Following on from my favourite reads of 2013 post on Monday, I thought readers might like to know about a few other bloggers’ choices posted at the thoroughly bookish We Love This Book site. It’s a nicely eclectic selection ranging from the frankly terrifying sounding Alex by Pierre Lemaitre chosen by Savidge Reads to a delightful children’s book, Hannah’s Night by Komako Sakai, from Playing by the Book. The two that I’ll be adding to my TBR list are Laura Fiegel’s The Love-Charm of Bombs chosen by Fleur in Her World and Andrew Solomon’s Far from the Tree from Farm Lane Books. I’m there, flying the (French) flag for Antoin Laurain’s The President’s Hat.
This seems a perfect opportunity to slip in a few more of my own 2013 favourites, reluctantly ommitted from Monday’s post so here we go: Meg Wolitzer’s The Interestings more than lived up to its name and had me glued to the sofa unable to put it down; Beatrice Hitchman’s Petite Mort took me into the glamorous world of French silent movies before becoming very dark indeed; Hannah Kent’s Burial Rites reminded me of Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace with its 19th century Icelandic tale of a young woman awaiting trial for murder and Nina Stibbe’s letters to her sister while nannying in 1980s North London, Love, Nina, read as if written by a character straight out of an Alan Bennett play. No wonder they got on so well at his frequent supper visits. Enough, already. My next list of books will be titles I’m eagerly anticipating in 2014, probably the week after next. I had thought I was getting ahead of myself but I see that Jackie at Farm Lane Books has already posted hers.