Read/Audiobooked 158 titles

Female authors: 92

Male authors: 66

Countries represented:

Austria 2

British 32

Canadian 5

Colombian 1

Czech 1

Danish 2

Dutch 1

French/German 1

German 3

India 1

Indian/American 1

Japanese 4

Mexican/American 1

Scottish 2

South African 1

Swedish 2

US 98


Children’s Picture Books – 29

The Bathing Costume or The Worst Vacation of My Life

by Charlotte Moundlic (Batchelder Honor Book) F French RF

Born and Bred in the Great Depression by Jonah Winter M US Hist Fic

Brush of the Gods by Lenore Look & Meilo So F US Hist Fic

The Busy Life of Ernestine Buckmeister by Linda Ravin Lodding F US RF

The Camping Trip That Changed America by Barb Rosenstock F US HF

The Curious Fish by Elsa Beskow   F Swedish Fantasy

Dream Friends by You Byun F US Fantasy

Emmet by Leo Politi     American M US  RF

The Fantastic Adventures of Krishna by Demi F US BIO

First Mothers by Gherman and Downing F US BIO

Fish for Jimmy by Katie Yamasaki F US HF

Fog Island by Toni Ungerer M French/GermanFantasy

Gandhi: A March to the Sea by Alice B. McGinty F US HF

Handel: Who Knew What He Liked by M.T. Anderson M US Bio

The Insomniacs by Karina Wolf F US Humor

Let’s Do Nothing by Tony Fucile M US Humor

A Medal For Leroy by Michael Morpurgo M British HF

Monkey: A Trickster Tale by Gerald McDermott M US Folktale

On a Beam of Light : A Story of Albert Einstein by Jennifer Berne F US BIO

Piano Starts Here: The Young Art Tatum by Robert Parker M US BIO

Paul Meets Bernadette by Rosy Lamb F US     Humor Ruby’s Wish by Shirin      Yim Bridges F US HF

Rumi: Whirling Dervish by DEMI F US BIO

The Sacred Banana Leaf by Nathan Kumar Scott M India Folktale

SuDongpo by DEMI     F US BIO

This is the Rope: The Story of the Great Migration F US HF

     by Jacqueline Woodson

Time Out for Sophie by Rosemary Wells F US Humor

When Stravinsky Met Nijinsky: Two Artists, Their Ballet and One 

Extraordinary Riot by Lauren Stringer F US HF

A Woman for President: The Story of Victoria Woodhull by

     Kathleen Krull F US BIO

Children’s Chapter Books -12

The Adventures of a South Pole Pig by Chris Kurtz M US Adventure

Binny For Short by Hilary McKay F British RF

Homesick by Kate Klise F US RF/Humor

Lives of Extraordinary Women: Rulers, Rebels (and What the

Neighbors Thought) by Kathleen Krull  F US BIO

Mister Orange by Truus Matti F Dutch HF

Oranges in No Man’s Land by Elizabeth Laird F British HF

Summer and Bird by Catmull 

Sure Signs of Crazy by Karen Harington F US RF

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made by Stephan Pastis   M US Humor

*The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt F US Humor

The Vine Basket by Josanne La Valley F US HF

The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes M US RF

Young Adult -2

*Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley F US GN

*Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos M US RF

Adult – 16

Autumn Quartet by Barbara Pym F British Contemp

The 100-Year-Old Man by Jonas Jonasson M Swedish Humor

Bertie Plays the Blues by Alexander McCall Smith M British Humor

*Boxers by Gene Luen Yang M US GN/Hist Fic

Daisy May and the Miracle Man by Fannie Flagg F US HF

Easter Bunny Murder by Leslie Meier  F US Mystery

English Tea Murder by Leslie Meier     F US Mystery

*The Gate by Soseki M Japan RF

In the Land of Punctuation by Christian Morgenstern M German Humor

The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection by Alexander M Scottish RF

McCall Smith

*Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl M Austria Philosophy

The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon: No. 1 Ladies

     Detective Agency M Scottish Mystery

*Saints by Gene Luen Yang M US GN/Hist Fic

Seeing a Large Cat by Elizabeth Peters (Barbara Mertz) F US Mystery

Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt F US RF

*The Wall by Marlen Haushofer F Austrian Dystopian


Children’s -15

The Art of Keeping Cool by Janet Taylor Lisle F US Hist Fic

*The Black Cauldron by Lloyd Alexander (Newbery Award) M US Fantasy

*The Castle of Llyr, bk 3 by Lloyd Alexander M US Fantasy

Doll Bones by Holly Black (Newbery Honor) F US Scary

Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo (Newbery Award) F US Fantasy

Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer Holm F US RF

The High King by Lloyd  Alexander M US Fantasy

Igraine the Brave by Cornelia Funke F German Fantasy

The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza by Jack Gantos M US RF

Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters by Barack Obama M US Letter

Listening for Lucca by Suzanna LaFleur F US RF

Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt M US RF

One Came Home by Amy Timberlake F US HF

The Paperboy by Vince Vawter M US RF

Swamplandia! by Karen Russell F US RF

Young Adult -7

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson F US Autobiograph/Fic

Flight by Sherman Alexie M US Surrealistic Fiction

Marie Curie by Kathleen Krull F US BIO

Navigating Early by Claire Vanderpool F US Historical Fiction

On a Clear Day by Walter Dean Myers M US RF

Revolution by Deborah Wiles F US Hist Fic/Dystopian

Riot by Walter Dean Myers M US Hist Fic

Adult -77

The Absent One by Jussi Adler-Olsen M Danish Mystery

The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg F US RF

The Ape Who Guards the Balance by Elizabeth Peters F US Mystery

At Bertram’s Hotel: A Miss Marple Mystery by Agatha Christie F British Mystery

*Benediction by Kent Haruf M US RF

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys F US Hist Fic

The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera M Czech RF/Surreal

Black Plumes by Marjory Allingham F British Mystery

Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel F British Hist Fic

Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch M British Mystery

Christmas Bliss by Mary Kay Andrews F US Mystery

Christmas Carol Murder by Leslie Meier F US Mystery

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage

     by Haruki Murakami M Japan RF/Dream Fic

*Conversations with Leo Tolstoy by Leo Tolstoy and

     by Simon Parke M British Philosophy

*The Conservationist by Nadine Gordimer F S. Africa RF

The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley M Canadian Mystery

Death Comes to Pemberly by PD James F British Mystery

Death of a Dentist by M.C. Beaton F British Mystery

Death of a Charming Man by M.C. Beaton F British Mystery

Death of a Nag by M.C. Beaton F British Mystery

Death of a Scriptwriter by M.C. Beaton F British Mystery

Death on the Flying Scotsman by Carola Dunn F US Mystery

Deeds of the Disturber by Elizabeth Peters F American Mystery

The Diary of a Nobody by George Grossmith M British Humor

Dr. Wortle’s School by Anthony Trollope M British RF

The Dragon’s Teeth by Ellery Queen M&M US Mystery

*Eventide by Kurt Haruf M US Western

Fall of a Philanderer by Carola Dunn F US Mystery

The Girl in the Polka Dot Dress by Beryl Bainbridge F British Mystery

Goats by Mark Jude Poirier M US RF

Hard Times by Charles Dickens M British Classic

Heart Trouble by Mary Kay Andrews F US Mystery

Heaven is For Real by Todd Bumpo M US Bio/Religion

*The Hummingbird’s Daughter by Luis Urrea M Mexican/Am HF

I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron F US Humor

In the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Applachian Trail M US                     Travel by Bill Bryson

Innocence of Father Brown by G. K. Chesterton M British Mystery

Irish Eyes by Mary Kay Andrews F US Mystery

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me and Other Concerns

by Mindy Kaling F US Bio

Jack in the Pulpit by Cynthia Riggs F US Mystery

*The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen M Danish Mystery

The Lakota Way by Joseph M. Marshall M US Philosophy

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson M US Memoir

Lions in the Valley by Elizabeth Peters F US Mystery

Loitering With Intent by Muriel Spark F British Autobio

Lord of the Silent by Elizabeth Peters F US Mystery 

Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding F British Humor

Memories of My Melancholy Whores by Gabriel Garcia Marquez M      Colombia RF

Midnight Clear by Mary Kay Andrews F US Mystery

Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch M British Suspense        

The Mirror Crack’d From Side to Side by Agatha Christie F British Mystery

Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaronovich M British Mystery

Murder at Cape Three Points by Kwei Quartey M US Mystery

One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus M US Hist Fic

Murder on the Flying Scotsman by Carola Dunn F US Mystery

Remember Me by Sophie Kinsella F British Humor

The Semi-Attached Couple by Emily Eden F British RF/HF

The September Society by Charles Finch M US Mystery

The Shogun’s Daughter by Laura Joh Rowland F US Hist F/Mys

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson M US Pop Sci

Something Borrowed, Someone Dead by M.C. Beaton F British Mystery

Something Fresh by P.G. Wodehouse M British Humor

South of the Border West of the Sun M Japanese RF

        South Sea Tales by Jack London M US Sstories

Speaking From Among the Bones by Alan Bradley M Canadian Mystery

Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami M Japan RF

Still Life by Louise Penny F Canadian Mystery

*The Story Hour by Thrity Umrigar F Indian/Am RF   

The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett M US Mystery

The Tin Horse by Janice Steinberg F US HF

Tomb of the Golden Bird by Elizabeth Peters F US Mystery

Torch by Cheryl Strayed F US RF

A Trick of the Light by Louise Penny F Canadian Mystery

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce F British RF

Very Good, Jeeves by PG Wodehouse M British Humor

*A Well-Tempered Heart by Jan -Philipp Sendkar M German RF

Wicked Autumn by G.M. Mallet F US Mystery

Wife of the Gods by Kwei Quarty M US Mystery

A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami M Japan Surreal

The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag by Alan Bradley M Canadian Mystery

The Woman Who Wouldn’t Die by Colin Cotterill M British Mystery


Despicable Me 2

Downton Abbey, season 4

The Hobbit – part 1 (second time)

The Hobbit – part 2


Inspired by a dear friend of mine I wanted to send out some some stats about my reading in the past year. I started a list keeping track of how many authors were female or male, what country the author wrote in, and the genre. As time passed my stats list grew slowly, and then came to a halt as I lost track of where I was on the list. So, perhaps those stats will show up next year!

My big goal was to finish War and Peace by the end of the year. I didn’t make it, but was close. I have a great chance of being done by the end of 2014!

I just included my favorites since I read and audiobooked 283 titles, at least that I remembered to write down. As you can see below audiobooks and picture books were at the top while hardcopy adult books were close to the bottom of my stats. Here is the link to my complete list.Books read in 2013 PDF

Picture Books – 121

Favorites– (in alphabetical order)

  birdmanThe Birdman by Veronika Martenova Charles

Calf for ChristmasA Calf for Christmas by Astrid Lindgren

Elephant's friendThe Elephant’s Friend and Other Tales from Ancient India retold and ill. by Marcia Williams

Mother's LoveMother’s Love: Inspiring Stories from the Animal Kingdom by Melina Gerosa Bellows

taka-chanTaka-Chan and I: A Dog’s Journey to Japan by Runcible as told to Betty Jean Lifton

Children’s Chapter Books -27 hardcover; 25 audiobooks

apothecaryThe Apothocary by Maile Meloy

audreyThe Audrey of the Outback Collection by Christine Harris

jennyJenny Goes to Sea by Esther Averill

LUCKYThree Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage (Newbery Honor)

Young Adult Books – Hardover 2; Audiobooks 7

ELEANOREleanor and Park by Rainbow

Adult Books – Hardcover 8; Audiobooks 87

glaciersGlaciers by Alexis M. Smith

pickupThe Pickup by Nadine Gordimer

sound of the mountainThe Sound of the Mountain by Yasurari Kawabata

unformed landscapeUnformed Landscape by Peter Stamm

Graphic Novels -6

Game for SwallowsA Game for Swallows: To Die, To Leave, To Return by Zeina Abirached

sumo againSumo by Thien Pham

My goals for 2014 are to finish War and Peace, and to read more hardcover books. I read more mysteries than books in any other category, and enjoyed almost all of them. My favorite books were primarily by international authors.



Books Read and Audiobooked in 2012

Picture Books    12
Big Wolf and Little Wolf: Such a Beautiful Orange by Nadine Brun-Cosme
Celebritrees: Historic Famous Trees of the World by Margi Preus
Dog in Boots by Gormley
A Family for Old Mill Farm by Shutta Crum
Somewhere in Africa by Ingrid Mennen and Niki Daly
Tia Isa Wants a Car by Meg Medina
Mama’s Saris by Pooja Makhijani
Orani: My Father’s Village by Claire A. Nivola
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes byLitwin
Pomelo Begins to Grow by Ramona Badescu
Rose Meets Mr. Wintergarten by Bob Graham
Waiting for the Biblioburro by Brown

(As I read many of these I lost track after only a few titles)

My Favorites


Upper Elementary/Young Adult   24

Adventures of Cat-Whiskered Girl by Daniel Pinkwater
After Ever After by JordanSonnenblick
Black Radishes by Susan Lynn Meyer    Bachelder Award
Blue by Joyce Moyer Hostetter
Breaking Stalin’s Nose by Eugene Yelchin  Newbery Honor Award
Bunheads by Sophie Flack
The Candymakers by Wendy Mass
Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun by Rhoda Blumberg   Newbery     Honor Award
The Crowstarver by Dick King-Smith Smarties Award Winner
The Corn Grows Ripe by Dorothy Rhoads Newbery Honor Award
Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick
Each Little Bird That Sings by Deborah Wiles
Fog Magic by Julia Sauer  Newbery Honor Award
Good Luck Anna Hibiscus! by Atinuke
The Hoboken Chicken Emergency by Daniel Pinkwater
Ida B. by Katherine Hannigan
Inside Out and Back Again by Lai  Newbery Honor Award
Lily Pond by Annika Thor
Ninth Ward by Julia Parker Rhodes  Newbery Award ; CSK Award
One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street by Joanne Rocklin
The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom by Margarita Engle   Pura Belpre Award and Newbery Honor
A Time of Miracles by Anne-Laure Bondoux   Batchelder Award
A Traveller in Time by Alison Uttley  (Wonderful old story)
Zora and Me by Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon CSK Award


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Adult books  5

Fragrant Rice by Janet De Neefe
The Land of Green Plums by Herta Muller A brilliant but painfully harsh story (Nobel Prize Winner)
Mao’s Last Dancer by Li Cunxin
The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd
The Meryl Streep Movie Club by Mia March (A fun read for those who are Meryl Streep fans)


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Manga/Graphic Novels   3

Chi’s Sweet Home, vol.7 by Kanata Konami (New York Times Bestseller and Vol. 1 won the Kodansha Manga Award)
Chi’s Sweet Home, vol. 8 by Kanata Konami
Wonderstruck by Brian Selznik




Childrens   26

Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary “Jacky” Faber, Ship’s Boy by l.A. Meyer
The Boy Who Climbed Into the Moon by David Almond
The Dark is Rising, (book 2) by Susan Cooper
Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline  Kelly Newbery Award
Greenwitch, bk. 3 by Susan Cooper
Finally by Wendy Mass
The Four Story Mistake by Elizabeth Enright
Gone-Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright
The Gray King, bk. 4 by Susan Cooper
Magyk, Septimus Heap series, vol.1 by Angie Sage
Masterpiece by Elise Broach
Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorenson  Newbery
Over Sea, Under Stone, bk. 1 by Susan Collins
The Owl Service by Alan Garner
Piper Reed, Navy Brat, bk. 1 by Kimberly Willis Holt
Piper Reed, the Great Gypsy by Kimberly Willis Holt
Princess Academy by  Shannon Hale – Newbery
Return to Gone-Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright
A Spiderweb for Two by Elizabeth Enright
The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright
Silver on the Tree, bk. 5 by Susan Cooper
Small Acts of Amazing Courage byGloria Whelan
The Sword in the Grotto, Araminto Spookie series, bk. 2 by Angie Sage
Then There Were Five by Elizabeth Enright
This Book is Not Good for You, The Secret Series, Bk 3 by Pseudonymous Bosch


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Young Adult  5

Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Notes From the Midnight Driver by Jordan Sonnenblick
The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen
Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
Zen and the Art of Faking It by Jordan Sonnenblick


Adult   44 1/2

Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Anarchy and Old Dogs, Doctor Siri Palboun bk. 4 by Colin Cotterill
Angels and Insect by A.S. Byatt
Badgers in My Vest by Dylan Thomas
The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory
The Coroner’s Lunch, Doctor Siri Palboun series, bk. 1 by Colin Cotterill
Curse of the Pogo Stick, Doctor Siri Palboun bk. 5 by Colin Cotterill
Disco For the Departed, Doctor Siri Palboun series, bk. 3 by Colin Cotterill
Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens
Duchess of Death: The Unauthorized Biography of Agatha Christie by           Richard Hack
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery (read part-listened to part)
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
Escape From Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey From North Korea     to Freedom in the West by Blane Harden
Footsteps in the Dark by Georgette Heyer
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, Millennium Trilogy, book 3 by      Stieg Larsson
The Golden Mountain by Irene Kai
How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn (I had read this years ago)
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (didn’t finish)
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s        Berlin by Erik Larson
Jeeves in the Offing by P.G. Wodehouse
Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
Killed at the Whim of a Hat by Colin Cotterill
Last Man in Tower by Aravind Adiga
Life and Times of Queen Elizabeth 1 and 11
Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain (most of it)
Love Songs From a Shallow Grave, Doctor Siri Palboun bk.7 by Colin     Cotterill
Marriage Made in Heaven by Erma Bombeck
The Merry Misogenist, Doctor Siri Palboun bk 6 by Colin Cotterill
Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
Queen Lucia by E.F. Benson
River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey by Candice Millard
River of Smoke by Amitav Ghosh
Shash and Burn, Doctor Siri Palboun bk. 8 by Colin Cotterill
Sir Harry Hotspur by Anthony Trollope
Spinsters in Jeopardy by Ngaio Marsh
Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Thirty-Three Teeth, Doctor Siri Palboun bk 2 by Colin Cotterill
Tied Up in Tinsel by Ngaio Marsh
Travels With Charlie by John Steinbeck
Well of Lost Plots, Thursday Next series, book 3, by Jasper Fforde
The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga (again!)
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel


9781455118465This is the first of a mystery series of 8 books about a coroner in Laos in the ’70’s!

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Kung Fu Panda 2
Chico and Rita
The Secret World of Arrietty
The Descendants
Albert Nobbs
The Iron Lady
The Hobbit



Movies for Television

Downton Abbey, season 2
Downton Abbey, season 3

Both wonderful!


Year End Thoughts
I forgot to write down titles…some of which I only remembered today!
I was shocked at how few hard copy adult books I read. I must say though that I am working on three large books which I haven’t finished, so hopefully they will show up on next year’s list.

Next year I want to be more careful about my selections! There are so many wonderful books to read and I believe that I could have chosen better.

Have you read any of these books? What are your thoughts about them?



Inspired by a friend to start my own book blog I will begin here. Presently I am compiling my list of books that I read in 2012. When ready it will be my first post.Image


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