Hello you scrummy folk. A very Happy New Year to you all, however you might be spending this evening. I’m a bit of a bah humbug when it comes to New Year’s celebrations and will personally be having a nice quiet one in the countryside, in contemplation of all the wonderful literature I’ve read this year.
I didn’t read half as much as I hoped for this year but, all the same, courtesy of the Broke and the Bookish, here are my top ten books read in 2013:
1. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens – One of the only novels in existence that really needs no introduction or explanation. Wonderful.
2. Under the Skin, Michel Faber – completely terrifying. I couldn’t have guessed the plot to this book before picking it up and neither will you. Unless you watch some diabolical film with Scarlett Johansson in it.
3. The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman – This has appeared on my top ten lists before for good reason. Magic.
4. Snowflake, Paul Gallico – a meaningful Christmas prezzie from lil’ brother Relish that swiftly turned into the most beautiful fable I’ve read in a very long time. True Gallico style.
5. Pigeon English, Stephen Kelman – another one that appears frequently on my lists. The best début novel I’ve read this year by a long stretch.
6. Bring Up The Bodies, Hilary Mantel – the second installment of the Cromwell epic, I am unbelievably excited about the release of the final book; The Mirror and the Light, in 2015. Far too long to wait if you ask me.
7. How to Be a Woman, Caitlin Moran – snort-inducingly hilarious and really rather important.
8. Hotel Iris, Yoko Ogawa – a considerate portrait of a disturbing relationship. I love Ogawa’s delicate prose.
9. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson – I enjoyed this classic much more than I was expecting. A truly rip-roaring adventure.
10. Fingersmith, Sarah Waters – another one I feel like I’m ramming down people’s throats. Good historical, fun fiction at its best.
May you all have a wonderful 2014, full of bookish wonder and delight!
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