It has been an excellent year of reading! Going over the list of books that I read this year made me so thankful that I have access to the voices of so many talented writers, and that I am able to engage freely in conversation about the books I read. Choosing my favourites for the year was not so easy this time around. For my Favourite 13 of '13 I decided to limit my choices to books that I read for the first time this year. That automatically eliminated some of my most enjoyable reading experiences so I've added my favourite re-reads at the bottom.
I have been facing some challenges to my health this fall, culminating in a 9-day hospital stay this month. I have Ulcerative Colitis, and suffered a serious flare-up at the beginning of the month. I had hoped to catch up on writing about some of the wonderful books I read, especially in November, but I have to accept that is not going to happen. I have linked back to my original thoughts on each of my favourite books and will be happy to talk about the unlinked selections if you are curious about any of the titles. I am very disappointed not to be able to share my thoughts on some of the most amazing books I read this year (Merilyn Simonds' The Holding, Irmgard Keun's The Artificial Silk Girl, Willa Cather's Shadows on the Rock...) but have decided to let it go.
The Old Capital by Yasunari Kawabata.
The Sacrifice by Adele Wiseman.
Earth and Ashes by Atiq Rahimi.
La Guerre, Yes Sir! by Roch Carrier
One Happy Moment by Louise Riley.
W;t, A Play by Margaret Edson.
Ada Blackjack: A True Story of Survival in the Arctic by Jennifer Niven.
Surfacing by Margaret Atwood.
Most Enjoyable Re-reads
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway.
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood.
The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler.
The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim.
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje.
The Holding by Merilyn Simonds.
I look forward to seeing everyone's end-of-year summaries, and the goals and challenges for next year.