Halfway Hall of Fame ~ 2013

First Half of 2013 Hall of Fame!
You wanna know what makes my head hurt? Picking favorite books!

Something like this

But I’ve done it, once again.

April (<~~See my April reads there)

It was especially hard to pick favorites for the month of April. I read 26 books that month and narrowing it down was painful. Honorable mentions to Life After Life by Kate AtkinsonThe Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey, and The Interestings by Meg Woltizer.
May (<~~See my May reads there)

Favorite Fiction: A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
Favorite Nonfiction: Frozen in Time by Mitchell Zuckoff

June (<~~ You know the drill)

Favorite Fiction: Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
Favorite Nonfiction: The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown (Review coming soon)

You can see my 1st quarter Hall of Fame picks here!

How was the year in books been for you so far? Which books have been stand-outs? Tell me!

58 thoughts on “Halfway Hall of Fame ~ 2013

  1. So many good books! It's so hard to pick favorites, narrowing down my faves-of-the-year list always takes SO long, lol.I probably should check out The Interestings, it's been all over the place lately.


  2. I hate to narrow down my own favorites, but I love when other people do it. That way it helps me define my TBR list. 😉 The only one I've read from your list is The Snow Child. I loved it, too! Life After Life is on my Kindle. I also want to read The Interestings. My favorite fiction adult title so far this year was And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini and nonfiction was The End of Your Life Book Club. In children's books I loved Every Day After by Laura Golden. 🙂


  3. Unfortunately I didn't read as many books as I wanted to this year.. I've mostly been studying, so I mostly read non-fictional books about linguistics.. I'm definitely going to check out the books you've marked as favourite, so I can put them on my TBR-list 😉


  4. Ah, it's hard picking favourites! It was good to learn about these recommended books, though, all of which are new to me. I've had a good half a year. The Brief Conversion, a short story collection by Trinidadian writer Earl Lovelace, was pretty outstanding, as was Chess, a novella by Stefan Zweig. Also really enjoyed The Interpretations by David Shaw Mackenzie, a story about how the past gets overwritten by the present.


  5. Picking favorite books makes my head hurt too! That's probably why I leave it for the end of the year. I just finished Frozen In Time and I agree, it was very good. I listened to it in only a few days. I keep seeing Snow Child popping up on lists. I have a copy but haven't been able to bring myself to read a book set in (cold, snowy) Alaska!


  6. You had an amazing April! I find it very very hard to pick favourites – I don't think I could name a favourite of the month every month, although I could probably choose a list of favourites for the year. I read A NATURAL HISTORY OF DRAGONS last month, and that one will definitely be on my favourites of 2013 list.


  7. See? This is why I don't pick one favorite for the year. It's too difficult. Great choices though! And seriously? 26 books in one month? How did you manage that one?!?


  8. If City of Thieves beat Life After Life I think it is practically essential I check it out. Also, I think you should be recognised by some bookish higher being of some sort for reading 26 books in one month. Just wow.


  9. I haven't even read 26 books yet this year! So impressed that 26 is a monthly total for you! I try to keep track of what I think my top books are as I go through the year and will sometimes will know as soon as I finish that it will be a top book for me no matter what else I read that year.


  10. 26 books in a month?! I am so impressed! My year in reading has been so-so so far. I think it has to do with no having enough time (or energy) to read. I love the fact that you even have honorary mention for April.


  11. Picking favorites is so difficult! Definitely The Humans, Life After Life, and Golden Boy. And The Clock of Life. And At Least You're in Tuscany. And… wait, some of these were just read by me this year, not released this year but… oh gosh… I'll shut up now.


  12. I can't believe 2013 is half over already! It's a good plan to pick monthly favorites as you go along so later reads don't crowd out earlier ones when you compile your list of 2013 faves! The Interestings will definitely make my annual list this year, though!


  13. Yeah I am so glad I found you via SITSsharefest! I am ALWAYS looking for suggestions for books to read! Thank you for sharing :DKeia @ ImprovingMeWithKeiaLee.blogspot.com


  14. I love that you loved The city of thieves! I read that two years ago, I think, and I just fell a little bit in love with Kolya. Oh, and the ending, so sad…so unnecessary. Kind regards,


  15. Holy moley! how did you read 26 books in one month? I am impressed.I can see how it would be difficult to pick a fave. Nice choices…I'll keep them for future reference 🙂


  16. It's been a great year so far for debut authors. My favorites: Golden Boy, Dear Lucy, Tomorrow There will be Apricots, and When Captain Flint was a Good Man. From established authors: The Dinner, On Sal Mal Lane, and, of course, The Woman Upstairs. So much good stuff!


  17. 26 books in 1 month! I haven't read like that in so long. I miss it. But it's good that you enjoyed to many of them, no?


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