What I Read In 2013

I'm working on a big-picture retrospective, but let's start with the easiest of 2013 recaps - what I read last year: 1. 11/22/63 by Stephen King

2. Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne

3. The Mole People by Jennifer Toth

4. Wonder by R. J. Palacio

5. The Lives We Lost by Megan Crewe

6. When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

7. The Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell

8. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Steig Larssen

9. Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin

10. Between by Jessica Warman

11. Pretty Girl 13 by Liz Coley

12. Wild Swans by Jung Chang

13. Under the Dome by Stephen King

14. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

15. The Program by Suzanne Young

16. Inferno by Dan Brown

17. World War Z by Max Brooks

18. Divergent by Veronica Roth

19. 172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad

20. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

21. Crash by Lisa McMann

22. Evermore by Alyson Noel

23. All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

24. Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn

25. Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott

26. All You Never Wanted by Adele Griffin

27. Girlbomb by Janice Erlbaum

28. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

29. In The After by Demetria Lunetta

By the numbers, its almost twice as many books as I read last year (which I attribute to learning how to fast-draft my own novels, freeing up more time). There were 8 adult titles, 19 YA (tho' If You Reach Me and Wonder might actually be MG) and 2 non-fiction. There were 2 books I gave up on reading - one that's on this list and one I didn't bother putting on because I didn't even make it past the first chapter, the narrator was so annoying.

Favorites. Although I really, really liked a lot of these books, the ones I absolutely couldn't put down were the two Gillian Flynn books and Stephen King's 11/22/63All Our Yesterdays was right up there. I also loved Wonder for the message and the clear simplicity of the voice. I left it on my 9 year old's table and he read and loved it, too. This is one of those books all kids should read.  Eleanor & Park left me teary and marveling at how successful a "quiet" story can be.  Elswhere and Between were really great stories...

I'm starting 2014 with The Name of the Wind which is fantasy, a genre I haven't read in years, and it's great. Then, I've got The Fault in Our Stars and Winger waiting on my kindle. Any must-reads to add to my list?