2013 in Books


I like to keep a log of the books I’ve read each year. This is partly so that I don’t forget them and partly because I set myself a ‘goal’ to read at least thirty books a year, plus plenty of magazine short stories as well, to keep up with the markets.

This year the list is quite an eclectic mix. I’ve read lots of (chapter) children’s books, ostensibly for research but, I have to admit, it’s often for nostalgia, indulgence and pure enjoyment too!

So, here we go: (My favourite books are highlighted.)

1. Moondial by Helen Cresswell

2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

3. Trespass by Rose Tremain

4. The Trial by Franz Kafka

5. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

6. The Land of Decoration by Grace McCleen

7. Grace Williams Says It Loud by Emma Henderson

8. Starting Over by Sue Moorcroft

9. Heaven Eyes by David Almond

10. Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan

11. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

12. Life of Pi by Yann Martel

13. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (re-read) by JK Rowling

14. The Great Gatsby (re-read) by F. Scott Fitzgerald

15. The Sealed Letter by Emma Donoghue

16. Forbidden Friends by Anne-Marie Conway

17. Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones

18. Stuart, A Life Backwards by Alexander Masters

19. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (re-read) by JK Rowling

20. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

21. Ice and a Slice by Della Galton

22. Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

23. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

24. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

25, 26, 27. The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

28. The Time of Singing by Elizabeth Chadwick

29. Timecatcher by Louise Fitzpatrick

30. A Possible Life by Sebastian Faulkes

31. Shadow Forest by Matt Haig

32. Ghost Stories and How to Write Them by Kathleen McGurl

33. Why Short Stories Get Rejected by Linda Lewis

So, a new year and a new blank page to fill with scribbles of the books I’ve read and enjoyed. Wishing you a lovely reading (and writing) year as well 🙂


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