Books Read in 2013 2

I have loved to read all of my life but have recognized recently that when my life is especially challenging I read more. A couple of months ago I vowed to make 2014 the year I didn’t read any books and concentrate more on writing but something popped up that means the going will be tough so I expect that I will keep embracing my escapism into books. Plus the fact that I love information and really dig good stories. Be all that as it may, 2013 is o-vuh! Following is a list of the books I read last year. If you want a description of what I thought about the books, visit my Shelfari site here.

Ratings Key: ****Superlative ***I really liked  **I liked  * Don’t bother

****This is How: Proven Aid in Overcoming Shyness, Molestation, Fatness, Spinsterhood, Grief, Disease, Lushery, Decrepitude & More. For Young and Old Alike by Augusten Burroughs.

****My Beloved World: Sonia Sotomayor
***The Butler: A Witness to History – Wil Haygood
**Running with Scissors – Augusten Burroughs
****Take Me With You: A Memoir – Carlos Frias
*Married at Fourteen: A True Story – Lucille Laing Day
**Open Wide the Freedom Gates: A Memoir – Dorothy I. Height
***Orange is the New Black – Piper Kerman
***They Can’t Hide Us Anymore – Richie Havens
**The Only Girl in the Car – Kathy Doble
***Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, & Sex Changed a Nation at War – Leymah Gbowee
***Paper Shadows: A Memoir of a Life Lost & Found – Wayson Choi
***Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? – Mindy Kaling
**Devotion – Dani Shapiro
****A Christmas Memory – Truman Capote
****Wild – Cheryl Strayed
****Life – Keith Richards
***The Courage to Hope: How I Stood Up to the Politics of Fear – Shirley Sherrod
(Country Girl: A Memoir – Edna O’Brien – started but didn’t finish because it was due back at the library)

****Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
***My Antonia – Willa Cather
****The Reader – Bernhard Schlink
**Some Things I Never Thought I’d Do – Pearl Cleage
****Runaway – Alice Munro
***Dear Life – Alice Munro
**The Woman Upstairs – Claire Messud
****Home – Toni Morrison
**The Sense of An Ending – Julian Barnes
**The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963 – Christopher Paul Curtis
****A Mercy – Toni Morrison
***The Heart of the Matter – Graham Greene (I read this novel because it was mentioned several times in the novel Americanah.)
***The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest – Stieg Larsson
***The Silver Crescent – Leslie Woodard
***The Art Forger: A Novel – B.A. Shapiro
****Man Gone Down – Michael Thomas
***The Girl Who Played With Fire – Stieg Larsson
**Make Him Look Good – Alisa Valdes Rodriguez
***The Infinite Plan – Isabel Allende
***NW – Zadie Smith
**The Little Stranger – Sarah Water
**The Shadow Girls: A Novel – Henning Markel
***Defending Jacob – William Landay
****The Orphan Master’s Son – Adam Johnson
***Arcadia – Lauren Groff
***Train Dreams – Denis Johnson
***Hotel on the Corner of Bitter & Sweet – Jamie Ford
****Housekeeping – Marilynne Robinson
***A Scattered Life – Karen McQuestion

****How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, & the Hidden Power of Character – Paul Tough
***Cooked – Michael Pollan
**Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea – Barbara Derrick
***A Wedding in Haiti – Julia Alvarez
***Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity – Katherine Boo
***The Hare with the Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance – Edwin de Waal
***You’re Broke because You Want to Be: How to Stop Getting By and Start Getting Ahead – Larry Winget
****The End of Your Life Book Club – Will Schwalbe
***Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting – Pamela Druckerman

CHILDREN’S FICTION (I read more books in this category but didn’t note them)

***No 1 Car Spotter – Atinuke

**The Bad Beginning – Lemony Snickett


****New Yorker Cartoons of the Year 2013 – Various

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About Candelaria Silva

Candelaria Silva-Collins is a marketing, community outreach and programming consultant; writer; and trainer/facilitator who lives in Boston, Massachusetts. She has designed and facilitated workshops on a wide variety of topics including communication, facilitation, job search skills, team building, and parenting issues. She currently coordinates the Community Membership Program of the Huntington Theatre Company. Her work as Director of ACT Roxbury was profiled in several publications, including The Creative Communities Builders Handbook. Candelaria’s children’s stories, short stories, essays and reviews have been published in local and national publications and she is an active blogger. Her publications include the booklets, Handling Rejection; Pushing through Shyness: Networking Tips when You’re Shy, Slow to Warm Up or Just don’t Feel you Belong; and Real Questions about Sex & Relationships for Teens: A Discussion Guide for Parents. She has served on the boards of Goddard College, Wheelock Family Theatre, Boston Foundation for Architecture, and Discover Roxbury. She is currently Chair, Designators of the Henderson Foundation.

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