2013 Reading Recap / Top Reads of 2013

I have 190 books recorded on my LibraryThing.   This IS counting a number of picture books, but maybe 10 to 15 at the most.  The rest are at least fifty pages or longer as that was my criteria that put in place when I was ten years old (fifty pages or so to make the list.)

Here are the books (including picture books) that made five stars out of five stars.  I rated them as I read them.  Some may have been already featured on this blog this year. They may or may not have been new this year.  They were all new-to-me books.

The list is in alphabetical order by title.

My Top Reads of 2013:
The Amish by Donald B. Craybill (Adult Nonfiction)

Annie’s Ghosts by Steve Luxenberg (Adult Nonfiction/Family History)

Apollo’s Outcasts by Allan Steele (YA/Teen Fiction/Science Fiction)

The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society by Darien Lee (Fiction)

Before Green Gables by Budge Wilson (Fiction)

Below by Meg McKinlay (Juvenile/YA/Middle Grade Fiction)

Candy Bomber by Michael O. Tunnell (Juvenile Nonfiction)

Close to Famous by Joan Bauer (Juvenile/Middle Grade Fiction)

Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan (Juvenile/Middle Grade Fiction) – One of my hopes for winning the Newbery Award this year.

Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds (Picture Book)

The Drama Years by Haley Kilpatrick (Nonfiction)

 Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library (Juvenile/Middle Grade Fiction – Fun!)

Expecting Better by Emily Oster (Nonfiction)

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach (Nonfiction)

Hey, America, Your Roots are Showing by Megan Smolenyak (Nonfiction/Genealogy)

Homeward Bound: Why Women are Embracing the New Domesticity by Emily Matchar (Nonfiction)

How They Croaked:  The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous by Georgia Bragg (Middle Grade Nonfiction)

If It’s Not One Thing, It’s Your Mother by Julia Sweeney (Nonfiction/Memoir)

Keepsake by Kristina Riggle (Fiction)


Life After Life by Kate Atkinson (Fiction)

Listen to My Trumpet by Mo Willems (Picture Book / Easy Reader)

 Losing It by Erin Fry (Juvenile/Middle Grade Fiction)

Mean Moms Rule by Denise Schipani (Nonfiction/Memoir/Parenting)

Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine (Juvenile/Middle Grade Fiction/Autism Spectrum/Sibling Death)

Monkey Ono by J. C. Phillips (Picture Book)

Moving Miss Peggy by Robert Benson (Nonfiction/Memoir/Dementia)

Noni is Nervous by Heather Hart-Sussman (Picture Books/Anxiety)

OCD, The Dude, and Me by Lauren Roedy Vaughn (Teen/YA Fiction)

Paging the Dead: A Family History Mystery by Brynn Bonner (Fiction)

Running Like a Girl: Notes on Learning to Run by Alexandra Heminsley (Nonfiction/Memoir)

The Supper Club Book by Dave Hoekstra (Nonfiction)

The Truth About Love and Lightning by Susan McBride (Fiction)

Ways to Live Forever by Sally Nichols (Juvenile Fiction)

A Wilder Rose by  Susan Wittig Albert (Fiction/Historical Fiction/Biography)