Friday, January 31, 2014

2013 Books Read

I had so hoped to expand this list by adding, and linking to, a few more response/review posts. That is obviously not going to happen at this point, and we're at the last day of January, so 2014 is well launched. Time to push "publish" on this list of books read in 2013.

Given that my first post of the new year has taken a full month to put up, I have been wondering whether I should even bother continuing with this separate blog. But I'm not hurting anyone by posting sporadically, and I do like having the lists to refer back to as a way of refreshing my poor old memory. So I'm going to keep it for now. Might not post again for quite a few weeks, though. . .

1. Taras Grescoe The Straphanger: Saving Our Cities and Ourselves from the Automobile
2. Martin Walker. The Dark Vineyard
3. Lee Maracle Ravensong. Reread for teaching
4. Maeve Binchy. A Week in Winter
5. Tana French. In the Woods
6. Thomas King. Medicine River (reread for teaching)
7. Mark Doty. Dog Years (reread for teaching)
8. Alan Bradley. A Red Herring Without Mustard
9. Teresa Solona. A Not so Perfect Crime
10. Robert Hughes. Barcelona.
11. Patricia Barey and Therese Burson. Julia's Cats: Julia Child's Life in the Company of Cats
12. Anne Goscinny.  Le Banc des Soupirs
13. Fred Vargas. The Ghost Riders of Ordebec
14. Anne Carson. Red Doc
15. Saphia Azzeddine. La Mecque Phuket
16. Nicci French. What to Do when Someone Dies
17. Kate Atkinson. Life after Life
18. Eva Hornung. Dog Boy
19. Richard C. Millais. One-Hundred Foot Journey
20. W.G. Sebald. After Nature
21 Julian Barnes love, etc.
22 Julian Barnes Levels of Life
23 Peter Robinson. Watching the dark
24. Kathy Mosse The Winter Ghosts
25 Hart Massey Travels with Lionel: A Small Barge in France
26 Joanna Trollope The Best of Friends
27 Fran├žoise Sagan Bonjour Tristesse
28. Thomas Perry. Poison Flower
29. W.G. Sebald Austerlitz
30. Nicholas Carr. The Shallows, or What the Internet is Doing to our Brains
31. Val McDermid's The Vanishing Point
32. Josef Skvorecky. The Engineer of Human Souls, abandoned for now. . . .bookmarked. . . .
33. Michael Crummey. Galore
34. David Lebowitz. The Sweet Life in Paris 
35. Anne Enright. The Forgotten Waltz
36. Sheryl Sandberg. Lean In
37. Susan Cain. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in A World That Can't Stop Talking
38. Tana French. The Likeness
39. Tana French. Faithful Place
40 Sheila Watson. The Double Hook. (Reread for teaching)
41. Michael Connelly. The Black Box
42. Natalee Caple. In Calamity's Wake
43. Michael Ondaatje. The Collected Works of Billy the Kid
44. Alan Jacobs. The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction
45. Patricia Cornwell. The Bone Bed.
46. Patrick Dewitt. The Sisters Brothers (Reread for teaching)
47. Neil Gaiman. The House at the End of the Lane.
48. Val McDermid. Cross and Burn
49. Margaret Atwood. MaddAddam
50. David Essig. Dancing Hand.  
51. Eleanor Catton. The Luminaries.
52. Carolyn Abraham. The Juggler's Children
53. Joseph Boyden. The Orenda
54. Carol O'Connell. It Happens in the Dark
55. Laurie R. King. The Bones of Paris
56. Sara Gran. Claire Dewitt and the City of the Dead


  1. I wasn't aware you also had a book site. I so hope you continue, when you can, to post the books you've read. I already have picked out several I would like to read from this post alone. I plan to read thru all the posts for more recommendations. I am reading, actually listening to, both Wolf Hall and The Goldfinch now. Love both of them! Are you on Goodreads? I am Brenda on there but people have a hard time connecting with me so it works out better if I send a friend request. Don't know why - maybe too many Brendas. If you are a member what is your name there so I can friend you. It is a great site to keep track of your reading and to pick up recommendations.

  2. I'm glad you find the list useful, Brenda. I'm not on Goodreads -- it does sound like a good community for readers but I've got rather enough social media for now! (FB, Twitter, Ravelry, my blog). . . and because of my work and my network in general, I never seem to lack for titles to go on my to-read list! The challenge is to find time to read, as I'm sure you probably agree.