The Relentless Reader’s Favorite Fiction of 2013

I’m with Mr. Green. I don’t have a favorite book. I have favorites. Plural. That’s probably the case for most readers.

Could you pick a single favorite book from the past year? I was going to try to do that. Ha ha! Oh Jen, you silly thing. There’s NO way I could pick just one!

Without further ado, here are my tippy top picks for fiction in 2013:

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
Lookaway, Lookaway by Wilton Barnhardt
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
Wasn’t this an amazing year for fiction? I can’t wait to see what 2014 has in store.
What were some of your favorites this year? Let me know in the comments!

37 thoughts on “The Relentless Reader’s Favorite Fiction of 2013

  1. I have not read a single one of these books! I always feel so behind when I read the best of posts. I always end up adding so many books to my TBR piles!!I haven't finished compiling my best of list yet, but I really enjoyed Howl's Moving Castle and Doctor Sleep. I know there are more, and I also like to wait until the year is over with. Last year, one of my favorite reads was read the last week of December!

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  2. Burial rites is in every list I've seen (in the case the blogger has read it, of course) so you know what that means ;)I'm glad you enjoyed so many books, good luck with 2014's readings!!

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  3. I'm so glad to see Wolitzer on your list since I've just recently fallen in love with her work. And We Need New Names is at the tippy top of my to-read list in 2014.

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  4. Burial Rites is popping up everywhere. I kind of wrote it off as a book i didn't want to read, but that is going to have to change! Also Ordinary Grace looks really good too and I'd never heard of it. Thanks.

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  5. Wow, great list!! I'm 3/4 done with The Signature of All things and really enjoying it. Just downloaded The Interestings on audio, and am on the library list for Lookaway, Lookaway and Buriel Rites… looks like there'll be some excellent reading ahead.

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  6. I just read Ordinary Grace and much enjoyed it. Another new book I just read was The Man He Became, about FDR and how polio impacted his life and brought out traits that made him the president he was. It is by James Tobin.

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  7. I've never understood how people could pick just one favourite book…. And with your book count I would have been very, VERY, surprised if you had managed it! Thanks for sharing your favourites. 🙂Bits & Bobs

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  8. I keep seeing The Signature of All Things popping up everywhere, from your lovely blog to The New Yorker. I was so put off by Eat Pray and Love that I haven't picked up this second book of hers. Maybe I'll have to now. Thanks for sharing your list!

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  9. I haven't read too many of your picks, but I did read ORDINARY GRACE and BURIAL RITES, and LOVED them both.THE SIGNATURE OF ALL THINGS is on my radar for January. 🙂 I have it and keep pushing it down because of book tours. :)ENJOY your reading and your Christmas week. THANKS for sharing all these titles.I am leaving a link back to my blog if you want to stop.ElizabethSilver's ReviewsMy It's Monday, What Are You Reading

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  10. There is no way I could pick just one. And if I tried, it would probably be a more recent one because it’s fresh in my mind and then I’d be doing a disservice to the older ones. Therefore, asking someone what their favorite book is is an insult and does a disservices to readers everywhere.

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  11. A favorite is like picking a favorite child! I can't believe I haven't read any of these books. Sad that I don't even have any on my shelf! Glad it was such a great reading year for you. I hope 2014 treats you well. I know you've been experiencing some burn-out…been there, done that…I hope it passes quickly. Just sit back and relax and enjoy! 😉

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