Thursday, December 05, 2013

What Were Some of Your Favorite Books of 2013?

I think this is New Year's Eve circa 1952

Mine are: 

LIFE AFTER LIFE, Kate Atkinson
LET HIM GO, Larry Watson

These were all written this year (or last) but yours don't have to be.

My favorite forgotten book was SHACKLED by Bill Pronzini


Anonymous said...

I'd definitely put the Atkinson on the list.

Kate Atkinson, Life After Life
Duane Swierczynski, Point & Shoot
Stephen King, Doctor Sleep
Chris Knopf, Dead Anyway
Lesley Kagan, Whistling in the Dark
Robert Crais, Suspect
Brendan Dubois, Death of a Gemini (ss)
Allen Steele, Apollo's Outcasts (ss)
Ben H. Winters, The Last Policeman
Jess Walter, We Live in Water (ss)

Jeff M.

pattinase (abbott) said...

THE LAST POLICEMAN was terrific.

Anonymous said...

I hadn't realized the second was out: The second novel in the Last Policeman trilogy is Countdown City, published in July 2013.

Jeff M.

Deb said...

On the fiction side, Karen Joy Fowler's We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves and Liane Moriarty's The Husband's Secret have been my two favorite new books. In non-fiction, Robert Kolker's Lost Girls (examining the lives of five women whose bodies were discovered on a desolate strip of Long Island) was the most interesting book I read this year.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I read and liked the Fowler book. Still haven't gotten my hands on the other two.

George said...

Magic Highways: The Early Jack Vance, Volume Three, AFTER THE MUSIC STOPPED: The Financial Crisis, the Response, and the Work Ahead By Alan S. Blinder, and THE SLEEPWALKERS: How Europe Went to War in 1914 By Christopher Clark.

Richard said...


Ellen Booraem said...

What great suggestions! My stand-out favorites were Hillary Mantel's Bring Up the Bodies and William Alexander's Ghoulish Song--at least, those are the ones I remember. My new years resolution is to keep better track--Goodreads, here I come!

Steve Oerkfitz said...

Dr. Sleep by Stephen King
Year of the Ladybirds by Graham Joyce
Night Film by Marisha Pessl
The Double by George Pelecanos
Standing On Another Mans Grave by Ian Rankin
Railsea by China Mieville
The Thicket by Joe Lansdale
Donnybrook by Frank Bill
The Cuckoos Calling by Robert Galbraith
NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
Dark Eden by Chris Beckett
Ocean At The End of The Lane by Neil Gaiman
North American Lake Monsters by Nathan Ballingrud(ss)
The Adjacent by Christopher Priest
A Very British History by Paul McAuley(ss)
The Ape Mans Wife & Other Stories by Caitlin Kiernan

Kent Morgan said...

Wyoming leads the way this year with C.J. Box's latest Joe Pickett mystery, Breaking Point, and Return to Oakpine by Ron Carlson.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Must read Mantel.
Ah, these lists are always so male-heavy. I guess I hang out mostly with men so that's the result.