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A Review of 2013 in Books!

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I see that clumsy_chord beat me to it, but here is my "book review" of 2013!



January
The Abstinence Teacher by Tom Perrota
Stonehenge by Bernard Cornwell
Jane and the Stillroom Maid
Austenland by Shannon Hale

February
War of the Seasons: The Halfblood by Janine Spendlove
Death Comes to Pemberley by PD James
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

March
World Without End by Ken Follet <-- re-read
The Darcys of Pemberley by Shannon Winslow

April
Return to Longbourn by Shannon Winslow
Brother Grimm by Craig Russell

May
I actually have nothing recorded as having been read in May. I may have actually finished Return to Longbourn in May, but... I don't know! I guess the combination of traveling to London and suffering through end of course exams took a toll!

June
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown
Room by Emma Donahue
The Light Between Oceans by ML Stedman

July
Tunnels by Brian Williams & Roderick Gordon
Tooth & Claw by Jo Walton
Darcy's Story by Janet Aylmer <-- read-read
Among Others by Jo Walton

August
The Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi
Storm Front by Jim Butcher
Vanity & Vexation by Kate Fenton
Mr. Darcy, Vampyre by Amanda Grange

September
The Son by Philipp Meyer
A Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling

October
Sticks and Stones by Emily Bazelon
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Stewart <-- re-read
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Hallowe'en Party by Agatha Christie

November
The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Potzsch
For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

December
Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
Where'd You Go Bernadette? by Maria Semple
War of the Seasons: The Hunter by Janine Spendlove



That is sadly only a total of 35 books, but I suppose that's not too shabby. It was definitely a good year for reading! If you'd like to know more about any of the books I've mentioned, do let me know. Also, any suggestions for reading in 2014 would be greatly appreciated!

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gelsey
Jan. 7th, 2014 12:06 am (UTC)
Good list, though I've not read any of those, or most of them, at least.

Recs - I'm big into scifi right now. So the Miles Vorkosigan books by Lois McMaster Bujold. Or anything by her, actually. Also the Honor Harrington books by David Weber.

However, I'll always recommend either of Butcher's series, the fantasy one of The Codex Alera and The Dresden Files. He's coming out with a steampunk series this year as well (Codex Alera is complete).

Lessee. The Scorpio Races by Stiefvater. Loved this book.

Lemme trawl back throuhg stuff, and I'll have more book recs. I ALWAYS have book recs.
dozmuffinxc
Jan. 8th, 2014 01:07 am (UTC)
I really enjoyed Stiefvater's "Linger" series, so I'll probably give "The Scorpio Races" a try sometime in the near future. I'm finishing "The Gargoyle" (by Andrew Davidson) tonight, and I think my next read is going to be either a) Jeanette Walls' "Silver Star," b) "Perfume: The Story of a Murderer" by Patrick Suskind, or c) "Insurgence" by Veronica Roth. Choices!! :)
clumsy_chord
Jan. 8th, 2014 01:31 am (UTC)
The Suskind book is... interesting :) Do you know much about it?
dozmuffinxc
Jan. 9th, 2014 05:53 pm (UTC)
I know a bit - it's actually a book that's been haunting me for years, showing up on reading lists, personal "to-do" posts, and even on the shelf of a used book shop in London where I very nearly bought it. It was even one of the other English dept. teacher's book recs for our school bulletin board ("QG Staff Picks").
clumsy_chord
Jan. 9th, 2014 05:59 pm (UTC)
It's an interesting book. It reads a lot like a fable (but with no moral at the end), which is think is at least partly because of the writing style and partly (I think) because of the translation. I'd recommend it just for it being different than pretty much anything I've read.
gelsey
Jan. 8th, 2014 02:02 am (UTC)
"The Scorpio Races" is better, imo, than the "Linger" series (which I need to finish at some point). But then, it's horses, so I'm a little biased there.

I'm gonna have to ask you to give me some recs at some point, as I'm not familiar with most of your books! Though I've heard of Insurgence. I have such a huge line up of books, though, that I wonder when I'm going to get to them all.
clumsy_chord
Jan. 7th, 2014 11:24 pm (UTC)
I think "Room" is the only book on that list that I've read. Though I've got the Veronica Roth book on tap for... eventually.

I finally broke down and bought Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane (because the wait list at the library is at, like, 168 and I'll just wind up buying it when it's in soft cover anyway, so why not just get the hardcover now?) and have been reading that and enjoying it so very, very much.
dozmuffinxc
Jan. 8th, 2014 01:04 am (UTC)
"Ocean" was very good (I expected no less from Gaiman), but far too short! I was finished with it in about two days. But I think you'll like it. Have you read "American Gods" or "Anasi Boys"? I know they're his "adult" books, but I haven't had the time or the inclination to jump into them.

How'd you like "Room"? It swept me away and shocked me to no end. Another one that I devoured in the course of just a few days.
clumsy_chord
Jan. 8th, 2014 01:51 am (UTC)
I have read them ... love them both, really, though Anansi Boys is just... I can't even say. So very, very good. My favourite Gaiman book has always been Neverwhere, and I keep telling myself that, but somewhere back in my head is a little niggling voice whispering that Anansi Boys is better and who am I fooling anyway? (But really: Neverwhere. Love me some Neverwhere.) They're both really good books, but Anansi Boys is funner than American Gods and a bit shorter, I suppose, so if time is a factor, I'd start with AB and then go back to AG when you realize how awesome the universe is.

I liked Room when I read it, but it was the kind of book where even though I liked it, I was glad when it was done, and I don't think I'll ever read it again.
amaz0n_princess
Jan. 8th, 2014 11:23 pm (UTC)
OMG I MADE YOUR LIST TWICE!!!!
dozmuffinxc
Jan. 9th, 2014 05:51 pm (UTC)
Yes, you did :D
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