Books of 2013

As I mentioned here, my goal is to read 52 (or more) books throughout the year – and I managed to read 72 books in 2013! Thanks to being in two book clubs, a long commute on the metro, and simply a love of reading, I was happy to exceed my goal. Next year, I’d like to read even more non-fiction books, along with some of those great classics. My queue at the library is already stocked with great new books I can’t wait to read!

Top 5 Books of 2013:

The Fault in Our Stars [John Green]

Inferno [Dan Brown]

The Book Thief [Marcus Zusak]

The Silver Star [Jeannette Wells]

The Paris Wife [Paula McLain]

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Honorable Mentions:

Fall of Giants & Winter of the World [Ken Follett]

And the Mountains Echoed [Khaled Hosseini]

The Sun Also Rises [Ernest Hemingway]

The Light Between Oceans [M.L. Stedman]

Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore [Robin Sloan]

The Kitchen House [Kathleen Grissom]

Funniest Book:

Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls [David Sedaris]

Saddest Books:

Moloka’i [Alan Brennert]

Unbroken [Laura Hillenbrand]

Worst Books:

The Marriage Plot [Jeffrey Eugenides]

The Casual Vacancy [J.K. Rowling]

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What do you think of this?! Do you wholeheartedly agree or disagree with any of my superlative picks? I would love to hear your thoughts!

What’s on your 2014 reading list? I can’t wait to get started with some new books soon…

Life in DC: The Kennedy Center

I’m just about to celebrate my 4th anniversary of living in DC (!!!), and the breadth of cultural activites in this city still never ceases to amaze me. I love the abundance of things to do in Washington, and I’m forever finding new events and activities to do in and around the city. The Kennedy Center is one of my favorite places to visit, and I’d highly encourage anyone to check out a show there.

Throughout the years, I’ve been able to see The Nutcracker at Christmastime (one of my absolute favorite Christmas traditions!) and a ballet for Ernest Hemingway’s book The Sun Also Rises (a book club selection). I’ve also been to a few free (yes, free!) shows at the Kennedy Center, as the Millennium Stage hosts free shows/concerts/performances every single day at 6:00pm. What an awesome opportunity for everyone – i wish I took advantage of these free performances more often!

The impressive Hall of Nations (so grand!) inside the Kennedy Center

seeing the Nutcracker at Christmas – absolutely stunning ballet!

a ballet adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises

looking down on the impressive bust of Kennedy himself