My Goodreads year end list visualized.
Every book I read this year:
- My Life in France, Julia Child
- TransAtlantic Colum, McCann
- The Interestings, Meg Wolitzer
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker’s Guide, #1), Douglas Adams
- Tenth of December, George Saunders
- The Secret History, Donna Tartt
- Just Kids, Patti Smith
- The Lowland, Jhumpa Lahiri
- The Age of Miracles, Karen Thompson Walker
- After Dark, Haruki Murakami
- Election, Tom Perrotta
- Let the Great World Spin, Colum McCann
- A Friend of the Family, Lauren Grodstein
- Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
- Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
- Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury
- Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte
- Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri
- The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgeral
- Black Hole, Charles Burns
- Homeward Bound: Why Women are Embracing the New Domesticity, Emily Matchar
- Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar, Cheryl Strayed
- Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief, Lawrence Wright
- Messenger (The Giver, #3), Lois Lowry
- Gathering Blue (The Giver, #2), Lois Lowry
- Something Wicked This Way Comes, Ray Bradbury
- The Sweet Life in Paris: Delicious Adventures in the World’s Most Glorious – and Perplexing – City, Lebovitz, David
- TransAtlantic Colum McCann
I’m a lover of reading challenges.Every year I try to out do the total of the year before. Moving to New York City in the fall actually increased my totals because my commute extended.
So what were my favorites from 2013 you say?
My favorite new fiction book of the year was The Lowland by Jumpha Lahiri which I read voraciously though it was not the same kind of novel Lahiri had written in the past. The Lowland is the anti-great-american-novel, a complicated take on the trope of the American dream, a story so often portrayed in literature as only the provenance of middle of century suburbia. Lahiri makes this narrative global and unsettling.
My favorite non-fiction is a tie between Going Clear by Lawrence Wright and Homeward Bound: Why Women Are Embracing the New Domesticity by Emily Matchar, both of which are highly readable investigative looks at movements in contemporary America.. What can I say, I love a good history or sociological portrait.
An old-but-new-to-me favorite in 2013 was The Secret History by Donna Tartt which I read after reading all those reviews of her new book, realizing I’d owned but never opened this much lauded first novel. I read the Secret History in one day, sick on the couch, totally devouring Tartt’s master prose.
In 2014, I’m hoping to read at least 30 books if I can. My goal is too read all the series I’ve never read before. Get ready for it: Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, and Lord of the Rings. Yep, I am one of the few it feels like never to read Harry Potter. Oh, and graphic novels. My new book crush is graphic novels so hopefully that will bump my reading prowess in 2014 up to the next level.
My Favorite Articles:
While impossible for me to track everything I read online this year I do have a few favorite long articles. In 2013 I loved Bitch Magazine All Hail the Queen? about Beyonce, New York Magazine oral histories meets journalism My abortion, and the New York Times epic multi party story Invisible Child. Basically, feminism is my favorite thing to read and discuss.
Happy New Year!