Read on!

What have I been doing over the weekend, other than changing up the layout of this site?

Well, as promised, I’ve been compiling my 2013 reading list. After taking some suggestions (I didn’t get many) into consideration and reading some best of 2012 book lists (NPR, Goodreads, among others) and mulling over the books I said I’d read and didn’t quite get to, I’ve compiled a list of 35 books to read this year. It’s a lofty goal, since I’m fairly sure I didn’t break 20 in 2012, but we’ll see!

With no further ado, the list:

947375_315364461. Telling the Truth: The Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy, and Fairy Tale by Frederick Buechner (non-fiction)
2. On Writing by Stephen King (non-fiction)
3. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (fiction)
4. Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott (non-fiction)
5. State of Wonder by Ann Patchett (fiction)
6. Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA by Brenda Maddox (non-fiction)
7. Radioactive: Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout by Lauren Redniss (non-fiction)
8. A Good Hard Look by Ann Napolitano (fiction)
9. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (fiction)
10. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (fiction)
11. The Pistol: The Life of Pete Maravich by Mark Kriegel (non-fiction)
12. Vanishing and Other Stories by Deborah Willis (fiction)
13. House Rules by Jodi Picoult (fiction)
14. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (fiction)
15. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (fiction)
16. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway (non-fiction)
17. Black and Blue by Anna Quindlen (fiction)
18. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh (fiction)
19. The Glamour of Grammar: A Guide to the Magic and Mystery of Practical English by Roy Peter Clark (non-fiction)
20. The Charlatan’s Boy by Jonathan Riggs
21. The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin
22. The Brontes: Wild Genius On The Moors: The Story Of A Literary Family by Juliet Barker
23. America Aflame: How the Civil War Created a Nation by David Goldfield
24. The Gravedigger’s Daughter by Joyce Carol Oates
25. The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
26. In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larsen
27. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
28. Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle by The Countess of Carnarvon
29. The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty
30. Cronkite by Douglas Brinkley
31. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
32. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
33. Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott
34. Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry
35. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender


5 thoughts on “Read on!”

    1. I have read that one. It was extremely well written and interesting. . . .and terrifying at times! I thought I’d try to get a little more of Larsen’s writing, b/c sometimes his style is lovely.

  1. Mandy, I just discovered your blog through the link you put on twitter–didn’t know you were taking suggestions for books! It’s a little late, but here are a few good books I read last year: 11/22/63 by Stephen King (my family loved it too! absolute best book I read last year!), The Trinity Game by Sean Chercover, Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella (good light reading beach book), and I have to plug The Hunger Games trilogy if you haven’t read it already.

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