Since it’s the last day of the year, I’ve selected my top books out of the books I read in 2013. Though I liked most all of the books I read, it wasn’t very difficult to pick the ones that stood out. And so, here they are:
5. The Case of the Gilded Fly by Edmund Crispin
This is the first of the Gervase Fen mysteries, a series of detective novels set in Oxford. I find that Oxford has an atmosphere that lends itself quite well to crime mysteries. With plenty of literary allusions, quirky Oxford academics and a clever plot, The Case of the Gilded Fly was brilliant and I will definitely read the other books in the series.
Staying in the same vein, I was hooked almost from the first page of Gillespie and I. It is such an amazing tale, wonderfully told. I was on the edge of my seat for the most part, trying to not miss any clues in this strange and creepy story, and yet, I was still shocked at the end.
My very first Hemingway was not at all like I expected. I adored his writing in Fiesta, a book that I could (and probably should) read many more times as it has so many different layers. I find that I quite enjoy books like this or like The Great Gatsby, books that on the surface appear to be very simple and almost boring but are in fact so intricate and multidimensional. I plan on reading more of Hemingway’s works in 2014.
Oh how I love Allende! It’s no surprise to find one of her books on this list, I believe this happens every year. She is a storyteller like no other and it seems there’s no end to her talent. In Inés of my Soul, there’s an epic story and an equally epic love story, based on historical facts about the conquest of Chile. This was simply enchanting.
I wish I had a more cheerful book as my favourite of the year. The Handmaid’s Tale is so scary and disturbing I often wanted to stop reading. But at the same time it is a remarkable dystopian story, exquisitely told, and I could not put it down. Atwood can certainly write very well but I think it was all the themes that she touches on in this book that made it stand out for me.
What books were your favourites in 2013?