I fully give Wonder *****. If I could give it six, I would. I hope to share this book with each of my boys as a story of "when choosing to be right or be kind, choose kind". I took a chance and picked it for my old neighborhood book club for my month to host. I hope they will actually read it as I have the reputation for the "worst book of the year" award.
Last night I started on A Constellation of Vital Phenomena as part of the six books I picked up over the weekend at the library. While I doubt I will get through all six before they are due, I thoroughly enjoyed browsing the New York Times Top 100 books of 2013 for ideas for what to add to my Goodreads account. I have a 2014 goal of trying to update my account more frequently as frankly it becomes a once a month recount of books read. I also have have a goal of finishing the dense 928 page The Bully Pulpit by year end. As I own my copy, complete with a personal inscription from Presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, I can read at my leisure.
I wrote back in July of my mid year progress. I ended the year with 49 books, surpassing my original Goodreads challenge of 30 books by August.
My top 10 books of the year (all 5 star books)
And the Mountains Echoed
Where'd You Go Bernadette
We Live in Water
The Nobodies Album
Tiny Beautiful Things
Five Days at Memorial- Non fiction
Half the Sky- Non fiction
Honorable Mentions for notable 4 star books
Lean In- Non fiction
Behind the Beautiful Forevers
The Financial Lives of Poets
I ended the year with at least 70% of my 2013 reads at 3 stars and above. I would like to note that I would like my time back for reading Reconstructing Amelia, Serena, Looking for Alaska, A Land More Kind Than Home and After Visiting Friends. If they are on your to read list, reconsider.
Happy reading in 2014.