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Rebecca’s Reading List : 2013

Books 2013

As someone with the curse and blessing that is OCD, I wanted to keep a record of the books I read this year in the hopes that it would push me onward in my reading.

Below is the result of this endeavor.

  1. Great ExpectationsCharles Dickens
  2. The Children’s BookA. S. Byatt
  3. The Hawk’s Done Gone and Other Stories, Mildred Haun
  4. GileadMarilynne Robinson
  5. A MercyToni Morrison
  6. The Return of JeevesP. G. Wodehouse
  7. Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, Lewis Carroll
  8. The Matisse Stories, A. S. Byatt
  9. One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  10. Song of Solomon, Toni Morrison
  11. The Winter’s Tale, William Shakespeare
  12. Peter and Wendy, J. M. Barrie
  13. The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger
  14. Wonder, R. J. Palacio
  15. Housekeeping, Marilynne Robinson
  16. Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
  17. The Awakening, Kate Chopin
  18. The Uses of Enchantement: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales, Bruno Bettleheim (non-fiction)
  19. The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers
  20. The Family Fang, Kevin Wilson
  21. Three Short Novels, Wendell Berry
  22. Ice Land, Betsy Tobin
  23. Hanna Coulter, Wendell Berry
  24. Absalom, Absalom, William Faulkner
  25. The Shipping News, Annie Proulx
  26. Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
  27. Middlemarch, George Eliot
  28. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Haruki Murakami
  29. The Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane
  30. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh

And the Rebecca Moody award for best read of 2013 goes to Gilead. It was one of the first books I read, and while I absolutely loved many of the books that followed, none of them stayed with me or moved me as deeply. Other favorites included The Children’s BookThe Shipping News, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, and Brideshead Revisited. Least favorite reads include Ice Land, A Mercy, and I didn’t feel Uses of Enchantment merited being read cover to cover, but I did it anyway.   

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