What I read in 2013


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2013 was a bumper year of reading . Here’s what I read.

January

The Innocents by Francesca Segal

The Poison Tree by  Erin Kelly

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

Travels with my Aunt by Graham Greene

We had it so good by Linda Grant

February

Tiny Sunbirds Far Away by Christie Watson

Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

March

Londoners: The Days and Nights by Craig Taylor

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Eleven by Mark Watson

April

Why Be Happy Wen you can be Normal by Jeanette Winterson

May

State of Wonder by Ann Prachett

Cannery Row by John Steinbeck

The Woman who Went to Bed for a Year by Sue Townsend

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

June

All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy

July

The Man who Forgot his Wife by John O’Farrell

May We Be Forgiven by AM Holmes

August

Capital by John Lanchester

The Yellow Bird by Kevin Powers

September

Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O’ Farrell

Mercy Close by Marion Keyes

 October

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

Swimming Home by Deborah Levy

November

Dear Life by Alice Munro

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

December

The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier

The Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty

Where did you go Bernadette by Maria Semple

On my bedside table at the moment:

Reading as a writer

Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier

The House of Rumour by Jake Arnott

My pick of the year?

It’s a tough call… but think it’s got to be A Tale for the Time Being. It’s a beautiful coming of age story that is saturated with issues – bullying, parenting, ageing, love, loss, grief, the natural world, quantum physics and Zen. Ruth Ozeki has a totally original voice and I found this novel very compelling and thought provoking with unforgettable characters, particularly Nao the teenage girl.  I had a huge hangover after reading this and didn’t read another novel for about a month. It’s a must-read.

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About Tara

Writer, explorer, mother, sometimes desperate housewife
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