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!

It's good to meet you! I started Tolstoy Therapy back in 2012 to share my healing journey through anxiety and PTSD with books. I also climb mountains, go on solo adventures, and write over at

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