Welcome to 2013!

Hey, everyone! After taking a two-day vacation from books, I decided it was time to start the third year of my 100-book challenge. Before I posted my first review (I just finished The Reader by Bernhard Schlink about an hour ago), I wanted to declare my intentions for this year.

The 2013 challenge won’t be much different from last year. I’m going to try to finish the Stylist reading list I set for myself last year (since I did so miserably with that in 2012). I still have 27 to read, which leaves 73 of the 100 books to be chosen by me. If you have any of the books on the Stylist list, please send them to me. It would make me quite happy.

In terms of the books that I can read this year, the same rules as the previous two years still apply:
1. I have to read 100 books or more.
2. I must keep a record of everything I read.
3. Books I’ve read before are not allowed, unless the last time I read them was 5 or more years ago.
4. Recommendations are welcome, but let’s face it — every year I say I’ll read what people recommend, and I never do. Unless you actually hand me a book to read, I’ll probably just read the books I want to.

I’m also including a list of the books I know I’ll read this year, because I own them. Here are the first 18 books of 2013!

1. The Reader — Bernhard Schlink
2. The Drowning — Camilla Lackberg
3. Easy Money — Jens Lapidus
4. Things I Want My Daughters to Know — Elizabeth Noble
5. Anna Karenina — Leo Tolstoy
6. The First Deadly Sin — Lawrence Sanders
7. The Pilot’s Wife — Anita Shreve
8. Charlie Wilson’s War — George Crile
9. A Widow for One Year — John Irving
10. What We All Long For — Dionne Brand
11. The Lost Wife — Alyson Richman
12. The Dressmaker — Kate Alcott
13. Sweet Tooth — Ian McEwan
14. Blue Monday — Nicci French
15. Mrs. Kennedy and Me — Clint Hill
16. Some Girls, Some Hats, and Hitler — Trudy Kanter
17. The Imperfectionists — Tom Rachman
18. The Reluctant Fundamentalist — Mohsin Hamid

(This isn’t the order I’ll read them in. That’s really based on my feelings at the time.)

– Kelsey

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7 thoughts on “Welcome to 2013!

    • Oooh, I forgot to link it in the post. I’ll do that now. But it’s also the fourth tab on the top of the page, “Stylist Reading List.”

      Glad to hear Anna Karenina is good — I’m a little afraid of it, since it’s massive.

    • It really is! When I decided last year that I would read all the books on the list, it was partially because I’m a romantic and partially an effort to get myself to read “classic” literature, which, for the most part, I’m not interested in. But I think I should’ve investigated the books on the list before I agreed to read them…I’ve seen “Vanity Fair” and “Gone With The Wind” in stores, and they actually hurt me to look at.

      I’m going to try to finish them all this year, but I probably won’t be successful. 😛

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