I’ve read 88 books in 2013. The books I loved:
- Arthur Conan Doyle - Sherlock Holmes stories
- Kevin Wilson - Family Fang
- Stephen King - 11/22/63, The Stand, Doctor Sleep
- J.W.Ironmonger - The Notable Brain of Maximilian Ponder
- Alejandro Zambra - Ways of Going Home and Bonsai
- John Cheever - The Collected Stories
- Jonathan Franzen - The Corrections
- Haruki Murakami - The Wind-up Bird Chronicle, Kafka on the Shore, 1Q84
- J.D.Salinger - Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters
- J.M.Coetzee - The Slow Man and The Age of Iron
- John Irving - The World According to Garp
- Siegfried Lenz - The German Lesson
- Heinrich Böll - The Clown
- Raymond Carver - What We Talk About When We Talk About Love
- Ursula Le Guin - The Left Hand of Darkness
- Donna Tartt - The Secret History
- Doris Lessing - The Golden Notebook
- Jonathan Coe - The Rotters’ Club
- Carson McCullers- The Ballad of Sad Cafe and Other Stories
- Yukio Mishima - Spring Snow
- Julie Otsuka - The Buddha in the Attic
- Daniel Pennac - Comme un Roman
- Franz Kafka - Letters to Milena
- Andrei Platonov - Soul
- Anita Brookner - A Start in Life
- Annejet Van Der Zijl - Sonny Boy
- Arnon Grünberg - Huid en Haar
- Tim Parks - Cara Massimina
- George Orwell - Books v.Cigarettes
- David Vann - Legend of a Suicide
- Tolstoy - Family Happiness, The Death of Ivan Ilyich and some other magnificent stories
- Juli Zeh - Corpus Delicti and In Free Fall
- Philip Roth - Nemesis
- Benjamin Stein - The Canvas
- Juan Pablo Villalobos - Down in the Rabbit Hole
- Antonio Munoz Molina - El İnvierno en Lisboa
- Juan Gabriel Vasquez - El Ruido de las Cosas…
- Julian Barnes - A Sense of an Ending
- Kim Edwards - The Memory Keeper’s Daughter
- Alan Bradley - The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
- Mark Hodder - The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack (my first steampunk)
- Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar - Saatleri Ayarlama Enstitüsü
- Tezer Ozlu - Zaman Disi Yasam
- Selçuk Baran - Bozkir Cicekleri
- Baris Bicakci - Aramizdaki En Kisa Mesafe
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What are your favorite books in 2013?
That distinctive singular stamp of himself is one of the main reasons readers come to love an author. The way you can just tell, often within a couple paragraphs, that something is by Dickens, or Chekhov, or Woolf, or Salinger, or Coetzee, or Ozick. The quality’s almost impossible to describe or account for straight out—it mostly presents as a vibe, a kind of perfume or sensibility—and critics’ attempts to reduce it to questions of style are almost universally lame.
They agreed that it was neither possible nor necessary to educate people who never questioned anything.
Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea
On writing: 5 Literary voices we lost this year
The Guardian has a great article collecting quotes about life from writers we lost this year, but here’s what each had to say about writing:
Doris Lessing: “You should write, first of all, to please yourself. You shouldn’t care a damn about anybody else at all. But writing can’t be a way of life - the important part of writing is living. You have to live in such a way that your writing emerges from it.”
Chinua Achebe: "Imaginative literature does not enslave; it liberates the mind of man. Its truth is not like the canons of orthodoxy or the irrationality of prejudice and superstition. It begins as an adventure in self-discovery and ends in wisdom and humane conscience."
Seamus Heaney: “The gift of writing is to be self-forgetful … to get a surge of inner life or inner supply or unexpected sense of empowerment, to be afloat, to be out of yourself.”
Elmore Leonard: "So many people say, ‘I’m dying to write.’ Well, if you’re dying to write, why aren’t you writing? If you’re not writing, you’re not dying to do it enough."
Iain Banks: “Writing is like everything else: the more you do it the better you get. Don’t try to perfect as you go along, just get to the end of the damn thing. Accept imperfections. Get it finished and then you can go back.
It is a happiness to wonder; it is a happiness to dream.
Illustration of a child reading amongst her toys
from Winter’s Folly by Mrs O F Walton
All the variety, all the charm, all the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow.
I live in two worlds. One is a world of books.
Poirot Investigates. Agatha Christie. London: John Lane The Bodley Head, 1924. First edition, first printing. W. Smithson Broadhead illustration of Poirot on the upper panel of the dustwrapper. Rare in dustwrapper.
Poirot Investigates is a collection of eleven stories, in which famed eccentric detective Hercule Poirot solves a variety of mysteries involving greed, jealousy, and revenge.
Kate Atkinson, Life After Life