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Great Mythologies of the World
Professor Robert André LaFleur, Professor Kathryn McClymond, Professor Julius H. Bailey, Professor Grant L. Voth, The Great Courses, The Great Courses
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale
Herman Melville, Andrew Delbanco, Tom Quirk
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2013: A Year of Reading in Review

Let it Snow - Lauren Myracle, John Green, Maureen Johnson Wilderness Tips - Margaret Atwood Fifth Business - Robertson Davies Norwegian Wood - Haruki Murakami Sputnik Sweetheart - Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel

I read a lot of really amazing books this past year and though I did not complete the 50 books challenge (I fell three books short) I spent a lot of time reading and engaging with literature. So, overall a success!


Out of the amazing books that I read this year I would like to spotlight my top five reads. Now, I'm going to be honest; I don't remember which books I read earlier in the year, so this list mostly consists of books that I read in the later half of the year.


5: Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myacle. This short story collection was just so fun! Now warranted, this book probably only made it onto my list because of the great mood I was in while reading it. It was just so nice to sit back and enjoy these three sweet, funny romances. So much fun. I gave it four and half out of five stars.


4: Wilderness Tips by Margaret Atwood. I love Atwood's writing. She's an old favourite of mine. (Her sentences are just gorgeous.) But the reason that this book made it on to my top five is because this was the first collection of short stories I've ever read cover-to-cover. And I absolutely loved her stories. Her writing, as always, was breath-taking, her plots were unique and engaging, and her character had a special quality to them that made them all feel real in a mysterious way. Overall, this is a great collection of short stories. I gave it four and a half out of five stars. Definitely worth a read.


3: Fifth Business by Robertson Davies. I read this book, which is the first in a trilogy that I desperately want to complete, for my Canadian Fiction course last summer. It was amazing. The voice of the novel was phenomenal and the focus on religion, saints, magic, and mystery was absolutely enthralling. It had such real and engaging characters and such profound comments on religion. Such an interesting read and one I would definitely recommend. I give this book five out of five stars.


2: Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami. So good. Just so good. I absolutely love Murakami's writing. He gives such a unique, mesmerizing quality to his characters. They feel real, but at the same time magical and surreal. And it's so interesting to read books set in Japan. Also Murakami's ability to write settings! Yes. Yes. Five out of five stars.


1: Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami. My favourite book of the year! And tied for my favourite book of all time! This is the book that introduced me to Haruki Murakami's writing and I absolutely love it. Great characters, great writing, amazing metaphors, and a dash of magical realism to keep everything together. Five out of five stars. 


And finally, my spotlight author of the year: This should come as no surprise…it's Haruki Murakami! I am so happy that I was introduced to his work this year! And I can't wait to read to read more of his books.


Overall, 2013 was a great reading year! I can't wait to see what 2014 has in store.