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I’m finally updating what I’ve read for 2014, so I decided to move 2013 over to a post instead. I’m sure I’m missing a few, but this will at least give me a good idea of my literary journey for the last year.
Any standouts? I have to say, for sheer joy of reading it, I loved The Night Circus. Other favorites include The Name of the Star and the Ruby Red trilogy. Any recommendations for this year?
Ham on Rye by Charles Bukowski
Mao II by Don DeLillo
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Magicians by Lev Grossman
The Magician King by Lev Grossman
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson
13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson
The Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
Fallen by Lauren Kate
Torment by Lauren Kate
Passion by Lauren Kate
The Luxe by Anna Godbersen
The Elite by Kiera Cass
The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Defiance by C.J. Redwine
Deception by C.J. Redwine
The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp
Born of Illusion by Teri Brown
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross
The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson
The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson
Ruby Red by Kerstin Geir
Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Geir
Emerald Green by Kerstin Geir
MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search for a New Best Friend by Rachel Bertsche
At the recent APLFF New Fiction Confab (more on that later), an interesting question came up, one that I think most of us readers have considered. If you start a book, and you just don’t like it, do you soldier on or do you cut your losses and walk away?
I used to be the former reader, trudging through all number of terrible books, and there were many. In the last few years, I decided that my time was worth more than that, and I’ve started putting books down.
So what kinds of books do I put down? Two notable ones come to mind, only because they’ve received lots of love from friends, family, bloggers, etc. The first, The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls, I just couldn’t finish. I saw Jeanette speak at a charity event, and she was utterly charming. But for some reason, the book was just too much for me to stomach, and I had to walk away.
Another book I put down earlier this week was the second book in Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke & Bone saga, Days of Blood & Starlight. I don’t know if it’s too much fantasy for me, or if it was the transition from Prague to some other world, but this book just did not keep my interest. And when I start skimming, I know it’s time to reevaluate my choice.
What about you? Do you ever walk away from a book? I must admit, I find it a little liberating.
*Photo by Jeremy Piehler