Eager reader of history, mystery, classics, biographies, steampunk, lit fic, science, scifi, and etc. My reviews are mostly positive--I rarely finish or write about books I don't enjoy. My TBR is too high for that.
It's been a wonderful reading year for me--I read 139 books in 2013, beginning January with Maggie Stiefvatar's The Raven Boys and ending December with Doris Kearns Goodwin's double biography The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism and a reread of Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell.
I tend to end up with reading themes, and a big one for me this year was historical biographies, especially of the nineteenth century. Besides Goodwin's book I read:
Lady at the OK Corral about Wyatt Earp's common-law wife Josephine
The Deadly Sisterhood about women of the Italian Renaissance
Marmee & Louisa about Louisa May Alcott and her mother
Queen of the Air about Leitzel, an early 20th century circus performer
Thomas Jefferson's Creme Brulee about Jefferson in Paris
The Love Charm of Bombs About 5 authors during the London Blitz
Eighty Days about the race around the world by Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland
Heir Apparent about Queen Victoria's son Edward VII
Miss Anne in Harlem about white women involved in the Harlem Renaissance
Book of Ages about Ben Franklin's sister Jane