Jan. 1st, 2014

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This is my list of books read for 2013, along with links to reviews. Books are usually added as I begin reading them, not after I end, so the list is subject to change. Work-related books don't get reported on here; this is just pleasure reading things. Links to previous years' lists are as follows: 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2007.

And now, the list for this year:

The full book list )

Best: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. This made me actually write a fan letter to the author, which is only the second time that's ever happened. A story about Mexican-American teenagers, and finding your friends, with some very realistic character work and good families. It's hard to really write someone who doesn't like talking and doesn't really know their emotions well, but Saenz really does it. It made me like my 15-year-old self better.

Most recommended: There were some really good books this year. How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia had some very nice second-person narration, and was very interesting. Three Parts Dead had an interesting approach to magic, very lawyerly, and caught me up in its story of trying to bring back a dead god. Code Name Verity had a strong tale of friendship between women during war that I found very moving.

Worst: How to Create the Perfect Wife was a real slog, but I think it had more to do with the book reminding me of an old friend of mine than any real fault of the book itself.

Most surprisingly good: True Grit stood up a lot better than I expected it to. Eleanor and Park turned out to stick with me a lot more than I thought, too. A very nice romance.

Most disappointing: Gone Girl was a very driving narrative, but I ended up not enjoying it very much. Everything and More was not everything and more; it was more uneven than I'd really hoped.


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