Saturday, January 4, 2014

Favorite Books of 2013

For the second year, I have met my goal of reading 50 books.  According to Goodreads, I read 18834 pages in 2013, which is actually 833 pages less than I read in 2012.  Granted, this is based on "date finished" and I have about 3 half-finished books right now.  Here are my top 11, grouped by 5-star ratings first, and then 4-star ratings in the second cluster:
  • The Silver Linings Playbook - just such a great book.  Skip the movie! 
  • Tim Gunn's Fashion Bible - history and fashion are a great combination.  Plus, I just love Tim Gunn on Project Runway, and his personality comes through in this book. 
  • The Fault in Our Stars - this was my first John Green book, and I've since read most of his others.  TFIOS is still my favorite.  Make sure you have a box of Kleenex nearby. 
  • Word Freak - Scrabble nerds unite!  Fun book about how crazy people can get about board games. 
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - I read the whole series this year, but book #4 was my favorite. 
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane - Neil Gaiman is an amazing author that I somehow didn't know about until a couple years ago.  This is his new book and I loved it.   

Attachments - Rainbow Rowell is an Omaha-native, and she's fabulous!  I read all 3 of her books this year, and am anxiously awaiting her next one in 2014.  Attachments was my favorite of the three.  Plus I got to meet the author twice at signings (here and here)
Warm Bodies - I thought this zombie/romance was unique and cleverly written.  And I actually liked the movie version, too.  Shocking, I know. 
The Astronaut Wives Club  - this was my last book of the year.  I finished it on NYE afternoon.  I didn't know a whole lot about the astronauts or their families, and this book was so interesting.  I'm 100% convinced that I couldn't handle being an astronaut wife.      
Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore - pretty much any book that RA recommends is going to be a favorite.  This wasn't like anything else I've read, and it had me hooked from the beginning to the end. 
Gone Girl - it's a trendy book to like, but I liked it.   

2013 was a good year for reading good books.  I had more in the 5-star and 4-star range than usual.  Maybe that means I'm getting a better idea of what I will like?  I also had 2 books in the 1-star category, so I highly recommend you avoid The Casual Vacancy and Diamond in the Rough
What were your favorite books in 2013?  Any I should add to my list?


  1. Thanks for the recs! I've been anxiously awaiting The Ocean and Mr. Penumbra, but I added Attachmemts and Word Freak. Finally finishing the HP series is on my 2014 to do list. I've been putting it off because I'll be sad!

  2. great great idea for a post! I'm always on the lookout for good reads, though I don't read nearly as much as you! 50 books this past year? go, girl! gone girl is on my list, my roommate recently read it. I also agree with you about skipping the Silver Linings Playbook movie. it wasn't really as good as I was expecting.

    perfectly priya

  3. Okay, I'm going to need to find a copy of Tim Gunn's Fashion Bible. He is probably my favorite person on TV - I just love him! I'm happy to hear that his personality comes out in his book, too!

  4. My last job was in Marketing and Sales Management in the largest bookstore in Albania so I used to read close to as many books as you do and girl 50 is A TON - you should be proud. In 2013 I probably only read about 5 books. I started at least 6-7 more. It is impossible with a baby. Especially a baby who is not a good sleeper. I'd love to read Tim Gunn's one. And I love Gone Girl - I have read it both in English & Albanian.