Above are a most of the books I read in 2013. I managed to just beat my self imposed target of 30 books by reading 31! This year I have set myself 50 and hope to beat that, and will spend less time faffing about on my phone and the internet late at night and climb into bed with a book (okay, or a kindle) instead. I very rarely write reviews on the books I read on Goodreads (my profile is here, be my friend!?) but generally always star-rate them. If I had to choose my top four favourite books from this year then they would be as follows:
Kate Atkinson – Life after Life – I haven’t read anything by Kate Atkinson that I’ve not immensely enjoyed and this was no exception. This took a little while to get into but I am so glad I persevered. The story focuses on Ursula, who is stillborn… and who also isn’t, confused? The book follows the life of her and her family through both scenarios, and the numerous ways she dies later in life. So hard to explain but worth a read.Kate Morton – The Secret Keeper – Another family historical novel, life above but this one focuses on the story of Laurel and her family. She witnesses a terrible thing when she is in her teens and the novel focuses on her digging away at the past to try and find out the truth of why her mother did what she did… I couldn’t put it down.Lesley Pearce – Never Look Back – Another historical novel, perhaps I’ve found my new favourite genre? This is an epic book, taking us on a journey from the slums of London, to New York, along the Oregon trail and onto San Francisco in the gold rush era. There is a strong romantic storyline which I normally avoid but it actually adds a lot to the novel, and I really felt an affinity with the characters. This novel contains so much detail that it was a joy to read, and I think if I re-read it I’d discover things I’d missed the first time round.David Ebershoff – The 19th Wife – it’s official, historical novels are my new favourite! I only realised after I picked these four out that they all fit the genre! This focuses on the foundation of the Mormon LDS church, and skips between the present and the past in a pretty interesting way. We get to find out what life was like for the 19th wife in the original church and in the newer, current version, with a bit of a murder mystery flung in for good measure. Really enjoyable!