Torea Frey

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2013 in books

What I read, as I read it. (Note: 2013 is "the Year of Reading Proust," and I'm playing along on Goodreads; this will likely drastically reduce the number of books I read on the whole, but I'm psyched to finally go In Search of Lost Time.)

  1. Where'd You Go, Bernadette?, Maria Semple
  2. Blindness, Henry Green
  3. Monsieur Proust's Library, Anka Muhlstein
  4. The Great War and Modern Memory, Paul Fussell
  5. Tenth of December, George Saunders
  6. This is Running for Your Life, Michelle Orange
  7. Orchids on Your Budget, Marjorie Hillis
  8. The Book of Blood and Shadow, Robin Wasserman
  9. Nine Months, Paula Bomer
  10. Zazen, Vanessa Veselka
  11. It's Kind of a Funny Story, Ned Vizzini
  12. Weetzie Bat, Francesca Lia Block
  13. Witch Baby, Francesca Lia Block
  14. Cherokee Bat and the Goat Guys, Francesca Lia Block
  15. Missing Angel Juan, Francesca Lia Block
  16. Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand
  17. The Fifty Year Sword, Mark Z. Danielewski
  18. Swann's Way, Marcel Proust
  19. How to Be a Woman, Caitlin Moran
  20. HHhH, Laurent Binet
  21. Battleborn, Claire Vaye Watkins
  22. Stream of Life, Clarice Lispector
  23. How Literature Saved My Life, David Shields
  24. Vampires in the Lemon Grove, Karen Russell
  25. School for Love, Olivia Manning
  26. May We Be Forgiven, A. M. Homes
  27. Dora, Lidia Yuknavitch
  28. Mr. Peanut, Adam Ross
  29. Fever, Mary Beth Keane
  30. Baby Be-Bop, Francesca Lia Block
  31. Wallflower at the Orgy, Nora Ephron
  32. Turn, Magic Wheel, Dawn Powell
  33. Sharp Objects, Gillian Flynn
  34. Vaclav and Lena, Haley Tanner
  35. A Thousand Morons, Quim Monzo 
  36. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs
  37. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking, Susan Cain
  38. Leaving the Atocha Station, Ben Lerner
  39. Mary Coin, Marisa Silver
  40. If You Want to Write, Brenda Ueland
  41. Bitter Bitch, Maria Sveland
  42. Dare Me, Megan Abbott
  43. Within a Budding Grove, Marcel Proust
  44.  Bright's Passage, Josh Ritter 
  45. Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, Therese Anne Fowler
  46. Errantry, Elizabeth Hand
  47. Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal?, Jeanette Winterson
  48. Dirt Work: An Education in the Woods, Christine Byl
  49. Where I Was From, Joan Didion
  50. The Assumption of the Rogues & Rascals, Elizabeth Smart
  51. The Little Disturbances of Man, Grace Paley
  52. The Cove, Ron Rash
  53. The Magic Circle, Jenny Davidson
  54. Speedboat, Renata Adler
  55. Loitering With Intent, Muriel Spark
  56. The Lost Art of Walking, Geoff Nicholson 
  57. Sister's Choice: Tradition and Change in American Women's Writing, Elaine Showalter  
  58. Matilda, Roald Dahl
  59. The Dangers of Proximal Alphabets, Kathleen Alcott
  60. Threats, Amelia Gray
  61. Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg
  62. Giving Up the Ghost, Eric Nuzum
  63. The Cranes Dance, Meg Howrey
  64. Pitch Dark, Renata Adler
  65. The Fat Woman's Joke, Fay Weldon
  66. The Vanishers, Heidi Julavits 
  67. American Gods, Neil Gaiman
  68. The Guermantes Way, Marcel Proust 
  69. Black Light, Elizabeth Hand
  70. Notorious Victoria: The Life of Victoria Woodhull, Uncensored, Mary Gabriel 
  71. Big Brother , Lionel Shriver
  72. Ghana Must Go, Taiye Selasi
  73. The Flamethrowers, Rachel Kushner
  74. Stay Awake, Dan Chaon
  75. State of Wonder, Ann Patchett
  76. Silver Sparrow, Tayari Jones
  77. The Talented Mr. Ripley, Patricia Highsmith
  78. Tampa, Alissa Nutting 
  79. The Faraway Nearby, Rebecca Solnit
  80. Schroder, Amity Gaige 
  81. The Faster I Walk The Smaller I Am, Kjersti A. Skomsvold 
  82. Inside, Alix Ohlin
  83. The Panopticon, Jenni Fagan
  84. The Interestings, Meg Wolitzer  
  85. The Universe Versus Alex Woods, Gavin Extence 
  86. Understood Betsy, Dorothy Canfield
  87. We Need New Names, NoViolet Bulawayo
  88. The Shining Girls, Lauren Beukes 
  89. The Zodiac Arch, Freya Stark  
  90. Sodom and Gomorrah, Marcel Proust  
  91.  Night Film, Marisha Pessl
  92. Hallucinations, Oliver Sacks
  93. The Lola Quartet, Emily St. John Mandel
  94. The Passion According to G.H., Clarice Lispector 
  95. Alice Fantastic, Maggie Estep
  96. A Field Guide to Getting Lost, Rebecca Solnit 
  97. The Heart Broke In, James Meek
  98. The Book Borrower, Alice Mattison 
  99. Manifestoes of Surrealism, Andre Breton
  100. Gods Without Men, Hari Kunzru
  101. The Woman Upstairs, Claire Messud
  102. Passing, Nella Larsen
  103. The Color Master, Aimee Bender
  104. Nightwood, Djuna Barnes
  105. A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, David Foster Wallace
  106. The Residue Years, Mitchell S. Jackson
  107. The Captive, Marcel Proust
  108. Moonwalking With Einstein, Joshua Foer  
  109. People Round the Corner, Thyra Samter Winslow 
  110. Blood in the Parlor, Dorothy Dunbar 
  111. Five Star Billionaire, Tash Aw 
  112. The Narrow House, Evelyn Scott
  113. White is for Witching, Helen Oyeyemi 
  114. Anarchism is Not Enough, Laura Riding 
  115. Sleeveless Errand, Norah C. James 
  116. Life After Life, Kate Atkinson 
  117. Run, Ann Patchett
  118. The Fugitive, Marcel Proust  
  119. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, Anthony Marra
  120. Come Closer, Sara Gran
  121. The Assassin from Apricot City: Reportage from Turkey, Witold Szablowski
  122. The Complete Short Stories, Agnes Owens 
  123. Winner of the National Book Award, Jincy Willett
  124. The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt
  125. Looking for Alaska, John Green
  126. Dope, Sara Gran
  127. The Box Garden, Carol Shields
  128. You Are Here: Personal Geographies and Other Maps of the Imagination, Katharine Harmon
  129. Claire Dewitt and the City of the Dead, Sara Gran
  130. An Abundance of Katherines, John Green
  131. Time Regained, Marcel Proust 
  132. How to Talk to Practically Anybody About Practically Anything, Barbara Walters
  133. Dandelion Wine, Ray Bradbury
  134. Lucretia and the Kroons, Victor LaValle
  135. Dark Places, Gillian Flynn
  136. The Tracey Fragments, Maureen Medved
  137. The Lifted Veil, George Eliot
  138. Serena, Ron Rash