2013 was a year of mixed reading emotions. It started off pretty badly. In fact, I despised the first book I read this year. Then things really picked up with some nice surprises and I re-read some old favorites, e.g. the Harry Potter series and Jane Austen’s Emma in audio. During the spring, I hit a major reading crisis where everything I touched was just so-so, so I turned to the modern classics for help. I got ambitious and decided to go for some chunkster classics, struggled for more than a month, and ended up disappointed in both (see here and here).
There’s been ups and downs reading-wise, but mostly ups. Inspired by Paperback Castles, I decided to post the books that I loved the most in 2013. So here it is, my top five books of 2013, in order of priority from #5 to the absolute best read:
An amazing study in characters. Ian McEwan not only writes well, he understands and knows his characters intimately, it’s impossible not to be dazzled by his stories. This one was brilliant!
4: Tipping the Velvet
This is the perfect curl-up-on-the-couch-and-forget-about-the-world-book. What a story, what a setting and such lovely characters! So delicious!
A brilliant alternative to the countless American YA dystopia novels out there today. Hater is English, has a neat touch of social realism, and is very unique. I was hooked throughout.
2: The Road
So disturbing. I was mesmerized throughout by the brilliancy of this novel. Like Hater, this one is a great alternative to YA dystopia novels. This is a dark and horrifying masterpiece without comparison.
1: A Single Man
Oh, Isherwood, you always win my heart. What a story, what brilliant writing. Heart-breaking, beautiful and totally unforgettable.
I’ve got high hopes for 2014 – I think my reading challenge will help me get some great reading experiences. Hopefully without any reading crises!