My Life According to Books 2013

For the past few years, I’ve been making up sentences for a fun meme in which you tell others about yourself using only titles of books you’ve read during the current calendar year. I first saw the idea in 2009 at Reactions to Reading, and have been providing my own sentences every year since.

As usual, I come up with the sentence starters before perusing my list of eligible titles so that I don’t tailor the sentences to the titles. If you’d like to play along, either post your answers in the comments or leave a link to the answers on your blog.

Here’s how my life is going this year.

the never listMy to-do list looks like: The Never List (Koethi Zan)

If a peeping Tom peeked into my bedroom, he’d: Never Go Back (Lee Child)

If Martians meet me, they’d think: The Curiosity (Stephan Kiernan)

My doctor is always telling me: Let’s Explore Diabetes (David Sedaris)

The weirdest thing that happened this past week: The Woman Before Me [at the supermarket] (Ruth Dugdall)

I often daydream about: [being] Unleashed (David Rosenfelt)

The government shutdown makes me: The Enraged (Brett Battles)

a hundted summersIf I win the lottery, I’d: [have] A Hundred Summers (Beatriz Williams)

My superpower is: [always having] The Last Word (Lisa Lutz)

I knew I was a book lover when: Six Years [old] (Harlan Coben)

And because my five-year blogoversary was earlier this month…

My blogging experience has been: Not Dead Yet (Peter James)

Thank you for reading PCN and helping to keep it alive! Now it’s your turn to share your life according to books!

See previous My Life According to Books posts here, here, and here.

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22 Comments

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    Eddy
    October 15, 2013 at 8:22 am

    Just the books we’ve read since Jan. 1 of this year? what about all the book we’ve read since we did this last September?

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      October 15, 2013 at 9:59 am

      Yes, only books read since Jan. 1. The books could’ve been released in any year.

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    Eddy
    October 15, 2013 at 10:35 am

    My to-do list looks like: 300 [items] (Frank Miller)

    If a peeping Tami peeked into my bedroom, she’d: Stay Close (Harlan Coben)

    If Martians met me, they’d think: Kindness Goes Unpunished (Craig Johnson)

    My doctor is always telling me: Make Room! Make Room! (Harry Harrison)

    The weirdest thing that happened this past week: A Missing Plane (Susan Sheehan)

    I often daydream about: Steed and Mrs. Peel (Mark Waid)

    The government shutdown makes me: The Deceived (Brett Battles)

    If I win the lottery, I’d: [go] Around the World in Eighty Days (Jules Verne)

    My superpower is: [the reason that I’m a member of] The Wrecking Crew (Donald Hamilton)

    I knew I was a book lover when: [I was] Under the Dome (Stephen King)

    My blogging experience has been: Suspect (Robert Crais)

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      October 15, 2013 at 11:01 am

      Ha! Good ones, Eddy. I’m familiar with the to-do list with 300 items on it. Your life after lottery winning sounds perfect to me, and it’s funny how we both used Brett Battles titles for the government shutdown.

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        Eddy
        October 15, 2013 at 11:16 am

        B.B.’s books have some good titles. I did my list without looking at your answers first so I wouldn’t be influenced. My original list had the same answer as you for Peeping Tom, so I found another one that worked. I had a few that could have gone in more than one place.

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    Jen Forbus
    October 15, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    Yay! You know I always look forward to this. So here’s mine!

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      October 22, 2013 at 1:11 pm

      I thought of you when I came up with the sentences!

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    Christine @ BookishlyB
    October 19, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    This is great! I might have to play along.

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      October 22, 2013 at 1:11 pm

      Please do, and leave a link here so we can check it out!

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    Heidi
    October 21, 2013 at 1:23 am

    My to-do list looks like: The Never List (Koethi Zan)
    If a peeping Tom peeked into my bedroom, he’d: [see] Light in a dark house (Jan Costin Wagner)
    If Martians meet me, they’d think: Frantic (Katherine Howells)
    My doctor is always telling me: [fit for] The Asylum (John Harwood)
    The weirdest thing that happened this past week: All the Birds Singing (Evi Wylde)
    I often daydream about: Talking to the Dead (Harry Bingham)
    The government shutdown makes me: Ice Cold (Tess Gerritsen)
    If I win the lottery, I’d: [be] Good as Gone (Douglas Corleone)
    My superpower is: Swimming at Night (Lucy Clarke)
    I knew I was a book lover when: [I was in] Dark Places (Gillian Flynn) [under the doona reading with my torch hoping Mum wouldn’t find out]
    My blogging experience has been: [an] Awakening (S. J. Bolton)

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      October 22, 2013 at 1:19 pm

      Ha! What your doctor always tells you is funny.

      I see we read some of the same books. In addition to THE NEVER LIST, I also read and really liked TALKING TO THE DEAD (reading the next one in the series now, called LOVE STORY, WITH MURDERS out Feb. 2014). I also love all of Gillian Flynn’s books and enjoy Bolton’s work.

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    Bernadette
    October 21, 2013 at 2:34 am

    YAY. I finally got around to posting mine yesterday Thanks for keeping this one going.

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      October 22, 2013 at 1:19 pm

      Hooray! Will check it out!

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    Margot Kinberg
    October 22, 2013 at 10:37 am

    So happy you’re doing this again!!! 🙂 🙂 Here are my responses!

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      October 22, 2013 at 1:20 pm

      I’ll go there now. Thanks for playing, Margot!

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    Tara @ Tales of a Book Addict
    October 22, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    What fun!! Mine is here

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    Tess Makovesky
    October 23, 2013 at 6:17 am

    Those are so clever! My own version is here, although I had to take a few liberties: http://tessmakovesky.wordpress.com/2013/10/23/walking-in-the-woods/

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    Kathy D.
    October 24, 2013 at 10:41 am

    My to-do list looks like: All Cry Chaos (Leonard Rosen)
    If a peeping Tom peeked into my bedroom, he’d (see): A Room Full of Bones (Elly Griffiths)
    If Martians met me, they’d think: In the Company of Cheerful Ladies (A. McCall Smith)
    My doctor is always telling me: Publish or Perish (M. Kinberg)
    The weirdest thing that happened this past week (I saw): The Ghost Riders of Ordebec (Fred Vargas)
    I often daydream about: Heavenly Pleasures (Kerry Greenwood) (re: chocolate, etc.)
    The government shutdown makes me: (see) White Heat
    If I win the lottery, I’d (have) The Golden Egg (Donna Leon)
    My superpower is: The Silence of the Rain (L.A. Garcia-Roza)
    I knew I was a book lover when (in a) Split Second (Cath Staincliffe)
    My blogging experience has been: The Full Cupboard of Life (A. McCall Smith) (I don’t have a blog, but reading/comment on others’ blogs is like this.)

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    Rachel
    October 26, 2013 at 12:20 am

    I always enjoy reading this annual list of yours!

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    Sharon Bidwell
    October 28, 2013 at 1:13 am

    My to-do list looks like: Rot and Ruin (Jonathan Maberry)

    If a peeping Tom peeked into my bedroom, he’d: Lover Eternal (J.R.Ward)

    If Martians meet me, they’d think: Beautiful Creatures (Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl)

    My doctor is always telling me: Drop Dead Gorgeous (Wayne Simmons)

    The weirdest thing that happened this past week: The Warrior’s Apprentice (Lois McMaster Bujold)

    I often daydream about: Warm Bodies (Isacc Marion)

    The government shutdown makes me: Ash (James Herbert)

    If I win the lottery, I’d [it’d be]: Fluke (Christopher Moore)

    My superpower is: Relentless (Dean Koontz)

    I know I was a book lover when: The Wind [blew] Through the Keyhole (Stephen King)

    My blogging experience has been: The Good, The Bad, and the Uncanny (Simon R Green)

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    shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
    November 2, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Thanks for sharing again this year, I have shared mine at my blog – you can see the post here: http://www.bookdout.wordpress.com

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    Bruce Gargoyle
    November 5, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    This is the most fun I’ve had in the whole of today! Here’s my list:
    http://thebookshelfgargoyle.wordpress.com/2013/11/06/my-life-according-to-books-2013-fun-for-an-otherwise-ordinary-wednesday/

    Thanks!
    Bruce

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