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The Year in Review: Books

Relax and Read

A few years ago I made an intention to read at least one book a month. I didn’t quite meet that goal, but I did manage to read some great books in 2013. I wish I made more time to read as I really do love it. Similar to movies, great books elicit an emotional response…and sometimes leave me in tears!

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Where We Belong by Emily Giffin – I read this at the beginning of 2013 when I was looking for a quick read. I’ve read most of Emily Giffin’s books and have liked each one of them. Perfect for a beach vacation!

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter – read on a vacation to Switzerland while staying on the border of Italy, it made me long for a beach and sunshine. Beautifully written and a touching love story. Yes, this one made me cry.

Family Pictures by Jane Green – another book I read at the beginning of 2013. Probably my favorite Jane Green book.

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer – made many best of 2013 book lists. Follows the story of a group of friends that met at summer camp. I liked it, but didn’t love it.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple – I would definitely recommend this book. Set in Seattle, I enjoyed the story as told by Bernadette’s daughter, Bee.

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler – I read Z around the time The Great Gatsby came out in theaters. I had thought about re-reading The Great Gatsby, but went with this book instead. It was a fascinating look into a different era. I’ve always thought I would have made a good flapper!

What Remains by Carole Radziwill – I had no idea Carole Radziwill was on The Real Housewives of New York City and can’t quite reconcile that image with the author of this book. Like a lot of America, I am interested in the Kennedy history and really enjoyed this book. Another one that made me shed a few tears.

Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo – the story of the several adults and children living in a settlement in Mumbai, India. All are striving for a better life. It really made me think about the impact a time of such change can have on a culture. Even though this book came out a couple of years ago, I highly recommend it if you haven’t gotten around to reading it yet.


What was your favorite book of 2013? Any recommendations for my next read?


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  1. Emily wrote:

    great recommendations Erica! Do you save your books? I’d love to read some of them…

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    • ekartak wrote:

      Unfortunately I read all of them on my iPad…sorry!

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