The Five-Eyed Bookworm

Eclectic Reader. Lover of beautiful book covers.

Year In Review: 2013 | Part 1


2013 was a great reading year for me. I read so much books (for pleasure) compared to previous years. I would attribute this to the fact that I have recovered from a reading rut and boy, does it feel good! What cured me? One word, people. One word. Murakami.

As for the details, I would let the image below speak for me ;)

Year In Review Reading Year 2013

2013 : Year In Review

Okay, I change my mind. Let me go into the details.

I love that I discovered so many new authors in 2013. Here’s my top ten new authors for the past year (I can’t believe I’m saying ‘past year’ already). I discovered Haruki Murakami this year and for that I’m thankful. The first book I read from his was his memoir, “What I Talk When I Talk About Running“. Also, I reunited with Stephen King (**sings “Reunited and it feels so good!”**). I read three books from him this year. So good to find a long-lost friend!

I participated in my very first readalong. We read 11/22/63 by Stephen King. That was great.

I started reading comics again and plan to read more this year. I’m pretty excited about reading more graphic novels and comics this year after joining the Graphics Novel Challenge hosted by Nicola.

2013 was also special because I started my blog on December 6. I just wanted to have an outlet for my thoughts and this blog is perfect. It’s a hobby that merges well with my love for reading. Perhaps you might have noticed how ‘casual’ I do my book reviews here. It’s because I feel that I am discussing the book with a friend rather than writing formal reviews. I like that I can share my thoughts on books and hopefully encourage discussions as I continue, so my reviews are usually aimed at those who already read the books.

The second part of this post will be posted soon.

I’m really looking forward to 2014. May books abound in our lives this coming year and may the books in your wishlists be made real in 2014!


Author: 5eyedbookworm

Eclectic reader. Lover of beautiful book covers and stories of lasting interest.

10 thoughts on “Year In Review: 2013 | Part 1

  1. I have complete faith that you will succeed in reading 50 books this year! I really want to read 11/22/63… do you recommend it?
    I hope you have a fantastic 2014 and do everything your heart desires!!


    • Thanks so much, Lo! I hope I get to finish the challenges too. I’ve signed up for quite a lot so (gulp)… haha :)
      11/22/63 was great, at least for me. It was a long read but it was really worth it. Have you read Stephen King books before?

      Have great adventures, Lo! The world awaits! ;)


      • A signed up for a few too, but most of mine will double dip if you will haha.
        I haven’t actually. I don’t do horror movies, so reading them seems even worse, but I heard that 11/22/63 wasn’t his normal genre, so I wanted to try it out.


        • Yes, I agree. 11/22/63 was completely different from his other books. There are those details that may be a little too graphic but other than that, the story was great. If you get to read it in the future, let me know what you think :)


  2. Hooray for a great year of reading :D Here’s to 2014!

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  3. it certainly is fun discovering new authors. Hope you continue to make discoveries this year


  4. Ahhh I still haven’t read any of Murakami’s works, but What I Talk When I Talk About Running is on my to-read list! My dad highly recommended it, so I need to get on it. :) I like how many new authors you tried out this year, and I’m looking forward to reading your reviews in the new year!


    • I really hope I can start with my reviews soon. I’m reading The Good Lord Bird now and I need to start on those challenges. They’re making me nervous haha. Just kidding. I’m hoping I get to finish them and move on to other books. Maybe another book by Murakami? :) I hope you get to read that book from him :) I’m going to visit your blog soon and read your reviews this year. Have a great reading year, Sophie!


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