Best Read in 2013: A Top 20 Year-End List

Best Read In 2013

As we round the corner of Typographical Era’s first anniversary, we’ve decided to continue our Best Read in the year tradition, and what a year it has been!  Between translations, short stories, novels, memoirs, and essays, readers of all genres will surely find Typographical Era’s Best Read in 2013 list to be a great place to start for reading endeavors in 2014.  At least we hope so.  Here’s to a great year in reading and to another great year for Typographical Era.  Cheers!

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The Best of the First Half of 2013

The Best of the First Half of 2013Thus far, 2013 has been an excellent literary year for me.  I launched Typographical Era with Aaron Westerman, finished my Master’s Degree in Information Sciences, and got a job in my local public library system.  But on top of all that, I’ve also managed to read some really amazing books in the last 6 months.

As Aaron said in his Best of the First Half of 2013 post, readers love nothing more than literary lists (and a good book of course), and I am no exception.  When I’m not reading, reviewing, or painting my nails, I spend a great deal of time devouring lists.  From topical/subject-focused lists to upcoming release directories, these mini-catalogs are a great way to reach out to all reader niches in a timely and effective manner.

So before I get too far down the list loving rabbit hole, here is a brief register of the best books of 2013 according to me:


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Verisimilitudes: Week Ending 04.06.2013

Typographical_EraWelcome to Verisimilitudes, our regular round-up of the past week’s activity. It’s your one-stop source for all of the bits and bleeps we’ve been posting here and on social platforms.

The weather is warming up, birds are singing, and flowers are blooming.  It finally feels like spring has arrived!!   Doesn’t it just make you want to read a big fat juicy book under a willow tree?  Or perhaps it just makes you sneeze.  Either way, we have spring fever, and we wholeheartedly welcome the changing of the season.  Which books are on your spring break reading list?  While you ponder, have a look at what went on at Typographical Era this week:

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The Death of Bees by Lisa O’Donnell

Death_of_Bees ★★★★☆
The Death of Bees
A Novel by Lisa O’Donnell
2012 / 311 Pages

The Death of Bees follows a year in the lives of two sisters – Marnie, an incredibly intelligent but troubled 15 year-old girl, and her sister, Nelly, who is only 12 years old but has the eccentric vocabulary of a Downton Abbey character.  As the novel opens, Marnie says:

Today is Christmas Eve. Today is my birthday. Today I am fifteen. Today I buried my parents in the backyard. Neither of them were beloved.

As Marnie and Nelly alternate as narrators, we slowly begin to find out exactly why their parents were not beloved and how the sisters are keeping the secret of their orphaning from the public.  It isn’t too hard to do – neither of the girls have many friends, and the neighbors have always tried to stay away from the ill-reputed family.  But the girls soon find that they can’t manage on their own, so they reluctantly accept the help of Lennie – a neighbor known as a “pervert” and sexual offender.  But Lennie is also a narrator of the novel, and we soon see that his story and reputation have been grossly misunderstood by the neighbors, including Marnie and Nelly.

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