new year

Best wishes for the new year!

I was going to write a post yesterday on my best books of 2013, but the company who hosts my blog had a server outage and I couldn’t access my blog for the majority of the day and then…I became obsessed with a knitting project.  So, in lieu of doing a best books list this year I’ll share six books, three classics and three contemporary titles, that provided me with a superior reading experience in 2013 and that I highly recommend to you.

The classics: Angel by Elizabeth Taylor, The Mountain Lion by Jean Stafford and Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates.

The contemporaries: Fin & Lady by Cathleen Schine, Life After Life by Kate Atkinson and Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.

Here’s to lots of fabulous books and wonderful conversations in 2014!

16 Comments

  1. A very happy New Year to you! That is a gorgeous card you’ve posted.

    I also have Life After Life on my list – it is such an amazing book. I’m still recommending it to people.

    How did the purling turn out? I do crochet, but I haven’t knitted in years.

    • Isn’t the card lovely? I did pick up how to purl, but I am having a hard time actually making something. I started a scarf yesterday and it all went wrong somewhere. But I’m not giving up!

  2. Did you say knitting!?? 🙂 What are you knitting? Knitting is almost as fun as reading!
    Judy

    • Judy, I just taught myself and I have no idea what I’m doing! I can cast on and do the knit stitch and purl, but putting them all together is a challenge. I am *trying* to make a scarf.

  3. Happy New Year Anbolyn. Here’s hoping 2014 is a great reading year for you 🙂

  4. Happy new year, Anbolyn!

  5. Everyone and their dogs seems to have Me Before You in the best-of list. *adding it to the wish-list*

    • Haha! It is a great, emotionally involved story. It steals your heart and I am not surprised that so many people added it to their favorites lists.

  6. piningforthewest

    I hope 2014 will be a great year for you. I didn’t realise you had taken up knitting. When you get into it you’ll find it very relaxing, I think I could knit before I started school, I’m sure it’s easier to pick up when you’re really wee!

    • I just taught myself to knit over last weekend and I am working on my first scarf. After many failed attempts, it is finally coming together for me and I love it! I tried crochet last year and it didn’t take so I am happy that knitting is more my speed. I wish I would have learned knitting, sewing, etc. when I was young, but better late than never!

  7. Love Angel and Revolutionary Road, so I must check out the others!

  8. Happy New Year! I’ve only read Revolutionary Road from your ‘superiors’ – and I was so impressed by it. I haven’t read any more books by Yates, so I don’t know if he ever managed anything quite to powerful elsewhere.

    • I thought Revolutionary Road was devastating. I regret not ever posting my thoughts about it. I own a copy of Easter Parade and I hope to read it this year – I hope it will be as brilliant.

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