The year 2013 ended with my 23rd book read, which missed my initial target of 25 books. But that’s okay. I read some pretty long books last year. This year’s target is 30 books.
In the past year, I rated nine of them a full 5 stars. Why so many? Well, I think I chose some pretty good books to read. Many of them are popular and highly rated. On the other hand, I did read two that I rated 2 stars.
So, I thought that I’d show you my top 5 books of the year and the worst of the year. Let’s start at the bottom.
Worst of the Year
#23 – MoonRush
This book was set to be a fun one to read. I was expecting an adventure, and I did get one. However, it was plagued with problems. The characters were unrealistic and cliche. The science in this science fiction was so incredibly wrong, I couldn’t suspend my disbelief. They got basic things wrong, including how to create artificial gravity with a spinning space station. The narration was filled with terrible puns and conversational language. Some people like it, but it wasn’t for me.
Top 5 of 2013
Although this was written in the 1960s, I found it to be just as incredible to read today as it must have been back then. I enjoyed this thoroughly. It showed a distant future with some great world-building, an evolved culture, new religions, and more. It also showed what it would be like to live in a high tech society without computers. It’s definitely one of my favourites of the year. But there are 4 more!
#4 The Great Hunt
The first book of The Wheel of Time didn’t get a full 5 stars, but this one did. It came out quickly with a thoroughly enjoyable story. The first book started slowly and was quite predictable, but this one was quick and had plenty of twists. I have a feeling that this will continue to be a great story in future parts. I really look forward to that.
#3 The Silmarillion
This isn’t really a novel. J. R. R. Tolkien created this as a kind of way to keep his mythology straight in his mind while he wrote Lord of the Rings, but what he has here is great. I absolutely loved it. It reads like a combination of history book and mythology book, and was in a way a kind of religious book. It was the basis for the history of Middle Earth. It wasn’t dry at all, and was utterly fascinating.
#2 A Clash of Kings
Last year, my number one book was A Game of Thrones. This year, the second book exceeded the first. I liked it more. But it only gets #2. Why? Well, you’ll see soon. However, this book was a great one to read. More death, more drama, more realistic war and politics. It had everything I liked in the first book and made it even better. It’s a big book, but it was a joy to read all the way through. Can’t wait for the next part.
And the Best Book of 2013 Is…
#1 Red Mars
This is the book I’ve wanted to read all my life. I love space travel, I love planetary science, I love realistic stories about colonising other planets. It was incredible to read. A lot of research went into writing this book, and it shows. Robinson made a great novel here, and I would love to see it made into a movie. I’m looking forward to the second and third installments.
So, do you agree or disagree with my choices? Leave a comment.