Farewell, 2013. Hello, 2014!

Hello, 2014! I’ve set a goal for myself to read 30 books this year. With work (and life) being so busy, I think 30 books is a safe enough number to try and achieve for my reading challenge. A bit more than the last, but not too much. 😀


As for 2013, I challenged myself to read 20 books and managed to read 23. Better than I expected!

I think these are the highlights of my reading in 2013. I’ve written reviews for some of them, and I’m hoping to do a few of the others this year. 


Among the 23 books,  I rated sixteen books with 4 and 3 stars (really liked and liked, based on Goodreads rating system). Inkdeath was the longest of all, based on number of pages.

I really enjoyed reading: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series by Michael Scott

I love mythology, and this is based on myths from different countries and historical figures.

The series consists of 6 books. It’s an interesting and enjoyable read. Book 1 is called The Alchemyst, and I had trouble putting it down the moment I started reading it. A couple of days later, I went to the bookstore and bought books 2-6.

I also enjoyed reading: The Land of Elyon series (Books 1-3) by Patrick Carman


  1. The Dark Hills Divide
  2. Beyond the Valley of Thorns
  3. The Tenth City

I haven’t done a review of these yet, but they were good reads. Among the three, I liked Books 2 and 3 the most.

There are actually 5 books in the series, one of which is a prequel. I’m currently still “in progress” reading Book 4 (Stargazer). However, Books 1-3 could be considered the core of the series, I think. The story from books 1-3 picks up immediately where the previous one left off, unlike book 4, which is related to the story but is somewhat different.

I really enjoyed the audiobook of: Inkspell by Cornelia Funke

It was narrated by Brendan Fraser, and he did a brilliant job with it. Such a lovely voice. He was so easy and fun to listen to. A very engaging narrator, doing different character voices and accents. A well-written story that was narrated very well, I think. The story was very imaginative. My favorite character is Dustfinger. Inkspell is the middle part of the Ink trilogy.

Another audiobook that was nice to listen to was The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner, because it was narrated by Tom Hiddleston, and he read it beautifully. The story, however, was not nearly as captivating as Inkspell. A review will be posted soon.


For me, 2013 had been a good year. I moved on to a new job, another adorable niece was born, I started this blog and met new friends. There were many difficulties and challenges in life, certainly, but we all got through it. And now, we say hello to the new year with hope of wonderful things yet to come!

Have a fantastic 2014 that’s full of joy and blessings! Make every second count.

6 thoughts on “Farewell, 2013. Hello, 2014!

  1. Great job on the reading task! Looks like you’ve read a lot of interesting books. Now, I must ask your opinion on the Inkspell. Is that in the series with Inkheart?

    Another niece! Congrats! You must take Weatherly for a visit.

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