It's That Time of the Year...

Yes, everyone from The New York Times to NPR is coming out with their take on "the best books of 2013" right now.

I won't promise this list is "the best," but they're all books I enjoyed this year for various reasons. Please add your own favorite 2013 reads in the comments!! I hope some of my fabulous DPL colleagues will post their own lists, too--we're a diverse group with varying interests and tastes in books.

Science Fiction & Horror:

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King--Classic King. Well-drawn characters, good vs. evil, creepy villains. And a Colorado conection!

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill--Following in his dad's (Mr. King) footsteps here, with a young girl who met evil once all grown up and fighting it again.

Parasite by Mira Grant--Science and health care gone to a cringe-worthy place.

Brilliance by Marcus Sakey--A near future world in which genius is all too common...and all too feared.

Colorado Authors:

I Promise Not to Suffer by Gail Storey--Memoir of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, love, and learning about your self.

Animal, Mineral, Radical and Theft by BK Loren--Essays on family, connection to the land and home, and a novel exploring the same themes.


The America's Test Kitchen Cooking School Cookbook--Detailed instructions, great photos, everyone will learn something!

Slow Cooker Revolution II (America's Test Kitchen)--Loved the first one, and this one is "the easy prep edition"!

Mug Cakes--Possibly a little TOO convenient to be able to make single serving cakes & other treats!

Graphic Format:

Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh--Humor and heart in this memoir that covers everything from depression to dogs.

Relish by Lucy Knisley--A memoir of eating--you'll want to try all the included recipes!

Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh--Read the book that the recently released award-winning movie is based on.


Freakboy by Kristin Elizabeth Clark--A novel in verse in 3 voices, exploring the spectrum of gender.

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan--They're trying to break a world record. Why is it important? Find out.

If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan--What are the options when two girls fall in love in Iran?


She Rises by Kate Worsley--Historical fiction, 2 voices--a new to the city lady's maid and a boy pressed into the Royal Navy. Adventure and emotion.

Rage Against the Dying by Becky Masterman--Mystery set in Tucson, introducing a new detective I'm looking forward to seeing more of.

Dog Songs by Mary Oliver--A must for any dog or poetry lover.

Here's to the great reads of 2013, and to looking forward to the reading discoveries of 2014!

Written by Becker on December 5, 2013

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