2013 reading list (so far)

The Alice Poems by Leon Rooke

Here are the books I’ve read so far in 2013, with links where they exist to books that I’ve reviewed (either here on this blog or briefly on Goodreads). As I’ve remarked before, it’s a competition with no one but myself, but it is always interesting to reflect halfway through the year where one is at with one’s reading, both quantitatively and qualitatively.

This has been another fine and interesting year in reading so far. I see I need to invest some more time in getting some more reviews on this blog, although I think that has been supplanted a bit by #todayspoem activities and reflections on beautiful book-shaped objects. I’ve been trying to balance my reading so that I always have prose and poetry on the go at the same time. I’m also pleased to see that 16 of the 21 books I’ve read so far this year are Canadian, and 8 of that total are poetry collections.


  1. The Age of Hope
    by David Bergen (a Canada Reads selection)

  2. May We Be Forgiven
    by A.M. Homes

  3. CivilWarLand in Bad Decline
    by George Saunders

  4. Pastoralia
    by George Saunders

  5. canlit

  6. Red Doc>
    by Anne Carson

  7. Tenth of December
    by George Saunders

  8. canlit

  9. Traveling Light
    by Peter Behrens

  10. canlit

  11. Stories About Storytellers
    by Douglas Gibson

  12. canlit

  13. How Should A Person Be?
    by Sheila Heti

  14. canlit

  15. Seldom Seen Road
    by Jenna Butler

  16. canlit

  17. The April Poems
    by Leon Rooke

  18. canlit

  19. The Shore Girl
    by Fran Kimmel

  20. canlit

  21. Li’l Bastard
    by David McGimpsey

  22. canlit

  23. 1996
    by Sara Peters

  24. canlit

  25. One Bird’s Choice
    by Iain Reid

  26. Clear
    by Nicola Barker

  27. canlit

  28. Under the Keel
    by Michael Crummey

  29. canlit

  30. Coping with Emotions and Otters
    by Dina Del Bucchia

  31. canlit

  32. The Miracles of Ordinary Men
    by Amanda Leduc

  33. canlit

  34. What’s the Score?
    by David W. McFadden

  35. canlit

  36. Bone & Bread
    by Saleema Nawaz

Currently in progress:

  • Journey with No Maps: A Life of P.K. Page
    by Sandra Djwa

  • Big Day Coming: Yo La Tengo and the Rise of Indie Rock
    by Jesse Jarnow

  • Lyrics and Poems 1997-2012
    by John K. Samson

How is your reading going so far in 2013?

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