Tuesday, December 11, 2012

My 2013 Reading List

It's that time of year.

But let's make things absolutely clear: I've been a lazy ass in 2012.

Every December, I compile a list of books that I intend to read for the coming year. And for the past three years, I have asked you to give me your recommendations. What should I read in 2013?

I typically make a list of a dozen or so books, and I generally read anywhere from 12 to 15 books. If I run out of books, I add more to my list; if I don't get through the list, I add the unread books to next year's list.

For 2012, I created a modest list of 10 books. But I didn't do a lot of reading this year. In fact, I only read five-and-a-half books. I got into the sixth book but then I ran out of steam and put it down. And then I got busy. And then I stopped taking the bus to work.

I'm going to add the final four books from my 2012 list and add them to my 2013 list. And then I'm going to add another eight books to the list: one book for each month.

If you have any recommendations for my 2013 reading list, please leave me a comment to this post with the title and author, and a brief reason why you think I should read it. In January, I'll post my list, as I always do, in the right-hand column of the blog. I hope the list helps you find something to read in the coming year.

And I'll promise not to be a lazy ass next year.

My recommendation to you, if you haven't read it already, is my book—Songsaengnim: A Korea Diary—available in hardcover, paperback, and e-Reader at many fine book outlets.


  1. Anything by Bernard Cornwell, so many great series to chose from...


    for an interesting take on King Arthur (historial fiction from Roman times with no Majic involved), the Camulod books by Jack Whyte

  2. The Bone Cage by Angie Abdou is a great read
    Anil's Ghost is excellent (an older book but still worth a read)
    Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
    The Weird Sisters
    Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo (I'm starting it this weekend - has gotten rave reviews and the interview I listened to on The Next Chapter was excellent)