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List Rules Novels released between January and December of 2013.

What are the best novels of 2013? Bookworms had a lot of options when it came to great fiction books in 2013, including some novels by well-established writers and others by newcomers who burst onto the literary scene to great accolades. Which 2013 novel is your favorite? Was there one great book, in particular, that you simply couldn't put down until you finished? That's what this list is about: Those excellent fiction works that thrilled all of us. Be sure to vote for your personal favorites and, if a particular (fiction) book you loved isn't listed, feel free to add it to the list!

 This list of the best fiction books of 2013 includes novels from several genres, including mystery and suspense ('The Redeemer' by Jo Nesbo, John Le Carre's 'A Delicate Truth'), historical fiction ('Life After Life' by Kate Atkinson) and of course, science fiction and fantasy ('The Ocean at the End of the Lane' by Neil Gaiman, 'The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel' by Helene Wecker). And yes, young adult fiction, or YA books, are also included on this list ('Allegiant' by Veronica Roth was certainly notable, as was 'Eleanor & Park' by Rainbow Rowell).

2013 was also a year for readers to revisit some of the most popular characters in fiction. Stephen King offered up 'Doctor Sleep,' a sequel of sorts to his wildly successful 1977 novel 'The Shining', and John Grisham's 'Sycamore Row' revisits Jake Brigance from 'A Time to Kill.'

Are you a die-hard reading nut? If so, you're probably familiar with many of the books on these lists of the best novels of 2012 and the best non-fiction books of 2012, as well. 2013 was a great year for fiction, and this list is far from complete, so don't forget to add on to it!

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The Goldfinch is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Novels of 2013
The Goldfinch Donna Tartt

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The Ocean at the End of the La... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Novels of 2013

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And the Mountains Echoed is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Novels of 2013
And the Mountains Echoed Khaled Hosseini

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Dr. Sleep is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Novels of 2013
Dr. Sleep Stephen King

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Sycamore Row is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Novels of 2013
Sycamore Row John Grisham

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Eleanor & Park is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Novels of 2013
Eleanor & Park Rainbow Rowell

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Allegiant is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Novels of 2013
Allegiant Veronica Roth

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The Luminaries is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Novels of 2013
The Luminaries Eleanor Catton

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A Delicate Truth: a Novel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Novels of 2013

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Bad Monkey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Novels of 2013
Bad Monkey Carl Hiaasen

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NOS4A2: a Novel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Novels of 2013
NOS4A2: a Novel Joe Hill

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Joyland (Hard Case Crime) is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Novels of 2013

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Bleeding Edge is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Novels of 2013
Bleeding Edge Thomas Pynchon

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The Cuckoo's Calling is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Novels of 2013
The Cuckoo's Calling J.K. Rowling

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The Son is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Novels of 2013
The Son Philipp Meyer

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The Circle is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Novels of 2013
The Circle Dave Eggers

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TransAtlantic is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Novels of 2013
TransAtlantic Colum McCann

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The Obituary Writer: a Novel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Novels of 2013

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The Redeemer (Harry Hole) is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Novels of 2013

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The Fifth Assassin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Novels of 2013
The Fifth Assassin Brad Meltzer

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The Interestings: a Novel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Novels of 2013

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The Signature of All Things is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Novels of 2013
The Signature of All Things Elizabeth Gilbert

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The Flamethrowers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Novels of 2013
The Flamethrowers Rachel Kushner

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The Golem and the Jinni: a Nov... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Novels of 2013

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Someone is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Novels of 2013
Someone Alice McDermott

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The Lowland is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Novels of 2013
The Lowland Jhumpa Lahiri

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The Shining Girls: a Novel is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Novels of 2013

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Prodigy: a Legend Novel is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Novels of 2013

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All That Is is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Novels of 2013
All That Is James Salter

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Schroder: a Novel is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Novels of 2013
Schroder: a Novel Amity Gaige

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The 5th Wave is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Novels of 2013
The 5th Wave Rick Yancey

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The Accursed is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Novels of 2013
The Accursed Joyce Carol Oates

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The Woman Upstairs is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Novels of 2013
The Woman Upstairs Claire Messud

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Life After Life is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Novels of 2013
Life After Life Kate Atkinson

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Wise Men: a Novel is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Novels of 2013
Wise Men: a Novel Stuart Nadler

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Inferno is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Novels of 2013
Inferno Dan Brown