I don’t do my lists of the best books I have read until the last two days of the year, yet I love it when the lists start to appear here, there and everywhere. They can be good for Christmas lists either for your loved ones or for you to add to your own list if you feel you have missed out on any of them. The Guardian, The Independent, The New York Times and The TLS have all done their lists, or asked authors and/or critics to do them and I always have a gander at them, though I do feel they are always a little samey or a little back patting. For me it is the bloggers Books of the Year that I always find the most interesting and so thought I would share some links you can peruse at your own pleasure. Who knows they may have some classics of the future in them.
First up, the good folk at We Love This Book are clearly of the same mind as me when it comes to wanting to know which books bloggers loved as they have asked several of them (myself included) to come up with their books of the year. The list is marvellous and I can most certainly vouch for Annabel and Gavin’s choices as they are also two more of my favourites with reviews arriving (one almost imminently) soon here. My choice has actually changed a few times since I was asked for the list but it is most likely in my top three for 2013 for sure. There are also lots more books I haven’t read and now want to read on the list, I am particularly keen to read Kim’s as I trust her taste a lot.
Speaking of Kim of Reading Matters, she has a wonderful Christmassy bloggers advent calendar going on in the lead up to Christmas. So far I have only heard of one book (which I have tried and failed to read) from the selection so far but have bookmarked the page, as I am sure you all will, to keep the recommendations coming as it looks like it will be a fantastic list. You may even see a Savidge recommendation on there one day, who can say.
Finally lots of you have been recommending books since I asked for you Books of 2013 so far. A wonderful selection of titles can be found there and I would love it if you kept the recommendations coming below this post to. I can never get enough recommendations can you?