I’ve been thinking about my favorite books from the past year since I spotted the first “Best Books” lists from Amazon and Publishers Weekly in October-ish. Then there was the Goodreads Choice Awards where I had to make a few tough choices. Now it’s time for #libfaves13 and I have gone over my list many, many times.
There are a few books that have stuck with me since I read them and are above & beyond the best books of my reading year. But there were also SO many other good books published this year. My list started out around 35 and I made some painful cuts to get it down to where it is now. This was not easy. Instead I have 13 from 2013 and 6 from years past.
- Life After Life by Kate Atkinson — by far my FAVORITE book this year.
- Fin & Lady by Cathleen Schine — A fantastic coming-of-age story about a young man who becomes an orphan and is raised by his eccentric older sister. (In some ways The Goldfinch – which I’m reading now — is reminding me of this one.)
- Me Before You by Jojo Moyes — I’ve recommended this book to everyone & they’ve all liked it, too.
- Life After Life by Jill McCorkle — I like books that make me feel things and this one left me hopeful, sad, and shocked.
- Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell — The only young adult novel on my list, but it has a lot of crossover appeal.
- Close My Eyes by Sophie McKenzie — Another great psychological thriller.
- Love Dishonor Marry Die Cherish Perish by David Rakoff — It’s written in couplets. Pretty fantastic.
- The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic by Emily Croy Barker — A great fantasy.
- Cinnamon and Gunpowder by Eli Brown — Pirates and FOOD.
- The Engagements by J Courtney Sullivan — I’m still thinking about the commercialization of diamonds because of this book.
- Tea Party Rules by Ame Dyckman — I laughed out loud reading this one.
- The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt — I’m buying this one for many of the kiddos in my life.
- Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman — Another hilarious story.
- Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes — Talk about having SERIOUS anxiety because of a book. It’s SO GOOD.
- The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate — One of the reasons we went to San Diego on vacation is just so I could see a gorilla because of THIS book.
- The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison– Gutwrenching.
- Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein — All the feels.
- Rules of Civility by Amor Towles — Wonderful writing!
- All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot — It felt like going home every time I picked it up again. I’m reading the third in the series now.
I still keep thinking about this list and I’m so bummed about not including some books with there being none I want to remove. Picking favorites is hard. So let’s call these honorable mentions:
The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiSclafani — Thea is a character that sticks with you.
Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein — Great WWII read.
The Rule of Scoundrels series by Sarah MacLean — I didn’t expect to like this so much, but these books are fun.
I’d add even more if I could. Why do I have to love books so much?!