2013 Reading Challenge Completed

2013 has come and gone – crazy fast, it seemed to me – and I’m yet again an Overachiever on Goodreads.

Not because I’m all that great of a bookworm, but because I have set too low a goal. I have no problem with that, though – because I’ve enjoyed a year of good reads (pun not intended) and reading more than I assumed I will is nothing but encouraging news.

And here is the list:


Non- fiction: 23 books

Fiction: 37 books

Kindle: 28 e-books (I read mostly hard copy books this year!)

Most read Author: Agatha Christie by far with 9 book

Book of the Year: The Creative Call, by Janice Elsheimer  (it was very hard to pick because I’ve read a few very good books this year)

Discovery of the Year: Agatha Christie (read by most of the members of my family, it was my time to discover her classic easy-reading detectives)

This year’s been the first one in a couple when I’ve read more hard copy books. Partly because of the LCC Library and partly because I bought a bunch of books from my friend Nancy and got about the same amount of books that an acquaintance left behind.

Looking back, it’s been a bit of a disappointing year in fiction. I’ve been reading the books I’ve picked up and while Nancy’s taste in books is exquisite and mostly non-fiction,  the other lady’s are mostly romantic and historic novels. I’m reading some of them, just to get a feel for them and they’re easy, clean reads, but not exactly what I’d pick myself.

Which is why Agatha Christie has been a breath of fresh air – I’m not saying this is the epitome of the literary craft, but they’re witty and fun and they’ve kept me glued to a book during a time when I had little or no time to read.

It has been a wonderful year in terms of non-fiction, though – I have read some inspiring books that are bound to stay with me for years and years to come. You’ll see the ones I marked 5 stars, and I’ve even mentioned some of them in previous blogposts over the year: The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, The 7 Habits of Highly Efficient People, The Creative Call, Quiet, The Prayer of Jabez, Good to Great.

I have read all books but one on my 2013 To-Read List: The Meaning of Marriage, by Timothy Keller is a book hubby and I are still planning to read. On the Fiction front, I did not read Gone With the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell and That Hideous Strength, by C.S.Lewis – not sure about the first one, but the second one I’m going to read. (I am most determined, I tell you!)

How does your 2013 look like, in terms of books?

11 thoughts on “2013 Reading Challenge Completed

  1. My reading challenge for 2013 was 50….I made it up to 59 books 🙂

    Three BEST books I read on 2013,
    1.Business For The Glory Of God => Wayne Grudem
    2.The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People => Stephen R.Covey
    3.What on Earth Am I Here For? => Rick Warren

    Thanks to ‘gribook’ for giving away “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R.Covey”. I loved it!


    1. Nikolino – you’re most welcome! And see, we both have The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People in our top reads of last year. Hi5!

      Congrats on being an overachiever this year, too! That makes 3 of us – you, Igor and I 🙂 I’m sure there’s more, but these are the 3 people I know.

      What’s your challenge for 2014?


  2. I challenged myself with 25 books this year but looking at how many books I would LOVE to read and at my pace today, I want to double that. But I am kind of afraid to do that, so I will keep reading and then I might double the 25 which would equal 50 (!!!!), am I crazy??:)


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