Books Read in 2013

1. William Shakespeare/MACBETH*

2. Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson/A MEMORY OF LIGHT

3. Stephanie Barron/JANE AND THE CANTERBURY TALE

4. Howard Zinn/A PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES

5. Seicho Matsumoto/INSPECTOR IMANISHI INVESTIGATES

6. David Downing/MASARYK STATION

7. Janwillem van de Wetering/OUTSIDER IN AMSTERDAM

8. Colin McAdam/A BEAUTIFUL TRUTH

9. Heather Terrell/RELIC

10. Robert Arellano/HAVANA LUNAR

11. Osamu Dazai, translated by Donald Keene/NO LONGER HUMAN

12. Glenville Lovell/FIRE IN THE CANES

13. Ayana Mathis/THE TWELVE TRIBES OF HATTIE

14. Peter Lovesey/THE STONE WIFE

15. Karen Tei Yamashita/I HOTEL

16. Elizabeth Kiem/DANCER DAUGHTER TRAITOR SPY

17. Katherine Boo/BEHIND THE BEAUTIFUL FOREVERS

18. Dennis Lehane/MYSTIC RIVER

19. Amelie Nothomb, translated by Alison Anderson/TOKYO FIANCEE

20. Mary Ann Schaffer and Annie Barrows/THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY

21. Matt Bell/IN THE HOUSE UPON THE DIRT BETWEEN THE LAKE AND THE WOODS

22. Florence Williams/BREAST: A NATURAL AND UNNATURAL HISTORY

23. Chris Pavone/THE EXPATS

24. Gayle Forman/IF I STAY

25. Mary McCarthy/THE GROUP

26. Elias Lonnrot, translated by Keith Bosley/THE KALEVALA

27. Anthony Marra/A CONSTELLATION OF VITAL PHENOMENA

28. Ruth Ozeki/A TALE FOR THE TIME BEING

29. Meg Wolitzer/THE INTERESTINGS

30. Stephen King/ON WRITING

31. Robert Galbraith/THE CUCKOO’S CALLING

32. Maria Semple/WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE?

33. Helene Wecker/THE GOLEM AND THE JINNI

34. Anne Lamott/BIRD BY BIRD

35. Shirley Jackson/WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE

36. Yukio Mishima, translated by various translators (1966 New Directions publication)/DEATH IN MIDSUMMER

37. Hannah Kent/BURIAL RITES

38. Ed Moloney/VOICES FROM THE GRAVE

39. Rachel Ingalls/MRS. CALIBAN

40. Hiromi Kawakami, translated by Allison Markin Powell/THE BRIEFCASE

41. Edwidge Danticat/BREATH EYES MEMORY

42. Daphne Kalotay/SIGHT READING

43. Jonathan Lethem/DISSIDENT GARDENS

44. Amy Talkington/LIV, FOREVER

45. Stephen Chbosky/THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER

46. Okey Ndibe/FOREIGN GODS, INC.

47. Graeme Simsion/THE ROSIE PROJECT

48. Susan Cain/QUIET: THE POWER OF INTROVERTS IN A WORLD THAT CAN’T STOP TALKING

49. David Foster Wallace/INFINITE JEST

50. Malcolm Gladwell/THE TIPPING POINT: HOW LITTLE THINGS CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE

51. David Mitchell/GHOSTWRITTEN

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2 Responses to Books Read in 2013

  1. drwasy says:

    Great list, oh prolific one! Loved Matt Bell’s book, and #30, #34, and #50 are books I return to every couple of years. Curious about your reaction to The Interestings. Happy New Year! Peace…

    • Woah! You left this a long time ago. Sorry I’m just seeing it! I did not love THE INTERESTINGS, I’m afraid. My book club picked it. We were all pretty annoyed by it. Immediately afterward we read Jonathan Lethem’s DISSIDENT GARDENS and were even more annoyed by that. It was making my book club bemoan modern fiction. But I think it’s definitely proof that we need some diversity of voices to be covered in review media.

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