I’m not a person who needs stuff. I’m a low maintenance kind of person: I wear my clothes until they disintegrate, I don’t own any make up or girly accoutrements, I don’t want jewelry or knickknacks on my mantlepiece. But there are two things I love to receive as gifts: foodie things and books. Oh, and wine. (Three things. I lied).
It’s even easier since I got my Kindle as my books are now in one teeny compact package. It’s a toss up which I would miss the most: my smartphone or my Kindle.
Like most writers, I read a lot of books, and I love to review and talk about them over at Goodreads (Friend me, people, I’d love it if you did!).
Goodreads makes lists like this so easy. No more bits of paper or a Word file that I can never find again on the laptop once I’ve created it. Now I have the books I’ve read, those I want to read, and books I’ve written in one place.
So using Goodreads, here are the top 10 books I’ve read during 2013. They’re in no particular order. To read my complete review, follow the links to Goodreads.
1. At the Mouth of the River of Bees: Stories by Kij Johnson
Magical short stories of fantastic beauty and grace.
2. Lips Touch: Three Time by Laini Taylor
A trio of novellas on the theme of a first kiss that changes everything.
3. The Engagement by Chloe Hooper
A chilling mindfuck of a book about power and manipulation. Simply brilliant.
4. Our Lady of Alice Bhatti by Mohammed Hanif
A slow burn of a book. An unsettling mix of ensemble characters. Recommended.
5. Eleanor McGraw, a pony named Mouse and a Boy Called Fire by Katharina Marcus
A random Kindle that was oh, so wonderful. A tale of relationships, horses, and love.
6. The.Powerbook by Jeanette Winterson
Lyrical prose from one of Britain’s most gifted writers. Mesmerizing.
7. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami
Resonated powerfully with me. A meditation on two themes close to my heart.
8. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
A magical book that unfolded like blankets out of the dryer.
9. Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
If I had to pick one book as my book of the year, this would be it.
10. Letters of a Woman Homesteader by Elinore Pruitt Stewart
Charming, chatty letters from a woman homesteading on the Wyoming frontier in 1908.
After I’d compiled my list, I picked up another book to read. I would add it to my top ten, but which one would I remove? I can’t do the cut, so:
11. The Tent by Margaret Atwood.
Tiny fictional essays that cut to the dark heart of things and make you smile as they do so.
So I lied again. This is my Eleven Favorite Books Read in 2013.
So you notice there was no erotica in this list? I’ve read some wonderful erotica this year. Stories and collections that I’ve adored, from my favorite writers, and new ones I’ve discovered. I think the erotica deserves its own list.