2013 Reading Project

I didn’t read enough last year.
I got into this really bad habit with my own writing. Every time I had a book to finish I would work like crazy, writing for 10 or more hours a day. Then I would completely crash and burn out. I wasn’t good for much of anything except vegging in front of the TV watching Vampire Diaries on Netflix until I felt recharged enough to start the whole process over again. This didn’t leave much room for reading.
I’m not usually big on New Year’s resolutions. For me, the fall feels more like the start of a new year than January does. But I am very determined that I will find more balance in the next year. I have a whole writing schedule worked out that I really want to stick to.
In addition to keeping a better writing schedule, the Better Balance in the New Year Plan also includes sleeping better, exercising, eating well and muse-feeding. Muse-feeding is basically anything that helps me feel inspired, curious, interested, awake, and creative. There are so many good museums in Detroit that I never make the time to go to. There are also gorgeous hiking trails that I feel too busy (or lazy) to take advantage of. Movies I don’t go see. Recipes I don’t try. And so, so many books I don’t let myself read.
But not anymore!
In 2013 I’m going to try my darndest to read 100 new books. 100 books is a little less than 2 books a week, which is a lot. But I’m a fast reader, and when I read every day I definitely average better than 2 books a week. I think it’s doable. I hope it is! I spent a huge chunk of time tonight searching for books I want to read and now I am SO.EXCITED. I want to read them ALL. NOW. God, I love books. So many pretty covers, so many intriguing synopsises! I seriously can’t wait to get started.
Since I’m super nerdy I spent way too much time making a book list, which I will share below.  So far I have 79 books. I’ll leave the last 21 spots blank for now. A lot of my choices are the first books in a series, so this gives me room to finish out the series if I like them. And hopefully leaves a few spots for new things I discover throughout the year. I have a mix of genres, though it’s pretty heavy on the YA. Basically the only rules I gave myself were that I couldn’t have read the book before (or at least it had to have been a LONG time ago. I’m looking at you, Wuthering Heights) and they had to be books I really, REALLY wanted to read. Not books that I thought I should read, or books that I thought would make me smarter. I figure if I’m going to keep at this they better be books that I’m truly interested in.
I’ll update here as I go, and maybe write a few book reviews as well. I’m also totally open to suggestions for my list! Feel free to let me know what you think is missing in the comments. I have the list organized by genre and by author name–you read the part about me being a nerd up there, right? There’s a key, if you’re interested.
Have a great New Year everyone!!
YA=young adult, CL=chicklit, NF=non-fiction, ROM=romance, HOR=horror, SF=science fiction, FAN=fantasy, MYS=mystery.
  1. YA Dollhouse-Anya Allyn
  2. YA Thirteen Reasons Why-Jay Asher
  3. YA Beauty Queens-Libba Bray
  4. YA Rebel Angels-Libba Bray
  5. YA Caddie Woodlawn-Carol Brink
  6. YA A Curse Dark As Gold-Elizabeth Bunce
  7. YA The Changeling-Elle Casey
  8. YA Wrecked-Elle Casey
  9. YA Dark Is Rising-Susan Cooper
  10. YA The Moon and More-Sarah Dessen
  11. YA What Happened to Goodbye-Sarah Dessen
  12. YA Hush Hush-Becca Fitzpatrick
  13. YA If I Stay-Gayle Forman
  14. YA Hunger-Michael Grant
  15. YA The fault in Our Stars-John Green
  16. YA Princess Academy-Shannon Hale
  17. YA The Summer I Turned Pretty-Jenny Han
  18. YA Wake-Amanda Hocking
  19. YA Slam-Nick Hornby
  20. YA Fallen-Lauren Kate
  21. YA I Am Number Four-Pittacus Lore
  22. YA Son-Lois Lowry
  23. YA Bumped-Megan Mccafferty
  24. YA Sloppy Firsts-Megan Mccafferty
  25. YA The Host-Stephanie Meyer
  26. YA Exit Here-Jason Myers
  27. YA Evermore-Alyson Noel
  28. YA Delirium-Lauren Oliver
  29. YA Flat Out Love-Jessica Park
  30. YA The Golden Compass-Philip Pullman
  31. YA Six Moon Summer-SM Reine
  32. YA Divergent-Veronica Roth
  33. YA The Vampire Diaries-LJ Smith
  34. YA Easy-Tammara Webber
  35. CL Thanks For The Memories- Cecelia Ahern
  36. CL The Wedding Day-Catherine Alliott
  37. CL Every Boys Got One-Meg Cabot
  38. CL Love By The Book-Dara England
  39. CL Love Always-Harriet Evans
  40. CL Where We Belong-Emily Giffin
  41. CL Austenland-Shannon Hale
  42. CL The Mystery of Mercy Close-Marian Keyes
  43. CL I’ve Got Your Number-Sophie Kinsella
  44. CL Wedding Night-Sophie Kinsella
  45. CL Always the bridesmaid-Whitney Lyles
  46. CL Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble-HP Mallory
  47. CL An Offer You Can’t Refuse-Jill Mansell
  48. CL The One You Really Want-Jill Mansell
  49. CL To The Moon and Back-Jill Mansell
  50. CL Me Before You-Jojo Moyes
  51. CL When Girlfriends Step Up-Savannah Page
  52. CL 10 Years On-Alice Peterson
  53. CL When in Rome-Gemma Townley
  54. NF At Home-Bill Bryson
  55. NF The Mother Tongue-Bill Bryson
  56. NF Shakespeare-Bill Bryson
  57. NF A Year of Biblical Womanhood-Rachel Held Evans
  58. NF Under the Duvet-Marian Keyes
  59. NF Wild-Cheryl Strayed
  60. ROM The Look of Love-Bella Andre
  61. ROM Northanger Abbey-Jane Austen
  62. ROM Wuthering Heights-Emily Bronte
  63. ROM Overbite-Meg Cabot
  64. ROM Entwined With You-Sylvia Day
  65. ROM False Colours-Georgette Heyer
  66. ROM Beautiful Disaster-Jamie McGuire
  67. ROM Unhitched-EL Sarnoff
  68. HOR World War Z-Max Brooks
  69. HOR The Stand-Stephen King
  70. HOR Walking Dead Compendium One- Robert Kirkman
  71. HOR Interview With the Vampire-Anne Rice
  72. SF Jenny Pox-JL Bryan
  73. SF The Hurricane-Hugh Howey
  74. SF Third Shift-Hugh Howey
  75. SF Rex Rising-Chrystalla Thoma
  76. SF No Shelter-TS Welti
  77. FAN A Game of Thrones-George RR Martin
  78. FAN The Hobbit-Tolkien
  79. MYS Gone Girl-Gillian Flynn
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There’s a new love in my life

This month has been amazing! Three Girls and a Leading Man has been released and the free promo for Baby went better than I could have imagined. My books are doing really well and I’m getting some good reviews. There is nothing better than knowing people are digging your books!

I wanted to do something fun to celebrate, so I went out on Monday and picked out a brand new iPhone 4S. The phone came in today and I am already in love with it. I’m not the most techy person, and having a smart phone was never super important to me. Clearly I just didn’t know what I was missing! Did you know you could put all your music on an iPhone and it would play it just like an iPod?? You probably did, as most people now live in the 21st century, but I didn’t! It’s so cool! I am already having lots of fun having Siri do stuff for me and I’ve been downloading lots of apps. The camera has more megapixels than my real camera and Lucy has posed for some very lovely shots.

Hopefully I will manage to exert some self control tomorrow, so I don’t end up spending all of my time fooling around with the phone. I am in the outlining process for my next book. It feels very, very strange not to be writing about Jen, Annie, and Ginny. Hopefully once I get writing the new character will feel just as familiar to me. I’m really excited about the plot for this book and I can’t wait to get going on it.

I’m going to set myself a word count goal of 8,000 words by Sunday night. It looks like we’re actually going to get some winter weather here in Michigan, so I plan to shut myself up inside and write, write, write. Please bug me on twitter and fb to keep me honest:)

Happy Friday everyone!