Saturday Review of Books SPECIAL EDITION: December 28, 2013

“The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who’ll get me a book I ain’t read.” ~Abraham Lincoln

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TODAY, SATURDAY December 28th (and all this week), is a special edition of the Saturday Review of Books especially for booklists. You can link to a list of your favorite books read in 2013, a list of all the books you read in 2013, a list of the books you plan to read in 2014, or any other end of the year or beginning of the year list of books. Whatever your list, it’s time for book lists. So link to yours, especially if I missed it and it’s not already here.

Welcome to the Saturday Review of Books at Semicolon. Here’s how it usually works. Find a book review on your blog posted sometime during the previous week. The review doesn’t have to be a formal sort of thing. You can link to your thoughts on a particular book, a few ideas inspired by reading the book, your evaluation, quotations, whatever.

Then on Friday night/Saturday, you post a link here at Semicolon in Mr. Linky to the specific post where you’ve written your book review. Don’t link to your main blog page because this kind of link makes it hard to find the book review, especially when people drop in later after you’ve added new content to your blog. In parentheses after your name, add the title of the book you’re reviewing. This addition will help people to find the reviews they’re most interested in reading.

However, I’ve spent the past couple of weeks gathering up some lists I could find and linking to them here. Scroll down to see the lists I’ve already linked to along with book advisory suggestions from yours truly. Perhaps you’ll see something in all these lists that will call to you and set your reading agenda for the next week or even year.

If I didn’t get your list linked ahead of time and if you leave your list in the linky below along with a comment, I’ll try to advise you, too, in the comments section of this post.


1. Amy @ Hope Is the Word (2013 read alouds & top picks)
2. Amy@Hope Is the Word (Books Read in 2013)
3. Carol in Oregon (Reading Year in Retrospect)
4. Becky (12 Books of the Month)
5. Alice@Supratentorial(2013 Books Read)
6. Alice@Supratentorial(2013 Read-Alouds)
7. Becky (Top Ten Georgette Heyer)
8. Amy @ Hope Is the Word (2013 top picks)
9. Barbara H. (Books read in 2013)
10. Barbara H. (Top 10 books read in 2013)
11. Becky @ Operation Actually (Books Read in 2013)
12. Carol History #4: Silent Night!
13. Jessica Snell (2013 highlights)
14. Hope (Favorite Books of 2013)
15. Lazygal (2013 Reading Roundup)
16. Harvee@ Book Dilettante
17. Glynn (Books I’m Not Recommending for Christmas)
18. Top 10 of ’13 @ Lisa notes
19. Sophie (Most Anticipated Reads of 2014)
20. Diane’s Top Ten List 2013
21. Black By Popular Demand (The Best Books I Read this Year)
22. Sarah @Delivering Grace (Books read and read alouds)
23. Alex @A Different Place (The Best Books I Read in 2013)
24. Shannon (Best Books of 2013)
25. Books to the Ceiling (Best Books of 2013)
26. Modern Mrs. Darcy (My favorite books of 2013)
27. Jamie Rubin (My favorite reads of 2013)
28. Boston Bibliophile (My Favorite Reads of 2013)
29. Mystica (Best Reads for 2013)
30. BermudaOnion (The Best of 2013)
31. Bibliophile by the Sea (Favorite Reads in 2013)
32. Books on the Nightstand (2013 Reading Review)
33. Seth@Collateral Bloggage (Reading Recap 2013)
34. Seth@Collateral Bloggage (2013 Favorites)
35. Pamela’s Picks The Best YA Books of 2013
36. dawn (Books Read 2013)
37. Welcome to My Tweendom Favorite Reads of 2013
38. Reading Rants 2013 Top Ten
39. Beckie @ ByTheBook (Best of 2013)
40. Eve Tushnet Best of 2013
41. Cindy@OrdoAmoris(Non-Fiction)
42. Cindy@OrdoAmoris(Series)
43. Sheila @ Dodging Raindrops (Best Books Read in 2013)
44. Pages Left Unturned (Top Books of 2013, as Labeled by TheTeaCat)
45. Ruth (Books I read in 2013)
46. ElizabethEsther Best Books of 2013
47. Sophie at Spark Favorite Books of 2013
48. BookTrail Top Ten
49. Tamara at Club Mom Best Books of 2013
50. The Quivering Pen (My Year of Books)
51. Annie Rim (5 Star Books of 2013)
52. Bridget of Arabia (Best Books of 2013)
53. Camels and Chocolate (What I Read 2013)
54. Mental multivitamin (the complete list)
55. Cindy@OrdoAmoris(the rest)
56. Ragdoll Books (Best Books of 2013)
57. Galavanting GIrl (Best Books I Read in 2013)
58. Sam at TIny Library (Best Books of 2013, Vol. 1)
59. Sam at Tiny Library (Best Books of 2013, Vol. 2)
60. Amanda@The Living Room (The 2013 Book List)
61. Hungry for Good Books (The Best Books of 2013)
62. Elizabeth Craft (Best Books I Read in 2013)
63. Rhapsody in Books (Top Ten-ish Books I Read in 2013)
64. Rainy Day Reading (Favorite-something books of 2013)
65. Marijo at TheGigglingGull
66. Marijo at TheGigglingGull (my reading plans for 2014)
67. georgianne (Books I Read in 2013)
68. georgianne (favorite books in 2013)
69. Pages Left Unturned (Most Anticipated Reads of 2014, as Labeled by TheTeaCat)
70. Janie 2013 Book Review
71. In This Corner (My Best Books of 2013)
72. Reader Bee (Best Books of 2013)
73. On books! (Best Books I Read in 2013)
74. Florence in Print (Best Books I Read in 2013)
75. Reading Envy (Best Books of 2013)
76. Kim (Top Ten YA Picks of 2013)
77. At A Hen’s Pace (Annotated List of 2013 Reads)
78. Lisa Spence (Favorite Reads of 2013)
79. Laura Fabiani (Best Books of 2013)
80. Maude and Mozart (2013 Best Books List)
81. Elizabeth Caulfield Felt (Best Books of 2013)
82. Better Hawaii (Best Books of 2013)
83. Carrie Gelson (Favorites of 2013)
84. In Media Res (The 5 Best Books I Read in 2013)
85. Tolle Lege (The Best Books I Read this Year)
86. Christian Chick (Best Books of 2013)
87. MeReader (Best Books of 2013)
88. Becky @ One Literature Nut (Best Books of 2013)
89. Anna @ Diary of an Eccentric (Best of 2013)
90. The Girl @ Diary of an Eccentric (Best of 2013)
91. Kara@Biblio-File (2013 Book List)
92. Staci Eastin (Most Intriguing Novels Read during 2013)
93. Barnabas (The Top Five Books I Read in 2013)
94. Teri Lynne (Best Books I Read in 2013)
95. Becky @ Becky’s Book Reviews
96. Art@Home (The Best Books of 2013)
97. Fountains of Home (The Best Books I Read in 2013)
98. Sara Dobie Bauer (Best Books of 2013)
99. Sharkbytes (Best Books Read in 2013)
100. Jamie’s Rabbits (Best Books I Read in 2013)
101. Rissi (2013’s Best in Fiction)
102. Alyssa (Top 13 Books I Read in 2013)
103. Cassie (My Favorite Reads of 2013)
104. Karen @ Candid Diversions
105. Stuck in a Book (Top 10 Books of 2013)

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34 thoughts on “Saturday Review of Books SPECIAL EDITION: December 28, 2013

  1. For Amy at Hope Is the Word: For her read aloud time, I suggest either THe Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright or The Book of THree by Lloyd Alexander, both on this list of my favorite readalouds, http://www.semicolonblog.com/?p=18171
    For her personal reading, Mrs. Buncle’s Book by D.E. Stevenson, a wonderful, light velly British story of a woman who writes a (dangerous) book.

  2. For Becky, who reads even more voraciously than I do, one classic and one classic children’s book: Adam Bede by George Eliot and THe Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier.

  3. For Alice at Supratentorial: Have you and your boys read Frindle by Andrew Clements? For your own reading, I do urge you to get around to Connie Willis’s time travel books: Doomsday Book, To Say Nothing of the Dog, and the two WWII books, Blackout and All Clear. Also Wendell Berry is well worth your reading time.

  4. Sherry, *thank you* for your recommendations. I always think of your choice for me a few years back (City of Tranquil Light…which after I read it, I bought a dozen copies to give away). D.E. Stevenson has been on my radar for a few years, but I’ve not read any titles yet. I’m not at all familiar with The Dancing Priest, so I’m eager to check it out. Why I haven’t already read The Little Way is a mystery to me.

    Your post years ago about “fascinations” has adhered to my consciousness. It crystallized some thoughts for me. This year I read books about islands, motherless children, conversion, recovery, noncompliance with evil: all themes that fascinate me.

    Happy Reading in 2014!

  5. Thanks for faithfully hosting this each week, Sherry. (And thanks for the recommendation in the comments above.)

  6. Thanks for the recs, Sherry! We have read Frindle, that’s the book that got them hooked on Clements. I do plan on reading Connie Willis this year. Thanks for hosting each week.

  7. Thanks so much for the recs! I’m going to start the read aloud year off with Lloyd Alexander, I think.

  8. Uh-oh. My to-read list is going to grow by leaps and bounds after reading through these lists. :) But thanks for hosting. It’s a problem I’ve got to learn to deal with. ha.

  9. Loving this special edition, Sherry! Thanks for hosting – it’s great to be able to see what everyone’s read in 2013 and planning to read in 2014! :)

  10. Jessica, I’m reading a Wodehouse book right now called Uneasy Money (not Bertie and Jeeves), and I think you’d like it. Also, I just finished Miss Buncle’s Book and Miss Buncle Married, both by D.E. Stevenson. I’m recommending those two to lots of people. So much fun.

  11. Hope, I highly recommend Josephine Tey’s Daughter of Time, historical investigation and mystery combined. It’s one of my favorites. And I see on your “Classics Club” list that you haven’t yet read To Kill a Mockingbird? Oh, hie thee to a library or bookstore and grab a copy.

  12. Sherry, I appreciate the book recommendations that you have left for me and hope to be reading some of them in 2014. Just leaving the full 2013 list here! Happy New Year.

  13. For Lisa: Booked Literature in the Soul of Me by Karen Swallow Prior and Death by Living by N.D. Wilson. I really enjoyed poking around your blog, Lisa, and seeing what books you’ve enjoyed.

  14. Thanks for the recommendations, Sherry. I do have Ravi’s book on my TBR list. I haven’t read anything by Barrie – that might be a good one to start with. A Wilder Rose might be interesting – I have read a bit of their backgrounds.

  15. Thanks, Sherry, for your weekly post of book reviews. I look forward to it each week. Can’t wait to delve into everybody’s lists!

  16. I’m late to the party, as usual, but I’ve linked-up my top books of 2013. :) I’m planning on doing a “most anticipated reads of 2014″ post at some point, but we’re in the midst of getting moved into a new home, so I’m not sure how quickly I’ll have it up. Would it be acceptable to come back here and link that up, too, once I’ve got it posted?

  17. For Beckie, Dancing Priest and A Light Shining, both by Glynn Young.

    And Hannah Elise, of course, I’d love to see your “most anticipated” list, and you are welcome and even urged to link to it here. For you, Hannah, I’ll recommend The More With Less Cookbook by Doris Jantzen Longacre, an oldie but goodie. And maybe you would enjoy reading The Hidden Art of Homemaking by Edith Schaeffer?

  18. I posted two links, the first to a list of most of what I read in 2013, the second to what I intend to read in 2014. I have not blogged much this year, but have high hopes I’ll be able to resume in 2014. Thank you for hosting this again. I’m sorry I’m a bit late to this review!

  19. Thank you so much for linking me up! I see a good number of lists here – looks like I’m going to be adding a lot of books to my TBR now!

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