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Reading Recap for 2012 and Some 2013 Goals

It’s officially that time of the year for me to look at how I did with my reading goals and to set some for the coming year. At first glance, my quantity dipped a little, but the quality improved greatly so I’ll take the trade off. Anyways, let’s see how I did on last year’s goals:

  1. Read 50 books – I didn’t make it, but like I already mentioned I’m proud of having quality material this year.
  2. Read 6 nonfiction – way overshot my goal here, as in I more than doubled my expectations
  3. Read some classics and some books on my shelf – failed.big time.oops.

Let’s take a look:

  • Total Books: 44
  • Non-Fiction: 14
  • Fiction: 30
  • Shortest: I Will Carry You
  • Longest: not sure but just guessing it would be Black Hawk Down
  • Least Favorite(s): Blackwater and Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime
  • Favorite(s): Unbroken, Black Hawk Down, and War
  • Average books per week: .85

Here’s the list:

1. Imposter by Davis Bunn

2. All Neccessary Force by Brad Taylor

3. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

4. Blackwater by Jeremy Scahill

5. Longing by Karen Kingsbury

6. A Team for America: The Army Navy Game that Rallied a Nation by Randy Roberts

7. Kill Shot by Vince Flynn

8. American Sniper by Chris Kyle

9. Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

10. Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

11. Chatching Katie by Robin Lee Hatcher

12. Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden

13. Whispers from Yesterday by Robin Lee Hatcher

14. The Shadow of Your Smile by Mary Higgins Clark

15. The Curious Incident of the Dogy in the Night Time by Mark Haddon

16. The Judas Gate by Jack Higgins

17. One Rough Man by Brad Taylor

18. Bossypants by Tina Fey

19. A Devil is Waiting by Jack Higgins

20. Courageous by Randy Alcorn

21. Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose

22. At Risk by Stella Rimington

23. Secret Asset by Stella Rimington

24. Loving by Karen Kingsbury

25. The Letter by Marie Tillman

26. Eye of the Storm by Jack Higgins

27. Black List by Brad Thor

28. Heaven is Here by Stephanie Nielson

29. Thunder Point by Jack Higgins

30. On Dangerous Ground by Jack Higgins

31. Hostage by Elie Wiesel

32. Dear Marcus: A Letter to the Man Who Shot Me by Jerry McGill

33. Angel of Death by Jack Higgins

34. War by Sebastian Junger

35. Drink with the Devil by Jack Higgins

36. The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger

37. The Heart and the Fist by Eric Greitens

38. The President’s Daughter by Jack Higgins

39. The White House Connections by Jack Higgins

40. Day of Reckoning by Jack Higgins

41. I Will Carry You by Angie Smith

42. Edge of Danger by Jack Higgins

43. Midnight Runner by Jack Higgins

44. Outlaw Platoon: Heroes, Renegades, Infidels, and the Brotherhood of War in Afghanistan by Sean Parnell and John Bruning

Goals for 2013:

  1. Read 50 books (45 didn’t seem like much of a goal improvement)
  2. Read 15 Non-Fiction books
  3. Read classics – specifically I’m thinking some Shakespeare and Vanity Fair (which are on my shelf!)

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I just finished reading the book Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand and it was amazing. It was a non-fiction that read better than a lot of fiction stories. In fact, I had a hard time putting it down and read it in only a few days. I think I ran through every possible emotion from wanting to laugh to needing to cry. It’s a very polished story, yet it feels so raw, as if the main character himself is speaking to you. I would highly reccommend this book to anyone looking for a good read – difficult materiel yet amazing. It’s a story about loss and suffering, but also about redemption. I seriously cannot say enough good things about this book other than go pick it up and read it – you won’t regret doing so.

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