I've finished 26 books in 2013. I'm on pace to finish 62 by the end of the year. Here are my favorite five so far, in alphabetical order by author.
Shadow Train by John Ashbery
I finally found this one at the Strand. It's one of the few books of his that I didn't have. Every poem has four stanzas with four lines each.
The Mysteries of Pittsburgh by Michael Chabon
I found this one at a really cool and messy store in Chicago.
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
This is the first book about baseball I've read in a long time, probably since I was a kid. It also involved Herman Melville and references to Moby-Dick, which is why I'm now reading Moby-Dick (which will probably end up being my #1 book this year).
The Enchantment of Lily Dahl by Siri Hustvedt
Very suspenseful, vivid, and mysterious.
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
I didn't expect to like this because it's such a bestseller, so this was a nice surprise. It made me think about wanting to get into hiking. Not necessarily the same trail, but maybe the Appalachian Trail, which I've thought about from time to time. Maybe as a long-term life goal. I'd have to learn a lot about the outdoors first. I've never even been camping, or even slept outdoors.