I was recently chatting with some authors, when one confessed how much she loathed Best of Book Lists this time of year. We all chimed in with our shared exhaustion on the topic, and we admitted that our enjoyment of them was in direct correlation with whether or not we made a list. Because of this, I hesitated to create my own list, but I decided to anyway. Here is why.
The thing is, it’s not about who isn’t on the list; it’s about who is. And just because a book isn’t on the list, doesn’t mean I didn’t love it. In fact, on this blog I only recommend historical fiction that I LOVE. So if you’d like to know what I loved for the entire year, scroll through my posts.
My criteria for books on my favorites list is unscientific and simple:
*I read it obsessively.
*I can’t stop thinking about it.
*I can’t stop recommending it.
Without further ado, in no particular order, and with links to my reviews, here are my favorites of the books I read in 2013…
- Bellman & Black, by Diane Setterfield
- The Light in the Ruins, by Chris Bohjalain
- Mrs. Poe, by Lynn Cullen
- Margot, by Jillian Cantor
- The Girl You Left Behind, by Jojo Moyes
- The Illusion of Separateness, by Simon Van Booy
- The Light Between Oceans, by M. L. Stedman
- No One Is Here Except All of Us, by Ramona Ausubel
- Looking for Me, by Beth Hoffman
- The Signature of All Things, by Elizabeth Gilbert
If you have not read these novels, I highly recommend them. I’d also love to hear some of your must reads of the year.
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