What I Meant To Read This Year ...But Didn't

You know that annoying little thing called life that always seems to take up all your time? 
Yes, that!

That's what has gotten in between me and my first true love: Reading. 

I am ashamed to say this year wasn't one for the books. (see what I did just then? :) 

So here is a book round up of the books that should have been. 

2014, please spare me the drama that your friend 2013 served me up, (with sides of huge life changes and second helpings of trials and tribulations) and let me get some reading done, mmkay?? 


First off, I actually started this book and put it down at some point. I really think it has potential. It usually takes me a while to get into historical fiction but once I do, I am always glad I stuck with it! 
I have a feeling I'll love this book because I LOVED "The Doctor and The Diva" 


A gripping novel set in Belle Époque Paris and inspired by the real-life model for Degas’s Little Dancer Aged Fourteen and a notorious criminal trial of the era. Set at a moment of profound artistic, cultural, and societal change, The Painted Girls is ultimately a tale of two remarkable girls rendered uniquely vulnerable to the darker impulses of ''civilized society.'' In the end, each will come to realize that her individual salvation, if not survival, lies with the other.

I started this one too and never finished it. I swear I am not a quitter! I just couldn't seem to get anything done this year!  This book is on all the "Best of 2013 Lists" so I know it's gotta be a must read! 

Imagine your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something so terrible it would destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others too.


And here are a couple on the "best of list" that I should have seen earlier but because I've been living in a cave, I haven't even heard of!  But they are definitely on my to read list now! 


The dramatic and redemptive memoir of a woman whose curiosity led her to the world’s most beautiful and remote places, its most imperiled and perilous countries, and then into fifteen months of harrowing captivity—an exquisitely written story of courage, resilience, and grace.



Marketing professor Jonah Berger has spent the last decade answering the question "What makes things so popular?" He's studied why New York Times articles make the paper's own Most E-mailed List, why products get word of mouth, and how social influence shapes everything from the cars we buy to the clothes we wear to the names we give our children. In this book, Berger reveals the secret science behind word-of-mouth and social transmission. Discover how six basic principles drive all sorts of things to become contagious, from consumer products and policy initiatives to workplace rumors and YouTube videos.

What books are out there that you didn't get your hands on in 2013?
There's still time! (Barely!)