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2013 Review Recap!

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 The end of the year is finally here! And I’m celebrating by putting together the post I’ve been most looking forward to: the annual book review recap!

 I started a book blog for a couple reasons, but one of them was because it is a great way to keep track of all the fantastic books I’ve read (one that didn’t involve a journal and printouts of the covers – the method I was using before I discovered the wonders of blogging).

Sharing my love of books has become a passion all its own, and I have discovered some profound things in my own reading habits that I may not have if not for the blog. Most notably, I have come to truly appreciates the idea that life is too short to read boring books. I finally figured this out at the beginning of the year when I had published three posts in a row with 2.5 or lower ratings a week before sharing the top ten books on my spring reading list. It was eye-opening because I realized the books I was most looking forward to reading were getting left on the shelf in favor of books I felt like I was obligated to read (does anybody else have that problem?). Anyway, I made the decision to read the books I was most excited for first rather than last, and it has made for the best year of reading I have ever had!

So without further a do, here’s a look at The Obsessive Bookseller’s year of book love:

 (You can find full-length reviews for all of these titles under the Review Archive tab at the top of the blog)

DNF:

1 Star:

2 Stars:

2.5 Stars:

3 Stars:

3.5 Stars:

4 Stars:

4.5 Stars:

5 Stars:

Look how many are above 4 stars!! Reading the books at the top of your list, rather than the ones you feel obligated to read really does make a difference – here’s hoping 2014 is an even better year!

 I will say this year seemed rather focused on Young Adult. I couldn’t help it, there were just too many great books in that genre and there are many I still have yet to read. Although, because I’ve recently combed through and reorganized my Fantasy novels, I’ve been reminded of how many awesome looking books I still have in that genre and am thinking 2014 could be a great year for a High Fantasy focus…

What awesome books did you read this year?

4 comments on “2013 Review Recap!

  1. Awesome! I totally agree, it was a great year for reading. I have read a good portion of the books you have listed and agree with the ‘stars’ rating you gave them. I’m looking forward to 2014 and catching up with you and reading the ones you have listed I haven’t gotten to yet. Woohoo!! Can’t wait…

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    • I am so thankful that you take the time to support my blog. Without your encouragement, I don’t know that I would have been able to do so much with it. There are still a ton of books that YOU read this year that I’m looking forward to catching up with. ;)

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  2. I completely agree with your philosophy and have been slowly implementing it over the past 2 months or so!! You really did have a great reading year. I like this post, I should try do something similar, if you don’t mind :) My question is how on earth do you get your pictures to look so neat and orderly…

    Chanzie @ Mean Who You Are.

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    • I don’t mind at all – it’s quite possibly my favorite post of the year because it summarizes how fun it’s been! I would love to see what has occupied you throughout the year. I don’t know how to layout for photos works on blogspot, but when I go to insert the photos on mine it provides an option to create a gallery. Before I found that feature, it was a headache trying to get the pictures to line up ha ha.

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