It’s that time of year when newspaper and magazine editors choose their ‘TOP TEN BOOKS OF THE YEAR’ so with that in mind I have turned to my own list of ‘BOOKS READ IN 2013’ for my own Top Books..
I was quite shocked to see that I have not read as much fiction as I usually do. I read anything between 20-40 books of fiction a year but this year I found myself reading a whole lot more non-fiction. My Work-In-Progress has demanded it. So instead of offering up a Top 10 I submit instead my Top 5 for 2013. I hope you will share yours with me.
Please note my Top 5 is not limited to books published this year.
1. Mount Pleasant by Don Gillmor.
A perceptive, relevant and hilarious novel about a married, middle-aged professor’s (Harry Salter) obsession with money, real-estate and status. Absolutely brilliant. For an excellent review read here.
2. Secret of the Tides by Hannah Richell
This is the kind of book I love reading. A beautifully crafted tale of a family torn apart by a dark secret.
3. Human Croquet by Kate Atkinson
This is storytelling at its best. Part fairy tale, part mystery. For an excellent review read here.
4. Dear Life by Alice Munro.
What can I say that hasn’t been said? Besides 2013 will always be remembered as Alice Munro’s year. I am a huge fan and no list would be complete without her work in it.
5. Hell Going by Lynn Coady
This story collection won the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Nine piercing short stories about human foibles and obsessions.
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