Best of 2013: My Favorites

Best Books of 2013

The new year is almost here. Why not start it off with a book list?

This list includes books that I read this past year and that impressed me in some way. There were others that I loved for different reasons, but for whatever reason, I did not include them here. It’s funny what ends up on your list after you’ve had a year to think about it. The real surprise here? The short story collection and that a memoir made the list.

Here’s my list in no particular order:

Life Itself by Roger
Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan
Night Film by Marisha Pessl
After Her by Joyce Maynard
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
This Cake is For the Party by Sarah Selecky
Panorama City by Antoine Wilson
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to you all. Here’s to another year of reading!

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39 Responses

  1. I knew there would be 2 Murakami books on this list.

    • I struggled with this list because I was so particular this past year about what to read in general. I didn’t love too many of them but nearly all of them touched me in some way.


  2. I have to finish Murakami’s book and start Night Film. Nice to see your recommendations. Happy reading 2014!

  3. Night Film and Wind Up Bird were both on my list!

    • I just woke up but I am heading to my feed reader now to see everyone’s lists. It was tough this year. I was very choosy about books so my list of books read had some good ones in it.


  4. LOL re two Murakami’s!!!

  5. I have not read any of these books! Wow! I have been wanting to read Murakami though for so long!!

    • Out of all the bloggers I know, you are one that I think would love Murakami. You must read one of his books soon.


  6. I haven’t read any of these but four of them are already on my wishlist. Need to get to those soon!

  7. We match on a few!

  8. So many books on your list that I want to read: Sweet Tooth, Night Film, Billy Lynn’s Long Half-Time Walk!

  9. We read such different books Ti! I didn’t love The Interestings (it just rambled on and on for me), I should try Sweet Tooth, everyone love it.

    Do you have plans tonight? I just can’t wait for the holiday’s to be over, I’m just not in the mood and am struggling with them. Sad right? Today is my 28 anniversary… yeah.

    • First off, Happy Anniversary and Happy New Year! The beauty of the new year, is that it comes to us whether we are ready for it or not. You’ve been so busy lately with your travels. I’m sure being away from home contributes to your sadness. Don’t be sad though. This year will pass and and brand new one is just around the corner.


  10. The Light Between Oceans made my list too. I’ve only read one other book on your list.

  11. Glad to see you liked Sweet Tooth – I have heard mixed reviews – and still have it TBR

  12. Need to take a look at Sweet Tooth and Night Film. Thank you, Ti, and Happy New Year!

  13. One of the things I love about the end of the year is the “best of” lists. This Cake is for the Party is on mine, too. Today I’m trying to start and finish The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Happy New Year to all!

  14. Happy new Year Ti – may it be a great one for you and your family.

    Lots of good reads for 2013.

  15. Happy New Year, Ti!

  16. Happy New Year Tina! I think I should give Marukami a try this year–you seemed to have gotten hooked by him.

  17. I’m finally going to see what Night Film is all about! I have it out from the library. :)

  18. So many new to me, look great. Sweet tooth has me intrigued.

  19. Happy happy new year Ti! I think I need to put Night Film high on my list…especially after I picked up my copy because of you. ;) Hope 2014 is a great year for you.

    • I hope you enjoy Night Film when you get to it. I lost myself in that book and read it entirely too fast.


  20. I’ll have to put The Ebert book on my tbr. I do like a good memoir and I love the movies!

    • It should be noted too that the Ebert book is not sad at all. He spends very little time talking about his health.


  21. That’s a great looking list!

    Happy New Year!

  22. Great list. Of course the Murakami books made the list. I am anxious to read Sputnik since I liked the little bit of it I read. It seemed different than the usual Murakami. I read a few of the books on your list and there are a couple there I’d like to read. I’d also like to check out This Cake is for the Party since I like short stories.

    What’s your first book of 2014?!

    • Everyone is participating in that 1st book of the year meme and I really want to, but my first book is on my Kindle so the photo op is lost on that. BUT, it’s The Last Days of California. It’s about the end of the world, but from a religious point of view so I don’t think it’s actually apocalyptic and it’s set in California which is always interesting because I live here! What is your first book?


  23. What a great list! Thank you for all the great suggestions to add to my own TBR list in 2014. :-)

  24. I haven’t read any of these, but Night Film and The Light Between Oceans are ones I really want to read at some point. Happy New Year!

  25. I haven’t read most of these. :( The Art of Fielding made my list the year I read it – I thought it was wonderful.

  26. I have yet to do my best of 2013 post, but I must get to it soon. I agree that it’s interesting to see how we ranked books as we finished them versus how we feel about them months later.

  27. Nice list. I liked the Lighthouse book and the Fielding book too. I want to read The Interestings …. I got too

    • I know a lot of bloggers that thought The Interestings was slow but I loved it. I hope you like it too.


  28. I am hoping to get to The Light Between Oceans this year. I was supposed to read it last year, but didn’t get to it. I was able to squeeze Night Film in at the last minute though and really enjoyed it.

  29. I am embarrassed to admit that I read partway through The Interestings and then put it down, and not for any particular reason other than that I think I just got to a slower section. I also got sidetracked with a lot of other things and always meant to pick it back up! Need to get to it before I’ve gotten too far away with it.

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