Favourite Books of 2013

I managed to achieve my goal of 52 books this year (again), although didn’t go above and beyond this time. I thought I’d share my top recommendations, but you can see all the books I have read on Goodreads.

But of course there are favourites each year, and these are the ones I’d recommend the most (in chronological order, based on when I read them):

Voyager (Outlander) by Diana Gabaldon: Third book in the amazing #Outlander series, with its delightful universe of #history, #fantasy and #romance taking place in #Scotland.

Born to Win: Keeping Your Firstborn Edge without Losing Your Balance by Dr. Kevin Leman: Great #nonfiction book about the pros and cons of being a #firstborn #perfectionist – and how to deal with it, and make the most of it.

The S&M Feminist: Best Of Clarisse Thorn: Great compilations of articles and essays concerning S&M, feminism, sex-positivism, gender, relationships etc. Highly recommended. (Read the full review)

The History of Love by Nicole Krauss: Really loved this book, the writing style is incredibly beautiful, as is the story line – and no, it is not a chick lit. (Read the full review).

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change  by Stephen R. Covey: Sound principles to build your life on, although much of this wisdom has made it into popular culture by now. #Classic (Read my full review here.)

The Primal Blueprint: Reprogram your genes for effortless weight loss, vibrant health, and boundless energy by Mark Sisson: Excellent introduction to the #Primal/#Paleo lifestyle with lots of food for thought. (Full review here)

The Ethical Slut: A Practical Guide to Polyamory, Open Relationships & Other Adventures by Dossie Easton & Janet W. Hardy: Fascinating look at different ways of doing #relationships. Thought-provoking, challenging and eye-opening with takeaways for everyone. (Full review here)

To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others by Daniel H. Pink: Fascinating and intriguing, shows us how we are all in the business of selling today. #Recommended

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley: #Classic dystopian novel on what might happen in a society based on capitalism and stability, with no room for passion, art and emotions.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Trilogy) by Stieg Larsson: I’d resisted reading this #Scandinavian classic, and was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Recommended!

Opening Up: A Guide to Creating and Sustaining Open Relationships  by Tristan Taormino: Excellent introduction into choosing what #relationship style works for you.

Virgin: The Untouched History by Hanne Blank: Enlightening, funny and thought-provoking. #Virginity is much less definable than you’d think. Full review here.

Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan: Must read. Excellent introduction to scepticism in an easy to understand manner. Full review here.

101 Secrets For Your Twenties by Paul Angone: Funny and often profound book full of insights into your twenties – a defining decade. #Recommended (full review here.)

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain: Excellent book for introverts and extroverts alike. Highly highly #recommended (full review to follow next week)


Shared on YOUR Favorite Books of 2013 – Modern Mrs Darcy link-up.


  1. thanks for sharing your top picks!


  2. Thank you for sharing, Becky! I’m a big non-fiction reader and am digging into economical economics currently, while having some time off until my PhD is starting by the end of January. The book I’m currently reading is “Enough is enough” by Rob Dietz and Dan O’Neill, it’s a very good read! 🙂

    Happy 2014 to you!


    • You’re very welcome Kath! Enough is enough sounds very interesting, would love to hear your thoughts!


  3. Quiet is on my list! Can’t wait to read it…I’ve heard lots of good things about it.


    • Thanks for stopping by Krissa – and welcome! Quiet is indeed excellent, I postponed reading it for way too long.


  4. krissajeldy

    Quiet is on my list…I can’t wait to read it. I’ve heard lots of great things about it!


  5. I love Dan Pink and To Sell Is Human is no exception. I don’t think that book got enough love last year. Can’t wait for his next one!

    I keep hearing wonderful things about Paul Angone’s, and how have I never heard of that Kevin Leman book? I think maybe this firstborn should put it on her reading list. 🙂


    • Yeah I thought To Sell Is Human was really thought-provoking.

      Paul Angone’s is great, although it is mainly aimed at people in their 20’s who haven’t quite “settled down” yet, although there’s definitely something there for everyone.

      I believe Dr Leman’s book has also been released as the 1st Born Advantage?



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