I was a voracious reader during my college days at IIT Guwahati. Those were the days when I had ample free time, access to a superb library, and a set of awesome friends who shared my passion for books. After leaving college, due to multiple priorities and other pressures, the amount of time I was able to spend reading books gradually declined. Until this year.
2013 was the year when I rediscovered and reclaimed the book addict in me. In terms of the number and quality of books I was able to read, this year was as good as any of my golden college years. Through my blog and twitter I discovered a new set of friends sharing the same passion and zeal about reading as me, making my reading experience much more enjoyable and satisfying.
Ignoring Kindle Singles and short story collections, I read around 24 awesome books this year.
Some books I read in 2013
Some thoughts, facts and trivia about the books I read on 2013:
- Best Book I read in 2013 (it was very difficult to decide) – ‘The Lowland’ by Jhumpa Lahiri (see my review here). ‘River of Smoke’ by Amitav Ghosh would be a close second (see my review here)
- Most Innovative book – ‘How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia’ by Mohsin Hamid (see my review here) – I have never read a second person narrative fiction before!
- Best opening line – “History is the third parent” from ‘The Blind Man’s Garden’ by Nadeem Aslam
- Crib of the year: Out of the six books shortlisted for the Manbooker prize, I had read five. The one I did not read, actually won the prize.
- One that was tooooooooo long – ‘NOS4A2’ by Joe Hill (700 + pages – at one point of time, I was literally praying for it to get over)
- Deeply Philosophical – ‘Narcopolis’ by Jeet Thayil (see my review here)
- Most anticipated yet really disappointing – ‘Doomed’ by Chuck Palahniuk – This, I think, is the worst Chuck book ever.
- Made me laugh out loud – ‘The 100-Year-Old Man who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared’ by Jonas Jonasson (see my review here) and ‘The Competent Authority’ by Shovon Chowdhury
- Ending totally surprised me – ‘Devotion of Suspect X’ by Keigo Higashino
- Out of the 24, if I have to select one to be made into a movie – it will be the ‘Devotion of Suspect X’ by Keigo Higashino
- Most uplifting book (it’s actually a Kindle single) – ‘In the Tunnel’ by Takamichi Okubu (see my review here)
- “Blast from the past” read of the year – Idle, alone, and completely bored on a weekend, I fished out one of my old favorites and an all time classic – “Haroun and the Sea of Stories” by Salman Rushdie. This book is such a delight.
- Brilliant unreliable narrator book – ‘The Dinner’ by Herman Koch
- Notable Misses: There were two brilliant books which came this year, and in-spite of being on top of my “to-read” list, due to one reason or the other, I was not able to lay my hands on them. These are the “Life after Life” by Kate Atkinson and this year’s Manbooker winner – ‘The Luminaries’ by Eleanor Catton
How was your ‘2013 in books’. Do share through comments.
9 thoughts on “2013 – My Year in Books”
my response in this post: http://nishitak.com/2013/12/22/meme-six-in-six/
You’ve read some lovely books this year. I look forward to reading the Devotion of Suspect X and The Dinner.
Wish you happy hols and happy 2014!
Thanks Nishita. And a very happy new year to you and your family!!
A lovely list, there!
I haven’t read all of them though. Time for a trip to crosswords! (I’m going to give an optimistic visit to the Fountain. They may have second hand versions. :P) Hey I just started earning so don’t judge me! Thanks for the list 🙂
Hey, thanks for visiting. Many of the books I read this year were review copies. If you are interested, I would be glad to pass them on to you – with a promise that once you read them, you will also pass it along to someone else.. so that the chain keep moving.
That would be lovely! I’ll pass them on, I promise!
Great! If you can email me your address, I can courier “How to Get Filthy Rich…” and “The city of Devi”. My email id is as [at] ashutoshsrivastava.com
Thanks! I’ll email you 🙂
Do check out Goodreads – helped me tons in renewing my love of reading. Bookshelves, reviews, recos, ratings, quotes, social networking. Some of our campus crowd is there and it’s good fun. Do check it out, if you haven’t already!
This is a perfect way to review the year in terms of reading.! I really liked the post & will do the same at the end of 2014. The first paragraph suits me so well.. (2013 was the year when I rediscovered and reclaimed the book addict in me. Through my blog and twitter I discovered a new set of friends sharing the same passion and zeal about reading as me, making my reading experience much more enjoyable and satisfying.) I started with Indian authors & slowly I am coming to know about others famous ones.. Currently my favorite author is Khaled Hosseni..
Keep writing..Wish you all the best 😀