Wow, it seems the only time I blog anymore is to do my yearly top books list!  The good news is that this year I have 10 titles on the list. It was a fantastic year for books, yes?  And I love the variety here.

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

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When I heard the premise of the book I was very afraid, but in Atkinson’s deft hands I was completely swept away and quickly lost all doubt. Loved this book!

Joyland by Stephen King

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I hadn’t read Stephen King in years, and I don’t know what made me pick this up, especially since it was only released in print. But I adored this atmospheric, spooky, sweet funhouse read.

Eleanor & Park by  Rainbow Rowell

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A captivating story of first love that had me hooked from the first page.

Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon

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This weighty book about parenting exceptional children is intimidating, but I tackled it one chapter at a time, weaving lighter fare in between.  Incredibly well-researched, this important book is a must-read for parents.

Update: Nathan Maharaj  from Kobo eloquently explains why this is his pick for best of 2013 here.

 

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

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If you have anyone left on your shopping list, get them this enchanting little book. And for the young readers, pick up Gaiman’s Fortunately, The Milk (my eight-year-old adored it).

Cataract City by Craig Davidson

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This stark, gritty novel about a blue-collar town  is not for the faint of heart, but it was my favorite of the Giller nominees this year. I want to read more from this author.

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

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This book surprised me! It’s charming and delightful and left me with a big silly smile on my face.

The Everything Store by Brad Stone

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This is a totally engrossing (and scary) account of a company that’s a force to be reckoned with.  A must-read, especially for those of us in the book biz.

Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish by David Rakoff

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I read most of my books digitally, but I had to own the gorgeous print edition of this title. I knew it was composed  entirely in verse, and to be honest I put off reading it. But once I sat down and cracked it open I didn’t close it until I was finished. And then I wanted to go right back to the beginning and read it again.  Absolutely lovely.

The Orenda by Joseph Boyden

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A few words to describe The Orenda: well-researched, balanced, nuanced, visceral.  This  is a stunning novel that every Canadian should read. And it’s my pick for Canada Reads!

Happy holidays, everyone. May 2014 be filled with nearly as many excellent books as 2013.

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