02 January 2014

2013 Book Awards and Reading List

Happy New Year, everyone! Those who have read my blog for a while know that at the beginning of the year I list all the books I read in the past year and pick my favorites. Remember, these are books I read last year, not books that were published last year. It's not like the Academy Awards. Also, if I read a book last year for the second or third (or fourth, etc.) time I don't consider it eligible. I'm only rating books I read for the first time in 2013. This year, there were a couple of ties.
Here's the list:

Best Fiction Book I Read This Year: TIE 
Possession by A.S. Byatt
The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana by Umberto Eco


Best History Book I Read This Year: TIE
The Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan
Alfred the Great: The Man Who Made England by Justin Pollard


Best Nonfiction, Nonhistory Book I Read This Year:
Quiet! The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain


Most Difficult Book I Read This Year:
The Early Greeks by R.J. Hopper



 Best Children's Book I Read Out Loud to My Kids This Year:
The House of Arden by E. Nesbit



And just for kicks, here's the list of books I read this year:

  • Medea, Hippolytus, and The Bacchae  by Euripides (Philip Vellacott, trans.) 12/13
  • Fire From Heaven by Mary Renault 12/13
  •  The Nutcracker by E.T.A. Hoffman 12/13
  •  The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken 12/13
  •  The Iliad and the Odyssey of Homer by Alfred J. Church 11/13
  •  The Early Greeks by R.J. Hopper 11/13
  •  Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi 11/13
  •  The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman 11/13
  • Greece and Babylon: Early Contacts Between the Aegean and the Near East by Edwin M. Yamauchi 10/13
  •  The Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman 10/13
  •  Pure Water: the Beauty and Mystery of Baptism by Chase McMaster 10/13
  •  Merlin by Stephen Lawhead 10/13
  • The Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan 10/13
  • The Story Girl by Lucy Maud Montgomery 10/13
  • Hood by Stephen Lawhead 10/13
  • The Complete Peter Rabbit Library by Beatrix Potter 10/13
  • Death by Living by N. D. Wilson 9/13
  • A Companion to the Iliad by Malcom Willcock 9/13
  • Crossing the Threshold of Hope by John Paul II 9/13
  • The Twelve Caesars by Suetonius (Robert Graves, trans.) 9/13
  • Paul: Jewish Law and Early Christianity (Margaret Warker, ed.) 9/13
  • Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer 8/13
  • Emma by Jane Austen 8/13
  • The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana by Umberto Eco 8/13
  • The Death of King Arthur (James Cable, trans.) 7/13
  • Alfred the Great: The Man Who Made England by Justin Pollard 7/13
  • Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome 7/13
  • Richard II of England by Jacob Abbott 7/13
  • The Viking Tales by Jennie Hall 7/13
  • Life of King Alfred by Johannes Asser (Albert S. Cook, trans.) 7/13
  • King Alfred of England by Jacob Abbott 7/13
  • The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers 7/13
  • Heimskringla by Snorre Sturlason (A. H. Smith, trans.) 6/13
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain 6/13
  • Bourbon for Breakfast: Living Outside the Statist Quo by Jeffrey Tucker 6/13
  • Moominpappa at Sea by Tove Jansson 6/13
  • Divorce and Remarriage in the Church by David Instone-Brewer 5/13
  • The House of Arden by E. Nesbit 5/13
  • Possession by A.S. Byatt 5/13
  • Between Babel and Beast by Peter Leithart 4/13
  • Uncle by J.P. Martin 4/13
  • In the Beginning: The Story of the King James Bible by Alister McGrath 4/13
  • The Histories: The Landmark Herodotus (Robert Strassler, ed.) 4/13
  • The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder 4/13
  • Hans Brinker; or, The Silver Skates by Mary Mapes Dodge 3/13
  • The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket 3/13
  • Damn! A Book of Calumny by H. L. Mencken 3/13
  • The Postmaster General by Hilaire Belloc 2/13
  • The Little Flowers of St. Francis (Thomas Okey, trans.) 1/13
  • All I Survey by G. K. Chesterton 1/13
  • Beowulf (Seamus Heaney, trans.) 1/13
  • The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett 1/13
  • The House of the Wolfings by William Morris 1/13
  • The Box of Delights by John Masefield 1/13

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