Thinking back on 2013, I read a lot of fantastic books but wasn’t as impressed by the movies I saw, so I have decided to make one combined list. Here are my top 10 favorite books and movies of 2013.*
1. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
I loved both The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns and didn’t think it was possible for Khaled Hosseini to write a better book. I WAS WRONG! This is his best book yet.
2. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
I, like many people, did not actually pick this book up until I found out J.K. Rowling was the author, but I am so glad it was leaked or I would have missed out on an AMAZING book! I’m not a huge fan of mysteries, but I was captivated by this story from page 1. If you haven’t read it yet, run to your nearest library and borrow a copy!!
3. About Time
Hands down, this is the best movie I watched all year. Yes, it is another time travel movie, but it is unlike any you have ever seen. It is a truly beautiful and touching film. I recommend having a few tissues nearby.
4. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Rainbow Rowell is an incredible new voice in young adult literature. I believe this is just the first of many excellent Rowell novels to come and am sure it will win a few book awards this year!
5. The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan
Disclaimer: I would read anything written by J. Courtney Sullivan, including her grocery list, as I am sure she makes even that compelling. In The Engagements, Sullivan weaves fictional stories with actual facts for a fascinating look at the diamond industry. This novel sparkles!
6. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
As a former girl scout who loved attending summer camp, I thoroughly enjoyed following the main characters through the course of their lives, from their days as summer campers to their twenties, thirties, and beyond.
7. The Intouchables
Based on a true story, this movie is unexpectedly hilarious, as well as a moving look at an unlikely friendship.
8. Schroder by Amity Gaige
I read this book way back in January and the story has stuck with me. Fascinating premise, incredible writing, and a thought provoking story.
9. The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
Jodi Picoult is another one of my favorite authors (Yes, I know I have a lot of those!), and her newest book is a total departure from her usual novels. Excellent story about love, forgiveness, family, baking and World War II.
10. Just One Year by Gayle Forman
I waited a year to read the sequel to Just One Day. It was worth the wait! Reading it made me want to pack my suitcase and head to some of the fabulous locations visited by the main character in this young adult novel. To be fair, I have the travel bug and want to pack up a suitcase every time I sign on to Instagram, but this book really was lovely.
*I have not actually read every book that was published in 2013, nor have I seen every movie that came out in 2013, so I do not proclaim the above items to be the very best of 2013. These are merely my favorites. I’d love to hear some of yours!
Stephanie C did not read all of the books she planned to in 2013. However, that has not stopped her from already making a list of books to read in 2014: The One and Only by Emily Giffin, Landline by Rainbow Rowell, Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan, Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead, The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith, Glitter and Glue by Kelly Corrigan, Golden State by Michelle Richmond, All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner, Love and Treasure by Ayelet Waldman, and The One by Kiera Cass.