What I’m Reading {200 Books in 2013)

I’ve said before that for six years or so I’ve set a goal with my reading. For many years that goal was 100, and I’d usually exceed it by a dozen or so. In 2012, I decided to up the goal to 150, and in 2013 I’ll be going to 200.

How I Do This

To understand how I read so much, check out these other articles I’ve written:

Past Reading Lists

Want to check out my past lists?


In 2013 (as in 2012), I will rate some of the books I read. Not every book, but some. Here’s how the ratings go.


* {eh.}

** {useful information, but likely not something the general masses will fawn over.}

*** {good, but with the caveat that I read (and enjoy) weird books}

**** {darn good. worth buying a hard copy of to put on a nice shelf.}

***** {love! top-10 placement! life-changing! gold stars 4eva!}

The 2013 List

Books Read in 2013:

  1. The One Year Bible NLT from Tyndale (I read this daily in my PRESENT time (via clement). Read my free ebook, The Present Principle, on how I start my days.)
  2. The Message (Every year, I read through Peterson’s The Message.)
  3. In Patagonia
  4. Bella Tuscany
  5. Cinco Cerditos
  6. Trajectoria de Boomerang
  7. My Reading Life
  8. What the Most Successful People Do On Weekends
  9. An Italian Education
  10. Most Talkative
  11. Muerte en la Vicaria
  12. Beautiful Ruins
  13. The Turn of the Screw
  14. The Stress-Free Life
  15. Living Still
  16. Happier than a Billionaire
  17. The Number 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (yes, I’m the last person on the planet to read this one)
  18. Who’s There? (the manuscript for a friend’s new novel)
  19. More or Less
  20. Happier at Home
  21. Steve Jobs
  22. {health book}
  23. {health book}
  24. Tears of the Giraffe
  25. Morality for Beautiful Girls
  26. The Galapagos Affair
  27. Creating Room to Read
  28. Bindi Girl
  29. Waiting for Daisy ****
  30. Fieldwork
  31. The Circle Maker ***
  32. The Post Christian Church
  33. The Power of Habit ***
  34. A Joyful Pilgrimage
  35. The Memoir Project ***
  36. Gone Girl
  37. My Favorite Wife
  38. Dirty God
  39. Follow Me
  40. Body Surfing
  41. Drive
  42. The Voluntourist
  43. 24/6: A Prescription for a Happier, Healthier Life
  44. A Day in the Life of a Minimalist
  45. Love is the Killer App
  46. The Balance Within
  47. The Exile Lifestyle
  48. The Dirt on Clean
  49. A Death at Pemberley
  50. Four Kitchens: My Life Behind the Burner in New York, Hanoi, Tel Aviv and Paris ****
  51. The Cost of Hope
  52. Life Without Limits
  53. My Life in France ****
  54. Accidental Genius
  55. {health}
  56. Come on Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All
  57. Give me the World *****
  58. The Man Who Quit Money
  59. The Sweet Life in Paris
  60. The Hidden Link Between Adrenaline and Stress
  61. Lights Out
  62. Dearie
  63. Leading on Empty***
  64. Write it Down, Make it Happen
  65. The Joy Diet
  66. The Primal Connection
  67. The New Sugar Busters
  68. Start
  69. What Successful People Do at Work
  70. Crashing Through
  71. The Joy of Burnout
  72. One Year Lived
  73. Dark Star Safari***
  74. Paris: A Love Story
  75. Lunch in Paris
  76. Land of a Thousand Hills: My Life in Rwanda***
  77. Bright Lights, No City
  78. Travels with Myself and Another
  79. My Berlin Kitchen
  80. Awakening
  81. Almost French
  82. Finding Rest
  83. Bread and Wine
  84. Resurrection Year
  85. A Journey with Elsa Cloud***
  86. Married to Bhutan***
  87. The Big White Canoe
  88. {health book}
  89. The Power of Rest
  90. The Woman Who Wasn’t There
  91. The Girl Who Fell to Earth
  92. The Mosquito Coast
  93. The Woman Code
  94. Lipstick in Afghanistan
  95. Running Away to Home
  96. In the Garden of Beasts
  97. Rock Bottom Blessings
  98. The Last Train to Zona Verde***
  99. Interupted
  100. Mzungu (a screenplay)
  101. Bongo Bongo Life in the Belgian Congo
  102. The Beauty Detox Solution
  103. Speak Swahili, Dammit
  104. Radio Shangri-La
  105. Barefoot Church
  106. Nine Hills to Nambokaha
  107. You’re Already Amazing
  108. {health book}
  109. {health book}
  110. Lost and Found
  111. You’re Made for a God-Sized Dream
  112. {health book}
  113. Love with a Chance of Drowning
  114. Molokai
  115. The Wired Mom
  116. Teams on the Edge
  117. The Right Attitude to Rain***
  118. Finding Moosewood, Finding God
  119. Let Go
  120. The Hunger Games
  121. Catching Fire
  122. Mockingjay
  123. The Sunday Philosphers Club***
  124. Friends, Lovers, Chocolate ***
  125. Paradise News
  126. {health book}
  127. The Leopard Tree
  128. 44 Scotland Street
  129. Getting Stoned with Savages
  130. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand
  131. The Case of the Missing Servant
  132. Daring Greatly
  133. The Careful Use of Compliments ***
  134. The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday ***
  135. The Lost Art of Gratitude ***
  136. The Highly Sensitive Person
  137. The Charming Quirks of Others
  138. The Forgotten Affairs of Youth
  139. The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds
  140. Brand Against the Machine
  141. 20,000 Days and Counting
  142. Say Goodbye to Survival Mode
  143. Dangerous Grains
  144. {health}
  145. The Wishing Year
  146. Jana Bibi’s Excellent Fortunes
  147. Notes from a Blue Bike
  148. A Change in Altitude
  149. A Hologram for the King
  150. {health}
  151. The Foremost Good Fortune
  152. Lean In
  153. The Weird Sisters
  154. Primal Body, Primal Mind
  155. Austenland
  156. The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating
  157. The Blue Castle
  158. The Happy Wives Club
  159. Among Flowers
  160. Killer’s Island
  161. Packing Light
  162. {health}
  163. Hablare Cuando Estare Muerto
  164. Dreaming in Chinese
  165. A Place of Reeds
  166. Sacred Rhythms
  167. Fascinate
  168. Paramedic to the Prince
  169. Crocodile and the Sun
  170. Too Close to the Sun
  171. Bootstrapped
  172. The Bolter
  173. The Curse of the Pharoahs
  174. Travels in a Thin Country
  175. Illuminata
  176. {health}
  177. Balance that Works When Life Doesn’t
  178. A Good Man in Africa
  179. Chickens in the Road
  180. The Signature of All Things
  181. The Dinner
  182. The Circle
  183. Lost on Planet China
  184. The Message
  185. My Utmost for His Highest
  186. Mystery on the Great Lakes
  187. A Little Salty Cuts the Sweet
  188. How Do You Kill 11 Million People?
  189. The Saphire Sea
  190. The End of Your Life Book Club
  191. How Nancy Drew Saved My Life
  192. The Rest of God
  193. {health}
  194. Fried
  195. {health}
  196. To the Moon and Timbuktu
  197. I Am Malala
  198. Zen Under Fire
  199. The Royal Road to Romance
  200. Stalking the Wild Dik Dik
  201. {health}
  202. French Lessons
  203. The Tree Where Man Was Born
  204. All Good Things
  205. Somewhere Inside
  206. Mastering the Art of French Eating
  207. However Long the Night

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18 thoughts on “What I’m Reading {200 Books in 2013)

  1. This is great. Just wondering how you do with retention. If someone asks you about one of these books you read back in 2011 do you remember it well? If so, what do you do beyond reading to help with retention of each book (especially the books worth remembering)? Thanks

  2. Hi Claire,

    Wow. I’m really impressed with this reading list. A few of these books, I’ve read happily: MARRIED TO BHUTAN, MY BERLIN KITCHEN, LUNCH IN PARIS, STEVE JOBS–though not necessarily in 2013. It’s been two years since I read HAPPINESS PROJECT by Gretchen Rubin, and I’ve been saying to myself that I need to read her sequel, HAPPIER AT HOME (which is on your list).

    My own reading list is never-ending. I compile a list of books I’d like to read, adding as I find or learn of books that interest me. And I, too, love ebooks!

  3. Claudia,
    Love this!
    I am sure I will end up reading a few of these books, which motivates a question: how do you choose the books you read?
    Thank you for sharing 🙂

  4. Dude I’m not sure what you mean by “read” a book. 300 books a year is a book a day with the odd day off. Most books you can’t read in a day. If what you mean is spend an hour having a flick through, it doesn’t mean anything. And even if you can read say a short Steinbeck in a day, all that means is that you haven’t stopped to think and so have missed 90% of what’s in there. What’s the point of that?

    • I mean read — in all senses of the word. I do not mean spending an hour flicking through. It takes me on average of 4-5 hours to read a book. I spend about 18 hours a week reading — 7 of that via audiobook while commuting, exercising, doing chores.

      • I actually believe you could read as many books, and respect for that. However, when moving from one book to another, how do you factor in time to reflect? It took me 3 weeks to digest Animal Farm, and I am still trying to figure out what The Alchemist was really saying. I feel Carl Honore does have a point.

  5. Really cool post. Thanks for sharing.


    1) Have you measured your reading speed? If so, would you mind sharing what it is?
    2) What kind of schedule do you set to read? Is it more than your “R” in the P.R.E.S.E.N.T. routine?
    3) What kind of criteria do you use to choose your books?


  6. Having read 4 kitchens and about to dine at La Verticale in Hanoi, can’t wait to sample Didier Corlou’s cooking masterpieces. Thank you, Claire, for all the book suggestions.

  7. Last fall I found The One Year Bible (NLT), so that’s my daily read this year. I like to read chronological Bibles some years, and regular ones (different versions) the other years. This is actually my first time to read an NLT all the way through. I have The Message, but haven’t used it for my daily reading yet. I’m considering a Spanish version next year.
    As to other reading, Blink (M Gladwell) is one of my favorites – as long as you don’t take it to the extreme some have.
    Thanks for showing your lists.

  8. Thanks to you I also have a goal. I love to read and discovered I was spending too much time goofing off. I will be reading 10 books this year. I am in a couple of book shares and I have a kindle, so it shouldn’t be a problem. I guess I need to keep a list so that I know how many I have read!
    Thanks for all you do! It’s been helpful!

  9. You have a very impressive list. I don’t think I could read as many. But since buying a kindle I have read many more books than ever before. Anyway, I do have a question! Where do you get the time when you have to fit everything else into your busy life?