Saturday, January 4, 2014

A Year in Review

2013 has come and gone in a flash. 
We had quite the busy year.We traveled to Hawaii, San Diego, Monterey, Sea Ranch, Maine and Austin. There were weddings and birthdays. The little girl turned three! 

It has been a good year.
I am happy to say that I was a little more active on the blog this year. There was a mix of book, knitting and parenting related posts. I like the mix, hope you all do.  I began some great partnerships with publishers and was able to share some great new books with you all.
 I also hosted my first challenge! Hope everyone who joined in has linked their Sherlock reviews. I will be selecting the winner of the Sherlock DVD's very soon!
As for challenges I joined, well, let's just say that I tried. I sadly completed none of them. Ugh.
The number of books read didn't increase much this year. Oh well. Best months: 4 books in January and July. Worst months: 1 book in September and December.


1. We Bury the Landscape by Kristine Muslim Ong + (review)
2. 206 Bones by Kathy Reichs = (review)
3. The Wizard of Oz: A Steampunk Adventure by S.D. Stewart + (review)
4. The Likeness by Tana French (review)


5. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness = (review)
6. The Holder's Dominion by Genese Davis + (review)
7. Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger + (review)


8. Heart Like Mine by Amy Hatvany + (review)
9. Seduction by M.J. Rose * (review)


10. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (review)
11. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
12. Bumped by Megan McCafferty (review)


13. Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay * (review)
14. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (review)
15. Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry (review)


16. Under the Dome by Stephen King (review)
17. The Lavender Garden by Lucinda Riley* (review)


18. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle (review)
19. Playing Tyler by T.L. Costa* (review)
20. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (review)
21. The Sign of the Four by Arthur Conan Doyle (review)


22. Children of the Jacaranda Tree by Sahar Delijani * (review)
23. The Stonecutter by Camilla Läckberg + (review)
24. Shake Down the Stars by Renee Swindle * (review)


25. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter (review)


26. Thanksgiving by Ellen Cooney* (review)
27. The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure+ (review)


28. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles by Haruki Murakami= (review)
29. Winter at Death's Hotel by Kenneth Cameron* (review)


30. Broken by C.J. Lyons* (review)

* ARC/NetGalley
^ LT Early Reviewers Program
# GoodReads First Reads Program
~ Giveaway Win
+ publisher/author sent for review (not ARC)
= Mooched/Borrowed

Happy New Year!

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  1. Hi Mari,

    'Happy New Year'

    It sounds as though you had a busy 2013 and that you feel that your time spent on the blog has been fruitful and satisfying, personally I like the great mix of topics you cover in your posts.

    As for the amount of books read ... I also have woefully lacked in numbers this year, but I have come to the conclusion that it isn't a race and quality time spent reading and reviewing, far outweighs speed and quantity of reviews. So long as I am enjoying the books I read, then I am going to be content with that.

    Have a great 2014 and I hope to catch up with you over at Mailbox Monday, from time to time.


  2. In your defense, as far as the challenges go, you were gone A LOT! And any reading we do is better than none, right?

  3. I agree with Lisa. Life is busy and any reading is good!


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