52 books in 52 weeks – BW2

11 Jan

Read 52 books in 52 weeks 2013

This year, I started a challenge to read 52 books in 52 weeks.  The goal of the challenge is to read at least one book each week for 52 weeks.  You can click back to my week 1 post for a recap of the different challenges and categories I’m participating in.  Please see the bottom of this post for the rating system I use and my disclaimers.

My Reviews

Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon, is always a great read.  Even as a chunky historical fiction (at 688 pages, this first book is the shortest in the series), this is my most favorite of all time book series.  I love the vivid descriptions and the historical accuracy of Gabaldon’s books.  She draws you captive and transports you back to a time many of us only dream about.  Over the course of the year, I’ll be re-reading (or listening to) the entire series in eager anticipation of the Fall 2013 (hopeful) release of book 8: Written in My Heart’s Own Blood.

Swinging on a Star, by Janice Turner, is the second book in the Weddings by Bella series.  A short, sweet read set in Galveston, the narrator and star character shares her views on her career, her family, and her love for the Lord.

2013 Finished books

  1. The Custom of the Army by Diana Gabaldon (Outlander novella)
  2. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (5/5/5 chunky)
  3. Swinging on a Star by Janice Turner
  4. It Had to Be You by Janice Turner

In Progress

Coming Up

  • Beowulf (WEM)
  • Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew (5/5/5 play)
  • Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat – audio on request at the library (CW Canada, 5/5/5 non-fic)
  • Dragonfly in Amber – audio, Outlander book 2 (5/5/5 chunky)
  • The Outsiders
  • Fahrenheit 451
  • The Handmaid’s Tale (CW Canada, 5/5/5 comfort zone)
  • Agincourt: A Novel by Bernard Cornwell
  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes (5/5/5 mystery)
  • The Homeschool Highway: How To Navigate Your Way Without Getting Carsick
  • The Three Musketeers
  • The Circle Maker (Inspirational)
  • Reshaping It All: Motivation for Physical and Spiritual Fitness (Inspirational)
  • The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast (Inspirational)
  • The Buried Book: The Loss and Rediscovery of the Great Epic of Gilgamesh (5/5/5 non-fic)
  • Day of War (Lion of War series)



Linked book titles are Amazon affiliate links. If you buy the book, I’ll receive a small token of the sale.  If you’d like to help me out but prefer a different version than the one linked, let me know. I’d be more than happy to create a custom link for you to use.

I enjoy reading Harry Potter fan fiction stories, especially novel-length stories.  Those included here are works greater than 60,000 words to date, or are sequels of works greater than 60K words and thus anticipated to be of similar length once complete.  Individual stories link to the story page, sequels link only to the author, since I recommend starting from the beginning of a series. If you are a hard-core HP fan wanting to delve into fan fiction, there are plenty more I can strongly recommend as excellent reading. 😉


Posted by on January 11, 2013 in 52 books



3 responses to “52 books in 52 weeks – BW2

  1. kerrybeck (@kerrybeck)

    January 11, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Looks like we have similar goals – 52 books in 52 weeks. I’ll be checking your list to find some good titles.

  2. Tina DC Hayes

    January 11, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    This is my 2nd year in 52 Books in 52 Weeks. You’re ahead of me so far. 🙂

    I’m also a fan of Gabaldon’s “Outlander”.

  3. Nicole

    January 13, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Diana Gabaldon is my.favorite author. The Outlander amazing. Try Jean Auel’s Earth’s Children series. The first book is Clan of the Cave Bear. Auek is another author that brings you into the story with vivid descriptions.


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