Mission Accomplished: I Read 100 Books in 2013

Like many of you (50K of you, in fact), I resolved to read more in 2013. I challenged myself to read 100 books before the year’s end. And I can proudly say I did it!

Since I work for a bookstore and mingle with publishers year-round, I’m lucky enough to always have a good book on hand, including some advanced reader copies. Here’s a look at my 15 favorites among the 100 books I read in 2013, along with my ratings of each. The first 13 on my list earned themselves a 5-star rating. Keep reading to learn how you can enter to win a $100 HPB Gift Card.

1. The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert,
2. The Son by Philipp Meyer,
3. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand,
4. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey,
5. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer,
6. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple,
7. Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard,
8. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell,
9. The Dinner by Herman Koch,
10. Speaking From Among the Bones by Alan Bradley,
11. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini,
12. On Such a Full Sea by Chang-Rae Lee (January 7, 2014 release date),
13. Counting By 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan,
14. The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson (January 7, 2014 release date),
15. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain


So now it’s your turn, booklovers. Join me! I’m making a resolution again for 2014 to keep on reading more! Tell us about your resolution (here) and enter for a chance to score a $100 HPB Gift Card.

HOW TO ENTER: Go to hpb.com/resolve and complete the entry form, including how many books you resolve to read in 2014. You must provide a valid email address so we can contact you if you’re the lucky winner. Limit one entry per person. Deadline to enter is Friday, January 31, 2014.* Just for kicks, tell us what books you’ll be reading this year in the comments below. Need some recommendations? Stop in your local store today and ask for help. Happy New Year!

*One randomly selected winner will be notified via email after January 31, 2014.

Kristen B. is Procurement Specialist at Half Price Books Distribution Center.
You can follow her on Twitter at @kbev302.

11 thoughts on “Mission Accomplished: I Read 100 Books in 2013

  1. My friend and I decided to track our reading together, and even read some of the same books together. Some of the books on my list are 'Nerd Do Well' by Simon Pegg, 'Anna Karenina' by Leo Tolstoy, a few Sherlock Holmes novels, and 'Enders Game' by Orson Scott Card

  2. I have an entire list made of books I'd like to read (plus many more). I am going to work on reading YA books this year. I have a 13 year old cousin who is an avid reader who I like to talk about books with, so it will be a fun year with her. 🙂 Here is just my ABC list. ;)Allegiant/Veronic RothThe Book Thief/Markus ZusakThe Cuckoo's Calling/Robert GalbraithDivergent/Veronica RothEvery Day/David LevithanThe Fault in Our Stars/John GreenGone Girl/Gillian FlynnThe Hunger Games/Suzanna CollinsInsurgent/Veronica RothJust Another Day in My Insanely Real Life/Barbara DeeKilling Me Softly/Sarah CrossLove and Haight/Susan CarltonMockingjay/Suzanne CollinsNo Safety in Numbers/Dayna LorentzOrphan Train: A Novel/Christina Baker KlineThe Program/Suzanne YoungQueen of Babble/Meg CabotReached/Ally CondieShatter Me/Tahereh MafiTiger Lily/Jodie Lynn AndersonUnravel Me/Tahereh MafiThe Vanishing Game/Kate Kae MyersThe Wonder Show/Hannah BarnabyProject X/Jim ShepardYou Against Me/Jenny DownhamZero/Tom Leveen

  3. In 2014, I'll be reading: The Hunger Games trilogy, The Legend trilogy, The Grand Admiral Thrall trilogy, The Second Thomas Covenant Chronicles, all seven of The Dark Tower series, The Winds of Winter (whenever it's released). That's it so far but I'm pretty sure I'll ne adding much more to that.

  4. So many new releases by my favorites, including the new ones from: Amy Tan, Michael Connelly, John Sandford, Janet Evanovich, Sue Monk Kidd, Mitch Albom, Anne Lamott, John Grisham, & Elizabeth Gilbert.🙂

  5. I read 100 (108, actually) books in 2013 too. It honestly wasn't as difficult as I expected it to be. Are you planning a reading challenge for 2014? I'm still trying to figure out what I should do. Congrats on reaching your goal!

  6. I resolved to read 730 books this year. That is a mere 2 books a week. Since I usually read a fiction or graphic novel along with a non-fiction book at the same time, should be no problem. Then I got to thinking. Does it matter how you want us to read them? I read manga online, but I also borrow or buy e-books. I thought I should ask since I am tracking my reads on the store calendar I got last month.Speaking of the calendar, it was a great way for my college student and I to end the year, and ring in the new–a discussion of the books listed on The Resolve to Read calendar. But, we had a few questions since we went through the entire calendar book by book. We wondered who compiled the monthly lists? We challenged a number of the February books to be sure as flat out "dreary" not love stories. What happened to "Doctor Zhivago?" And, we wondered why the same authors cropped up simply because they were award winners? Anyhow, thanks for letting my son and I have a literary conversation to begin 2014. To my favorite store in Dublin–you are wonderful. And, to my graphic novel coordinator in Fremont–thanks for hooking me up with great titles.Keep up the excellent work everyone!

  7. I will take the challenge to read more in 2014. One already on my list is "Where'd Go Bernadette." I also plan to read The Book Thief, Gone Girl, The Invention of Wings, then look around from some recommendations and see if I missed anything by some favorite authors.

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