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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

My Top Book Picks for 2013

Turns out that 2013 was a pretty good year for books!  Many favorite authors had new stories to tell, and a bevy of new authors strutted out their stuff as well. 

I read 481 books this year (just missing my personal goal of 500!), with a total of approximately 150,000 words - that's a lot of words, my friends!  But I loved every minute of it!

Here are my top picks from the books I read this year!

(In no particular order ...)

The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin

The Lemon Orchard by LuAnne Rice

Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini

The Cherry Cola Book Club by Ashton Lee

The Truth About Love and Lightning by Susan McBride

The Avalon Ladies' Scrapbooking club by Darien Gee

The Painted Ladies by Cathy Buchanan

The Promise of Stardust by Priscilla Sibley

A Week In Winter by Maeve Binchy

The House At The End of Hope Street by  Meena Van Praag

Z - A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Fowler

Roots of the Olive Tree by Courtney Miller Santos

Looking For Me by Beth Hoffman

The Last Camellia and Morning Glory by Sarah Jio  (A two-fer!!)

The Ocean At The End of The Lane by Neil Gaiman

The Sassy Belles trilogy by Beth Albright (The Sassy Belles, Wedding Belles and Sleigh Belles)

Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford

The Tilted World by Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly

Someone Else's Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson

The Theory of Opposites by Allison Winn Scotch

What's So Funny? by Tim Conway

Sweet Salt Air by Barbara Delinsky

The Good Wife by Jane Porter

Time Flies by Claire Cook

The Best of Us by Sarah Pekkanen

Then I Found You by Patti Callahan Henry

The Pieces We Keep by Kristina McMorris

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

I am so looking forward to what 2014 has in store for us!  I know it will be filled with more excellent reading choices!

Happy New Year, Everyone and as always, Happy Reading!

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Beth Hoffman said...

Oh my gosh ... I am thrilled and honored to see my novel on your list. Thank you so much, Sharon!

Happy New Year to you and yours!

Mary (Bookfan) said...

That's an amazing number of books, Sharon!! I hope 2014 will be filled with more wonderful books. Great list - I'm adding some to my TBR list for the coming year. Happy New Year!

Kathryn T. said...

I see about four here that I have read and loved, and a lot more that I want to read. Hope 2014 brings many more great reads.

Greg said...

Happy New Year! 481 books- wow! That's great...

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I enjoyed several of the same books...and want to read some of the others you mentioned, like Time Flies, The Aviator's Wife, and The Lemon Orchard.

Thanks for visiting my blog...and enjoy your New Year.

Priscille Sibley said...

Thank you so much for including THE PROMISE OF STARDUST on your list! I'm honored to be in such company!

Ashton Lee said...

I am honored to have 'The Cherry Cola Book Club' listed as one of your favorites of 2013. I hope you will enjoy its sequel--'The Reading Circle'--just as much, coming in March of 2014. Ashton Lee