Saturday, December 7, 2013

Top 5 reads of 2013

I know it's only the beginning of December, and the festive season is just starting to kick into gear, but I don't want to wait until after Christmas to share with you my top five reads of 2013. 

After a bleak 2012 during which I did not read a five star book, (one day I am really going to go to town on the number of allegedly five star books in existence), 2013 brought me more joy, and a little difficulty when it came to narrowing the field to only five books. The battle for places was not as intense as I may be leading you to believe, however. I have read nineteen books altogether so far this year, and most of them were average - entertaining, interesting and definitely worth reading - but not outstanding. 

Without further ado, here are the five books I most enjoyed in 2013.

Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia

It's shocking and repulsive, intriguing and bizarre, and all gloriously factual, albeit coloured with cynicism and sarcasm.

Don Quixote (Don Quijote de la Mancha Completo)

Such a magnificent literary tome surely begs, and should quite rightly and without equivocation receive a review of such extraordinary length, virtue and perspicacity, so as to render all other book reviews of spurious consequence.

An epic saga told from three points of view, bursting with extraordinarily beautiful and powerful language, Frankenstein is a harrowing tale of two tormented souls.

Time Flies
Part mystery, part fantasy, part science fiction and all delivered with a good dose of humour.

   Time Flies is a laugh out loud collection of anecdotes about aging by a        great comedian.


  1. Wow, two really old classics. Have not read Frankenstein since my youth. Read Dracula recently and was surprised at how much I liked it. Nice to know Bill Cosby's book is good. Celebrities can't always be counted on to deliver much in the way of writing.

  2. Dracula is on my 'to read' shelf. I'm falling more and more in love with the classics. Thanks for popping in again, Sharon.