The year 2013 has arrived, and I’m entering the Goodreads.com Reading Challenge, once more. Only this year, I have an extra goal or two threaded into it. In order to save money and restrain my normal acquisitiveness, when it comes to the written word, I will not be buying any books this year. Unless I’m using a gift card for Barnes & Noble, there will be no book purchases for either Kindle or normal books (free Kindle books don’t count).

No, this is not a New Year’s resolution, because those always get broken. This is a flat-out GOAL. I am not even completely certain that I can accomplish it (I’m sure that my family doubts it), but I have been thinking about it and planning for it for some time now. I have tons of books of my own that I have never read. Our local libraries have plenty of them, as well. And my bank account needs a break.

So, for the year 2013, I will be aiming to read 100 books that I own, a relative/friend owns, that I’ve borrowed from the library, or downloaded for FREE to my Kindle. Do you think I can do it? Check back and see.

Update: When I first wrote this, I had no plans to return to school. Now that I’ve returned to Clemson University as an undergraduate in the history department, I am obviously required to buy books. So, I am not disqualifying myself over school book purchases. A few of them, I will be required to read entirely, so they will be added to my list. I haven’t decided whether to make a note of which are school books. But aside from school books, I have held to my goal, and have not bought a single book for myself (even with a gift card!).


* = read this more than once
^ = library book
~ = free ebook
> = I own this (real book/ebook)
+ = borrowed from family/friend
{} = audio book (not counted in total books READ)


^The Fairy Caravan – Beatrix Potter  [192 pages]

^The Black Cauldron (The Chronicles of Prydain #2) – Lloyd Alexander  [182 pages]

^Women Who Make the World Worse: and How Their Radical Feminist Assault is Ruining Our Schools, Families, Military, and Sports – Kate O’Beirne  [256 pages]

^Fire: Tales of Elemental Spirits – Robin McKinley & Peter Dickinson  [297 pages]

~Doesn’t She Look Natural? (Fairlawn #1) – Angela Hunt  [349 pages]

>The Joy of Hate: How to Triumph Over Whiners in the Age of Phony Outrage – Greg Gutfeld  [226 pages]

*>Rose Daughter – Robin McKinley  [304 pages]

^Spin Sisters: How the Women of the Media Sell Unhappiness and Liberalism to the Women of America – Myrna Blyth  [352 pages]

Total: 8  [pages read: ~2,150]


^Death Comes to Pemberley – P.D. James  [291 pages]

+Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences Americans – Ben Shapiro  [336 pages]

^The Book of Three – Lloyd Alexander  [190 pages]

>Forgotten Conservatives in American History – Brion McClanahan  [200 pages]

*>The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History Thomas E. Woods, Jr.  [270 pages]

^The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and An Unnecessary War – Thomas DiLorenzo  [384 pages]

*>A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quartet #1) – Madeleine L’Engle  [211 pages]

~Out of Control (The Kincaid Brides #1) – Mary Connealy  [330 pages]

Total: 8  [pages read: ~2,200]


>In Defense of Thomas Jefferson: The Sally Hemings Sex Scandal – William G. Hyland, Jr.  [320 pages]

>100 Cupboards – N. D. Wilson  [289 pages]

*>Sprig Muslin – Georgette Heyer  [268 pages]

^Cybele’s Secret (Wildwood #2) – Juliet Marillier  [432 pages]

^The Scorpio Races – Maggie Stiefvater  [404 pages]

>The Magic Pudding: The Adventures of Bunyip Bluegum – Norman Lindsay  [176 pages]

*>Wolf’s Blood (Firekeeper Saga #6) – Jane Lindskold  [544 pages]

*>The Scarlet Pimpernel – Baroness Emmuska Orczy  [204 pages]

*>Eulalia! (Redwall #19) – Brian Jacques  [400 pages]

*>A Wind in the Door (Time Quartet #2) – Madeleine L’Engle  [203 pages]

Total: 10  [pages read: ~3,200]


^Darwin’s Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution – Michael J. Behe  [329 pages]

*>A Swiftly Tilting Planet (Time Quartet #3) – Madeleine L’Engle  [256 pages]

*>A Matter of Magic (includes Mairelon the Magician & The Magician’s Ward) – Patricia C. Wrede  [600 pages]

*>The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Civil War – H. W. Crocker III  [370 pages]

^The Safe-Keeper’s Secret (Safe-Keepers #1) – Sharon Shinn  [240 pages]

^The Last Treasure – Janet S. Anderson  [257 pages]

^The Tutor’s Daughter – Julie Klassen  [412 pages]

*^The Giver – Lois Lowry  [179 pages]

*>Song in the Silence (The Tale of Lanen Kaelar #1) – Elizabeth Kerner  [416 pages]

Total: 9  [pages read: ~3,000]


*>Marcia Schuyler (Miranda Trilogy #1) – Grace Livingston Hill

*>Pegasus – Robin McKinley

^The South Was Right! – James Ronald Kennedy & Walter Donald Kennedy

*>The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall (Pern #12) – Anne McCaffrey

+A Bear Called Paddington (Paddington #1) – Michael Bond

+Paddington at Large – Michael Bond

+Paddington Helps Out (Paddington #3) – Michael Bond

+More About Paddington (Paddington #2) – Michael Bond

+Paddington at Work – Michael Bond

>The Distant Hours – Kate Morton

Total: 10


*>The Naming (The Books of Pellinor #1) – Alison Croggon

*>The Riddle (The Books of Pellinor #2) – Alison Croggon

*>The Crow (The Books of Pellinor #3) – Alison Croggon

*>The Singing (The Books of Pellinor #4) – Alison Croggon

{} Doomwyte (Redwall #20) – Brian Jacques 

>Control: Exposing the Truth About Guns – Glenn Beck

*>Pat of Silver Bush – L. M. Montgomery

>Unplanned: The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader’s Eye-Opening Journey Across the Life Line – Abby Johnson (w/ Cindy Lambert)

*>Mistress Pat – L. M. Montgomery

*>Pearls of Lutra (Redwall #9) – Brian Jacques

Total: 9


*>The Long Patrol (Redwall #10) – Brian Jacques

*>Mariel of Redwall (Redwall #4) – Brian Jacques

*>A Gift of Dragons – Anne McCaffrey

~>Divergent – Veronica Roth

~>All Roads Lead to Austen: A Yearlong Journey with Jane – Amy Elizabeth Smith

>The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day One) – Patrick Rothfuss

*>The Enchanted Barn – Grace Livingston Hill

*>Phoebe Deane – Grace Livingston Hill

*>The Girl from Montana – Grace Livingston Hill

*>The Mystery of Mary – Grace Livingston Hill

*>Exit Betty – Grace Livingston Hill

*>The Obsession of Victoria Gracen – Grace Livingston Hill

^Austenland – Shannon Hale

^Midnight in Austenland – Shannon Hale

*>The Search – Grace Livingston Hill

*>The City of Fire – Grace Livingston Hill

Total: 16


^Insurgent – Veronica Roth

>Black Rednecks and White Liberals – Thomas Sowell

*>Talking to Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles #4) – Patricia C. Wrede

*>Dragonflight (Pern #1) – Anne McCaffrey

*>Dragonquest (Pern #2) – Anne McCaffrey

Total: 5


*>All the Weyrs of Pern (Pern #11) – Anne McCaffrey

*>Mr. Darcy’s Diary (Jane Austen Heroes #1) – Amanda Grange

>Regeneration – Pat Barker

~>The Calling of Emily Evans (Women of the West #1) – Janette Oke

~>When Calls the Heart (Canadian West #1) – Janette Oke

~>The Lady of Bolton Hill – Elizabeth Camden

~>The Rose of Winslow Street – Elizabeth Camden

>The Fall – Albert Camus

Total: 8


*>Captain Wentworth’s Diary – Amanda Grange

*>Dealing With Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles #1) – Patricia C. Wrede

*>North and South – Elizabeth Gaskell

*>Magic for Marigold – L. M. Montgomery

*>The Bedeviled Duke – Judith A. Lansdowne

*>Among the Shadows: Tales from the Darker Side – L. M. Montgomery

King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa – Adam Hochschild

*>Linnets and Valerians – Elizabeth Goudge

Everything is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer

*>The Little White Horse – Elizabeth Goudge

Total: 10


*>Across the Miles: Tales of Correspondence – L. M. Montgomery

*>At the Altar: Matrimonial Tales – L. M. Montgomery

*>Against the Odds: Tales of Achievement – L. M. Montgomery

*>Along the Shore: Tales by the Sea – L. M. Montgomery

*>Akin to Anne: Tales of Other Orphans – L. M. Montgomery

*>The Road to Yesterday – L. M. Montgomery

Jerusalem 1913: The Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict – Amy Dockser Marcus

~Against the Tide – Elizabeth Camden

Remainder – Tom McCarthy

Grunts: Inside the American Infantry Combat Experience, World War II Through Iraq – John C. McManus

*>The Blue Castle – L. M. Montgomery

Total: 11


Warfare in the Western World: Military Operations Since 1871, Vol.2 – R. A. Doughty

The Face of Battle – John Keegan

*>Jane of Lantern Hill – L. M. Montgomery

*>For Women Only: What You Need to Know About the Inner Lives of Men – Shaunti Feldhahn

*>An Old-Fashioned Girl – Louisa May Alcott

*>The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett

*>The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization – Anthony Esolen

*>The Politically Incorrect Guide to English and American Literature – Elizabeth Kantor

*>The Politically Incorrect Guide to The South: (And Why It Will Rise Again) – Clint Johnson

>Shadows – Robin McKinley  [Christmas present!]

>The House of Hades (The Heroes of Olympus #4) – Rick Riordan

*>The Little Princess – Frances Hodgson Burnett

Total: 12

Grand Total: 116

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