My 2013 To-Read List and NEW Weekly Reading Book Club

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Mandi from Life Your Way and I will be partnering this year for a fun weekly reading book club where can discuss about what we’re reading and share recommendations with each other every Monday and we hope you’ll join us too.

We want to hear what you’re reading and loving (or even books that just didn’t click with you). Some of my favorite books that I otherwise never would have read were discovered through recommendations by friends and reader comments!

Weekly Reading Online Book Club

Mandi and I like a lot of the same books and genres (especially when it comes to YA fiction), so I added a few books to my list that I discovered from her post.

Do you have a long list of to-read books? I know I do! I like to keep a running list over on Goodreads – where I keep track of what I’ve read, what I want to read, and how many books I read each year. You can find me here: KatieG.

Here is a sampling of the books that I definitely want to find a place on my nightstand this year.

My 2013 To-Read List


  • Clockwork Princess, by Cassandra Clare
  • Reached, by Ally Condie
  • Shades of Earth, by Beth Revis
  • Dark Triumph, by Robin LaFevers
  • Sever, by Lauren DeStefano
  • Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, by Beth Hoffman
  • Code Name Verity, by Elizabeth Wein
  • Requiem, by Lauren Oliver
  • Under the Never Sky, by Veronica Rossi
  • Scarlett, by Marissa Meyers
  • Messenger and Son by Lois Lowry
  • Waterfall, by Lisa Tawn Bergren
  • Ruins, by Orson Scott Card
  • The Mark of Athena, by Rick Riordan
  • The Alchemyst (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #1), by Michael Scott
  • The Magician (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #1), by Michael Scott
  • I am the Messenger, by Markus Zusak
  • The Lost Prince, by Julie Kagawa
  • Touch of Power, Scent of Magic, and Taste of Death, by Maria V. Snyder
  • The Healing, by Jonathan Odell
  • Dreams of Joy, by Lisa See


  • Make the Bread, Buy the Butter: What You Should and Shouldn’t Cook from Scratch — Over 120 Recipes for the Best Homemade Foods, by Jennifer Reese
  • A Family of Readers: The Book Lover’s Guide to Children’s and Young Adult Literature, by Roger Sutton and Martha V. Parravano
  • Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting, by Pamela Druckerman
  • Happier at Home, by Gretchen Rubin
  • My Life in France, by Julia Child

Need more suggestions? Here are my  favorite reads from 2012.

What I’m Reading Now

I started Ruins (book #2 in the Pathfinder series) over the weekend and had to peel myself away from it to eat dinner and then write this post.

In book #1 we learn that Rigg is well trained at keeping secrets. Only his father knows the truth about Rigg’s strange talent for seeing the paths of people’s pasts.

When his father dies, Rigg is stunned to learn just how many secrets Father had kept from him–secrets about Rigg’s own past, his identity, and his destiny.

And when Rigg discovers that he has the power not only to see the past, but also to change it, his future suddenly becomes anything but certain.

Ruins by Orson Scott Card

Rigg’s birthright sets him on a path that leaves him caught between two factions, one that wants him crowned and one that wants him dead.

He will be forced to question everything he thinks he knows, choose who to trust, and push the limits of his talent…or forfeit control of his destiny.

Rigg’s adventures continue in the second book, Ruins. But I don’t want to spoil anything if you haven’t already read the first book.

What are you reading this week?

Head over to see what Mandi and her family are reading this week.

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Katie’s lifelong interest in cooking good food has shown her that part of the goodness in life is enjoying delicious food with friends and family. She is: Mom. Writer. Photographer. Recipe Developer. Website Founder. Lover of all things good in life. A mix of great recipes, family memories, and yummy photography is what Katie serves up each week at GoodLife Eats™. Katie and her family reside in Colorado.

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  • 1
    Karen Lynch - January 07, 2013 @ 12:15 pm

    I have several books on my list as well, and see a couple I’m going to check into. Maybe there is another book by the title Dreams of Joy, the sequel to Shanghai Girls, but I think the authors name is Lisa See.


    • Katie Goodman

      Katie replied: — January 7th, 2013 @ 3:08 PM

      You are so right! I swapped two of the author names on the post. Good catch! Lisa See has a couple other great books that I’ve read – Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and Peony in Love. I have not read her series called Red Princess but it looks like they got good reviews on Goodreads.com

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    Allison - January 07, 2013 @ 12:17 pm

    Love this idea! And I really enjoyed Ruins too – so glad you turned me on to the Pathfinder series last year. I just finished reading In Cold Blood by Truman Capote and I LOVED it – not normally a fan of true crime stories, but this was fantastic.


    • Katie Goodman

      Katie replied: — January 7th, 2013 @ 3:05 PM

      It is funny because I originally bought the first book in the Pathfinder series thinking that Eric would love it (he did), but I was bored one day and picked it up to read since it was the only thing in the house I hadn’t read yet and I loved it! Glad you enjoyed it. :)

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    Bethany - January 07, 2013 @ 12:47 pm

    I just picked up the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series again. Finished Book #4 The Necromancer (seriously not much necromancy) and started #5 The Warlock. I’m trying to decide whether and how to put in a hold for the last book #6 The Enchantress. (I started the series in print and read the last two in e-format.)


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    Mandi @ Life Your Way - January 07, 2013 @ 12:52 pm

    I just added Pathfinder to my wishlist too — but it will have to wait until after Through the Ever Night at the very least because I’ve been waiting for that one for months!!


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    Marielle - January 07, 2013 @ 2:35 pm

    Reading my first Justin Cronin book–Mary and O’Neil. A series of 8 short stories–told chronologically–tracing the lives of, well… Mary and O’Neil. Brilliant writing. If ever I write a book, this is how I’ll do it. Short stories are so much more manageable.


  • 6
    Liza - January 21, 2013 @ 8:04 am

    I do alot of audio books as I have a 30 minute commute. Just finished If I Stay a YA fiction that I would highly recommend. It is an eye experience from the eyes of a teen involved in a horrific car accident. No more clues, don’t want to ruin the story.
    Just put Just Alice in. It is a book about a 50 yr old college professor who is having memory issues, a precursor to Alzeheimers.


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