I read 44 books this year, 3 more than last year and just one shy of my goal of 45. I read many good ones and it has taken some thought to narrow it down to the five that I thought were best.
My 2013 top 5 books in alphabetical order:
-Arcadia; Lauren Groff -I loved the story, the hippies, the history and wish I could join in. I think this would make a great movie.
-Cutting for Stone; Abraham Verghese -The section where the twins are born shows the power of a great novel. It literally takes your breath away.
-The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society; Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows -The winner of the worst title ever. A great unique book that I couldn’t put down.
-The Language of Flowers; Vanessa Diffenbaugh -another great story, great characters and a book that you don’t want to end once it is over.
-Olive Kitteridge; Elizabeth Strout -a strangely hypnotic novel. Olive Kitteridge is by far my favorite character of the year.
As I said I read a lot of good ones this year and the below are ones that fall on my highly recommend list:
-Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk; Ben Fountain
-The Cuckoo’s Calling; Robert Galbreith
-Flight Behavior; Barbara Kingsolver
-Let the Great World Spin; Colum McCann
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