5 Favorite Books from 2013

Another year come and gone. There are only 3 more Friday’s left before we say “see ya later!” to 2013 and welcome 2014 into our lives. 2013 was a year full of love, change and growth. (really, what year isn’t full of these three things?!)

But, how do you sum up a year? I can’t help but reference “Season’s of Love” from Rent, that asks Β “How do you measure, measure a year?” There are five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes in a year. What did you accomplish? What did you learn? Can you measure it in sunsets, laughter, hugs, cups of coffee, miles driven, tears, diapers, text messages, fights, trips, weekends?

There is no way to sum up the moments of the past year – but I’m going to try with top 5 lists for the next three weeks. So how about in books?

It’s no secret around her that I love to read. And, as a reader I’m always looking for good book recommendations and reviews. I wanted to share with you my top 5 books that I read in 2013:

2013 top 5 books

1. Beautiful Ruins

beautiful ruins

A story about dreams and how they grow with us through our lives or fade away. This book explores the dreams and the journey of flawed but fascinating characters and spans 50 years. It takes us from the Italian coast in the 1950’s to the set of Cleopatra in the 60’s, to Scotland in the 80’s and modern-day LA. It is full or surprises and enchantment.

2. The Light Between Oceans


I can safely say this is the most beautifully written “new” book that I’ve read in the past 10 years. It is 1918 on a small rock of an island in Australia and a light house keeper and his wife make a life altering decision that will devastate and destroy not only their world but those of others. We are reminded that one person’s moral justice means the exact opposite for another.

3. The Book Thief


I’ve always been fascinated with historical novels that take place during the Holocaust. Narrated by death, this novel tells the story of Liesel and how books (meant to be burned by the Nazis) provide her with comfort, love, and connection. She befriends the Jewish man her foster family is hiding by sharing her books. We are reminded at the power of words to heal and feed our souls.

4. The Fault In Our Stars



I ate this young adult novel up in one sitting, like it was a delicious bowl of ice cream. We are welcomed into the world of terminally ill 16 year-old Hazel who is fighting Cancer. She meets and falls in love with Augustus, who is also terminal. Seeing the strength and perspective of these young adults allows up to widen our spectrum and re ask ourselves the big questions of life and our purpose as humans.

5. The Interestings


The Interestings follows 6 teenagers who met at a summer camp in the 1960’s and remained friends throughout their lives. Spanning 40 years, the novel examines how people, friendships, and relationships change over time. The complex characters all face challenges due to social class, talent, money, envy, health, and personal happiness. Β It’s kind of a more grown up “Now and Then”.

Please comment below on some of your favorite books from 2013! I’ll need some new recommendations for 2014.

Remember reading is sexy!


xoxo katie

  • I just added “The Light Between Oceans” and “The Fault in Our Stars” to my must read list. Thank you for doing this. I love book recommendations from other! =) This year (of the books that I read) I really liked Hopeless by Colleen Hoover. I thought that the twist were amazing and I couldnt figure them out beforehand which I love!

    • kwalshmac

      Ohhh thanks!!! Can’t wait to check it out!

  • I’ve only read The Book Thief and Fault in Our Stars- will need to add the others to my list!

    • kwalshmac

      And I hope you like them!!

  • Hi Katie! The Fault in Our Stars was on my fall reading list but of course…life got in the way! So it’s now on my 2014 reading list.:) A few of my favourite reads are Lost Girls (currently reading), Confessions of a Shopaholic, and Orange is the New Black.Thanks for sharing! – Donna

    • kwalshmac

      You should read it before the movies comes out! I love Confessions of a Shopaholic too – good beach read!

  • Love all of your choices! There a few that have been on my to-read list for a while – it’s more incentive to finally read them! πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing!

    • kwalshmac

      You’re welcome! Happy reading!!

    • kwalshmac

      I hope you like them!

  • I read 1, 3 and 4 this year and absolutely loved them. I will definitely have to add 2 and 5 to my reading list. Thanks for sharing!

    • kwalshmac

      Looks like we enjoy the same books! I hope you like the other two just as much!

  • Hi Katie! I nominated you for the Shine On award.:) I look forward to reading more amazing posts from you! Your blog is such an inspiration. http://donzwebb.wordpress.com/2013/12/16/shine-on-award/

    • kwalshmac

      Thanks Donna! I’m so happy to be included in this award! Thanks for being such a loyal reader and friend. Really enjoy reading your posts every day too.

  • Gah, I loved both The Light Between Oceans and Fault in Our Stars!!! You have good taste in books, and I’m pretty sure that means we’re besties. πŸ˜‰ Followed you over from Florkens!

    • kwalshmac

      Hey new bestie!! πŸ™‚ Please share some of your favorite reads from 2013! And wasn’t The Light Between Oceans simply enchanting!

  • I’m ashamed: I’ve read NONE of these.

    • kwalshmac

      They’d be great reads when you need a break from your stress at work! I hope they don’t dissapoint!

  • okay so i’m brand new to your blog but i already know we should be bff’s!

    Beautiful Ruins is sitting on my nightstand, next to be read.
    I just finished The Light Between Oceans for a book club and I LOVED it!
    I read The Fault Between Our Stars in like 2 days, cried and loved it.
    Book Theif is on my Christmas List!

    so now I’ll have to check out The Interestings!

    • kwalshmac

      Yes! I LOVE when books bring people together! Happy to have you as a new bestie πŸ™‚

      Wasn’t Light Between Oceans simply beautiful?! I hope you like the Interestings just as much!

  • #3 and #4 were favorites of mine! Did you know they are making a ‘Book Thief’ movie?
    And #5 is on my nightstand waiting to be read!

    • kwalshmac

      Yay for new book friends! Yes, it’s already out in theatre here, can’t wait to see it as well as The Fault in our Stars movie too!