Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Best Reads of 2013

My mother always requests a special post highlighting every book I read for the previous year. I'm not sure she eventually reads many of the ones I recommend, but she likes to write down the ones that appeal to her. I read more this year than I usually do. I'm a bit loathe to list them all, because I don't want it to appear as if I am trying to boast about how much I read. In fact, it really shows how much I need to get a life outside of reading, I suppose. One of the problems with reading so much is that it becomes more difficult to narrow down memories of which ones were favorites.

Here is the list of books read for 2013:

  • The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
  • The First Phone Call From Heaven by Mitch Albom
  • Think Confident, Be Confident for Teens by Marci Fox and Leslie Sokol
  • The Emotional Life of Your Brain by Richard J. Davidson and Sharon Begley
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  • The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp
  • Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson
  • The View from Castle Rock by Alice Munro
  • The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon
  • The Returned by Jason Mott
  • Pie by Sarah Weeks
  • Taylor's Gift by Todd and Tara Storch
  • The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
  • Salt Sugar Fat by Michael Moss
  • Handling the Truth by Beth Kephart
  • Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
  • More Than This by Patrick Ness
  • Under a Flaming Sky by Daniel James Brown
  • Hope Will Find You by Naomi Levy
  • Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman
  • When God Makes Lemonade by Don Jacobson
  • Ghost Dog Secrets by Peg Kehret
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke
  • In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
  • The Chance by Karen Kingsbury
  • I Can't Complain by Elinor Lipman
  • Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld
  • Fly Away by Kristin Hannah
  • Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O'Farrell
  • Tell My Sons by Lt. Col. Mark M. Weber
  • How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • Gregor and the Code of Claw by Suzanne Collins
  • The Heavy by Dara-Lynn Weiss
  • Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool
  • Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea
  • What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
  • Desperate by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson
  • Clean Gut by Dr. Alejandro Junger
  • The Librarian by Eric Hobbs
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  • Another Year or Two by Robin Stephen
  • The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen
  • Don't Go by Lisa Scottoline
  • And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
  • Best Kept Secret by Jeffrey Archer
  • The Thank You Room by Serenity Bohon
  • Gregor and the Marks of Secret by Suzanne Collins
  • You Are a Writer by Jeff Goins
  • The Redeemer by Jo Nesbo
  • Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Trapped by Michael Northrup
  • Hooked by Les Edgerton
  • Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella
  • When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
  • Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods by Suzanne Collins
  • Mended by Angie Smith
  • Yielded Captive by Dalaina May
  • The 39 Deaths of Adam Strand by Gregory Galloway
  • Engagement from Scratch! by Danny Iny
  • The Revisionists by Thomas Mullen
  • The Gift of an Ordinary Day by Katrina Kenison
  • It's My Life by Melody Carlson
  • If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch
  • With Every Letter by Sarah Sundin
  • Saturday Night Widows by Becky Aikman
  • On Becoming a Writer by Denise J. Hughes
  • Having Our Say by the Delany Sisters with Amy Hill Hearth
  • Real Love by Anne Peterson
  • Distant Shores by Kristin Hannah
  • Defending Jacob by William Landay
  • Snobs by Julian Fellowes
  • The Missing Ink by Philip Hensher
  • Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane by Suzanne Collins
  • Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan
  • The Spindlers by Lauren Oliver
  • The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D. by Nichole Bernier
  • Diary of a Teenage Girl by Melody Carlson
  • The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
  • Sufficient Grace by Darnell Arnoult
  • Help, Thanks, Wow by Anne Lamott
  • The Kitchen Counter Cooking School by Kathleen Flinn
  • Katherine Paterson by Alice Cary
  • Barbara Park by Dennis Abrams
  • I Couldn't Love You More by Jillian Medoff
  • Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins
  • The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
  • Scumble by Ingrid Law
  • A Wreath of Snow by Liz Curtis Higgs
  • The Bridge by Karen Kingsbury
  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
  • Don't Waste Your Life by John Piper
  • The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian
  • Jumping the Scratch by Sarah Weeks
  • The Last Summer of You and Me by Ann Brashares
  • Amazing Grace in the Life of William Wilberforce by John Piper

  • Now to declare my favorites from this lengthy list (a hard task, no doubt) along with links to my reviews:

    Favorite fiction:

    The Light Between Oceans, Yielded Captive, Best Kept Secret, What Alice Forgot (if only because the premise has stuck with me forever) and Wedding Night

    Favorite non-fiction:

    Brain on Fire, Hope Will Find You, Under a Flaming Sky, Unbroken and Salt Sugar Fat

    Favorite YA/kid-lit:

    If You Find Me, Because of Mr. Terupt, Navigating Early, The Wednesday Wars, and The Book Thief

    What were your favorite reads for the year 2013? I'd love to add them to my list of books to read in 2014.

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