top ten tuesday: best books of 2013

Happy new year! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, a fun way to get yourself thinking and sharing about books and bookish things.

December 31: Top ten books I read in 2013

It’s the last day of 2013! Looking back, I had a great year of reading: 57 books total. I think that’s a record for me (unless I finish one more today!). Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is your best books of the year. In no particular order (titles are linked to my review posts):

1. Oryx & Crake … Margaret Atwood
I was hooked from the beginning on this dystopian world! Right away I picked up The Year of the Flood and currently I’m reading the final installment of the trilogy, MaddAddam.

2. City of Thieves … David Benioff
This was a wonderful and fun buddy-quest historical fiction adventure story to listen to on a long drive! I loved the audiobook so much I bought a paperback copy to have in my collection.

3. Lizz Free or Die … Lizz Winstead
This was the first book I read in 2013, and one of the best. I still recommend it to people. She had me in tears at the end with the essay on her family going through her father’s death.

4. Me Before You … Jojo Moyes
I am really not one for the romance genre, but when an author can sneak it in on me I gotta respect that. I loved Me Before You—and that ending. More than anything else I love that it tackled a touchy, still rather taboo subject in a creative, affecting way.

5. Salt Sugar Fat … Michael Moss
I learned so much from Salt Sugar Fat. Well, I knew some of the material covered, since I have an interest in healthy eating and all, but the history of the processed food industry in the United States and all the details that go into corporate marketing this stuff was fascinating and illuminating.

6. The Godfather … Mario Puzo
I can’t believe I waited so long to read this, considering what a huge fan I am of the films, and my weird obsession with mafia history and culture.

7. Quiet … Susan Cain
I enjoyed this because it shed light on some feelings I had about myself and some close friends and family members and our behavior. Why is introversion so often deemed a flaw? What is the value of introverts in different environments, from work to home life and more? How can someone be both extroverted and introverted? How do extroverts need introverts? and so on is discussed in Quiet.

8. The Hot Zone … Richard Preston
As gross as this was, I could barely put it down. I found myself holding my breath during certain parts!

9. Unbroken … Laura Hillenbrand
I read this for my book group at the KC Library, but wasn’t able to attend the discussion time, which was a bummer since I was totally into this WWII non-fiction biography! It was a real page-turner—from the Olympic competition to flying airplanes to fighting sharks while shipwrecked to surviving a POW camp.

10. Tampa … Alissa Nutting
I listened to this on audio, and I think that enhanced the experience of this story. It was just impossible to stop listening—the protagonist’s filthy thoughts and desires and even filthier actions were shocking and had me glued to the stereo. I guess I’m just attracted to reading about controversial, taboo subjects that make me think about society and the world more.

The Dinner … Herman Koch
The Love Song of Jonny Valentine … Teddy Wayne
The Interestings … Meg Wolitzer
How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia … Mohsin Hamid
Ready Player One … Ernest Cline
Beloved … Toni Morrison
Frozen in Time … Mitchell Zuckoff
Under the Banner of Heaven … Jon Krakauer
Stiff … Mary Roach

What are the top ten books you read in 2013?

9 thoughts on “top ten tuesday: best books of 2013

  1. I loved two of your honorable mentions – Ready Player One and The Dinner. The Hot Zone is fascinating (and a little scary) and I want to read Quiet sometime soon.

    • It was so tough to pick just 10! Several of the books I bought in 2013 (but didn’t read yet, of course) are showing up on a lot of these best-of lists, so I’m excited to get to them in 2014 for sure. 🙂

  2. I loved the mad science of the Atwood series, and am waiting to get MaddAdam from the library. Hot Zone freaked me out, though. My biology class in high school read an excerpt, and… *shudder* never again…

  3. Under the Banner of Heaven is one that I’ve been wanting to read forever. I was so bummed that my work book club picked it right after I quit! And you have me wanting to pick up Tampa. Ive heard so many mixed things about it but am curious. Loved Me Before You too. I was surprised by how much I liked it.

    Happy New Year!!

    • I was surprised how much I loved Me Before You, too. It was not exactly what I expected (the romance, mostly), and ended up being something out of my comfort zone that I enjoyed. I hope you get to Tampa and Banner this year (or…whenever!) 🙂 Happy new year!

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