Books 2013 (overview, final reviews + giveaway)

Goat Mountain by David Vann (6/10) – I saw this book sitting on the shelf at a book store and couldn’t resist the beautiful cover art. The blurb compared David Vann’s writing style to Cormac McCarthy, so of course I was sold. The writing in this book is beautiful, but I couldn’t stomach the subject matter. I’m not sure what it was but I was not in the right frame of mind to read this book. At one point I had to stop reading it while I was eating my lunch at work because it made me feel physically ill. Despite this little hiccup, the book was so beautifully written that I’d still recommend it.

White Horse by Alex Adams (5/10) – This book had so much promise: a strong female protagonist, a post-apocalyptic plot, beautiful cover art (heh), but it still fell short of my expectations. I wasn’t a fan of the overly wordy style of writing, and I’m still I’m still tossing up whether I’m going to read the other books in the series.

I usually do my book giveaway at the end of the year, but as I was on a hiatus throughout most of December it was pushed forward to January. So here we go! I have selected my four favourite books for the year, and will be giving away one copy of each. The books are: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides, And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini, Columbine by Dave Cullen, and The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides. To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment on this post telling me which of the books you’d like to win. Be sure to include your email address so that I can contact you if you’re the lucky winner. The giveaway is open internationally, and will be drawn on February 4th. Good luck!

26 Thoughts on “Books 2013 (overview, final reviews + giveaway)

  1. I would love to win “And the Mountains Echoed”. I have seen the Kite Runner film, but am ashamed to say I have never read any of Hosseini’s books before. Fingers crossed I can add this one to my book pile 🙂

  2. I’d love to win Columbine. 🙂 I wrote a paper on the shooting in the seventh grade and have been so intrigued by the subject—Columbine specifically, and school shootings in general—since then. My email is 🙂

    Many thanks for this giveaway and good luck on your reading goals this year!

  3. Rachel on January 8, 2014 at 5:34 am said:

    I would love to win Middlesex, I keep hearing wonderful things about it. My email is

    I love seeing what other people have been reading, gives me so many things to add to my already heaving list though.

  4. I would love to read ‘And the Mountains Echoed’! I haven’t read anything by this author but have only heard good things. I also love stories that follow families through time.

  5. I love, love, loved the Columbine book. Like one of the other comments, I am so intrigued by school shootings, and have taken many opportunities in school to write up papers on the topic. Seriously, such a good book.

    I would love to win the Virgin Suicides! I have been recommended this book so many times before and it keeps getting shoved on my “to buy / to read” list as other books come into my life first. Maybe 2014 will be the year I finally get around to reading it 😉

    My email address is


  6. I’m another one who loved the Columbine book, I found it quite tough to read at times because of the subject matter, but it was so interesting at the same time.

    I’d love to win Middlesex- partly because I’ve heard a lot of good things about it, and partly because I’ve already read/own the other three haha. My email is 🙂

  7. I’ve now added Goat Mountain to my 50 book challenge list.
    I love your book posts and cannot wait for future editions so I can beef up my reading list for 2014.
    I bought The Happiness Project, Coal to Diamonds, This is where we live and Taboo today so that’s my reading sorted for the next week.
    I would love to win The Virgin Suicides, I’ve seen part of the movie but cannot handle Kirsten Dundst so it was a turn off for me, despite being awed at the plot.
    The other on your list I would love to win is Columbine, I remember when the shootings occurred and my mother revoking my X-Files trench, forbidding me to wear it to school for fear of the stigma, of course I was only 11 at the time so I just thought she was being mean.
    Good luck with the 50 book challenge, and thanks for inspiring me to start reading again x


  8. Georgie on January 8, 2014 at 1:27 pm said:

    Would love to read Middlesex! It’s just one of those books I’ve always wanted to read but somehow haven’t gotten around to doing so.

  9. Jessica on January 8, 2014 at 4:19 pm said:

    3/4 of these books are in my sights for my 2014 50 book challenge. Would be magical to win 🙂

  10. Amber Boyce on January 8, 2014 at 7:22 pm said:

    I would love to win The Virgin Suicides book – loved the movie (an every Sofia Coppola movie since). Usually the books that films are based on are far superior than the movies so I’d LOVE to read this and see if that rings true for this one too.

  11. Jacqueline on January 9, 2014 at 6:15 pm said:

    I’ve been meaning to read “The Virgin Suicides” for the longest time now! I’ve heard only wonderful things about it and can’t wait to get my mitts on it.

    Thanks lovely, welcome back and well done on the reading efforts – love your enthusiasm and thirst for reading xo

  12. Hiii And The Mountains Echoed plzzz

  13. Middlesex! I’ve been wanting to read that for a long time

  14. And the Mountains Echoed has been on my list of books I want to read ^^

  15. jasmine1485 on January 11, 2014 at 3:50 pm said:

    I’d love to read Middlesex please 🙂

  16. I would love to read any one of these, but I suppose I’d go with The Virgin Suicides; if I have to choose. 🙂 (My email is

  17. The Virgin Suicides, just because I’ve never even heard of it. Plus the title sounds interesting as a good start.
    My email is

  18. szappanbubi on January 19, 2014 at 9:18 pm said:

    Such great choices!…I’d love Sharp objects, the pilot sounds quite disturbing but also makes me curious about the story on the whole!

    porcukorborso at gmail dot com

  19. Ashleigh on February 4, 2014 at 11:02 am said:

    Hey Jess, great list of books you’ve got there. I would love to read Columbine by Dave Cullen 🙂

  20. Sharleena on February 4, 2014 at 5:21 pm said:

    I would love to read Middlesex! Eugenides is also the name of the main character in the book I am currently reading – must be fate.

  21. I would love to win Middlesex! I just read the blurb and I am instantly intrigued, it sounds epic.

  22. I’d love to read/win Columbine. It’s been on my to read list since you reviewed it. It really is one of those sadly fascinating reads, and I imagine the book is a perspective not seen in any other format!


  23. I would LOVE to win The Virgin Suicides, only because I’ve seen the film and LOVED it. Would love to see how the book is. (norlinhotmailcom)

  24. I would love to win Columbine by Dave Cullen. I’ve only just read We need to talk about Kevin and saw the movie straight after, so I think Columbine would continue that theme, as tragic as it is.

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