My Top 5 Books from 2013

10 Jan

Happy New Year

I was not the most consistent book blogger in 2013. I currently have a daunting ten books piled up ready to be written about, and some of them have been there since the spring! Hopefully I will manage to get on to them early in the New Year. My reading list, like my blog, has been a bit pathetic over the past year. I haven’t been racing through books like I usually would, apart from the odd couple. I’ve found comfort in old favourites such as The Hobbit, The MoonstoneThe Little Friend and The Wolves of Willoughby Chase series, but not managed to pick up as many new books as I would have liked.

I’m afraid I can’t blame this lack of adventurous reading on being too busy at work or anything like that, but I have been busy. I’ve been busy having fun! In fact, for me, 2013 has been one of the best years for a long time! I’ve been on some great holidays, including a fantastic trip to Nepal in October, (Where I visited the amazing Pilgrims Book House in Kathmandu, and fought off tears in the airport when reading Sold by Patricia McCormick), and life has generally been quite good, with a job that I enjoy and living happily with my boyfriend in a lovely little flat in the centre of town.

Instead of doing ‘awards’ this year (like in 2011 and 2012), I thought I would simply share my Top 5 books from my reading list of 2013 (Some of which I haven’t reviewed yet – I’ll add the links as soon as I do!)

51sq7azD-+L._SL160_5. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Madeline Miller’s debut novel has been the most talked about book on the blogs that I follow and on my Twitter feed. It seems that everyone loves it, and so did I! My advice, take The Song of Achilles with you on holiday, it’s a perfect book to get stuck into when you know you have time to get hooked with no distractions!

The Moonstone

4. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

My copy of The Moonstone has been read so many times that it is literally falling apart. I’m not sure who had it before me and my brother, but I’m glad it has been appreciated. I forgot how much I enjoyed this book the first time round. It’s funny, atmospheric and mysterious, which is always a good mix!

Tales of the City

3. Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin

After years of my mum telling me how much I would love Tales of the City, I finally bought a copy. If only I had listened to her all those years ago! What a fantastic book following the lives of some brilliant characters in San Francisco. I can’t wait to get hold of the next in the series to read this year.

The-Hobbit

2. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

The Hobbit will always be one of my favourite books (with The Lord of the Rings as a close runner up). I try to read it every few years when I really need a good bedtime story to curl up with. It never fails to cheer me up! At some point in 2014 I’m going to have to re-read The Lord of the Rings for the millionth time too.

Donna Tartt Little Friend1. The Little Friend by Donna Tartt

Wow. What a book. I loved it when I read it at sixteen and loved it even more ten years later. Donna Tartt is an incredible writer – I just wish she wrote a bit quicker! (I’m very excited to announce that I received The Goldfinch for Christmas, so that’s something else to look forward to in the New Year!)

What books did you enjoy most last year? And what are you looking forward to reading in 2014? I highly recommend all of the above!

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8 Responses to “My Top 5 Books from 2013”

  1. TBM January 14, 2014 at 10:33 am #

    I’ve read two from your list: Moonstone and The Hobbit. I’m so excited since usually I’ve never heard of the books on someone’s top five.

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    • bundleofbooks January 14, 2014 at 9:09 pm #

      And there are so many top fives out there too! :) It’s good to get the recommendations for books you haven’t read, but nice to read about and discuss books you have read too!

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  2. vanbraman January 11, 2014 at 6:58 am #

    The Moonstone is one of my favorites.

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  3. Literary Relish January 10, 2014 at 10:42 pm #

    Great post :-) I agree on the Song of Achilles front. I sat in a cosy tent sheltering from the rain and completely ignored the other half for a fair few hours. Perfection.

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    • bundleofbooks January 12, 2014 at 5:57 pm #

      Ooh, that sounds good! I was on a sunny mountain, half way through a 5 day trek of the Annapurna range in Nepal. It was the shortest day of walking and so we had the whole afternoon to just chill out in the sun, surrounded by a fantastic view! That was also perfection!

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  4. Helen January 10, 2014 at 7:38 pm #

    I’ve not been reading much lately (i go through phases of reading loads then reading little!) but enjoyed a trip to Waterstones last weekend to use some vouchers I got for Christmas. First on my list is The Taliban Cricket Club by Timeri N. Murari and I’m looking forward to getting stuck in this weekend :)

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    • bundleofbooks January 12, 2014 at 5:55 pm #

      I’ve also got some Waterstones vouchers that need using, but I keep putting it off until I can spend AGES browsing the shelves! Hope your enjoying your new book! :)

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