However, I did get a fair bit read, and I've compiled a list on my library account of more (most of the ideas taken from the Recommended Reading section on the Republic of Pemberley). Without further ado, here are my top 13 books of 2013!
1. The Iliad by Homer
2.) The Odyssey by Homer
3.) Something Red by Douglas Nicholas
4.) Two Graves by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
5.) The Narrows by Ronald Malfi
6.) The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch
7.) Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
8.) The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
9. The Fuller Memorandum by Charles Stross
What if there were nasty tentacled alien god-things trying to break through into our universe and devour our souls? What would we do about that? Charles Stross knows. We would battle those nasties with the dual weapons of bureaucracy and inefficiency. The Laundry series is a very strange and amusing look at what happens when you combine spy fiction, office humor, and Lovecraftian abominations. The book is rather amusing, in a droll, British sort of way, as Bob Howard tries to stop cultists from summoning the Eater of Souls, even if the Eater of Souls has already been summoned and is in fact his manager. Needless to say, Eldritch Hilarity ensues in one of the best of the Laundry books.
10.) Sorcery and Cecelia by Patricia Wrede and Caroline Stevermer
11.) Sanditon by Jane Austen and Another Lady
12.) The Tale of Hilltop Farm by Susan Wittig Albert
13.) Wu Zhao: China's Only Woman Emperor by N. Harry Rothschild
Edit: Hi everyone! Anne over at ModernMrsDarcy wants us to share our faves of 2013, so I'll be linking this over there. And while you're at, check out her 2013 list and the reader link-ups. Reading all these is going to take a while. I suggest you get started now. NOW.