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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!

Books Reviewed in 2013

This is a list of the books read in 2013. Links take you to the my review of the book.

1. The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
2. Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
3. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain
4. The Shining (audio) by Stephen King
5. The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
6. Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan
7. The Adults by Alison Espach
8. The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories – Volume 2, by Jospeh Gordon-Levitt
9. The Silent Land by Graham Joyce
10.  The End of the Point by Elizabeth Graver
11. This Cake is For the Party by Sarah Selecky
12. Carrie (audio) by Stephen King, Read by Sissy Spacek
13. The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan
14. In Between Days by Andrew Porter
15. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
16. Panorama City by Antoine Wilson
17. Is This Tomorrow by Caroline Leavitt
18. More Than You Know by Nan Rossiter
19. A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash
20. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
21. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
22. Mr. Peanut by Adam Ross
23. In the Garden of Stone by Susan Tekulve
24. He’s Gone by Deb Caletti
25. Benediction by Kent Haruf
26. Joyland by Stephen King
27. Life Itself by Roger Ebert
28. Big Brother by Lionel Shriver
29. Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
30. The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison
31. The Slippage by Ben Greenman
32. Heading Out to Wonderful by Robert Goolrick
33. Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight
34. The Never List by Koethi Zan
35. The Curiosity by Stephen Kiernan
36. The Last Summer of the Camperdowns by Elizabeth Kelly
37. Bait by J. Kent Messum
38. Night Film by Marisha Pessl
39. The Asylum by John Harwood
40. After Her by Joyce Maynard
41. Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield
42. The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
43. Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
44. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
45. Cartwheel by Jennifer du Bois
46. This House is Haunted by John Boyne
47. The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes
48. World War Z by Max Brooks
49. Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami
50. The Abominable by Dan Simmons