I can’t believe how fast this year went by, and I didn’t even meet my measly goal of 50 books. It’s been a challenging year, on a blogging level and a personal level as well. Unsurprisingly, both clash, and my reading and blogging took a back seat for an indefinite amount of time. I found myself depressed on some occasions that I couldn’t blog often, or not keeping up my reading pace.
But, like most of the bloggers, I’m trying to learn and accept that, while reading is a MUST for me, blogging is a side thing. I do it because I love talking about books I enjoyed or didn’t enjoy. I love connecting with other readers and bloggers and adding tons of books on my TBR list. I love to see what’s out there in the written word that I could learn from.
So, even though A Reading Kabocha was a bit static this year, I look forward to taking it easy next year, enjoy the pace and maybe experiment with what else I can do with the blog; maybe fill the empty noise with discussion posts. Who knows?
Anyway, for the next part, please find my best reads of 2013 (sadly, there wasn’t much!):
The Queens Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner
This series is a gem. I feel like it was the highlight of my reading experience in 2013. The characters, the writing, the plot– all amazing and gripping, and addictive. I look forward to the other books!
Cryer’s Cross by Lisa McMann
I already love McMann’s writing, and this haunting one-stand novel delivered enough mystery, horror and romantic attraction than any series or book I’ve read…in a while. I still go through it for my favourite scenes.
The Age of the Warrior by Robert Fisk
One of the few non-fiction I’ve picked up this year, Fisk became one of my favourite writers. His articles are thought provoking, and anecdotal, giving a mix of the emotional and intellectual. Another book I thumb through for grounded inspiration.
The Essentials of Neruda
This is a must for lovers of words and poetry. Or just romantic people. The poetry is so tender, sometimes risque, but always, always beautiful.