2013: Ten Favourite Books

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  • Epilogue by Anne Roiphe

“Think of grief as a river that finally runs into the ocean where it is absorbed but not dissolved, pebbles, moss, fish, twigs from the smallest upland stream run with it and finally float in the salt sea from which life emerged.”

  • The Rules of Inheritance by Claire Bidwell Smith

“Vermont like a foreign country to both of us, the autumn trees like bursts of flame.”

  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

“The secret to life is to put yourself in the right lighting. For some, it’s a Broadway spotlight; for others, a lamplit desk. Everyone shines, given the right light.”

  • The Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

“But I’ve come to realise that, however blue my circumstances, if after finishing a chapter of a Dickens novel I feel a miss-my-stop-on-the-train sort of compulsion to read on, then everything is probably going to be just fine.”

  • The Morning Gift by Eva Ibbotson

“I want to live how music sounds,” said Ruth.

  • If This Is A Man by Primo Levi

“Monsters exist, but they are too few in number to be truly dangerous. More dangerous are the common men, the functionaries ready to believe and to act without asking questions.”

  • The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee

“History repeats, but science reverberates.”

  • Night by Elie Wiesel

“Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love. Love risks degenerating into obsession, friendship is never anything but sharing.”

  • Come To The Edge by Christina Haag

“What he aimed for, and succeeded some days in attaining was the remarkable equipoise of humility and confidence that is grace.”

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I’d love to know the books you devoured in the past year (leave a comment!) So many books, so little time….