The Best Books of 2013

by Tammy Strobel on December 10, 2013

the bookstore

For the last three years, I kept a running list of the books I’ve read on RowdyKittens. About three months ago, I started to use Goodreads to keep track of the books I’ve read. However, I haven’t been updating my book list because it’s not an activity I enjoy.  Instead, I’ve opted to make notes about the books I love in my journal. Then, I share my recommendations in my weekly happy links round-up.

Over the last few days, I’ve been culling through the books I read during 2013 and I wanted to share my favorite books with you. However, I didn’t want the list to be insanely long, so I only picked the very best reads to share with you.

I highly recommend these books. Be sure to pick up a copy at your library, a local bookstore, or from an online retailer.

Best book on writing . . .

Best book on healthcare & caregiving . . .

Best self-help book, ever . . .

Best book on simplicity . . .

Best series . . .

Best fantasy/mystery . . .

Best memoirs . . .

Share your favorite books in the comments section.

Be well,

P. S. A big thanks goes to my friend Courtney for inspiring this post! Also, check out I’m really excited about this collaborative course!

a simple year

1 Cynthia December 10, 2013

Excellent list! I recently read “Within the Frame: The Journey of Photographic Vision” by David duChemin and I think you’d really enjoy it :)

2 Tammy Strobel December 10, 2013

Cynthia – That sounds amazing! I will add it to my reading list. :)

3 Nila December 10, 2013

Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein is fantastic. Dog lovers will love it. It is funny and a tear jerker.

4 Elizabeth December 10, 2013

I loved The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud. I thought it was a stunning, thought-provoking read with an ending I didn’t see coming. Just one request — please don’t look at online reviews of this novel before reading — so many reviewers felt compelled to reveal the plot twists and ruin it for others. Luckily for me, I’d never even heard of this book when I picked it up off my library’s “New Fiction” table. It’s really fantastic — I hope you will love it as I did.

5 Shadlyn Wolfe December 10, 2013

If you actually enjoy the kind of books in your photo, I highly recommend Yotsuba! Actually, even if you usually don’t. It’s a comic about a hilarious little girl – both over the top and sometimes astonishingly accurate. Sweet, funny, well-written, and well-drawn.

6 Paul R December 11, 2013

Shockwave: Countdown to Hiroshima by Stephen Walker. This was the most horrifying and fascinating book I’ve read all year. This is a non-fiction account that reads like a thriller. It is told from the point of view of politicians, scientists, the pilots and ground crew, and people in Hiroshima. The location moves by chapter to follow the story after a couple US focused chapters you will then be in Hiroshima with a school child or local doctor.

7 Katie December 12, 2013

Well, actually Tammy, my favourite book this year was this something I came across called You Can Buy Happiness…. :) It really struck a chord with me, and had me nodding yes yes YES all the way through – making notes and bookmarks all over it, and telling so many people about it. I just bought my Mama a copy for christmas, so she can see what all the fuss is about, and also to explain the way I live too :) It also gave me much inspiration for writing.

I just finished reading The Book Thief, which is so beautifully written, the words are amazing, like a long, readable poem.

I too have been keeping a list of the books that I read this year….but have managed to lose the page (how do you lose a page from a journal?!) So I will get my thinking cap on and do some remembering :) XXXXXXX

8 lucent imagery December 12, 2013

Ooh I’m excited. I’ve often told people how writing about something emotional on my blog is very therapeutic. It allows me to work through it and then let it go. I truly feel the weight lift when it’s published. Therefore I’m very much looking forward to reading the first book. Thank you for sharing your favourites!

9 Jillian December 14, 2013

I just saw the book “The End of Your Life Book Club” at my local bookstore, it looked amazing.
Thanks for the recommendation.

10 Linda December 16, 2013

Thanks for the great list Tammy. I’ll be adding “Writing as a Way of Healing” to my TBR stacks.

My book favorites of 2013 include “Little Bee” by Chris Cleave, “The True History of Paradise” by Margaret Cezair-Thompson and “The Generosity Plan: Sharing your Time, Treasure and Talent to Shape the World by Kathy LeMay.

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