to the next backyard party this weekend.

How do I fit my life in around the rest of my life?

While last week’s time change has made my weekday wake-up routine…challenging, the extra sunshine at the end of the day really has made a difference to my mood and energy. I’m also taking my iron and vitamin B12 pills more consistently and that might be helping too.

In the last week, I’ve signed myself up for aquafit classes (starting mid-April) and an online writing course. I’m still working through the Web Fundamentals track on Codecademy before I start on actual programming fundamentals. I’ve also been reading lots of novels – some quality, some trashy – which you can see on my Goodreads “read in 2013” list. That’s one advantage to my longer commute – more reading time!

Sean and I also started watching Sons of Anarchy on Netflix. We mainlined Season 1 last week and just started Season 2 yesterday. I love when we find a show we enjoy watching together. Sitting in the same room doing separate things is okay, but doing something together – even if it is just watching TV – is good for our relationship.

All that TV-watching seems to be slowing down the progress of my reading, writing and coding. I’m not watching a lot of other TV right now – not even my beloved Y&R. (I’m so behind!). Sometimes I wish I didn’t have to sleep. There is so much to do and learn and experience and only so much time I can devote to do all of it after work and when Flora doesn’t Need Me Right Now. Obligation trumps desire, but hard work deserves reward.

How do you find the time to fit everything in that you want to do once you’ve fulfilled the obligations and minutiae of your day? I can’t cheat myself of anymore sleep than I already do. Your tips would be welcome.

What I read in 2012

Just for kicks, here are all the books I read and rated with Goodreads in 2012. My reviews are included if I wrote one.

What did you read in 2012? Any favourites?

Melissa’s bookshelf: read-in-2012

Heaping Spoonful
3 of 5 stars true
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The Midwife's Confession
4 of 5 stars true
This is the first book by Diane Chamberlain that I’ve read. I was drawn in from the start but I agree with the Jodi Picoult comparisons I’ve seen here. I figured out some stuff long before the characters did and was waiting for the One B…
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Elephant Girl: A Human Story
5 of 5 stars true
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The Virgin Cure
5 of 5 stars true
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Left Neglected
4 of 5 stars true
I read this book quickly and enjoyed it. As I read, I got angrier and angrier about modern work culture and the constant pressure we have put on us, and put on ourselves.What are we doing to ourselves as a society?

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The Almost Archer Sisters
4 of 5 stars true
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Prep
5 of 5 stars true
I really enjoyed this book. I agree that the main character was unpleasant but I understood why. She put up so many walls to protect herself that she cheated herself out of a better experience at her school.When certain things happene…

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Girls in White Dresses
0 of 5 stars true
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The Best Laid Plans
5 of 5 stars true
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The High Road
5 of 5 stars true
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Annabel
5 of 5 stars true
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One Day
4 of 5 stars true
I enjoyed this book but the ending was a major letdown.
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Bared to You
0 of 5 stars true
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Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
5 of 5 stars true
I found this book fascinating. It was well-researched but written with a very engaging voice.
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Reflected in You
0 of 5 stars true
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Everybody Has Everything
4 of 5 stars true
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The Red House: A Novel
3 of 5 stars true
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A Visit from the Goon Squad
4 of 5 stars true
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How to Be a Woman
4 of 5 stars true
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The Antagonist
3 of 5 stars true
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Lady Oracle
4 of 5 stars true
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Seating Arrangements
3 of 5 stars true
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