My Books of 2013 – Part 3: Fiction

Earlier: Part 2 – Young Adult Fantasy

This is a list of assorted books that don’t fit in one of the other lists of books I’ve read this year. There’s a thriller, a comedy,…

Someday, Someway, Maybe – Lauren Graham

17406658Someday, Someday, Maybe is a story about hopes and dreams, being young in a city, and wanting something deeply, madly, desperately. It’s about finding love, finding yourself, and perhaps most difficult of all in New York City, finding an acting job.

I love Lauren Graham as an actress. I finally got around to watching Gilmore Girls (loved it) and she is equally amazing on Parenthood. I was curious to see what she would be like as a writer. I was happy to find out that her voice is as funny and witty as she comes across in her roles. This book was a joy to read.

June 26 – July 1

Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn

13261812On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media–as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents–the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter–but is he really a killer?

I had heard many great things about this book. It was a Goodreads Awards winner in 2012. It had been on my to-read list for quite a while. I finally got around to it this summer. This is a dark story but a very good read. I found it hard to put down.

July 27 – Aug. 7

The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

8120173Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.

This book has just been turned into a movie, if that tells you anything about its popularity. I read this on the train to Amsterdam and back. I was crying (still on the train) by the end. This is an amazing story and, in my humble opinion, a must-read.

Sept. 3 – Sept. 7

Not Quite The Classics – Colin Mochrie

15792001Colin Mochrie, a man known worldwide for working without a script, has penned a collection of stories destined to make its own mark in the literary community. Borrowing from a well-known improve game, Mochrie takes the first and last lines from familiar classics and reimagines everything in between. With the same engaging humour he exhibits on stage, television, and film, he takes the reader in bizarre and hilarious new directions, using the original writer’s words as a launch and landing point. Imagine A Tale of Two Cities in which Wile E. Coyote gets his revenge on the Road Runner, Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat with zombies, or The Night Before Christmas with a time travelling twist. Imagine Sherlock Holmes devising a foolproof method for eliciting laughter and then taking the stage at a Victorian comedy club in Old London.

I love Colin Mochrie. He is a very funny guy, amazing at improv comedy. I was looking forward to reading this book, hoping it would be as funny. This was a disappointment. It didn’t have any laugh-out-loud moments, more little twists that were clever. It’s a clever concept (using the first and last lines from a famous book to start a story) but it fell flat for me.

Oct. 13 – Oct. 16

Next: Part 4 – Classics

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