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My Top 15 Books from 2013

Looking for suggestions to start off your reading resolutions? Here are my top 15 choices out of the 59 books I read in 2013 (as always not in any real order). They are all good ways to spend some time.

My Top 15 Books from 2013
  1. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
  2. Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
  3. The House of Hades by Rick Riordan
  4. Revolutionary Summer by Joseph J. Ellis
  5. The Malice of Fortune by Michael Ennis
  6. How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster
  7. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
  8. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
  9. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  10. A Cookbook Conspiracy by Kate Carlisle
  11. Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
  12. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
  13. For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
  14. Star Wars: X-Wing Rogue Squadron by Michael A. Stackpole
  15. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

Book Review – Revolutionary Summer

Revolutionary SummerRevolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence by Joseph J. Ellis

Review: This book covers both American political and military maneuvers from May through October 1776 using straightforward prose. Mr. Ellis tells a dramatic story of how political and military interconnectedness contributed to the birth of the United States. More than a little luck was involved in the first few months of the American war for independence. Everything seemed to be lined up just right to help the new republic survive. King George III prematurely dispatched thousands of troops leading the colonists to abandon any remaining hopes of a diplomatic solution creating a unanimous resolve for independence. The overconfident British military more than once allowed the Continental army to escape to fight another day rather than wiping it out for a swift decisive victory. This turned out to be a major blunder as General Washington’s forces were never as vulnerable as in that summer of 1776. Even in the face of series of defeats and retreats, the Continental Congress remained irrationally committed to their revolutionary cause. I recommend this book for anyone who likes American history or anyone looking for an appropriate read this Independence Day.