I read a lot of books in 2013.
You may remember that I challenged myself to read 100 books this year. I achieved the goal, plus some. Throughout the process, I read books I loved, books I liked a lot and books I hated.
Below are the seven fiction books I loved. They are my “must reads” in this genre for the year.
1. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Maybe I’m a sucker for a book set in a newsroom, but I loved this book. Read my review of the budding love story between the unknowing Beth and Lincoln, her newsroom’s internet security officer.
Don Tillman, a genetics professor, is on a mission to find his perfect wife. Then Don meets Rosie, who is pretty much the opposite of everything he thought he wanted. Read my review of how opposites attract in The Rosie Project.
Jody Linder is shocked when she learns that the man convicted of murder her father and suspected of killing her mother is being released from prison and returning to her small hometown in Kansas. Billy Crosby’s freedom is because of his lawyer son, Collin, who has spent his life trying to prove his father’s innocence. Now Jody must grapple with whether she really knows the truth about that night or whether Collin can help her discover it.
4. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
I was on a plane when I read this book. I was afraid the guy sitting next to me might think I was crazy because I was crying so hard. I can’t remember the last time I sobbed about a book, but I love a good love story, and the story of Louisa Clark and Will Traynor certainly is one.
Charlie, a high school student, writes this book through a series of strangely relatable letters to a mystery person. Through his letters, Charlie describes the uncertain and self-conscious life of a teenage boy with details of family drama, dates and love, friends and drugs, and the power of the absolutely perfect song at the exact right moment. Read my full review of The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
Hazel, 16, has terminal cancer and more than a tinge of depression. Hazel meets a boy, Augustus, at a support group for children with cancer that her mother forces her to attend. The couple, who share a snarky, dark and private sense of humor, fall in love while trying to embrace and deny death and life, while putting meaning to it all. Read my full review of The Fault in Our Stars.
Alice hates Ray. He scares her. He starves her. He hits her. He rapes her. But she never tries to get away from him, even when she has the chance. Ray stole the almost 10-year-old girl from a school field trip. She’s 15 now, but doesn’t run from her abductor for fear that he will enact his threat to kill her parents. But Alice is growing up too much for Ray. That means Ray needs a new “Alice”—the third in his series. He wants the current Alice to help him identify and kidnap the new girl. Read my full review of Living Dead Girl.
I hope you read these books and enjoy them as much as I did. Since I’m always looking for something to read,
What is your favorite fiction book you read this year?
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