Better Late Than Never…

My Top 10 reads for 2013 in no particular order are:

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Excellent Women by Barbara Pym

The Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan

The Great Gatsby by F S Fitzgerald

The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout

I love that the simple act of writing these titles down, caused me to smile with delight all over again, as I remembered each story, how I felt about them and where I was when I read them.

Each of these books shares a story with me about a part of my life. My personal story and the written story have become entwined.

That’s why these books have become favourites.

They are now a part of my personal narrative & my life journey.

That’s why I read – to find stories that will travel with me for my lifetime.

I wonder what new friends I will discover in 2014?

12 thoughts on “Better Late Than Never…

  1. I went 'aha' when I read how these relate to your own journey — I really felt that with Excellent Women which also made it onto my 'best of' list.(And I still haven't got to The Rosie Project yet — I really must read that)


  2. I'm not sure The Rosie Project really fits my personal journey theme – except that it made me (& my hubby) laugh out loud several times…and that's always a good thing 🙂


  3. Until this reread, MP was my least favourite Austen. But it has now moved up in my estimation – a lot. So I do hope you try it again one day Melissa.


  4. well, if you put 1Q84 as the top of the top, then you are forgiven for being that late, lol. and just a few more months before his next, can't wait!


  5. It's never too late for an excellent list Brona! The Rosie Project made my top 10 list too. I read Rules of Summer once, quickly in a shop, but have bought it home, to reread it a number of times, and give it more consideration. I don't want to be disappointed by a Shaun Tan. His books are often so complex that they reward rereading. MP isn't one of my favourite Austen's either- it was quite some time ago that I read it, and I've never reread it. I bought some Barbara Pym, but didn't get to reading them- I've only read Quartet in Autumn, and remember it being lovely.


  6. Wonderful list. I have yet to read The Burgess Boys, and 1Q84 sits unfinished on my nightstand. I'm not sure why I stopped reading that book; it includes one of the best written murder scenes I've ever read — cold, but touching. I'm looking forward to reading your reviews in 2014 🙂


  7. Books are so personal. Sometimes a book grabs you by the throat and won't let go! These are the ones that usually get on a top 10 list! I read a few of your selections but would only be interested in one book on the list. Can you guess which one?


  8. Now that's a challenge Nancy! I know you like historical stuff and classics – so it could be The Great Gatsby or My Cousin Rachel. Nearly everyone I know has To Kill A Mockingbird as one of their favourites…so I think I will go with that :-)Am I close?


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