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The Book-Addled Brain

Hello!  Welcome to my little corner of the universe.  Join me as I make my way through my infinite reading list one page at a time.

Currently reading

A Clash of Kings
George R.R. Martin
Progress: 187/1009 pages
Edith Hamilton
Progress: 85/497 pages
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré
Progress: 46 %
Les Miserables
Victor Hugo
Progress: 718/1463 pages

Ricki's quotes

"Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don't."— Bill Nye

Looking Back on 2013

For me, 2013 was 'the year of the chunky monkey.'  I vowed to focus on knocking out of number of chunksters (700+ page books) from my to-read list, and while I didn't stick strictly to my chunky monkey shelf, I think I did a fair job of staying on course and am happy to cross a few thicker books off my reading list.  


So in 2013, I read 67 1/2 books (I'm stuck halfway through Les Miserables), totaling nearly 20,000 pages.  Here's a quick breakdown of my reading list for 2013...


Chunky Monkeys

Les Miserables (halfway through 1,463 pgs)

Court of the Lion (1,001 pgs)

The Terror (960 pgs)

Game of Thrones (811 pgs)

Five Families: The Rise, Decline, and Resurgence of America's Most Powerful Mafia Empires (784 pgs)


Not Quite Chunky, But Pretty Darn Close

The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic (563 pgs)

Life After Life (529 pgs)


Read Aloud w/the Kiddos

Little House in the Big Woods

Little House on the Prairie

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

The Chocolate Touch

Charlotte's Web

Stuart Little


The Magic Tree House Series #1-8, 27,& 29


Books to Write Home to Mama About

Life After Life

Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13

The Orphan Master's Son

The Ghost Bride

Child of Vengeance

Burial Rites

The Gods of Heavenly Punishment

Year of Wonders


My plan is for 2014 to be 'the year of the series.'  I'm planning to read the rest of George RR Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series that's been sitting on my shelf for over a year, the Troy series by David Gemmell that I received as a gift last Christmas, and finally cure myself of being the last person on the planet that still hasn't read the Harry Potter series.  I would love to read a few Stephen King, specifically Salem's Lot, The Dead Zone, Four Past Midnight, and a reread of the best of the best, The Shining.  Oh, and maybe I'll finally finish Les Miserables.  Maybe.