Best Books of 2013 - Lists

Books and Beyond

One of the great things about the end of the year is the “best of” lists. There’s no shortage of opinions on the best books of the year, and the lists are great for reading recommendations and gift ideas! Here are a few lists of the best books of 2013:

  1. Amazon’s Top 100 Books of 2013
    Top pick: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  2. Entertainment Weekly’s Top 10 Best Fiction of the Year
    Top Pick: Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
  3. Entertainment Weekly’s Top 10 Best Nonfiction of the Year
    Top Pick: Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink
  4. Book Riot’s Riot Round-Up: The Best Books of 2013
    There’s no top choice, but there are favorites from more than 30 Book Riot contributors. There’s a wide variety here, which is even more fun. The surprise of the summer, mystery novel The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Gailbraith -- aka J.K. Rowling -- made the list.
  5. Publisher’s Weekly Top 10 Books of 2013
    Again, no top choice, but Publisher’s Weekly gives us 10 stellar picks, including this year’s National Book Award winner, The Good Lord Bird by James McBride
  6. Barnes and Noble Best New Fiction of 2013
    Fifteen titles make the list, including Elizabeth Gilbert’s (author of Eat, Pray, Love) most recent novel, The Signature of All Things.
  7. Barnes and Noble Best New Nonfiction of 2013
    Another list of 15, including New York Times bestseller The Reason I Jump,, a memoir that takes readers into the mind of a 13-year-old boy with autism.
  8. New York Times 10 Best Books of 2013
    This list includes five fiction and five nonfiction titles, including George Saunders’ collection of stories, 100 Notable Books of 2013.
  9. And, last but not least ...

    NPR’s Book Concierge
    NPR went all out this year and instead of “best of” list, they created a book concierge -- a guide to the best books of 2013 from book critics and staff members. There are more than 200 books to browse, so you’re guaranteed to find something you like. And,in case you’re interested, here is the story that explains why NPR took a break from lists this year.

    What do you think? Did your favorite book of the year make one of these lists? If not, hit the comments to tell us about your favorite and why it should have made a “best of” list. And, if you found something new to read, head to one of DMPL’s six locations or to our virtual library to find a copy. Happy reading!