Books I Read in 2013

Books I Loved

Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead by Barbara Comyns
To the North by Elizabeth Bowen
The Wilding by Maria McCann
Wie Deutsch Ist Es by Walter Abish
Midnight In the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
The Two Kinds of Decay by Sarah Manguso
Lord of Misrule by Jaimy Gordon
Catholics by Brian Moore
Backlash by Susan Faludi
The Betrayal by Helen Dunmore
Headlong by Michael Frayn
Censoring an Iranian Love Story by Shahriar Mandanipour
All Souls by Christine Schutt

Books I Liked

Riding the Iron Rooster by Paul Theroux
Too Loud a Solitude by Bohumil Hrabal
The Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen
The Art of Fiction by John Gardner
The Last September by Elizabeth Bowen
Burning Down the House by Charles Baxter
Ten Thousand Saints by Eleanor Henderson
Under the Skin by Michael Faber
Falling In Place by Ann Beattie
Bait and Switch by Barbara Ehrenreich
The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain
My Hollywood by Mona Simpson
Long, Last, Happy by Barry Hannah
The Writing Life by Annie Dillard
Down All the Days by Christy Brown
60 Stories by Donald Barthelme

Books I Appreciated 

Green Girl by Kate Zambreno
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
The Rotters’ Club by Jonathan Coe
The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim by Jonathan Coe
The House of Sleep by Jonathan Coe
How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu
Sybil by Benjamin Disraeli
Fear & Trembling/The Sickness Unto Death by Soren Kierkegaard
In a Cardboard Belt! by Joseph Epstein
The Curse of the Appropriate Man by Lynn Freed
The Nimrod Flipout by Etgar Keret
By Nightfall by Michael Cunningham

Books I Could Have Skipped

Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway
The Ways of White Folks by Langston Hughes
This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
The White Woman on the Green Bicycle by Monique Roffey
Telling True Stories by Mark Kramer and Wendy Call
The Singer’s Gun by Emily St. John Mandel
The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova

Books I Actively Disliked 

Attachment by Isabel Fonseca
You Lost Me There by Rosecrans Baldwin
An Attempt At Exhausting a Place in Paris by Georges Perec

(Opinions were formed in 2013 and may or may not be justifiable today.) 

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