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:
Rush 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.
The 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.
February by Lisa Moore – A family’s life in the aftermath of the Ocean Ranger disaster in Newfoundland, 1982. Beautiful writing.
Above 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.
The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier – A brave Quaker girl in a whole new world of America and the Underground Railroad. Quick and engaging.
A 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.
People 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.
The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer – A WWII story predominantly focusing on the Jewish people of Hungary. Unforgettable.
Annabel by Kathleen Winter – A haunting coming-of-age story that takes place in a small town in Labrador. Very moving.
The 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?