Best Books of 2013

Best Books 2013

When I asked my friends and contacts on social media last year about the best books that they’ve read for the year, I didn’t quite expect to get so many amazing recommendations. That’s why I ended up with my blog post, Best Books of 2012.

With that in mind, I thought I’d repeat the question again this year. And, again, people didn’t disappoint! Gotta love friends and contacts who read. :) I’m definitely adding some of these recommendations to my “To Read List” next year. I might even start some of them in the next couple of days, while I take some ‘down time’ from work during the holidays.

Admittedly, I didn’t get to read and note down as much as I would’ve liked this year. Of course, this is partly to normal busy work-life stuff. And, partly because this is the year I’ve done a bit more than my usual share of TV and movie watching. No regrets, though. I love reading, but I’m glad to have discovered some really great TV series and movies this year. It’s all part of growing as a storyteller.

Anyway, in my case, while I’ve read a few novels, my reading list this year has been primarily in nonfiction. Two of my favourites this year: Daring Greatly by Brene Brown and Look Both Ways by Debbie Millman.

Also enjoyed It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want To Be by Paul Arden, as well as 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, Get The Right Things Done by Peter Bregman. These books really resonated with an ongoing theme that I have this year. And, all, supporting my Word of The Year: Focus.

Oh, and yes, I’ve also read a number of writing books this year. Including Save The Cat, a classic scriptwriting book.

As far as fiction goes, there are no real “wows” for me. But, I still enjoyed reading some of them, including Prodigy by Marie Lu (blogged here), which is Book 2 of the Legend series. I’m still currently reading Champion, which is Book 3.

And, of course, Storm of Swords by George RR Martin, which is Book 3 of the Game of Thrones. Loved this one a lot. But, I’m still kind of stuck with Book 4, as I find this one really slow.

Hmmm… It looks like I may have read more than I realised!

Oh, and a new thing for me this year: I’ve mostly bought and read ebooks! I’ve hardly got any new hardcopy books this year. And, while I do still love those hard copies, I must admit that I love the ease of having my books with me all the time. After all, I can easily read them on my computer, tablet, phone, or Kindle reader.

In any case, enough about me and my reading habits. Here are some great books recommended by my friends and contacts. Do share yours in the comments section too, if you have any to add!

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  1. says

    I missed the call out for books, or I was just too busy. Anyway, I have to suggest the Shardlake series again. I just finished the second book in the series, Dark Fire, which I think is the best so far. I’ve read the fifth and the first books, but this one is a stand out. CJ Sansom is the author. I’m currently reading Storm of Swords and am plodding through, just a bit. So much violence, it’s getting a bit off-putting. 😉
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    • says

      Thanks for that, Heather. ‘been meaning to check out Shardlake but haven’t gotten around to it. Will add that to my growing list! :)

      Yes, there is a lot of violence & such in GoT but the overall story is quite riveting. Book 4, though, is sooo slow. So, like you, I’m just plodding along at the moment. Hope to get past it soon – and hope the next book is better. :)
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