Thanks to Elephant's Child, I too am joining John Wiswell from The Bathroom Monologues in a blog hop about our favourite reads of 2013. Not necessarily published in 2013, just books we first read this year which for one reason or another we loved.
I have read a reasonable number of books this year, and have picked these out as the ones I really enjoyed, and which I have thought about most often. They are in no particular order.
1. A Perfectly Good Man by Patrick Gale
An unlikely storyline - a parish priest under stress. This is a quiet novel which slipped under my skin and held me fascinated. The characterisation is brilliant, and as Julie Myerson says in a very good Guardian review the main tension is not in the "what" but in the how, why and when.
I liked it so much I read another Patrick Gale book, Notes from an Exhibition, which I enjoyed just as much, if not more. The man is a craftsman; a very good writer.
2. The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
And there's a dog.
3. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
The Independent. If like me you're a Neil Gaiman fan, you've probably read it. If you haven't, you should do so immediately.
Gaiman says, "I've never written a book before that was so close to
my own heart - a story about memory and magic and the fear and danger of
being a child."
4. River of Stars by Guy Gavriel Kay
5. People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
See The Guardian review here.
6. The Son by Philipp Meyer
I am no expert on Texan (or American) history, but I now know a bit more than I did before; I found the content riveting. Comanche raiders (and yes, Eli is kidnapped and brought up as a Comanche warrior); Mexican bandits; massacres and seductions; grass, cattle and oil; blood, power, greed and corruption. They're all there.