Sunday, December 22, 2013

THE BEST BOOKS OF 2013 by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Sure, you could get your Best Books of 2013 lists from the New York Times or the Guardian, but why would you want to when you have ME???

I've read 157 books to date this year. And while in the remaining week or so I may read another great book, what follows is my list for...

THE BEST BOOKS I'VE READ SO FAR IN 2013

SO FAR AWAY, Meg Mitchell Moore

THE ANTAGONIST, Lynn Coady

MAY WE BE FORGIVEN, A.M. Homes

SEATING ARRANGEMENTS, Maggie Shipstead

DRIVING MR. YOGI, Harvey Araton (nonfiction)

LUTHER, Neil Cross

INDISCRETION, Charles Dunow

BIRDS ON THE TREES, Nina Bawden

THE YELLOW BIRDS, Kevin Powers

THE DEATH OF BEES, Lisa O'Donnell

SWEET TOOTH, Ian McEwan

GODS AND BEASTS, Denise Mina

DEAR LIFE, Alice Munro

THE NEXT TIME YOU SEE ME, Holly Goddard Jones

LIFE AFTER LIFE, Kate Atkinson

A THOUSAND PARDONS, Jonathan Dee

THE DINNER, Herman Koch

THE SUNSHINE WHEN SHE'S GONE, Thea Goodman

THE WOMAN UPSTAIRS, Claire Messud

THE TYPEWRITER GIRL, Alison Atlee

ME BEFORE YOU, Jojo Moyes

Z: A NOVEL, Therese Anne Fowler

ABOVE ALL THINGS, Tanis Rideout

THE LONG SONG OF JONNY VALENTINE, Teddy Wayne

FRANCES AND BERNARD, Carlene Bauer

THE ILLUSION OF SEPARATENESS, Simon Van Booy

THE REDEEMER, Jo Nesbo

WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY BESIDE OURSELVES, Karen Joy Fowler

THE GOOD HOUSE, Ann Leary

THE LONGINGS OF WAYWARD GIRLS, Karen Brown

THE LAST GIRL, Jane Casey

A CONSPIRACY OF FAITH, Jussi Adler-Olsen

SURE SIGNS OF CRAZY, Karen Harrington (YA)

LET HIM GO, Larry Watson

THE HIVE, Gill Hornby

VISITATION STREET, Ivy Pochoda

A HUNDRED SUMMERS, Beatriz Williams

And...drumroll, please! The single best book I read this year is...

THE MOUSE-PROOF KITCHEN, Saira Shah

So...that's my list! Did you read any of these and love them too? What was your favorite book of those you read this year?

Lauren Baratz-Logsted is the author of over 30 books for adults, teens and children. You could make her really happy by buying one. Or not! You can also visit her at www.laurenbaratzlogsted.com or follow her on Twitter @LaurenBaratzL

6 comments:

  1. Wow! A very good list. I'll have to check some of these out

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  2. That is so amazing! I'm not sure I read any books this year that I loved - I reread some of my favorite books, though. Good books, for me, seem to come in phases. Don't know if it's the books or me. :) I'll check out your list.

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  3. Fantastic list. I've only read ME BEFORE YOU and Z off your list, but loved both!

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  4. Great post, I really like the picture. The Van reminds me of my college roadtrip.

    Essays in philosophy

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  5. I had to return to say I'm reading "Deception" and I can't put it down! Thanks for the recommendation!

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