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This morning, I finally finished Ulysses! It took me nearly four months of not entirely pleasant plodding, but it feels like a victory. I can’t say I understood much of what I read (yes, even with the companion book…) but I did enjoy the language, especially Joyce’s funny way of smashing words together.

I loved a few other books this year that weren’t released in 2013–The Age of Innocence, When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka, Half In Love by Maile Meloy, The Newlyweds by Nell Freudenberger and The Lone Pilgrim by Laurie Colwin.

I read a lot of books that did come out this year that, sadly, I really hated. (I’m not mean enough to reiterate which those were).

Friends of mine released some great work this year–The Transcriber by Kristen Witucki, Domestic Uncertainties by Leah Umansky, The Man Who Noticed Everything by Adrian Van Young, An Explanation for Everything by Lauren Grodstein and more.

My favorites that came out this year or late last year were:

What were your favorites?