favorite books of 2013

Here's the list of the things I enjoyed reading or rereading the most this year. As always, I'd love to hear book recommendations from all of you. Happy New Year to everyone!
1.The Man in the High Castle (reread)--Philip K. Dick
2.Hamlet(reread)--William Shakespeare
3.Romeo and Juliet(reread)--William Shakespeare
4.Bel Ami--Guy de Maupassant
5.Glinda of Oz (reread)--L. Frank Baum
6.The First Twenty Hours: How to Learn Anything...Fast--Joshua Kaufman
7.The Subjection of Women--John Stuart Mill
8.Nothing Man--Marc Lowe
9.The Hungry Stones--Rabindranath Tagore
10.Status Anxiety--Alain de Botton
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Magic and Loss

I'm very sad and melancholy over the death of Lou Reed. He was a hero of mine; his lyrics were profound and his vocals and guitar were amazing. I listened countless times to albums such as New York, Berlin, Songs for Drella, and Legendary Hearts. Another favorite was Magic and Loss, a concept album that dealt with mortality in a way that was incredibly moving and cathartic. He was one of rock music's greatest poets, and he will be greatly missed.
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music discovery

It got to 100 degrees Fahrenheit in my apartment today. I hate summer.
But on to a nicer subject--I'm curious what streaming music/music discovery sites, if any, everyone uses. I've dabbled with a bunch, but haven't found one I'm completely happy with.
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Murakami translation

According to the NY Daily News, Jay Rubin and Philip Gabriel will be co-translating Haruki Murakami's latest novel “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage” and it may be out as soon as 2014. You can read the article here.

Nothing Man

I'm very excited that my friend Marc Lowe has a new e-book out entitled Nothing Man. If you like neo noir stories that are dark, surreal, and Kafkaesque, check it out!

ETA: Marc's book is now available in the iBook store as well. :)