“A Best Friend Is Someone Who Gives Me a Book I’ve Never Read.”
— Abraham Lincoln
For four years now, readers of this website have kindly sent in their lists of books they’ve particularly enjoyed over the previous 12 months. I’ve then compiled those lists and posted them at the end of December in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. The result each year has been a list of widely varying fiction and nonfiction books that has been a useful reference for many of us.
As I ask for favorite reads again this year, here are a few guidelines that may help in drawing your list and in making my compilation easy:
- When I ask for your “Favorite Reads of 2013,” I’m seeking fiction and/or nonfiction books that stood out for you above all you’ve read in the past year. What have been the most enjoyable, the most important, the most thought provoking, the best written, the ones you may go back and read again, the ones you reread this year, and/or the ones you have suggested others read?
- You are welcome to send just one title or up to a half dozen or so.
- List the title, the author, and indicate whether it is fiction (F) or nonfiction (NF).
- If you are willing, please write a sentence or two about why each particular book made it to your list for this year. If you prefer not to add this, no problem, but I’ve found readers enjoy the comments and use them in choosing books to read for the coming year.
- Don’t be concerned about whether others will have the same book(s) on their lists. If we get a number of similar titles, that’s just an indication of the power of a particular book/author.
- Your books do not have to be ones that were written and/or published in 2013, just ones that you read over the past year.
- Also, I’d be interested in knowing how much of your reading is done electronically (vs hardback or paper).
- Send me your list in an email (Samesty84@gmail.com) by Dec. 20 so I will be able to post the entire list at the end of the year.
I am hoping that those of you who have participated in the creation of this list in prior years will take the time to do so again this year.
And I hope if you haven’t contributed in the past, you will considering do so this year.
I often hear that one of the more valuable parts of MillersTime has been this annual compilation. A number of folks, myself included, use the list to consider titles and authors for books to read in the coming months.
Finally, I dislike haranguing to get readers to send in their favorite reads (tho I will do so if necessary). If you’d like to be spared such nagging, I will do my best not to include you in the ‘reminders’ I send out (once you have submitted your list, of course).
Thanking you in advance.
(PS – If you aren’t quite sure which books you read in 2012 vs 2013, you can check this link to last year’s list.)
Randy Candea said:
The Everglades: River of Grass (NF), Marjory Stoneman Douglas. A classic! It put the Florida Everglades on the map of national consciousness.
The Yellow Birds (F), Kevin Powers. A rare Iraq war novel. An unsentimental and unfiltered presentation of war and its effect on those who fight it.
The March On Washington: Jobs, Freedom, And The Forgotten History of Civil Rights (NF), William P. Jones. A compelling book and long overdue. Jones provides an in depth view of conflicting tactics and beliefs among leading civil rights, labor, and religious leaders that led up to the March On Washington.
Every Last One (F), Anna Quindlen. A very moving and powerful book about family, parenting, life and death.
Across The Mekong River (F), Elaine Russell. Although a work of fiction, the book is based on the 1960 – 1973 civil war in Laos and covers the exodus of nearly one third of the country (when the Pathet Lao took over) to refugee camps in Thailand and re-settlement to various communities in the United States. A powerful and bitter sweet read.
Deep Roots (F), Kathleen Tudor. A wonderful novel, rich in character development, set in rural Nova Scotia. An elderly couple joins their large family and their community in opposition to the government’s plan for the construction of a provincial park.
elliott trommald said:
Did Lincoln really write or say that? It certainly does not sound like him. But I would like to know.
Lots of Googled sites say A Lincoln said it, but none seem to give the actual source.
Here are a couple of places I’ve seen the quote:
If anyone can cite the specific reference for the quote, I would be pleased to know and to post it.