Great Reads for 2013

I’ve read some great books in the past few months, and I want to share them with you.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein is about women pilots in WWII. But it’s also about spies, espionage, and has an amazing plot that will keep you guessing.

Barbara Kingsolver’s latest novel, Flight Behavior, is set where butterfly migration is affected by climate change. It’s a wonderful story about a young wife and mother who learns her own value, and takes control of her future.

Ranger or Morelli? Stephanie Plum is still deciding in Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich.

Erin Morgenstern’s debt novel, The Night Circus, is a fantastical love story. If you enjoyed The Time Traveler’s Wife or The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, you’ll like this.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. When I recommend this book to friends, I tell them not to read the cover, to just dive in. And to make sure they have some free time–you won’t want to put this down.

In 2010, I read The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian. An amazing novel in itself, with and ending that will leave you reeling, it also references events from The Great Gatsby as though they are historical.  I had to read Gatsby right after (Well before the movie hype made the book popular.)  ps–We’re planning a bookclub fieldtrip to see The Great Gatsby this weekend!

 

 

I’m a Book Club Overachiever

I have started keeping track of what I’ve read. This is partly because I love lists, and partly because I’m getting tired of bringing home the same damn book every couple of months. I prefer to read hardcovers, and I like to pick out a stack from the new releases section of the library. Also, I’m usually in a rush.

I choose books based on their looks. I scan along the spines, looking for a title, image, or familiar author name to stand out. I rarely read the jacket description because I like to be surprised by the plot. If I think I may have read it before, I’ll read the first page or so to see if it’s familiar. This has worked out pretty well for me, but I do keep bringing home books I’ve read before. So, the new system.

In 2010 I read at least 60 books. Many of the books were outstanding and a few were blah. Only two were given a “don’t read any more by this author” rating, and one was given a “YES, this author is great!” That book is Say You’re on of Them by Uwem Akpen. It’s a book of short stories of children’s lives in various situations in Africa.

Alright, a Top 10 Books I’ve read in 2010:
1. Say You’re on of Them by Uwem Akpen
2. The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian
3. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
4. Sweater Quest: My Year of Knitting Dangerously by Adrienne Martini
5. Come, Thou Tortoise by Jessica Grant
6. The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
7. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
8. Deloume Road by Matthew Hooton
9. The Beauty of Humanity Movement by Camilla Gibb
10. The Help by Kathryn Stockett