Saturday, 28 December 2013

Blog Book Awards 2013: My Top 5 of the Year

Ruth Ozeki's A Tale for the Time Being: one
of my favourite books of 2013. Image source.

Like so many others, I like the fresh start that January brings, yet in late December I also enjoy pondering the twelve months that have passed.

When thinking over 2013, I couldn't help but think over the books that I've read too (with a little help from my Goodreads records). "Did I really read that this year?!" was the recurring thought during this process; each book seems to mark a fragment of time, and some of these simply seem so long ago.

Here are the five books that, when looking down my 2013 read list, immediately pop out as favourites.

I must add that the books haven't necessarily been published this year, but they are the ones that bring up warm feelings and fond memories of characters, settings and plot elements.

They're also books I'm sure I'll return to in future. Some books are too good to simply read once!

My Top 5 Books of 2013


Where'd You Go, Bernadette? - Maria Semple
A Tale for the Time Being - Ruth Ozeki

Memoir & Autobiography

The End of Your Life Book Club - Will Schwalbe

Mystery & Thriller

The Cuckoo's Calling - Robert Galbraith


Which book would be your favourite of 2013? Would you choose any of the books that I've mentioned above?

Also worth a mention are The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson and The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng - two more wonderful novels!


bellezza said...

I'm thrilled that you loved A Tale For The Time Bring as I have that next on my list for January and my Japanese Literature Challenge 7. Also, I put in to be a giver of Where Did You Go, Bernadette? For World Book Night 2014. I hope that is the title I'm given. The End of Your Life Book Club is one of the choices for our book club in the Spring. All this to say I've read none of your top five yet, but am longing to do so. So glad you had such a short, efficient, and exciting summary for the year.

Melwyk said...

A Tale for the Time Being is one of my favourites of the year as well. Really so very good.
And I did enjoy The 100 yr Old Man.... though it was rather light entertainment in comparison ;)

Shannon @ River City Reading said...

I really loved Where'd You Go, Bernadette? much more than I expected to and wish I had squeezed in A Tale for the Time Being. My favorite book ended up being The Goldfinch, but there were tons of great novels this year.

tolstoytherapy said...

Hi Shannon, I'm glad you enjoyed Where'd You Go, Bernadette? too! I can't wait to read Semple's other novel. Also, I've heard such good things about The Goldfinch... I must pick up the paperback when I pass through the airport at the end of the week. Wishing you all the best for 2014, Lucy

tolstoytherapy said...

I'm glad you enjoyed A Tale for the Time Being, Melwyk! I'd love to read some more of her work - it seems so original and exciting. Also, the 100-Year-Old Man is definitely light reading! I hope you have a great 2014, Lucy

tolstoytherapy said...

I hope you enjoy both of those books, Belleza! Bernadette would be a great novel to give for World Book Night - I do hope you get it. I'm definitely looking forward to continuing my reading of your blog in 2014... particularly if you'll be reading these novels! Best wishes, Lucy

Rivorniel Tinubelin said...

I can't believe I still haven't read A Tale for the Time Being... must fix it this year. Where'd You Go, Bernadette? was SO good, even though it didn't make my TOP 5 - but I still rated it 5 stars.

Have a very happy new reading year, Lucy!

tolstoytherapy said...

I think you'd really enjoy it, Riv! It's such a wonderfully original novel.

And you must have had a great reading year if Where'd You Go, Bernadette? didn't reach your top 5 - I wish you all the best for 2014 too!