Discussion: Anyone want to share your favorite read(s) in 2013?

"The Starry Night" by Vincent van Gogh, 1889. (Because.)

“The Starry Night” by Vincent van Gogh, 1889. (Because.)

Feel free to leave a link in the comments, or else just talk about your favorite(s) in 2013 below.  Let your fellow clubbers know what really stood out for you, and why. 🙂

Or, tell us about what you can’t wait to read in 2014! #ccdiscussions


39 thoughts on “Discussion: Anyone want to share your favorite read(s) in 2013?

  1. My favorite classic reads for 2013 were Shirley Jackson’s Haunting of Hill House, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s Little Prince, G. K. Chesterton’s Napoleon of Notting Hill, and Nikolay Gogol’s Government Inspector. Also, Terry Pratchett’s Monstrous Regiment is fantastic!


  2. Picking best is always so hard, I tend to fall in love with whatever I happen to be reading at the moment.

    I did select my top 10 books from 2013, entire list in this 2013 Wrap-Up post. Links to write ups on each book include.

    Classics on the list included Angle of Repose, Three Men in a Boat, and The Law and the Lady.


  3. My ten favorite reads from 2013, in no particular order: “A Room with a View” by E. M. Forster, “Riders of the Purple Sage” by Zane Grey, “Anne of Green Gables” by L. M. Montgomery (re-read), “Anatomy of a Murder” by Robert Traver, “The Hound of the Baskervilles” by A. Conan Doyle (re-read), “Captain Wentworth’s Diary” by Amanda Grange, “Wishes, Lies, and Dreams” by Kenneth Koch (re-read), “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald (re-read), “The Princess Bride” by William Goldman (re-read), and “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen (re-read). Hmm, most of those were re-reads.


  4. I loved Kafka’s The Metamorphosis. It was the first Russian classic I’d read in a while and I found that my fondness for the Russians hasn’t lessened. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith was another classic I really enjoyed.


  5. I loved A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain, The Stranger by Albert Camus, The Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo Tolstoy, and Villette by Charlotte Bronte, among others 🙂


  6. My favourite classics read in 2013 were: Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy, A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas and The Painted Veil by W Somerset Maugham. I also loved Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon and The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg.


  7. I really enjoyed Vera by Elizabeth von Arnim. It was super-dark and cynical, but also clever and darkly humorous. Von Arnim was one sharp lady. And I loved Animal Farm by George Orwell.

    Some other classics I read this year and liked: The School for Scandal, The Three Musketeers, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, The House of the Vampire, and The Green Rust by Edgar Wallace.


  8. My stand out classic club reads were ‘re-reads of The Great Gatsby, Emma and Room with a view. My favourite first time reads were The Heir by Vita Sackville West, The Lost Traveller by Antonia white and A favourite of the gods by Sybille Bedford.


  9. My absolute top highlights for the year were The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton and The Divine Comedy by Dante. Other honourable mentions were The Art of Power (Thomas Jefferson), Beowulf, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell, To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf, I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith, Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin and The Apology by Plato.

    Here is a summary post I compiled: http://cleoclassical.blogspot.ca/2013/12/52-books-in-52-weeks-wrap-up-2013.html


  10. I just ordered Killer Angels from the library so I am really glad you enjoyed it! I reread To kill A Mockingbird this year and it has always been my favorite. But I also really enjoyed Catch 22 and Slaughterhouse 5.


  11. As far as classics go: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, The Woman in White, A Room with a View and The Infernal World of Branwell Bronte. Otherwise, I loved Transatlantic, The Light Between Oceans and Into the Silence.


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