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Rather Too Fond Of Books

Hi, I'm Hayley,


I've been reading books for as long as I can remember and have recently re-discovered my book blog (Rather Too Fond of Books), which has made me excited to have a place to share what I'm reading, to review some books and to share my bookish memories. I have combined a newer blog of mine with this one and this is where I'll always post.


I am happy to consider any books to review. I post all of my reviews on here and on my book likes page, then I will be promoting the posts on Twitter and Facebook.


My email: rathertoofondofbooks@gmail.com


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My top reads in 2013

Top Ten Fiction 2013


The Language of Dying by Sarah Pinborough

Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O’Farrell

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

The State We’re In by Adele Parks

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

The First Last Kiss by Ali Harris

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

The Son by Michel Rostain

Bright Shiny Morning by James Frey

Undone by Cat Clarke

Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Just What Kind of Mother Are You? by Paula Daly




Top Ten Non-Fiction


Forever Today by Deborah Wearing

A Fucked Up Life in Books by BookCunt

Wave by Sonali Deraniyagula

Bedsit Disco Queen by Tracey Thorn

Between the Lines by Victoria Pendleton

What Do You Care What Other People Think? by Richard Feynman

Let Not the Waves of the Sea by Simon Stephenson

Relative Stranger by Mary Loudon

Autobiography by Morrissey

Life: The Day Kennedy Died by the editors of Life



I read 214 books in 2013. Six were hardbacks, thirteen were paperbacks and the remaining 195 were all ebooks - I think it’s safe to say that 2013 was the year that I fully adopted ebooks.
2013 was also the year that I had my biggest ever clear out of my physical books and I got rid of over nine hundred of them. It was a bit of a wrench initially but once I got going it felt good to do it. I now only have my favourite books and reference books, which still number a few hundred! I could never not have any actual books but I definitely prefer reading on my kindle these days.