My year in reading: 2013

2013 books

Goodreads has kindly made a beautiful graphic showing the books I read this year. There are 32, but that includes a Granta and a few other random things. So 30ish. Towards the end of the year, I really wanted to have read 30 books, but now that I look at it, they look like so much less than I would have liked.

Anyway, the books I enjoyed reading this year:

  • Stoner by John Edward Williams (review here) – an amazingly well executed novel
  • Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle (Books 1 and 2) (review here) – I enjoyed the flow and style
  • A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (review here) – I liked the tone and mood of the book

There were a few other books that influenced me more than made me just “enjoy” them. The key ones of these:

  • Wittgenstein’s Mistress by David Markson (review here) – I thought about this book and its vast spaces all year
  • Pale Horse, Pale Rider by Katherine Anne Porter (review here) – where has she been all my life?
  • The Faraway Nearby by Rebecca Solnit (review here) – I am now obsessed with her

Socially important books, if not perfectly executed:

  • The Circle by Dave Eggers (review here)
  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (review here)

Best book I got for free from NetGalley:

  • Definitely The Faraway Nearby by Rebecca Solnit.

Books I carried around in my bag but didn’t really read enough of to review:

  • The Selected Poems of Frank O’Hara
  • John Ashbery’s new book of poetry
  • A book of poetry by Edna St. Vincent Millay
  • Bird Cloud by Annie Proulx

 

Would love to hear your favourite books this year – these categories or any others.

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