Thursday, December 26, 2013

End of the Year Summary of Books I read in 2013

January: The Moonstone, Willkie Collins (for the upcoming Dickens Universe) - reread
Silent House, by Orhan Pamuk, another book about Turkey.

February: Middlemarch, by George Eliot.  I hadn’t read that one since college. Terrific.
The Theban Mysteries, by Amanda Cross

March: Charles Dickens, by Claire Tomalin, now a movie, "The Invisible Woman"

April: The Life of Pi, by Yann Martel, reread after we saw the movie
A Song of Ice and Fire #1 by George Martin, the first in the "Game of Thrones" series

May: Code to Zero by Ken Follett

June: The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens (for Dickens Universe) - reread
A  Song of Ice and Fire, #2 and #3

July:  A Song of Ice and Fire #4

August: A Song of Ice and Fire #5
Flight Behavior, by Barbara Kingsolver, about butterfly migration. Not one of her best.
Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn.  I identified with the “Amazing Amy” theme
Life After Life, by Kate Atkinson, one of the outstanding reads of 2013

September: The Cuckoo’s Calling by (really) JK Rowling. Not one of her best.
And the Mountains Echoed, by Khaled Hosseini, about Afghanistan
The Story of Beautiful Girl, by Rachel Simon.  Based on a true story, but hard to believe
Junius and Albert’s Adventures in the Confederacy, by Peter Carlson.   Journalists caught up in the Civil War.  Very powerful.

October: The Signature of All Things, by Elizabeth Gilbert. Very interesting. Glad she’s gone back to writing novels, instead of contemplating her navel through memoir.
The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown, about the Washington U crew team that won the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Very inspiring.
The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt . A painting taken from the bombed out Met Museum. Excellent read.

November: God and Baseball by JH Sauls. I didn’t finish it. Enough said.
The Kurt Wallender series (four books) by Henning Mankell. Good murder mysteries.
The Round House, by Louise Erdrich. Native American life.

December:  The Luminaries, by Eleanor Catton. New Zealand gold mining. Excellent read.
The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak. Reads like Young Adult.
The Bully Pulpit, by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Terrific history of an interesting period. If I don't hurry up, I'll still be reading this one into 2014.

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