Thursday, January 2, 2014


Happy New Year, everyone! Apparently the scheduler didn’t like any of the posts I had ready for the month of December, so we’ll just have to start fresh for the new year.
Although–it’s always good to look back so you know where you’ve been, so the first question for the year is an oldie but a goodie:
“What were your favorite books last year?”

In no particular order, these were my highest rated books of the year. Most were reviewed at some point on my blog.

Small Island by Andrea Levy  Best book with a bad title.

The Book Thief by Markus Zuzak - best re-read. It was my only re-read, but it was still an excellent book.

Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin Best historical murder mystery

Whirl Away by Russell Wangersky Best book of short stories

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler  Best retelling of a familiar story from the wife's point of view.

The Dance of the Seagull by Andrea Camilleri Best audiobook, which gave a new outlook on an old favorite series.

The Light Between the Oceans by ML Stedman  Best historical fiction, and tear-jerker. I bawled during this one.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling Funniest person. I listened to Kaling read this which enhanced the humour. Some good essays as well as being funny.

Speaking From Among the Bones by Alan Bradley  Best cliff-hanger to an on going series. Seriously, is the next book out yet?

I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had by Tony Danze Best non-fiction, and an entertaining read about Danza's year as a teacher in a Philly school.