Books Magazine

Reading in the End of 2013

By Lindsay James @leavelindzalone

Though I didn’t accomplish my goal of reading 40 books last year, I still managed to read quite a few. I read a number of them near the end of the year. From October to December I started six books and finished four.

Of those six books started, I am still working on my second read through of A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. It is unusual for me to take longer than a month to read a book, but I think these two are special cases. I find that because I am so attached to some of the characters in the Song of Ice and Fire series that I read it a bit more slowly than most other books. I guess I want to be sure I don’t miss anything! With The Book Thief, it’s a bit more complicated than that.  I borrowed it from my local library’s electronic collection where there is no option to renew your borrowing term. So after my initial borrowing period with this book I had to return it and place a hold on it. I am waiting now to get it back again. Last time I checked I was number 32 of 50 people waiting to get their hands on it, so it could be awhile.

I did manage to finish four other books during that time period aside from those still in progress. Well, technically three since one was a play. In fact, I was dabbling in my first bit of Shakespeare since high school. I didn’t miss it as it turns out. But that’s neither here not there at the moment.  The books/play I read before the end of 2013 were:

  1. The 158-Pound Marriage by John Irving
  2. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  3. Pollyanna by Eleanor H. White
  4. A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

The 158-Pound Marriage is one of John Irving’s early novels and it was actually quite a short one compared to the other books of his that I am familiar with. I do have a small collection of his books in my ever growing library! It is a story about two couples who swap partners – referred to as a “menage a quatre” in the synopsis on the back of the book – and its effects on their relationships. I found it a bit slow at first, but it did pick up and made for an interesting read. By no means my favorite John Irving novel, but still a decent read.

I received Divergent as a part of my secret santa gift from one of my co-workers in mid-December. I delved into it right away and finished it in about two days. it was my first foray in to the YA genre since The Hunger Games. The concept of Divergent is an interesting one and it did make for an interesting read. I found the writing style was definitely much younger than I am used to – kind of a cross between Twilight and The Hunger Games in terms of how it is written I think? I can’t quite place it, but it feels familiar.  Regardless, it is a good enough read for me to be waiting on a copy of the next book from the library.

I found Pollyanna on my Kobo app for free. I love the movie as a kid, so I decided to give the book a go. Little did I know, there are several, but I won’t be opening that can of worms. It was written very much like the movie is styled with a few minor variations. I also read this one quite quickly. Not an amazing book and the writing wasn’t very good, but I think I enjoyed it for the sentimental value. It brought me back to my childhood and sleepovers with my grandparents watching the movie.

Lastly, I read A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I did not enjoy Shakespeare in high school and I’ve learned I’m still not a fan. This will probably be the last Shakespearean play I read. Everyone has their preference. Shakespeare is just not one of mine.

The end of 2013 was a very busy time for me in terms of reading. I definitely did quite a bit of it! Now, I am looking forward to lots more reading in 2014. Stay tuned for a post about my reading list so far this year… Coming soon!

You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Boeing 747-400, Lufthansa

    Boeing 747-400, Lufthansa

    @ Frankfurt Airport, Germany April 2018 Lufthansa operates 13 of these -400 models, along with 19 of the newer 747-8 aircraft. Read more

    10 hours, 10 minutes ago by   Htam
  • What ADHD Actually Is, Part 2

    Since I wrote part 1 of this series, I’ve had a lot of wonderful positive feedback from people with ADHD and suggestions for topics to cover in the future.... Read more

    11 hours, 20 minutes ago by   Brute Reason
  • Pain De Mie


    这个面包真的是超软!用刀切片的时候有点困难。Ingredients:260g Blue Jacket Baguette Flour40g Blue Jacket Wholewheat Flour8g fine sugar3g instant yeast1g salt180g water15g Cowhead salte... Read more

    11 hours, 34 minutes ago by   Cathysjoy
  • Flash Fiction from a Writing Prompt

    Flash Fiction from Writing Prompt

    ** In the classes I teach at Stevenson University, students know that I have the propensity to use writing prompts in class to get them writing creatively and... Read more

    The 20 April 2018 by   Steph's Scribe
  • Flash Fiction from a Writing Prompt

    Flash Fiction from Writing Prompt

    ** In the classes I teach at Stevenson University, students know that I have the propensity to use writing prompts in class to get them writing creatively and... Read more

    The 20 April 2018 by   Steph's Scribe
  • Inside New Opening Church on the Hill, Glasgow

    Doors Open at Church on the Hill Iconic Southside Glasgow bar, Church on the Hill, has opened its doors again, following a £650,000 refurbishment. Read more

    The 20 April 2018 by   Emma
  • Summer Dresses Ideas

    Summer Dresses Ideas

    Coucou everyone,Summer is almost here, are you excited?Long days on the beach (in the park), light evenings with glass of rose on the terrace, delicious ice... Read more

    The 20 April 2018 by   Dusana Bozenkova