top ten tuesday: best of 2013 so far

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, a fun way to get yourself thinking and sharing about books and bookish things.

June 25: Top ten books I’ve read so far in 2013

We’re just over halfway through 2013 (can’t believe it!) so it’s a natural point to think about what you’ve liked best so far this year! Here are my top ten reads of 2013 so far, in no particular order (click the links on the titles for my full reviews):

1. Lizz Free or Die by Lizz Winstead
Lizz Winstead, co-creator of The Daily Show, shares her ups and downs in this hilarious and touching memoir. One of the few books that has made me laugh out loud and move me to tears. I loved it and recommend to everyone I know who enjoyed Tina Fey’s Bossypants.

2. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
An unconventional love/friendship story between a playboy-turned-paraplegic and his girl-next-door caretaker that raises ethical questions concerning death with dignity. I thought it was great (and I’m not a “love story” kind of person)!

3. Quiet: The Power of Introverts… by Susan Cain
Susan Cain defines and defends introverts and their behaviors as perfectly acceptable, useful, and normal qualities, explaining how introverts and extroverts can work, live, and play together effectively and enrich each others lives positively. Maybe not ground-breaking, but insightful and encouraging.

4. The Godfather by Mario Puzo
What can I say? I’d go to the mattresses defending this one. 🙂

5. The Love Song of Jonny Valentine by Teddy Wayne
This one is a scathing look at celebrity worship in our culture, especially of talented children. Jonny is a good kid—excellent entertainer and attractive—but jaded beyond his years and discovering how cruel and fickle fame can be.

6. How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Moshin Hamid
Told from a unique point of view and structured like a self-help book, this rags-to-riches story follows a young man (you) from a rural, impoverished childhood through shady wealth-generating business dealings in an unnamed South Asia metropolis.

7. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
WWII veteran Louie Zamperini’s harrowing, incredible lifelong journey: his youth in California, competing as a runner in the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, and joining the US Air Force. The book is unputdownable once you get to Louie’s fateful mission that brought his plane down, shipwrecking him in the Pacific Ocean for weeks battling sharks, and his subsequent abduction by the Japanese Navy and held as a Pacific POW for years.

8. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
A humorous yet warm tale of a mother’s disappearance and her precocious daughter’s quest to find her. I thought telling this through letters, emails, memos, and documents was brilliant!

9. Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan
Comedian Jim Gaffigan tells of the trials and tribulations of raising five children under age 10 in a two-bedroom apartment in NYC, and more. Even if you don’t have children, it’s a super funny collection of essays. Pale Force unite!

10. Salt Sugar Fat by Michael Moss
Moss’s exposé of the processed food industry is part science, part economics, part business ethics. I was blown away by the font of information in this book. Another excellent food science/ethics book on par with Michael Pollan’s work.

What are the best books you’ve read so far in 2013?

4 thoughts on “top ten tuesday: best of 2013 so far

  1. I LOVED Me Before You & Where’d You Go Bernadette! I finished Bernadette just after Christmas or it would have made my list, too. Unbroken was so powerful! Excellent list! (I like that you included some comedic memoirs in this- I’m going to have to check those out!)

    • Thanks! It was really hard to choose just 10 from my 30 that I’ve read this year—lots of great ones. And I have so many more on my TBR I know are going to be fantastic!!!

  2. I loved Me Before You! I read it at the start of the year and still keep thinking about it. I’m even giving it out as gifts to friends now, haha. I haven’t read many of these but I really want to pick up Where’d You Go Bernadette and Quiet: The Power of Introverts.

    • I know, it was so good! And I’m really not a “romance” person, but Me Before You was so different and unexpected to me. I hope you do check out Bernadette and Quiet! I loved them. Thanks for stopping by!

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