234 votes 69 voters 24,520 views 37 items tags f p @

The Best Novels of 2013

List Criteria: 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!

The Best Novels of 2013 Books
Z
G Options
B Comments
& Embed
2rerank list
  1. 1
    + 20
    - 4
    buy at  
  2. 2
    + 20
    - 4

    Donna Tartt

    buy at  
  3. 3
    + 10
    - 3
    buy at  
  4. 4
    + 7
    - 1

    Stephen King

    ; buy at  
  5. 5
    + 5
    - 0

    John Grisham

    buy at  
  6. 6
    + 8
    - 4

    Veronica Roth

    buy at  
  7. 7
    + 7
    - 3

    Rainbow Rowell

    buy at  
  8. 8
    + 4
    - 0

    Carl Hiaasen

    buy at  
  9. 9
    + 4
    - 0
    buy at  
  10. 10
    + 6
    - 3
    buy at  
  11. 11
    + 5
    - 2

    Eleanor Catton

    buy at  
  12. 12
    + 4
    - 1

    Philipp Meyer

    buy at  
  13. 13
    + 3
    - 0

    Thomas Pynchon

    buy at  
  14. 14
    + 6
    - 4
    buy at  
  15. 15
    + 4
    - 2
    buy at  
  16. 16
    + 4
    - 2

    Dave Eggers

    buy at  
  17. 17
    + 3
    - 1
    buy at  
  18. 18
    + 3
    - 1

    Colum McCann

    buy at  
  19. 19
    + 2
    - 0
    buy at  
  20. 20
    + 2
    - 0
    buy at  
  21. 21
    + 4
    - 3
    buy at  
  22. 22
    + 2
    - 1

    added by elise
    Rachel Kushner

    buy at  
  23. 23
    + 4
    - 4
    buy at  
  24. 24
    + 3
    - 3
    buy at  
  25. 25
    + 2
    - 2

    Alice McDermott

    buy at  
  26. 26
    + 2
    - 2
    buy at  
  27. 27
    + 1
    - 1

    James Salter

    buy at  
  28. 28
    + 1
    - 1

    added by clococo

    buy at  
  29. 29
    + 1
    - 1
    buy at  
  30. 30
    + 1
    - 1

    Rick Yancey

    buy at  
  31. 31
    + 1
    - 1
    buy at  
  32. 32
    + 5
    - 6

    Kate Atkinson

    buy at  
  33. 33
    + 1
    - 2

    Jhumpa Lahiri

    buy at  
  34. 34
    + 0
    - 1

    Claire Messud

    buy at  
  35. 35
    + 0
    - 1

    Joyce Carol Oates

    buy at  
  36. 36
    + 1
    - 3

    Stuart Nadler

    buy at  
  37. 37
    + 2
    - 8

    Dan Brown

    buy at  
38 +

Something missing? Add it!

items 1 - 37 of 37

L List Options 2 Rerank List B Comments & Embed z Share Next List >