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    Default Your Favorite Books of 2013

    It's that time again! Let's list our favorite books of the year.

    They don't have to be books published during 2013, just the best books you read in the last year. Fiction, nonfiction, whatever. Also, tell us why you loved them.

    Previous Years:
    CC Favorite Books of 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

    This was a pretty good year for literature. I know I read a bunch of books that I really loved. I'll be curious to hear what your very favorites were.

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    Here's mine....

    Fiction:

    1. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
    2. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
    3. Transatlantic by Colum McCann
    4. Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
    5. The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
    6. Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
    7. Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain
    8. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
    9. The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty
    10. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

    Nonfiction:

    1. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
    2. Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katharine Boo
    3. Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright
    4. From Scratch: Inside the Food Network by Alan Salkin
    5. One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson

    So much good fiction this year! I loved, loved, loved Life After Life (although I know not all of you had the same experience). I found it absolutely mesmerizing, brilliantly structured and very emotional. With both Life After Life and A Tale for the Time Being, I had a sense that I was reading something truly extraordinary. A Tale for the Time Being is also totally genius, and I loved the intermingling of the two stories. All the books on my fiction list were "wow" books for me, the kind you can't wait to talk about with others and are always recommending to friends.

    As for nonfiction, Lean In is #1 for me simply because it was so thought-provoking and inspiring. It prompted the best discussion my book club has had in its three years of existence, and a friend and I actually created a career discussion group to keep the conversation going with other working women. It's not like the content is all totally new and groundbreaking, but it is edited and presented in such a way that it can't help but be meaningful.

    I think that I'll have a lot more nonfiction on my list next year, since I'm going to try to focus a lot of my reading time on travel writing in 2014.

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    Here are mine - probably in this order:

    1. 11/22/63 - Stephen King (although I may have read this last year)
    2. Ordinary Grace - William Kent Kreuger
    3. The Astronaut Wives' Club - Lily Koppel
    3. Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn
    4. The Fault in our Stars - John Green
    5. Dr. Sleep - Stephen King
    6. The Husband's Secret - Liane Moriarity
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    I don't feel like I had a very good reading year. In looking at Goodreads, I gave 8 books 5 stars, but only a few of those books stayed with me as far as leaving a mark.

    1. The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
    2. The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
    3. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

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    I'm usually behind the reading curve because I'm too busy reading student essays and books for teaching. Here are my top reads of 2013:

    The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
    Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
    The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
    In the Lake of the Woods by Tim O'Brien
    The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
    The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
    DS 7/21/05
    DD 5/1/07
    DD 4/2/13

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    I gave a few books 4 stars this year, but if you ask me, I wouldn't able to tell you what they are from memory. None of them really stood out that much.

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