Best Books of 2013

Today I’m sharing the books I thought were the best-of-the-best for the entire year. I read 232 books for the year, so there were a lot of choices, but I’ve managed to cull it down to six per category. It kind of pains me the great books that just missed out being included!

Best Nonfiction:

Best Books of 2013 Nonfiction

Best Fiction

Best Books of 2013 Fiction

Best Picture Books

Best Books of 2013 Picture Books

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  1. Great picks! I am planning to read at the very least both Wolf Hall and Cinder this year. I also want to squeeze in Boys in the Boat too.

  2. I love that you included Best Picture Books! I will have to add some of these to our library queue. I love letting my son pick his own books at the library, but sometimes just because he likes the cover, it’s not always the greatest book. And ugh… early readers… I know they serve a purpose but they’re sooooo boring. I usually only get them because he wants a book with a certain character (couch couch Spiderman cough) in it.

    • Whenever I take my kids to the library (I don’t take them every visit; usually I’m on my own), I let them pick out two books. The quality has been very hit-or-miss, and typically it’s miss. That’s ok though, it keeps them enthusiastic about it, and I just take them back the next time and try again.

      Early readers are awful, but they do make my son happy when he can read them by himself, so I guess that’s something. So far my son isn’t aware that there are books featuring characters he might know (otherwise he’d be begging for Spiderman too.)

  3. excellent recommendations; I”ve put some new ones on my list ๐Ÿ™‚ We love Goodnight, Goodnight Construction site and their new book Steam Train, Dream Train is just as darling (plus he is one of my fave illustrators, have you read Cloudette?)

    • No, I didn’t know about Steam Train, Dream Train! So glad you said something, it’s on my library list for my next trip. ๐Ÿ™‚ If my son likes it even half as much as Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site I’m sure we’ll end up buying our own copy.

      And no, I haven’t read Cloudette either – but I’ll add it to the library list too. Thank you for the heads-up!

  4. I remember how magical it was to listen to When You Reach Me on CD.

    • Oh, I bet that would be a fantastic as an audio book.

      And I’m assuming you’re the Caroline Starr Rose who wrote May B, so I’m going to gush about how much I enjoyed your book. If I ever write my favorite-novels-in-verse post I keep thinking about, it’ll be on the list.

  5. I keep seeing My Berlin Kitchen everywhere. I think it’s a sign. I love those picture book recommendations, too! Thanks, Sheila. Your reading totals always impress me.

    • Yes, it’s a sign. Read it!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      (Have you read My Homemade Life? It’s very similar in feel, but not so similar that it’s not worth reading both of them.)

  6. Loved your list! I started reading Bread & Wine in 2013 but haven’t quite finished it yet. I enjoyed Rachel’s first book and should pick up her second one!

    • If you liked the first one, I’d be shocked if you didn’t enjoy the second. I find myself hoping that she continues to write her way through all the stages of her children’s growth. Her children are just enough older than mine that I can use her books as a look-ahead at what is coming my way.

  7. I love that you included a picture books category. ๐Ÿ™‚

    The ones here I haven’t read that I’m most looking forward to are The Boys in the Boat (because I’ve heard you talk about it sooo much!) and Cinder and Scarlet.

    Happy New Year!

    • I have talked about it once or twice or a dozen times, haven’t I? ๐Ÿ˜‰

      I can’t remember – do you like fantasy that much? As much as I loved Cinder & Scarlet, I’m not sure that I’d recommend them highly for non-fantasy fans.

  8. Thanks for this list — Way to go on 232!


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