Top 10 Books I Read in 2013Posted: December 26, 2013
So, it’s the end of the year so I’m looking back, here are my top 10 books of the year, divided into fiction and non-fiction.
5. The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
A wonderfully evocative tale of lost love and obsession, written with real lyrical beauty and a pleasantly quick read. Full review.
4. The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
Collins’ sci-fi trilogy kicks off with an exciting, taught high concept idea of young people forced into a vicious arena of death for the enjoyment of the rich elite, and then builds on it fantastically in two superior sequels. Touches on the uncertainty of youth, the psychological impact of violence and the compromises and savagery of war. A superior example of books for young adults. Full reviews.
3. A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin
Martin’s fantasy epic goes from strength to strength. His knack for combining high fantasy with down and dirty grit and believable, complex characters make these a complete treat. Handles the sprawling, epic world he’s created with real skill and imagination, crafting captivating reads. Now have to sit and suffer until he releases volume 6. Reviews here.
2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The author’s most famous work is a true joy, with Austen’s trademark skill in picking up the little quirks in personalities and a wonderful heroine. Gloriously written and a fantastic love story that stands the test of time. Review.
1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
A wonderfully beautiful novel that is by turns funny and heartbreaking, Green avoids the “brave cancer kids” stereotypes and makes a book that really stayed with me. A triumph. Review here.
5. One Night in Turin by Pete Davies
A fascinating insight of life behind the scenes at the 1990 World Cup, with Davies granted great access to the England team. Looks at it from a variety of different angles, the organizers, the fans, the players and the press, and captures football just before it would undergo a massive change and grow even bigger and global. A treat for footy fans. Full review.
4. Bossypants by Tina Fey
Fey’s hilarious book is a mix of memoir and advice, highlighting the writer’s intelligence and wit. Laugh out loud funny. Review.
3. How To Get Away With Murder in America by Evan Wright
Wright crafts an engaging book about corruption and the drugs trade, including the theory that the CIA may have sponsored a vicious drug runner. Exposes the corruption that goes on in the halls of power, and is a gripping read. Full review here.
2. Goodfellas by Nicholas Pileggi.
Pileggi’s book examines the life of low level gangster Henry Hill, in a book which manages to capture the excitement and allure of the mob without glorifying or judging. Busts some of the myths about the Mafia and is a great look at life in the criminal class. Full review.
1. The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson
Ronson’s book is hugely entertaining and interesting, an insight into mental health and how it’s treated. Full of quirky anecdotes and shocking facts, it’s one of the most enthralling non-fiction books I’ve ever read and Ronson is a superb writer who I’ll definitely read more of. Review.
Any thoughts? You know what to do. BETEO.