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I read 32 books this year! Most of them were pretty good. A couple were dumb. Several were out of my comfort zone and others were just plain boring.
That said, here are the gems:
1. “The Second Duchess” by Elizabeth Loupas. I was expecting a standard historical fiction novel, but this turned out to be an enthralling murder mystery with a dash of the supernatural.
2. “The Tiger’s Wife” by Tea Obreht. This was just a straight-up beautiful book.
3. “The Book of Fires” by Jane Borodale. Another beautiful book, this one a little harder to stomach. I had never read any historical fiction set in late 18th century England, so that in particular was very interesting to me.
4. “The Time In Between” by Maria Duenas. I love me my WWII historical fiction, but this was a viewpoint I had never really read about: the perspective of a Spanish woman in Morocco.
5. “The Power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg. I haven’t read a lot of nonfiction, nor a lot of self-help, but I found this one really approachable and helpful.
6. “Mistborn” by Brandon Sanderson. This wasn’t quite such a trope-buster as I had been led to believe, but I still enjoyed the unique system of magic.
7. Johnny Wander. I love these comics, even if they make me want to drop everything and move with four friends into a tiny cruddy urban apartment.
8. “Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil” by John Berendt. I guess this one counts as nonfiction? It had a crazy cast of characters and a fun blend of murder mystery and travelogue.
9. Saga by Brian K. Vaughan. I’m not totally head over heels for Saga, but I do love its themes and the incredible blend of fantasy and science fiction that it’s cooked up.
10. The Pioneer Woman cookbooks. Do cookbooks count? Because I am really loving these books so far. The recipes are uncomplicated and they use everyday ingredients, plus they have step-by-step photos. Why cookbooks don’t have photos sometimes is beyond me. Plus they’re sprinkled with anecdotes about ranch life and her personal history.
What were your favorite reads of 2013?