Fiona in January

Fiona in January

Saturday, January 4, 2014

A Reading Recap

I thought I'd celebrate this first week of the new year by taking a few minutes to reflect back on some fantastic books I had the privilege to enjoy in 2013.

While I am a writer I don't tend to enjoy or really excel in writing critiques and reviews, I leave that to my more talented writer friends (check out one of them here).  However, I do like to remind myself of some of my favorites of the year.

I discovered a few authors this who really stood out to me.  This short list includes specific authors whose work I hadn't read until 2013.

AG Howard - "Splintered" (Urban Fantasy/Fiction)
Dana Bates - "The Girls Guide to Love & Supper Clubs" (Chick Lit/Foodie Lit)
Mindy Kaling - "Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me" (Fiction/Comedy)
Erin Morganstern - "The Night Circus" (Fiction/Fantasy)
Kate Jacobs - "Comfort Food" (Foodie Lit)
Robin Sloan - "Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore" (Urban Fantasy/Fiction)
Elin Hilderbrand - "Silver Girl" (Fiction)
Luisa Weiss - "My Berlin Kitchen" (Foodie Lit)
Stephanie Evanovich - "Big Girl Panties" (Chick Lit/Fiction)
Sarah Addison Allen - "Garden Spells" (Fiction/Fantasy)

I guess that list gives you a general cross-section of some of my favorite genres, although there are a few of my longtime favorite authors I also read this year that I can't help but mention.

Kathleen Flinn - "The Kitchen Counter Cooking School" (Foodie Lit)
Jen Lancaster - "The Tao of Martha" (Chick Lit/Memoir)
Neil Gaiman - "The Ocean at the End of the Lane" (Fiction/Fantasy)
Gail Carriger - "Etiquette & Espionage" & "Curtsies & Conspiracies" (Fantasy/Fiction)
Jim C. Hines - "Codex Born" (Urban Fantasy/Fiction)
Ann Aguire - "Horde" (Fantasy/Fiction)
Philippa Gregory - "The White Princess" (Historical Fiction)

I'm looking forward to discovering more authors in the coming year, as well as continuing to enjoy new releases of some of the ones I've listed here.  What were some of your great reads in the past year?  Any suggestions to add to my list for the coming year?

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