Friday, December 27, 2013

2013: A year in books

Last January I set a Goodreads goal of reading 32 books in 2013, and today I met my goal!  Here are the books I read this year, starting with the most recent:

If you recall, I started out 2013 reading some children's novels: books I had never read and favorites from my childhood.  Since those were obviously fast reads, I'm keeping my book goal at 32 for 2014.

Top 5 books read in 2013

My top five from these 32 are (in no particular order):


The 4-hour workweek (Timothy Ferriss)

This book articulates the life I hope to create for myself, as well as instructions about how to get there.  Probably not for everyone, but the lifestyle that the author promotes really struck a cord with me, and I think I'll reread this book in January or February.

Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea (Barbara Demick)

I actually wrote a post about this book when I finished it.  Highly recommended.

Give and Take (Adam Grant)

Let's see, what did I say about this book on Goodreads when I finished it this summer?   "Excellent, excellent! Five stars without a second thought. Enjoyable to read, thought-provoking, and further strengthened my views about giving. Highly recommended!"  Well, there you have it.

Paris to the Moon (Adam Gopnik)

I read this memoir back in March, and it was a pleasure to read.  Really great writing, and I got to be in Paris while I read (you know, in my mind).

Wild (Cheryl Strayed)

I read this book pretty quickly - it's a captivating memoir.  So well written, what talent.  If I do walk the Camino de Santiago fall of 2014, we can all thank this book for strengthening my desire.

What was the best book you read in 2013?  What should I add to my reading list for 2014?
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