Reading Corner: Best Books of 2013

As I’ve done in 2011 and 2012, I provide a list of all the books I’ve read each year and pick a few of my favorites to share with you. This year was a good reading year – being in a book club has really helped me widen my horizons from what I would normally choose.

On to my picks:

Favorite Overall

I read Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn much after most of the world did, but man oh man am I on board. I read this book on vacation with my family in August and I could barely talk to anyone until I finished. My aunt kept coming by to ask me where I was in the book- because she remembered being engrossed in it, too. This thriller novel impressed me so much as a reader for the intricate detail and true craziness Flynn had the ability to think up.

Best Beach Read

For a fun, light read, I’m recommending Sarah Joi again this year with The Violets of March. Her style of writing is enjoyable to read even though the story line may seem a bit gimmicky (but that’s what beach reads are FOR!). In this book, a struggling author decides to stay with her aunt for a month and research her next book. While there, she finds a mysterious diary that has strange connections to her own life. And there’s a love story. But that was a given. 🙂

Biggest Surprise

This year I was most surprised by one of the book club choices this year: Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt. The first couple chapters I didn’t love, but once I fell into the story, I felt so connected to the characters. This story tells of a young girl, June, who’s uncle and best friend dies of cancer. In this coming of age novel, she finds herself and a friend in the most unlikely of people – her uncle’s boyfriend who she didn’t know about.

2013 Books

 

 

  1. I Shouldn’t be Telling you this – Kate White
  2. The Reader – Bernhard Schlink
  3. The Kitchen House – Kathleen Grissom
  4. Is everyone hanging out without me? (and other concerns) – Mindy Kaling
  5. I Remember Nothing – Nora Ephron
  6. Lean In – Sheryl Sandberg
  7. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet – Jamie Ford
  8. Fascinate: Your Seven Triggers to Persuasion and Captivation – Sally Hogshead
  9. The Happiness Project – Gretchen
  10. Don’t Worry it Gets Worse: One Twentysomething’s (Mostly Failed) Attempts at Adulthood –  Alida Nugent
  11. The Imperfectionists – Tom Rachman
  12. The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky
  13. The Violets of March – Sarah Joi
  14. Tell the Wolves I’m Home – Carol Rifka Brunt
  15. Eat Pray Love – Elizabeth Gilbert
  16. Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
  17. The Dinner – Herman Koch
  18. Knowing Your Value – Mika Brzezinski
  19. Market Street – Anita Hughes
  20. The Round House – Louise Erdich

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