Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten of 2013

toptentuesdayThe Topic of this Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is Top Ten Books I Read In 2013. It was particularly hard to narrow it down this year, so I broke it into handy categories.

Debut Author

1. Suzanne Rindell- The Other Typist

16158600 I love novels with twisted characters, and this one definitely delivered.

 

 

 

 

 

2. Helene Wrecker- The Golem and the Jinni

15819028One of the most astonishing books I’ve read in recent memory, I just want to gush about it all of the time. It takes two characters from disparate cultures and uses them to tell a gorgeous, haunting, and thoroughly American story.

 

 

 

 

 

Short Story

3. Karen Russell- Vampires in the Lemon Grove

13531832Karen Russell can do no wrong.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Ludmilla Petrushevskaya- There Once Lived A Girl Who Seduced Her Sister’s Husband, and He Hanged Himself

15808782Amazing title, amazing stories.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nonfiction

5. Reza Aslan- Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

17568801A deft and moving exploration of the human Jesus, before he was Christ.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Robert Kolker- Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery

16248146A compelling and tragic mystery that humanizes women who are easy to stereotype and marginalize.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sci-Fi/Fantasy

7. N.K. Jemisin- The Killing Moon

11774272I didn’t read nearly as much fantasy as I’m used to this year, but this is an incredible world and Jemisin is one of my new favorite authors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. John Scalzi- Redshirts

13055592Absolutely hysterical.

 

 

 

 

 

Literary/General

9. Adam Johnson- The Orphan Master’s Son

13641972Ah. Maze. Ing. Seriously, if you read one book off this entire list, read this one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. Louise Erdrich- The Round House

13602426A devastating and beautiful coming of age story.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And oh, who am I kidding, of course there were more than ten. Here are my runners-up:

Mary Robinette Kowal- The Glamourist Histories (1-3), Kazuo Ishiguro- The Remains of the Day, Stacey Schiff- Cleopatra: A Life, Tanith Lee- The Silver Metal Lover, Justin Cronin- The Twelve, Courtney Milan- The Duchess War, Rainbow Rowell- Eleanor & Park, Cassandra Clare- Clockwork Princess, Marissa Meyer- Scarlet, Bill Bryson- A Short History of Nearly Everything

It’s a listing time of year. What were your faves?

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