Tuesday, December 31, 2013

best of 2013 | best books

2013 done. 32 books read, from the ambitious to the frivolous. I enjoyed photographing and tracking my reading this year using the hashtag #booksandbeverages on Instagram. And I FINALLY read To Kill a Mockingbird!

Here's what I read in 2013:

Vaclav and Lena by Haley Tanner
Let's Take the Long Way Home by Gail Caldwell
Paper Covers Rock by Jenny Hubbard
Caribou Island by David Vann
About Alice by Calvin Trillin
Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney
I'm Scared and Doing It Anyway by Lauree Ostrofsky
Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Three Little Words by Ashley Rhodes-Courter
Zlata's Diary by Zlata Filipovic
Rock On: An Office Power Ballad by Dan Kennedy
One for the Road by Tony Horwitz
Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala
Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman
The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe
The Bite of the Mango by Mariatu Kamara
Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Don't Let's Go To The Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller
Made from Scratch by Jenna Woginrich
Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
Who By Fire by Diana Spechler
Looking for Alaska by John Green
The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
Alice, Let's Eat by Calvin Trillin
When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris
Until I Say Goodbye by Susan Spencer-Wendel
The Executioner's Song by Norman Mailer (*not quite finished reading)

Total number of books: 32
Fiction: 16
Non-Fiction: 16
By Male Authors: 13
By Female Authors: 19

Favorite Books | The End of Your Life Book Club
                            Girl in Translation
                            Orange is the New Black
                            To Kill a Mockingbird
                            Don't Let's Go To The Dogs Tonight
                            What Alice Forgot
                            The Executioner's Song
                            Let's Take the Long Way Home

The End of Your Life Book Club has definitely earned a spot on my (unofficial) Favorite Books of All Time list. Loved it, was inspired by it, and added 30 more titles to my To Read list by the time I reached the end. Two thumbs up.

On the flip side, Caribou Island was seriously f*ed! My thoughts upon finishing it: What the hell?!


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