My Favourite Reads in 2013


I rarely buy freshly published books so my top books from last year are not books published last year. The only point of my list is to remind myself what gems I found to enjoy and inspire. I only managed to read 14 books, a very poor showing from someone who once read 5 Famous Five books in one day, but with no commute and no bedtime reading it’s all I can manage. Still, must do better…less internet, more paper.

Will you enjoy them? Bear in mind I can no longer read anything harrowing so that rules out a whole world of good stuff. Nowadays I seek feel-good and happiness and good writing and a world that I want to inhabit for a while (i.e. nowhere too grim). Too tired for anything hard-going but chick-lit makes my skin creep in a way that horror rarely does. 

Here they are:

  1. The Dig – John Preston: a slight little book but it was a joy to read and all about archaeology, a subject very close to my heart.
  2. Small Island – Andrea Levy: I can’t wait for enough time to pass so I can read this again. 
  3. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand – Helen Simonson: sweet, funny and not nearly as old-lady-like as I’d feared. Nothing makes me happier than a book that’s nice to its core.
  4. Music and Silence – Rose Tremain: my book of the year. Never read any Rose Tremain before but plan to read more after this. I’m not a huge fan of historical fiction but this was quirky, fun and satisfying. Loved it!

My to-read pile is full of good stuff for the year ahead. As always, too many books and not enough time…


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