My Top 5 Books of 2013

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:

Honorable Mentions:

-Benediction; Kent Haruf

-Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk; Ben Fountain

-The Cuckoo’s Calling; Robert Galbreith

-Flight Behavior; Barbara Kingsolver

-Gold; Chris Cleave

-Let the Great World Spin; Colum McCann


My Book Diary

My 2012 top 5

My 2011 top 5

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