Reading Roundup 2013
2013 has been…a year. And I’m ready for it to be over. But just because I don’t have the best personal memories of the year doesn’t meant that I didn’t do a lot of good reading. Here are my favorite books of 2013, by month:
Battleborn by Clare Vaye Watkins
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (reread)
Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Of my favorite books of the year, seven were written by women, five were published in 2013, two were short story collections, five were written by international writers, four were classics, and two were re-reads. I read a lot more great books in 2013, among them:
- White Noise by Don DeLillo,
- Arcadia by Lauren Groff
- CivilWarLand in Bad Decline by George Saunders
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
- The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin
- The Color Master by Aimee Bender
- The Color Purple by Alice Walker
- People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
- The Sea by John Banville
Many of these books are reminders of where I was when I read them, and what I was going through at the time. I can remember reading People of the Book on a park bench in Union Square, White Noise on the beach in the Outer Banks, finishing The Goldfinch in bed late one night when I couldn’t sleep. For me, books are a marker in time, and the above books are part of what 2013 has been for me.
What have your favorite reads been this year?
Here’s to a happy and healthy 2014!