Without further ado, here is my best of list for 2013 books! A few things to note:
- This list consists of books I read in 2013, not just books published in 2013.
- It’s a two-parter, with 12 books on each list. Part 2 is coming soon.
- These aren’t necessarily all the 5-star reviews I’ve given; these are books that have stuck with me and that I find myself recommending over and over again.
This should surprise no one. I’ve been talking about this book to anyone who will listen, and that will continue for a long time to come. It’s just THAT good.
This is a book I picked up as almost an afterthought, and was delighted by it. It’s smart, witty, and completely gripping.
Gut-wrenching. Difficult. Thought-provoking. But it will hook you from the first page, and you won’t be able to stop reading for a second.
Did James Lasdun betray the confidences of his student-turned-stalker by writing this memoir? Probably. But it’s a fascinating account of what it’s like to be stalked, and though it sometimes devolves a little too much into the philosophical, it’s absolutely worth the read.
Yes, everyone talks about Gone Girl, but this debut novel from the bestselling author is, in my opinion, even more disturbing and more gripping.
Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy – Emily Bazelon
A sharp, insightful, and often difficult look at bullying culture that’s a must-read for parents of teenagers (but also for anyone interested in societal issues.)
I cry when I even think about this book. So, so, so good.
My first Dennis Lehane novel was in no way a disappointment. I loved every second I spent reading this book.
Harrowing, but absolutely worth the read. I traveled to India and stayed at a Taj hotel (not THE Taj, but a Taj) a few weeks after reading this and didn’t complain once about the metal detectors and bag screenings every time I entered.
Billed as the Gone Girl of 2013. I don’t love the comparison, but I did love the book.
Oh holy moly. I had a lot of problems with this book, but it’s also a book that made me think. And think. And think. In the end, I have to say I loved it.