Reading Summaries

My Best Books of 2013

As 2013 draws to a close it is time to reflect on all the great books we have reviewed on Booklover Book Reviews this year…

83 titles — 71 reviewed by yours truly and 11 by regular guest reviewer Tony Ziemek

…and shine a spotlight on my Best Books of 2013.

It appears I became a much tougher marker this year, only awarding 2 books my overall 5 star rating. That means they received 5 stars for The Story and The Writing.

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My Best Books of 2013 were:

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra   Corporeality by Hollis Seamon

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I rated the following titles 5 stars for The Story or The Writing, but not both.

Talking to the Dead by Harry Bingham     The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon     The Trajectory of Dreams by Nicole Wolverton     The Darkest Little Room by Patrick Holland

The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth     The Flute Player by Shawn Mihalik     The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

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There were quite a few titles that I rated 4.5 stars for The Story and The Writing that deserve mentioning also.

The Women in Black by Madeleine St John   The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes   Seduction by M J Rose   The Start of Everything by Emily Winslow   The Rook by Daniel O'Malley

Riding the Trains in Japan by Patrick Holland   The Earth Hums in B Flat by Mari Strachan   Chasing the Light by Jesse Blackadder   The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

Guest reviewer Tony Ziemek awarded an overall 5 star rating to 2 books this year – Danubia by Simon Winder and Levels of Life by Julian Barnes.

What titles made your Best Books of 2013 list?