2013 in Books
I was influenced by a popular blog that I’m following to share the books I read this past year. But unlike her none of the books that I read this year was published in 2013. Because I don’t have new books unless they’re gifts or prizes. I do have “Doctor Sleep” by Stephen King in my Kindle; but I didn’t buy it and more importantly, I haven’t finished reading it yet so it doesn’t appear in the list.
Here they are, in no particular order:
- THE WHITE HOTEL by D.M. Thomas – experimental in form, and strangely erotic.
- BEFORE NIGHT FALLS by Reinaldo Arenas – I saw the film years ago; I liked the film. The book is better, and an inspiration in writing creative non-fiction.
- HEART-SHAPED BOX by Joe Hill – a ghost story from Stephen King’s son. The apple didn’t fall far from the tree.
- BOY MEETS BOY by David Levithan – a young adult gay romance novel set in a gay-friendly high school in a gay-friendly small town in the States. Too perky for me, but I like the use of the romance novel formula on two male characters.
- CALL ME BY YOUR NAME by Andre Aciman – hay, summer love! I reviewed this HERE.
- THE STRAIN TRILOGY (The Strain, The Fall, and The Night Eternal) by Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan – vampires are given the Del Toro treatment and I kept on imagining the reaper vampires of “Blade II”, which Del Toro helmed. Very entertaining, in spite of some really clunky writing.
- MONSTRESS by Lysley Tenorio – great samples of the short story form. I also reviewed it HERE.
- A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING by Dave Eggers – a clever, likeable, entertaining, and ultimately sad novel of real people getting lost in an increasingly virtual world. I just read that Tom Hanks will produce and star in the film adaptation, written and directed by Tom Tykwer (Cloud Atlas).
- THE GAY METROPOLIS by Charles Kaiser – a well-written chronicle of gay life in the States from 1940-1996. It tells the amazing story of how gays & lesbians transformed their social status–overcoming religious prejudice, medical malpractice, and political persecution in just half a century. Recommended for young LGBTs who have no sense of history.
I can only hope to read more in 2014.
Posted on December 26, 2013, in journal and tagged 2013, Andre Aciman, books, David Levithan, Guillermo Del Toro, Lysley Tenorio, reading, Reinaldo Arenas, Stephen King. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.