Here is my ‘best books of 2013’ list! (Not including my clients, of course…)
Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg – Despite the two-sided media circus around this book I found it incredibly inspiring and enlightening. A must read for any woman.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – I loved Moyes’s previous book Last Letter From Your Lover, so I wasn’t sure how she was going to top it–but she did. It is an amazing story that left me in tears on a flight from Toronto to New York City.
The Engagements by J Courtney Sullivan – The smartest women’s fiction novel I read this year. I love multiple POV story lines and intertwined lives so this was a A+ in my opinion.
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell – Everything that should be said about this book already has been said, but if you haven’t read it or have it in your ‘to be read’ pile you’re missing out on an amazing literary experience. No one writes contemporary romances like Rowell.
Night Film by Marisha Pessl – If you like to be scared, this one’s for you. I don’t love horror movies, but I love smart, literary thrillers and this one takes the cake this year. It is absolutely unforgettable and unputdownable. My words do not do it justice.
After Her by Joyce Maynard – I love Maynard. The Good Daughter, Labor Day–these are women’s fiction classics. Her latest is a breathtaking coming-of-age story like I’ve never read before.
The Silent Wife by ASA Harrison – You’ll have heard of this one, and if you haven’t read it this is the domestic thriller of the year. You won’t know what’s coming next. And the Chicago setting is palpable.
Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead – How I loved this read. Upmarket women’s fiction and literary fiction readers pull up a chair! This one will keep you turning the pages and leave you with a book hangover the next day.
Infidelity by Stacey May Fowles – By far my favourite literary fiction read this year. Not only was the Toronto setting familiar and real to me, but the love story was so honest and frenetic that anyone will relate and enjoy.
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent – I have never read anything quite like this. An unfamiliar setting (Iceland) and a hardened and sympathetic heroine will have feminist readers gripped. I know I was. What would you do if you were sentenced to death without a trial in the late 1800s?
It was hard to pick the 10 best reads! What did you enjoy this year?