Top Ten Books I Read In 2013


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 ExpectationsCharles Dickens – One of the only novels in existence that really needs no introduction or explanation. Wonderful.


2. Under the SkinMichel 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.

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3. The Ocean at the End of the LaneNeil Gaiman – This has appeared on my top ten lists before for good reason. Magic.


4. SnowflakePaul 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 EnglishStephen 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 BodiesHilary 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 IrisYoko Ogawa – a considerate portrait of a disturbing relationship. I love Ogawa’s delicate prose.


9. Treasure IslandRobert Louis Stevenson – I enjoyed this classic much more than I was expecting. A truly rip-roaring adventure.


10. FingersmithSarah 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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10 thoughts on “Top Ten Books I Read In 2013

  1. A great selection! I too read the Mantel and Moran and enjoyed both, although I think I prefer Wolf Hall to Bring Up the Bodies.

    Oddly enough, I also read a Stevenson, though in my case it was Kidnapped (before my Scotland trip). I highly recommend it.

    I really need to read Fingersmith as it’s been on my list for ages. Thanks to you, I just added Under the Skin. More Scotland!


    1. And thanks to you I just added another Stevenson to my wish list! I actually have some monies for Christmas to spend on books so I think that might just be in my next book haul 🙂 Under the Skin is fabulous, I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it.

      I agree on the Mantel books, Wolf Hall just trumps it’s sequel I think but, nevertheless, I’m so, so excited for the final one….and slightly sad it’ll all be over!


  2. Hello, I just followed a link here from Savidge Reads and so glad that I did. Always lovely to find another blogger in the north (I’m over in York). Great list – I absolutely love Michel Faber and Sarah Waters, and The Mirror and the Light can’t come soon enough for me either. Have you read The Little Stranger? It’s my favourite Waters’ novel. Can’t wait for her new one in September, and I just heard that Faber has a new book out in November too.


    1. Aw how lovely ! A new blogger to meet! I haven’t read anything else by Sarah Waters (yet!) I’m ashamed to say and was aiming at the obvious Tipping the Velvet but thanks so much for the recommendation. I prefer not to go for the obvious bestsellers. Michel Faber is just top quality don’t you think? How one author can write both Under the Skin and The Crimson Petal and the White is beyond me. Excellent. (I see from your blog that you fancy a bit of Helen Oyeyemi for 2014. I just finished Boy, Snow, Bird and, although familial drama isn’t usually my thing, it’s definitely worth a read. The relationship between all the characters is so interesting)


    1. Oh you MUST Alice 🙂 It is, without a doubt, one of the most entertaining reads I’ve had in a good few years and the perfect winter book. It’s a big one but you’ll rattle through it at an alarming pace I guarantee.


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