The obligatory top ten post. These are chosen from the books I read in 2013; they weren't necessarily published in 2013 and I didn't count re-reads.
Drawing Down the Moon: The Artwork of Charles Vess--I'm a fantasy reader at heart and Charles Vess does amazing fantasy artwork for some of my favorite authors. His book is beautiful all on its own.
This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz--This was a sleeper. I really didn't like it much until the last 2 pages or so and then it blew me away.
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys--A heartbreaking and yet uplifting story of the millions killed under Stalin's rule. I couldn't stop reading it.
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck--I said no re-reads but I'm throwing this one in the mix. I, um, hated this when I had to read it in high school but when I re-read it this year, I kind of fell in love. Somewhere over the past 20 years I seem to have become a Steinbeck fan.
NOS4A2 by Joe Hill--This sealed the deal: I am a diehard Joe Hill fan. Smart horror with heart. Right up my alley.
Those were far and away my favorites of the year but I said top ten, so these will round out the list, in no particular order:
Oral History by Lee Smith--This author can't really miss for me and this book was no exception.
Mountainfit by Meera Lee Sethi--This slim book packed quite a punch for me. Short essays about nature somehow become more universal in Sethi's hands. I'm still wishing for an illustrated edition.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer, read by Rebecca Soler--Cinderella as a cyborg mechanic? And that cover? Yes please. The narration was fantastic as well.
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Sijie Dai, translated by Ina Rilke, read by B. D. Wong--Beautifully written and narrated throughout but the ending won me over on this one too.
The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister--The ingredients are essential for more than just recipes; they are essential for life as well. The lush descriptions of food left even this picky eater hungry! For a minute.
What do you think? Agree? Disagree? What were your top picks for 2013?
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