Top Ten Tuesdays: Top Ten Books I've Read So Far In 2013

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly meme where we post about top ten subjects relating to books. This time around it's "Top Ten Books I've Read So Far In 2013".

Here are mine, in no particular order:

A travelogue with a difference.
From the Author's Note: "This tale is the story of a real journey made in 1969 by a group of Indian villagers. For a short time I was able to travel with them. I travelled 15,000 kilometres in the third - class carriages of Indian Railways, over a period of seven months. ... To the villagers the journey was an adventure thrust upon them by unexpected fate when their kindly landowner died leaving her wealth in a trust fund for her villagers. Many of them found the confrontation with the world beyond their village alarming and unsettling. After their travels they returned to the years of crisis and war which resulted in the formation of Bangladesh and the tidal wave, famines and struggle which followed closely upon that war."

A satirical novel about science, magic and the relations between the sexes, it's funny, ugly and well worth reading. It's also loosely based on a real life person: a man who claimed to have discovered the clitoris (as a woman I find that quite funny, but of course it's about scientific discovery, not what generations of women already knew).

By turns funny, scary and sad, this is the memoir of a woman who grew up in east Africa during turbulent times. Not for the weak of heart.
A mixture of romance and military novel, this is the story of a couple who meet in Brussels and have a turbulent romance during the lead-up to the battle of Waterloo, but most of all it's about the battle itself and is still considered among the best descriptions of it.
Memoir of the childhood and teens of the famous cookbook author and actress, growing up in India in the years before during and just after World War II.
Travelogue of a retired British couple who bought a narrowboat and sailed it across the English Channel to France and along French and Belgian waterways to Carcasonne.
Roach investigates life after death in her inimitable way.
Definitive edition of Thomas' lovely poem/play about 24 hours in a small Welsh village.
Lovely, lovely children's book. I am considering starting a campaign to have it translated into Icelandic.

The latest from Nora Roberts and the best I have read by her in some time.


Trish said…
I read Don't Let's Go To The Dogs Tonight and loved it. I listened to it as an audiobook, actually, which made it a wonderfully immersive experience. I've since collected her other books and am looking forward to reading those as well.
Oh my! You have just sent me off to Amazon to add three more books to my wishlist!

And if you decide to start a campaign for WTWTA in Icelandic, let me know...I will help! It should be in every language.
Loni said…
I only read Where The Wild Things Are As an adult. It's such a great book, I don't know how I never came across it as a kid.
My Top Ten
I have been meaning to read something by Heyer for too long. I need to get to her! Spook is the only Roach book I haven't read yet (that and her new one Gulp) so it's high on my list. I love her work!

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