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