Julia’s 2013 reading challenge – the final chapter

You guys. I did it!

Some of the books I read in 2013

Some of the books I read in 2013

I finally finished my 2013 reading challenge!

As I talked about a year ago, I set out to read 12 specific books in 2013. They were:

  1. The Casual Vacancy – J.K. Rowling
  2. Everybody Has Everything – Katrina Onstad
  3. The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
  4. Fall On Your Knees – Ann-Marie MacDonald
  5. Room – Emma Donoghue
  6. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
  7. Anne of Green Gables – L.M. Montgomery
  8. The Whole Truth – Kit Pearson
  9. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  10. The Sisters Brothers – Patrick deWitt
  11. The Forgotten Garden – Kate Morton
  12. Me Before You – JoJo Moyes

And as of December 22nd, when I finally finished Little Women, I’m done!

More of the books I read in 2013

More of the books I read in 2013

Obviously I’m going to set another reading challenge for the new year, but first let’s take a walk down memory lane. This is going to be the fourth consecutive year I’ve done a reading challenge.

My 2011 reading challenge
Goal: Read 24 books (two per month, on average).
FAIL – I came up short… big time!
Total books read for the year: 19

My 2012 reading challenge
Goal: Read 12 specific books.
PASS – I had read them all by November 2012!
Total books read for the year: 28

My 2013 reading challenge
Read 12 specific books.
PASS – I’ve read them all, just in the nick of time!
Total books read for the year: TBD (should be 28 again)

My 2014 reading challenge
TBD. I am considering tackling a longer list this year, as well as having a higher “total books read” goal. But the goal has worked for me the last two years… so maybe I won’t t fix what’s not broken. Stay tuned!

Now, I’m going to do another post about my favourite books from 2013 (just like the 2012 version) but I do want to give a shout out to my favourite books from my 2013 reading challenge. They are:

  • The Casual Vacancy
  • Room
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Me Before You
  • The Sisters Brothers

These were all awesome and definitely get my recommendation!

Now, my question for you – are you planning a 2014 reading challenge? What is it?


About Julia Kent

Julia is an outgoing and energetic writer and food blogger from Halifax. Five years ago, Julia started The Unputdownable Book Club and her food blog, The Domestic Blonde. A graduate of Carleton University’s journalism program, Julia currently works in Ottawa in public relations. As a former broadcast journalist and with a background in musical theatre, she is a natural presenter. In her free time, she recipe-tests, reads, runs, hosts a podcast called Young PR Pros, watches bad television and plays competitive soccer. She’s addicted to Canadian Living and Chapters Indigo. Her favourite books include A Thousand Splendid Suns, Pride & Prejudice and The Book of Negroes. Twitter: @kentjulia
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8 Responses to Julia’s 2013 reading challenge – the final chapter

  1. Mary R says:

    Hi Julia, Glad you liked The Sisters Brothers.. it was one of my favorites in 2012. Inspired by you, I will be making a list of 12 specific books to read in 2014. Merry Christmas! ~Mary


    • Julia Kent says:

      Thanks Mary!!! Merry Christmas to you too. I meant to message you and tell you I bought Dad The Orchid Thief for Christmas (hopefully he doesn’t see this before tomorrow). xo


  2. And what did you think of the Casual Vacancy? I was quite disappointed with the novel. Though I suppose my expectations were quite high . . . and hoping for a touch of magic (or charm, which was lacking).


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