Without further ado, here is the second part of 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 1 has already been published.
- 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.
Urban design sounds boring, but as a person who lives in an urban area, I found Montgomery’s book fascinating. Well worth the read.
On reflection, I wish I’d given this amazing work of fiction 5 stars instead of 4.5. It’s an excellent read.
The quintessential beach read. Smart and gripping, I lost my heart to this one.
So. Much. Fun. Loved this book and can’t wait for the sequel.
Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth – Reza Aslan
GASP – a book I haven’t reviewed yet! But in a nutshell, I found Aslan’s separation of Jesus the man from Jesus the Christ to be an eye-opening and intriguing read.
Talk about an unreliable narrator and a psychological thriller. I couldn’t put this book down.
I wasn’t much into historical fiction in 2013, but I did enjoy the literary turn the novels took. I couldn’t put Fremantle’s account of the life of Katherine Parr, sixth wife of Henry VIII, down.
I doubt it’s much of a surprise to see this book on the list. Hosseini’s latest novel is perfectly devastating.
Quite possibly the most thought-provoking book I read in 2013. And wow, what an ending!
The Vatican Diaries: A Behind the Scenes Look at the Power, Personalities, and Politics at the Heart of the Catholic Church – John Thavis
This is a revealing look at the inner workings of the modern day Catholic church – a must-read if you’re at all interested in the institution.
Lahiri’s luminous novel didn’t disappoint; it has her trademark gorgeous writing and is about family, in all its forms.
Based on the Amanda Knox trial, duBois’s novel provokes questions of motivations and identity.