31 December 2013

My Dozen Favorite Books of 2013

Once again, I had to make it a baker's dozen; in no particular order:

book icon  About Time, Volume 7, 2005-2006, Tat Wood and Dorothy Ail (What can I say? I'm a sucker for well-written and slightly snarky Doctor Who analysis; Amazon purchase)

book icon  A Study in Silks, Emma Jane Holloway (good even with the teenage angst; Barnes & Noble purchase)

book icon  Passion of the Purple Plumaria, Lauren Willig (finally! a love story with mature protagonists!; Amazon purchase)

book icon  Paris to the Past, Ina Caro (I'm not even an Francophile, but I loved this tour of historic France; Barnes & Noble purchase)

book icon  Thieftaker, D.B. Jackson (witchery and mystery in Revolutionary-era Boston; Barnes & Noble purchase)

book icon  Eiffel's Tower, Jill Jonnes (made me feel as if I were there; Barnes & Noble purchase)

book icon  One Summer: America 1927, Bill Bryson (captured the flavor of the era; Amazon Vine selection)

book icon  Among the Janites, Deborah Yaffe (and I don't even like Austen, but this was a fine study of fandom of any persuasion; Amazon Vine selection)

book icon  The Apothecary, Maile Meloy (page-turning young adult fantasy; Books-a-Million purchase)

book icon   Here is Where: Discovering America's Great Forgotten History, Andrew Carroll (if there's anything I like more than history, it's more history; Amazon Vine selection)

book icon  Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh and America's Fight Over World War II, Lynne Olson (America's greatest hero vs. the strong-willed President; Amazon Vine selection)

book icon   Eighty Days, Matthew Goodman (the rival races around the world between Nelly Bly and Elizabeth Bisland—I couldn't believe it when reviewers suggested there was "too much description" of the era in the text...that was my favorite part!; Amazon Vine selection)

book icon   Heidi's Alp, Christina Hardyment (a family in a camper goes looking for all the great children's lit sites and this great narrative is the result; Amazon Marketplace purchase)

1 comment:

Danielle said...

Yay--so happy to see Heidi's Alp on your list. I contemplated adding it to my own favorites only the list was getting rather cumbersome, but I still really enjoyed it. I had eyed Paris to the Past when it was just coming out--will have to go back and take a closer look now. I have yet to read Lauren Willig (have several of her books) but I am sure I would like her. I'd like to read the Bryson, too. And this year I think I am going to try and read a few alternative history/speculative fiction novels so have added the Jackson to my list. I wish I read more NF and am going to try and so so this year--I always say that, however. Thanks for sharing your list! And I do have some of Gladys Tabor's books--I even know where they live on my shelves--I've had them for ages so really should get to them--especially if she is anything at all like May Sarton--or even if it is just setting and not necessarily style. Happy 2014 Linda!