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Book List 2013

January 2, 2014 // book list

The good, the bad, and the ugly of my 2013 reading. This was quantitatively probably the best year of reading I’ve had since I was a kid and learned that the maximum number of library books that could be checked out at one time was 100, because I tried to exceed it. Here is my year of reading, in order, because I’m anal like that. Skip to the end for the highlights.

1. The Woman with the Alabaster Jar: Mary Magdalen and the Holy Grail by Margaret Starbird

2. Holy Blood, Holy Grail by Michael Biagent

3. Timequake by Kurt Vonnegut

4. Go Tell It On the Mountain by James Baldwin

5. The Tommyknockers by Stephen King (given another read through, or this was a reread)

6. Creme de la Femme: The Best of Contemporary Women’s Humor edited by Nancy Davis

7. Chromosome 6 by Robin Cook

8. The Bridge Across Forever: A Lovestory by Richard Bach

9. The Amateur Marriage by Anne Tyler

10. Blood Relatives by Ed McBain

11. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (another read through)

12. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys (another read through)

13. The Book of Salt by Monique Truong

14. Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel (another read through)

15. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

16. If You Meet the Buddha on the Road, Kill Him! by Sheldon Kopp

17. Nightmares & Dreamscapes by Stephen King (another read through)

18. The Miracle of Mindfulness: A Manual on Meditation by Thich Nhat Hanh

19. Easter Rising: A Memoir of Roots and Rebellion by Michael Patrick MacDonald

20. The Fixer by Bernard Malamud

21. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

22. The Wayward Bus by John Steinbeck

23. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (another read through)

24. QB VII by Leon Uris

25. Sensational Kids: Hope and Help for Children With Sensory Processing Disorder by Lucy Jane Miller

26. Franny and Zooey by JD Salinger

27. The Man Who Cast Two Shadows by Carol O’Connell

28. The Unlikely Spy by Daniel Silva

29. Morgan’s Passing by Anne Tyler

30. Inside, Outside by Herman Wouk

31. A Gift of Wings by Richard Bach

32. Ishmael by Daniel Quinn

33. Tender is the Night by F Scott Fitzgerald

34. The Best American Mystery Stories 2001 edited by Lawrence Block

35. The Novel by James Michener

36. The Goodenoughs Get in Sync: 5 Family Members Overcome Their Special Sensory Issues by Carol Stock Kranowitz

37. Boy Midflight by Charlie David

38. The World According to Garp by John Irving

39. Femme d’Adventure: Tales from a Wild Life by Jessica Maxwell

40. Chocolat by Joanne Harris

41. The Girl With No Shadow by Joanne Harris

42. Peaches for Father Francis by Joanne Harris

43. The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler (another read through)

44. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather

45. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

46. Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not for Sale: A Memoir by Rachel Lloyd

47. Parenting with Love and Logic by Foster Cline

48. The Hugo Winners Vol 2 1972 edited by Isaac Asimov

49. The Infinite Plan by Isabel Allende

50. Cup of Gold by John Steinbeck

51. Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

52. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris

53. Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child: The Heart of Parenting by John Gottman

54. Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc

55. White Teeth by Zadie Smith

56. Yes Means Yes! Visions of Female Sexual Power & A World Without Rape edited by Jaclyn Friedman & Jessica Valenti

57. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers (another read through)

58. The Last Unicorn by Peter S Beagle

59. I, Claudius by Robert Graves

60. Claudius the God by Robert Graves

61. Seven Famous Greek Plays edited by Whitney J Oates (a couple of these were another read through)

62. Listening to Olivia: Violence, Poverty, and Prostitution by Jody Raphael

63. Our Kind: A Novel in Stories by Kate Walbert

64. The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin

65. The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers

66. My Invented Country: A Memoir by Isabel Allende

67. The Women’s Room by Marilyn French (another read through)

68. The Lion’s Game by Nelson DeMille

69. Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson (another read through)

70. A Home at the End of the World by Michael Cunningham

71. Caravans by James Michener

72. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (another read through)

73. Cicero by Anthony Everitt

74. Light a Penny Candle by Maeve Binchy

75. In the Skin of a Lion by Michael Ondaatje

76. Telling: A Memoir of Rape and Recovery by Patricia Weaver Francisco

The best reads of the year: The Handmaid’s Tale, Telling: A Memoir of Rape and Recovery, The World According to Garp, Go Tell it on the Mountain, The Last Unicorn, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Half the Sky


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