Books Read 2013

2013 Reads:

  1.  The Outliers - Malcolm Gladwell
  2.  The Divine Comedy: Inferno - Dante Alighieri (trans.
  3.  The Divine Comedy: Purgatory - Dante Alighieri (trans.
  4.  The Divine Comedy: Paradise - Dante Alighieri (trans.
  5.  A Train in Winter - Caroline Moorehead
  6.  Coriolanus - William Shakespeare
  7.  Cautionary Tales for Children - Hillaire Belloc
  8.  Letters to a Diminished Church - Dorothy L. Sayers
  9.  Night - Elie Wiesel
10.  Kinsey and Me: Stories - Sue Grafton
11.  Hallucinations - Oliver Sacks
12.  Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power - Jon Meacham
13.  The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
14.  The Tenant of Wildfell Hall - Ann Brontë
15.  The Brain That Changes Itself - Norman Doidge
16.  The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson
17.  Walden Two - B.F. Skinner
18.  Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (trans. James Winney)
19.  Kindred - Octavia Butler
20.  Cotillion - Georgette Heyer
21.  At The Back of the North Wind - George MacDonald
22.  The House of Mirth - Edith Wharton
23.  Death Comes for the Archbishop - Willa Cather
24.  Anne of Green Gables - L.M. Montgomery
25.  The Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov
26.  Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
27.  My Antonia - Willa Cather
28.  Martin Chuzzlewit - Charles Dickens
29.  Anne of Avonlea - L.M. Montgomery
30.  Cranford - Elizabeth Gaskell
31.  Botchan - Nasume Soseki
32.  Once Upon An Island - David Conover
33.  The Virginian - Owen Wister
34.  Ruth - Elizabeth Gaskell
35.  The Magic Mountain - Thomas Mann
36.  A Spoonful of Sugar - Brenda Ashford
37.  I Capture the Castle - Dodie Smith
38.  Middlemarch - George Eliot
39.  Angle of Repose - Wallace Stegner
40.  Linnets and Valerians - Elizabeth Goudge
41.  Moonfleet - John Meade Faulkner
42.  Anne of the Island - L.M. Montgomery
43.  Anne of the Windy Populars - L.M. Montgomery
44.  The Summer Book - Tove Jansson
45.  To The Lighthouse - Virginia Woolf (twice)
46.  Anne's House of Dreams - L.M. Montgomery
47.  All Quiet on the Western Front - Erich Maria Remarque
48.  Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
49.  Whole - T. Colin Campbell
50.  Anne of Ingleside - L.M. Montgomery
51.  The Black Tulip - Alexandre Dumas
52.  Rainbow Valley - L.M. Montgomery
53.  Dombey and Son - Charles Dickens
54.  Beowulf (trans. Seamus Heaney)
55.  Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen (twice)
56.  Rilla of Ingleside - L.M. Montgomery
57.  The Fortune of the Rougon - Emile Zola
58.  Something Wicked This Way Comes - Ray Bradbury
59.  New Grub Street - George Gissing
60.  Eight Cousins - Louisa May Alcott
61.  The Beast - Faye Kellerman
62.  Guilt - Jonathan Kellerman
63.  Count Magnus and Other Ghost Stories - M.R. James
64.  An Irish Country  Doctor - Patrick Taylor
65.  The Black Arrow - Robert Louis Stevenson
66.  The Pilgrim's Regress - C.S. Lewis
67.  Eugen Onegin - Alexander Pushkin
68.  The Apology of Socrates - Plato

** My considered classics in blue


  1. Wow! Those are a lot of Classics (considered or not)! I think I will be following your blog henceforth. Angle of Repose was my favourite read in 2013, not sure how (if) you liked it.

    1. I really enjoyed Angle of Repose much more than I thought. I picked up a book of short stories by Stegner the other day, but I'm not sure when I will get to it. The Virginian had a little bit of the same feeling as Angle of Repose but it wasn't as developed.

      I'm very pleased that you want to follow me, Piyush! I try to read mostly classics with some eclectic breaks now and then.

      All the best!

    2. The fact that you read mostly classics is what attracted me to your blog.

      I myself have been going slow on Classics since 2013, trying to diversify my reading with contemporary fiction and non-fiction, with a healthy dose of fantasy and Sci-Fi. Then there is the fact that there are a limited number of Classics and I don't want to run through my favourite authors, like Conrad or Wharton in a hurry.


  2. This is an impressive list of books read 2013! As Piyush mentioned I too am interested in reading more classics. I hope you don't mind that I borrow some selections and add them to my 'classic book list'. I find many other blogs are either reading mysteries of 'touchy-feely' fiction that just does not interest. me. I love reading your reviews, they inspire me! I am learning French so I keep alternating an English then a French selection.

    1. Thanks! Please feel free to "borrow" anything you like. I probably have some that are out of the ordinary; as I get through most of the popular classics, I'm adding more obscure choices to my lists.

      Yes, there certainly aren't as many classic book blogs as there are mainstream. I like having the mainstream ones available though because whenever I choose a mainstream book myself, it is always a disaster. If I can have blogs accessible that review them, I can hopefully one day find a modern book that I'll enjoy. Yet it's hard to go back, after reading the classics ……. they give you pretty high standards.

      I'm impressed that you're so dedicated with your French. I have grandiose plans to improve mine but I usually "fall of the wagon". I'm reading Candide at the moment and I read the first page in French, then I switched to English and got so engrossed in it that I haven't gone back. It's a quick read though so perhaps after I finish, I can then read it in French too!