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2013 in Books and What I Most Look Forward to Reading in 2014

As the sun sets on 2013, I am looking back at everything I have read in the past year.  There are a lot of books, both good and bad, but mostly somewhere in between--those 3 star books that were neither awesome or awful.  They're average, and that isn't a bad thing.  Being average means that you didn't fail.  As someone who wants to be a writer, having someone tell me something that I wrote was average would make me very happy because that meant I was able to keep them interested.  Do I want my books to be above average?  Of course, but I am pragmatic enough to know that very few people manage to do that.

Writing the last two posts about the Best and Worst books I read this year, I took to my Booklikes page (no more Goodreads for this reader, not after everything they did to stifle reviewers' free speech) and the Reader's Challenge that I set up for myself sat on the right side of my screen, telling me that I just managed to beat it.  I challenged myself to read 75 books between January 1, 2013 and 11:59 pm tonight.  I am currently on book number 76.  I wish I could have read more books because I seem to have a never ending to be read pile (which isn't at all a physical thing because it sits on my Kindle, tens of books deep, their bytes taking up a lot of space).  Then, there is the bag of library books that has taken up residence on my window sill (I have a really big window sill); there are currently 5 books in there, with the 6th sitting on my night table, barely started.  When I start the 2014 Reader's Challenge, I am going to set my goal at 90 books.

I am currently reading Julia Quinn's The Sum of All Kisses, and I have seen some pretty mixed reviews of this book.  A lot of people have said it was one of the best books they read this year, but then there are others, others like Smart Bitch Sarah, who liked the book until the end where it fell apart.  I hope this isn't the case for me.

Next, I have those library books I want to read, but I fear that the TBR on my Kindle will get the better of me, reading one of them instead.  I recently downloaded the Kowalski series by Shannon Stacey and I want to get into those.  Hopefully, they will capture my interest the way the Lucky Harbor series by Jill Shalvis has.  I also have Too Hot to Handle by Victoria Dahl, sitting on the new bookshelf/desk that my brother just put up for me.

I still have to read the most recent Castle book, Deadly Heat, but I really need to be in the mood to read one of those books and I'm not there yet.  Maybe soon.  Honestly, I should have read it over the last few weeks since the show went on winter hiatus, but I just couldn't bring myself to read it.  I came close last night after finishing Forever and a Day, which was really good and I will be reviewing soon, but then I noticed that the Quinn book is due back at the library next week, so I started that instead.  I'll get to it eventually.

What about you, dear readers?  How did you do this year?  Did you set a goal for yourself and were you able to reach it?  What are the books you want to read in 2014?

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