As has become a tradition, we start our literary year with a post entirely written by YOU, our wonderful customers. Without you, we wouldn’t be going into our 42nd year. Without you, all of us would be out of jobs we love. Without you, we wouldn’t know what to read!
Thank you for you continued support and to everyone who sent in their favorite books of 2013: Shelley Anderson, Carl Everaert, Karen Foo, Michelle Schulte, David Swatling, Linde Simpson, Marjolein Balm, Jonathan de Souza, Darice de Cuba, Luke Sondelski, Gabriëlle Linger, Laura Baaijens, Oona Juutinen, Sara Raap, Tess van Brummelen and David Young.
A quick note on ebooks: I try to add a link to the ebook version of each title. Unfortunately, the availability of ebooks seems to change on a daily basis. Some ebook links may therefore not work when you read this, although they worked when I put this post together. Try again next week, though; perhaps that particular publisher has come to their senses again, who knows…
“Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.” — Joyce Carol Oates
“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” — Oscar Wilde
“What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.” — Anne Lamott
“A book, too, can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.” — Madeleine L’Engle
More of these quotes over at Flavorwire!