Daily Archives: January 5, 2014

2013 books in review

I read fewer books last year than I have in a very long time, maybe since college.  I guess that is what happens when you work full time and have a toddler.  The previous year, I read just as much as ever because I wasn’t working, despite having L to take care of.  Nevertheless, despite reading fewer books than usual, it was actually not a bad book year.

4 star books:

Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell – I continue to be a Wallander fan.  In general, I enjoy Mankell’s writing.

On The Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves

The Woman at the Light by Joanna Brady

The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

The Newlyweds by Nell Freudenberger

The Crooked Branch by Jeanine Cummins

In The Shadow of the Banyan Tree by Vaddey Ratner.  This one was all about Cambodia during the time of the Khmer Rouge.

The Sandalwood Tree by Elle Newmark

A Killing in the Hills  by Julia Keller

In Falling Snow by Mary-Rose MacColl

4.5 stars books:

The Dog Stars by Peter Heller.  One of the better post-apocalyptic books I’ve read.

5 stars books:

It’s amazing how many books I thought warranted 5 stars this year.  I don’t think I gave any new books 5 stars last year.  Like I said, it was a good year for reading.  Or maybe I just lowered my standards.

The Locavore’s Dilemma by Pierre Desrochers.  This books is an anti-locavore answer to Omnivore’s Dilemma  and similar books.  I find both sides of this argument compelling at various times, but if you ever want to read a very well-written, well-researched anti-locavore argument, this is the book for you.  Even if you’re a passionate locavore, I think it’s interesting to hear the counter arguments.  They are compelling.

All Things Bright and Beautiful, All Things Wise and Wonderful.  I continued re-reading James Herriot.  Reading Herriot really just makes me happy.  I really think he is a genius.

What’s Going on in There?  Hands down, this is by far the best book I’ve ever read about infant development, before and after birth.  It was incredibly interesting, even if it did get a bit over-detailed at times.  I listened to it in the car on tape, which I think was a good choice.

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell.  Why did I wait so long to read this?  I loved, loved, loved it.  Such a great book!

Life of Pi  Yann Martel  Short, sweet, thought-provoking, a fun story.  What more could one ask for?

Hopefully 2013 will be a good reading year as well!