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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!

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