What’s the best book you’ve read in 2013?

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Every now and then I like to jump outside the Indie versus traditional publishing paradigm and just talk about books.

Today, I am not so much talking about them as asking about them.

I would really like to hear from you about the books you’ve read since the first of the year that touched you. I use the word touched advisedly because it is the best way I know to describe what happens to me when a book grabs me by the throat and won’t let go.

Like most of you, I have loved to read all my life.

I read as much now as I ever have, but much of it is directed at projects I have underway, things I have to read to learn how to take the next step.

This type of reading creates a vacuum in a reader’s heart because it leaves him longing for a book that is not just about information, but also about imagination, about the affairs of the human condition, its failures, its successes.

I am also becoming more convinced with each passing year that great books are usually about love in one form or another.  Love, not necessarily romance. Maybe that is because love is what drives most people to do what they do.

I am working on a little book now that I call The Compost Pile. I’m about two-thirds of the way through it, and I realized a day or so ago that the unifying principle for all the characters is that they are acting on their notions of love, albeit often misguided.  It might sound strange to the non-writers out there that an author would confess to not understanding his own book until he was most of the way through it, but that’s how it has turned out for me this time.

Now that I know what I am writing about, I may be able to finish it before too long.

But I digress.

What I am looking for are suggestions about great books you have come across since the first of the year.  To make it simple, let’s forget about the book’s publication date because a book is new when a reader finds it. Also, let’s not limit it to any particular format. In other words, it doesn’t matter if it is a paper book, an eBook or an audible book.

Don’t be shy about it.  Please list the book you consider the best one you’ve finished since January 1, 2013.  If you want, go ahead and add a link to it in your comment.

I look forward to your suggestions, and I am sure other readers will, too.



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