In 2013 out of the 137 books I finished I gave 9 books A+. Those are obviously the best books I read this year. Here they are in order to my favorite of 2013. Title links to my review, author links to their website.
8. OK for now by Gary Schmidt, I felt for the main character as I could relate to moving alot and being without friends and slowly making them only to move again. Gary Schmidt really knows how to write bad fathers.
6. Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight by Howard Bingham and Max Wallace, Muhammad Ali has been one of my heroes since he came on the scene. This details his country’s attempt to punish him for his religious beliefs and abuse him because of racism and politics.
5. The First Dragon, Book 7 in The Chronicles of the Imaganarium Geographica by James A. Owen, the final book in the Chronicles was exciting and tied up several things and was a bittersweet end to a series that I really enjoyed and got into. I try to recommend this series to someone at least once a week.
4. The Death of Santini by Pat Conroy, I have been anxiously awaiting this memoir (but heck I anxiously await every Pat Conroy book) for a couple of years. Pat Conroy details the last years of his father’s life after the book and movie The Great Santini were released. A moving and touching account of some familial reconciliation.
3. My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor, this memoir by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor was a revealing look at where she came from and what drove her to get where she is. Well written and easy to read My Beloved World is the Everybody Reads book for Multnomah County in 2014.
2. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis, The story of Hattie told over 60 years or so through the lives of her children. An original story that really touched me, I usually don’t like stories told in multiple voices but this one really engaged me.
1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, when I finished this I stepped away from the book and then came back to it after awhile and just the sight of the book moved me. Even now typing this 4 months after reading it is unleashing a flood of emotions. I will come back to this again. A story of an orphaned girl, her adoptive parents, and friends during World War II has one of the most compassionate narrators ever and you couldn’t guess who it is.
I read my top three books in August so the books surrounding them probably suffered a little in comparison. I actually read a Sunset magazine after reading The Book Thief as a palate cleanser before I read anything else.
I hope that I can read more great books this next year. I am looking forward to new books from many of my favorite authors again and hopefully I can discover some great new authors.