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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!

List Criteria: Novels released between January and December of 2013.

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    The Goldfinch

    Donna Tartt More
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    The Ocean at the End of the Lane

    Neil Gaiman More
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    And the Mountains Echoed

    Khaled Hosseini More
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    Stephen King More
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    NOS4A2: a Novel

    Joe Hill More
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    The Cuckoo's Calling

    J.K. Rowling More
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    new! Allegiant

    Veronica Roth More
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    Sycamore Row

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    TransAtlantic

    Colum McCann More
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    The Obituary Writer: a Novel

    Ann Hood More
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    A Delicate Truth: a Novel

    John Le Carre More
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    The Luminaries

    Eleanor Catton More
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    Eleanor & Park

    Rainbow Rowell More
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    Bleeding Edge

    Thomas Pynchon More
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    Bad Monkey

    Carl Hiaasen More
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    The Circle

    Dave Eggers More
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    The Redeemer (Harry Hole)

    Jo Nesbo More
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    All That Is

    James Salter More
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    Schroder: a Novel

    Amity Gaige More
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    The Flamethrowers

    Rachel Kushner More
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    The Son

    Philipp Meyer More
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    Someone

    Alice McDermott More
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    Joyland (Hard Case Crime)

    Stephen King More
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    The Accursed

    Joyce Carol Oates More
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    The Fifth Assassin

    Brad Meltzer More
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    The 5th Wave

    Rick Yancey More
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    The Woman Upstairs

    Claire Messud More
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    Prodigy: a Legend Novel

    Marie Lu More
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    The Interestings: a Novel

    Meg Wolitzer More
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    Life After Life

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    The Shining Girls: a Novel

    Lauren Beukes More
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    The Lowland

    Jhumpa Lahiri More
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    Wise Men: a Novel

    Stuart Nadler More
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    The Signature of All Things

    Elizabeth Gilbert More
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    The Golem and the Jinni: a Novel

    Helene Wecker More
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    Inferno

    Dan Brown More
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