Our intrepid buyer and blogger Becker threw down the gauntlet and I will pick it up. Here is my list of books that best pleased me in the year 2013.
While Becker organized her blog into genres here's a simple list of my favorite reads. According to Goodreads I read 165 books this year so these are simply the ones that rose to the top!
Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley
Oh sigh! This book combines a few of my favorite things, illustrated books for adults, memoir and recipes. Lucy Knisley presents her life through a series of recipes (BTW, Becker also marked this as one of her favorites!)
Written in Red by Anne Bishop
I was surprised at how much I ended up liking this book, there were a few silly elements but overall I thought the characters, the unique world with its paranormal denizens and the writing really pulled it off. I can't wait for the next one!
Saga by Brian K. Vaughn
Both of these graphic novels are totally awesome! Like really really good, the art is amazing, the storyline is classic and yet original. So so so soooooo good!
Go Go Girls of the Apocalypse by Victor Gishler
This book totally blew my mind, I have had it on my to-read list for a few years now and I can't believe it took me so long to get to it (keep in mind my to-read list is in the many hundreds). This book is fun and irreverent, snarky and sly. Filled with guns, broads, moonshine, and cannibals this book is totally rock 'n' roll!
Wool by Hugh Howey
While reading this I kept getting goose bumps and just when I thought I knew what was going on Howey would drop another bomb in my lap with a writer's smirk as if to say "Whaddya gonna do about it?" well I kept on reading and being amazed.
The FastDiet by Michael Mosley
This book might literally have changed my life. I will say this, fasting is not for everyone, I am not a doctor and I cannot advise you on your health. But for me, I am LOVING fasting, after Thanksgiving I was soooooo sick of eating that I fasted an extra day as a present to myself!
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
Holly Black has done the impossible: imagined a new way for vampires to live in our world. This unique, compelling and provoking novel really tackles the vampire canon in a whole new way. Full of love and jealousy, action and terror this book was an incredibly fun read!
The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
Sanderson brings it again with an amazing new world. America re-visioned as a gearpunk New World. There are magic chalk drawings, a Master who bestows power, and a boy who wants nothing more than to matter. Really great, fun reading, harrowing action, just touch of romantic-ness.
Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway by Sara Gran
Oh Claire, I love you, my heart breaks for you, I want you to be my friend but honestly I don't think it would work out... Sara Gran writes such wonderful, messy, broken, hopeful, sad, lonely, damaged, beautiful characters. If you have never read any Gran then your life is missing entire pieces!
And finally a sorta sleeper hit The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters
The world is coming to an end, THE asteroid will hit in October, what would you do? This quiet little novel tackles this question from all angles, but mostly we follow police detective Hank Palace. All he ever wanted to be was a cop and now it's finally happened but it no longer matters because the world will end in 9 months and everything is falling apart. Really great story.
Ok, so, I read many more books, lots of cookbooks, poetry, fantasy, and discovered some great new mystery series but these are the shining stars of my 2013. What are yours?