Books of 2013

Books of 2013

Whoa! When I take a look at this, I realized I read some really awesome books this past year. There really were a lot of winners in this group. So here are the books that I thought were standouts.

Adult Novel: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Neil Gaiman, I love all your books. But this one had just the perfect mix of magical realism and creepiness that I couldn’t stop thinking about it.
Adult Honorable Mention: The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
The Age of Miracles
A coming of age story with a dystopian twist…the rotation of the earth is gradually slowing down with great and unexpected consequences. But, at the heart of this story is really about leaving childhood and those formative friendships (first loves?).

Young Adult Novel: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park

This book was EVERYTHING! Rainbow Rowell so accurately captures the intensity of first love and what it’s like to be an outsider, and she does it all with the backdrop of the 80s. This book had me crying in public on a plane, staying up all night to read in bed, and calling my husband to ask if he remembered what it was like to fall in love. (Do you remember the phone calls, where you talked in the dark?!) Major swoon! Eleanor and Park are two truly unforgettable characters.

Young Adult Honorable Mentions:

Forgive Me Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

It takes skill to make a book about a school shooter funny, deep, painful, and hopeful. Don’t let the synopsis turn you off, this book is worth reading.

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

The 5th Wave

Yes, yes, yes! This book was awesome. Man, this book came out of leftfield. I thought I was getting a dystopian/alien/heroine 1st book of a trilogy, but I got so much more. Can he even write those next two books fast enough?

Middle Childhood Book: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

The One and Only Ivan

The best middle childhood books have a story kids can relate to, but also inform us about life. Which is what makes such a satisfying read for adults. This book had memorable characters and a touching storyline. But don’t worry, no sap here…this is the real deal.

Christy’s 2013-challenge book montage

The Fault in Our StarsThe Snow ChildThe Raven Boys
The MagiciansThe Age of MiraclesThe Ask and the Answer
The Silver Linings PlaybookSweet ToothMonsters of Men
UnWhollyDreaming of Mr. DarcyThe Diviners
RequiemLevel 2Welcome to Your Child's Brain: How the Mind Grows from Conception to College
The Scorpio RacesThe Round HouseLegend
SabrielShadow and BoneEvery Day

Eleanor & ParkThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time IndianThe Peculiar

The InterestingsDead Ever AfterWhen God Was a Rabbit
Daddy-Long-LegsThrough the Ever NightAlmost Perfect

Going BovineThe 5th WaveCinder

The Death of BeesA Child Called "It"Scarlet

Sisters RedBefore I Go To SleepThe Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind, Survive Everyday Parenting Struggles, and Help Your Family Thrive

The Light Between OceansA Game of ThronesSense and Sensibility

NeverwhereLife After LifeHow to Say Goodbye in Robot

Night FilmThe Dream ThievesMore Than This

Forgive Me, Leonard PeacockThe Ocean at the End of the LaneBeautiful Ruins

Hold Me Closer, NecromancerFourth ComingsThe Perks of Being a Wallflower
An Abundance of KatherinesHow to Save a LifeNight of Cake & Puppets
The One and Only IvanReady Player One

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