I awarded more 5 slice-o’-pie books this year than ever. Typically and statistically, I give ~13% of the books I read each year this highest rating. However, this crazy 2013, I honored 13 books or 22% of the 59 books read with the FIVER. I hereby attempt to list for you the 13 titles in order of how I liked them – no easy task and would likely change if I did it tomorrow. Ready? Remember, the last book listed will be the top toppest of my favorites. Also, keep in mind that my ratings reflect how I feel at the time of reading. I don’t want to give any impression that these titles are ‘great books’ or literary masterpieces. They just worked out for me and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
13. Stories I Only Tell My Friends – Audio – NF – Rob Lowe – Jan
12. The Orchardist – Hardcover – Amanda Coplin – July
11. Alias Grace – Tradeback – Margaret Atwood – July
10. The Great Gatsby – Audio – F.Scott Fitzgerald – Jan
9. Beloved – Tradeback – Long-Awaited Reads – Toni Morrison – Jan
8. The Song of Achilles – Tradeback Readalong – Madeline Miller – March
7. The Orphan Master’s Son – Tradeback – Adam Johnson – Aug
6. Up the Down Staircase – eBook - Personal Challenge – Bel Kaufman – June
5. Maman’s Homesick Pie – Hardback – NF – PIE! – Donna Bijan – Sept
4. Making Piece – PIE! – Hardback – NF – Beth Howard – Jan
3. Doctor Sleep – Audio – Stephen King – Dec
2. Life After Life – eBook – Kate Atkinson – May
1. Beautiful Ruins – Audio – Jess Walter – June
Four of these I read in January; a great month of reading! Two are PIE-centric and pie-riffic. Four were audiobooks. One title here might have to suggest that Stephen King is a favorite writer. I believe he has moved into my most-read-author slot. (Which would be 9 times I have read a King book. I better get back to reading more Kidder!
I did manage one this year (nope! it was 2012!!) and I also got in more Atwood…)
Would I re-rate them differently if you asked me today? Maybe. Which is why I tend to let my ratings stay because I think they reflect or capture how I felt at the time I finished the book. Do some stay with me longer than others? Sure. Would I look at my FOUR slicers and think some are better than this list? Maybe.
WHAT ABOUT YOU? DID YOU LIKE, LOVE OR HATE ANY OF THESE?
Statistics and other boring observations coming up in my next post…