My Top 10 Reads for 2013

This is a list of my favourite books that I read this year (2013).  Not necessarily books that have been published in 2013, and not in any particular order.  That would have needed too much thought and decision-making.  It was hard enough just to narrow it down to ten.  Here they are:

744224Rush Home Road by Lori Lansens – An unlikely bond between an elderly woman with a little girl leads her back to the town she grew up in and all the memories it holds.  You need lots of tissue for this one.

13227454The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce – You’re never too old to do something meaningful that will change your life.  Warm and fuzzy.

6486765February by Lisa Moore – A family’s life in the aftermath of the Ocean Ranger disaster in Newfoundland, 1982.  Beautiful writing.

13069244Above All Things by Tanis Rideout – A day in the life of George Mallory’s wife as her husband and his team attempt to climb to the summit of Mt. Everest in 1924.  This one gave me butterflies.

15705011The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier – A brave Quaker girl in a whole new world of America and the Underground Railroad.  Quick and engaging.

16047A Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell – An intricate look at the lives of the people of Italy and the Jewish immigrants during World War II.  I learned a lot from this book.

1379961People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks – This story follows the life of a rare book called the Haggadah and the people involved in its survival over the centuries.  Fascinating.

7274337The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer – A WWII story predominantly focusing on the Jewish people of Hungary.  Unforgettable.

7984373Annabel by Kathleen Winter – A haunting coming-of-age story that takes place in a small town in Labrador.  Very moving.

17661831The Orenda by Joseph Boyden – This book chronicles the conflict between the Huron Nation and the Iroquois in the 1600s, and so much more.  I couldn’t put it down.

What are some of your favourites from this year?

10 thoughts on “My Top 10 Reads for 2013

  1. Mom says:

    Good list, Naomi! One or two of those titles did not seem to get the attention they deserved (A Thread of Grace, for instance). I haven’t yet read a couple of the titles on the list, so for Annabel and The Orenda I might have substituted The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet by David Mitchell, and…hmm…The Light Between the Oceans by M L Stedman?… or The Harvest by Jim Crace? … or Mary Coin by Marisa Silver….or The Son by Philip Meyer. Need to try and remember the library titles (The Son was one)… Was it last year that I read The Light Between Oceans?… I clearly am not properly prepared for this… ;(

    • naomi88 says:

      You should make your own list and post it as a comment! I’ll have to borrow the David Mitchell book from you. As you know, several of the books from my list were borrowed from you. 🙂

  2. Cecilia says:

    I just love year-end book lists. Thanks for sharing yours, and I definitely want to look some of those books up! Many of my favorites were not 2013 books either. In fact, I just ordered a whole bunch of 2013 books to read in 2014 😉 One of my favorites was A Fort of Nine Towers, a low-profiled memoir written by an Afghan man, a very warm coming of age story. I feel that it should have gotten more attention than it did. I also loved The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, which was a blockbuster when it came out some years ago. I just got around to reading it this year and it lived up to the hype. I’ll be posting something similar soon!

    • naomi88 says:

      I love the book lists too. Especially from people who read a lot of books. There’s an excellent chance that their favourite books are going to be good.
      Funnily enough, I have never heard of the book that you say was a blockbuster, but I have heard of A Fort of Nine Towers. I read about it a while ago now, but had forgotten all about it, So thanks for reminding me! Looking forward to your list!

  3. Caroline says:

    I’d say we have a similar taste in books. Not that I know all of those on your list but just reading your brief descriptions tells me so and I’ve got some on my piles. And there’s February of course. I have Geraldine Brooks scheduled for my readalong next year and almost included another one of Boyden.

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