A look back at 2013, our reading goals and our favorite books of the year.
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Our Year in Reading
In addition to Project Short Story, Ann committed to reading 52 books this year. With only 2 to go, she’s confident she’ll meet her goal. She also started a printed reading journal, noting everything she read, whether she finished or not.
My only goal was to try to read 78 books this year (13 more than last year), but one thing that has changed is that I’ve started reading many comics digitally, an experience I’m enjoying, but will still collect physical graphic novels of some of my favorites. Many comic publishers have their own apps. Comixology is an app and website that will allow to purchase digital comics from
Until August, Ann succeeded in reading a short story every day. It was an illuminating experience that taught her much about short stories. She explored more through the book Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose. She even took several writing classes at Grub Street in Boston.
Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed, narrated by the author, is Ann’s pick for this week’s Audiobooks.com Audiobook of the Week.
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Our Favorite Books of 2013 (17:55)
Ann’s Favorite Short Story of the Year
“Anything Helps” by Jess Walter (from the collection We Live in Water)
Ann’s Top 5
A Marker to Measure Drift by Alexander Maksik (originally discussed here)
Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat (originally discussed here)
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (originally discussed here)
The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud (originally discussed here)
The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagahara (originally discussed here)
Michael’s Top 5
Boxers and Saints by Gene Luen Yang (originally discussed here)
Lexicon by Max Barry (originally discussed here)
Night Film by Marisha Pessl (originally discussed here)
Tenth of December by George Saunders (originally discussed here)
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra (originally discussed here)