The Year in Books – 2013

The Thumbed Residents of a Bookshelf Near Me in 2013

The Decent:

  1. Lullaby by Chuck Palahnuik
  2. World War Z by Max Brooks
  3. Books v. Cigarettes by George Orwell
  4. Sinatra: The man behind the myth by J.R. Taraborelli
  5. The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson
  6. Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut
  7. The Call of Cthulu by H.P. Lovecraft
  8. Collected Short Stories by Agatha Christie
  9. Devotion to Suspect X by Keigo Higashino
  10. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  11. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  12. Bad Pharma by Ben Goldacre
  13. Pulp Frictions: Hardboiled Stories compiled by Peter Haining
  14. Optimal Experience by Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi
  15. Philosophy for Life by Jules Evans
  16. Joke Book by Tim Vine
  17. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
  18. The Teleportation Accident by Ned Beauman
  19.  Joyland by Stephen King
  20. To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway
  21. Fahrenehit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  22. The Dice Man by Luke Rhinehart
  23. Boy Racers by Alan Bissett – a modern Scottish classic
  24. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  25. Poker, Gaming and Life by David Sklansky
  26. Expect the Unexpected: Someone Like You by Roald Dahl
  27. The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe
  28. Salvation of a Saint by Keigo Higashino
  29. The Motorcycle Diaries by Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara
  30. Liars Poker by Michael Lewis
  31. Thinking in Pictures by Temple Grandin
  32. Love In The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald (Short stories)
  33. The Art of Creative Writing by John Adair
  34. Fight Club by Chuck Palahnuik
  35. Ham and Rye by Charles Bukowski

The Generally Indecent:

  1. BBC National Short Story Award 2008 – Richard Beard’s story is brilliant sadly the rest is dirge
  2. Killing With Confidence by Matt Bendoris – easy to read but not high grade stuff not that I expected it, feel more could have been done on the ‘Confidence Killer’ part.
  3. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells – A classic for some but apart from the premise I struggled to get into this potentially good book. The writing style of Wells means there’s little to get involved in character wise or to feel immersed in the world due to minimal description.

Scarcely a dud among them, I’ve been fortunate.

A lot of classics so far…might need to change that! More trash I say!

11 Comments

  1. Thanks for including my novel in your year in books. Have to agree with your short synopsis. But it was my debut offering! Hope you’ll give the sequel a chance when it’s out later this year. Thanks

  2. Of the list the big one for me was Fahrenehit 451. I find my time now a days filled with writing and creating and not reading. I use to go through authors like crazy. One month it was Doyle the next Verne. But I got the bug to write and ideas keep swirling around my head. I write for myself. I just finished a short novel on a serial killer and would be most happy to have you read it. If it is okay for you I will send it and would appreciate your input. Let me know, Barry

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