Best of 2013: Books

I like lists. Especially “top five” lists (like in the movie High Fidelity). So I thought I’d do a “top five” list of my favorite books I read this year.

I only finished five non-fiction books this year (and abandoned two other non-fiction books). Most of those were writing craft related books. So, I’m not doing a “top five” list for non-fiction (but I am making a mental note to read more non-fiction in 2014…).

However, the book that was possibly my hands-down favorite book I read this year is non-fiction. That book? Swim: Why We Love the Water by Lynn Sherr. I bought and read this on my Kindle, but I think it is a book much better suited to hard cover / print edition. So, I’m thinking about buying myself a really nice hard cover edition of this book. I did this last year with my favorite book of 2012 (The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern). It’s a sure sign that a book is one of my favorites if I feel the need to own a print edition *and* the ebook edition.

So, given that my favorite book of 2013 was a non-fiction book, here are my “top five” favorite fiction books I read in 2013:

  1. The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
  2. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
  3. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
  4. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  5. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

I know, there are two books by Rainbow Rowell up there. I have a feeling that she could write grocery lists and I’d find them lovable. But, in case you want a little more diversity in your top five list, I also loved Glaciers by Alexis M. Smith (consider that an alternate, or runner up for my top five list).

I know that technically there are a few days left in 2013, and I will probably finish at least one more book before the year is over. However, I think it is unlikely that I’ll love anything in my TBR pile more than I loved these five books this year.