According to Goodreads, I read a total of 95 books in 2013 (here they are!). I certainly didn’t love them all, and that list doesn’t include the books I started reading and then abandoned, but when I look back at those 95 titles, I really did like most of them. And that’s good enough for me.
This was also the year I fell in love with audiobooks. I always thought that I hated them, but then I discovered that listening to audiobooks while walking, cooking, cleaning, etc., is actually pretty damn amazing. We’ve been inseparable ever since.
While I would love to have an in-depth discussion with you (over coffee and cake) about all the wonderful books I read this year, I decided a list would probably be a bit more realistic.
So here are some of the best books that I read in 2013:
The Fault in our Stars by John Green
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
(I also met Neil this year. We had an actual conversation.)
11/22/63 by Stephen King
(I still regret not saying these things to him when we met this year.)
The Princess Bride by William Goldman
(Loved the movie, loved the book.)
My Life in France by Julia Child
Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon
(Some great advice in this one.)
Van Gogh: The Life by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith
(Long book, short book review.)
Breathless Homicidal Slime Mutants by Steven Brower
(Great title, incredible book covers.)
You Couldn’t Ignore Me If You Tried by Susannah Gora
(I learned some pretty interesting things about John Hughes.)
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Happy New Year!
I hope your 2014 is full of books and plenty of time to read them.