Favorite Books of 2013

I did a lot of reading this year, and a lot of it was pretty random – plays, memoirs, cookbooks, etc. Here are some of the books that entertained and stayed with me even after I finished the final page.

Chick Lit

Midnight in Austenland Paperback by Shannon Hale

Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale

Pembrook Park, a Jane Austen themed park, is not the relaxing escape Charlotte Kinder had in mind, but that’s OK since this fun read is inspired by Northanger Abbey.

Thriller

The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters

The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters

The world is going to be hit by an asteroid but that doesn’t mean Detective Hank Palace stops investigating crimes.

YA

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke & Bone Laini Taylor

Monsters. Magic. A girl with blue hair.  Karou discovers a terrible secret with deadly results.

Biography

Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie

Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie

Through fate and intelligence, a minor German princess becomes empress of Russia.

Romance

The Masqueraders by Georgette Heyer

The Masqueraders by Georgette Heyer

Brother and sister, Prudence and Robin, are masters of disguise, but their new roles create problems when Robin falls in love with a girl who thinks he is a woman and Prudence who falls in love with a man who thinks she is a boy.

Historical Fiction

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Ursula Todd is born.  She lives a little bit.  She dies.  Then, she gets a chance to do it all over again.  (See my full review here.)

Fantasy

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home and is pulled back into his youthful memories of fear and magic.

What books did you love this year?

22 comments

  1. Ali Mackin says:

    I am reading Tamara Mellon’s book “In My Shoes” I am almost done with it. Then I am going to read a thriller my coworker gave me. I also want to read Grace Coddington’s book too. I also read a book called “The Liar, The Bitch and The Wardrobe” a very fun snarky read similar to “The Devil Wears Prada”

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  2. Natasja says:

    Some of them certainly sound interesting. Not sure what to think of the Chick Lit book.. and I’ve seen the YA book before, but it just seems so.. typical. I’ve been catching up on English literature from the Romantic Period in England and the USA. Last book I read was “Wuthering Heights” and I should start with “Scarlet Letter” any day now. Oh yeah, I shouldn’t forget to mention I also read a lot of academic books related to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, horror, vampires and fairy-tales… for an essay I am working on :)
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