I know this is late again. 2013 was sooooo last year. But I’ve been meaning to put together a post of my top picks for last year. Somehow between finishing Last Train to Babylon, and what feels like a million revisions, I managed to actually get some reading in. So here are my favorites, in no particular order. Obviously I have a thing for dark contemporary novels with a touch of mystery.
1. Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn – Okay, so I think I technically read this at the end of 2012, but it’s worth mentioning anyway. Not only was this on of my favorite books of the year, it might actually be my favorite book ever.
2. Where’d You Go, Bernadette, Maria Semple – I’ve never read anything like this before, but must say, I’m glad I did. I LOLed a lot — like manically cackled to myself on the subway. The humor was subtle, dark and the whole thing was so absurd, but in such a good way.
3. Reconstructing Amelia, Kimberly McCreight – To me, this felt like Pretty Little Liars meets Cruel Intentions, but through the eyes of a mother/lawyer (Veronica Hastings anybody?). And since I’m bizarrely obsessed with PLL, and according to all of my security questions set up circa 2004, Cruel Intentions is my favorite movie, this book was right up my ally. Also it takes place in Park Slope.
4. Defending Jacob, William Landay – I love reading about effed up teens with personality disorders. It’s totally my thing.
5. The Silent Wife, A.S.A Harrison – This was Gone Girl-esque for me, but way less intense. I liked it, but didn’t LOVE it. However, it still makes the cut for top ten books of the year.
6. Hopeless, Colleen Hoover - This was on the YA/NA side, but I cannot say enough good things about this book. It was dark, intense, and made me have a serious crush on a high school student. Creepy.
7. The Fault in Our Stars, John Green – This was another YA, but I really, really think John Green is one of the most talented writers out there right now. I cried, I laughed — and according to Dolly Parton, laughter through tears is the best emotion. I’m also psyched that my publisher is comparing me to Mr. Green in the Last Train to Babylon description.
8. Help for the Haunted, John Searles – A fellow William Morrow author! You know that creepy doll family of demonoligists from The Conjuring? Well it’s sort of like that — if they happened to be murdered in a church and survived by two teenaged daughters who now must figure out what the hell happened, and whether or not their parents were frauds. Also involves a deeply disturbed teen. Loves it.
9. Dark Places, Gillian Flynn - This was very In Cold Blood for me (which happens to be one of my favorite books – so yay). The details in this book were disturbingly vivid, which is partly why I loved it. I can’t wait for the movie.
10. Sharp Objects, Gillian Flynn – Obviously Gillian is my new favorite author. This was my least favorite of the three, but still dark, twisted and compelling. Just the way I like it.
What were your favorite books of the year? Leave in comments!