It seems every book blogger writes a year-end book report of the best books they read in 2013. Here is mine. I read a lot, in several genres, but I’ll only mention two genres in this report: mainstream and fantasy. In both, I made discoveries. Both included the most significant reads of the year.
The two most memorable books of the year for me were , written in the 21st century, and , written in 1917. The first was a tragic but glowing story about love, disability, and euthanasia; the second – a light-hearted romp about books and booksellers.
Another mainstream book, the only book about WWII I’ve read in a long while, was . I dislike the topic, but the book itself made an impression.
One of the funniest books of the year was . Every owner of a dog should read it. Those who don’t own a dog but read the book might start thinking about getting a dog.
This will be the longer section, because most of my reading fare belongs here.
My personal triumphant discovery of the year was Terry Pratchett. His satirical and wise , , , and other Discworld books were the brightest highlights of the year. I look forward to more of his books. Fortunately, the series is quite long, and I only dipped into it.
My other discoveries of the genre classics include Connie Willis’s and Diana Wynne Jones’s and , although the latter author’s novels are uneven. Some other of her books I couldn’t even finish. I have to read more of both authors.
The absolutely new author for me, who is strangely unknown to the majority of readers, was Frank Tuttle. His was charming and hilarious. It changed my previously negative outlook at steampunk novels. Now I know steampunk could be quite good. A writer to watch.
My old favorite – Sharon Shinn. Her , , are beautiful, luminous stories. I can always rely on her books to lift my spirit.
The only YA book I really liked this year, although I tried a few, was Kristin Cashore’s . I’m not a big fan of the genre, but this author is worth following.
And then there was Gail Carriger and her cute if trifling novels about werewolves, vampires, and Victorian London.
A successful reading year by all accounts.