Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Favorite Reads of 2013

As a book reviewer for Shelf Awareness, I read and review at least three titles per month. Those titles are culled from an often eclectic list of nonfiction and fiction (mysteries and romances) - books I might not normally choose for myself, per se, but titles I have enjoyed reading that broaden my range. This blog tends to highlight a majority of those titles. However, I read a lot more than what I post on this blog.

Below is a list of my favorite reads from 2013. Please note: there is no special ranking. Each book is vastly different in content, form, tone and subject matter, and I feel it is unfair to qualify them in that manner. The numbers are simply there to keep the list orderly. 

To learn more about any of the selections, click on the highlighted titles for additional information:


1)      The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout
2)      The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
3)      The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
4)      Someone Else's Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson
5)      The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
6)      Tapestry of Fortunes by Elizabeth Berg
7)      Three Graves Full by Jamie Mason
8)      Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding
9)      The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg
10)    The Widow Waltz by Sally Koslow


11)    This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett
13)    Killing Jesus: A History by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
          by Charles Krauthammer
15)    The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams by Ben Bradlee