I love book lists. I always end up adding one or two or ten books to my wish list when I stumble upon a good one, like the Quarter Life Crisis Girl’s Reading List I found on Pinterest a while back, conveniently around the time I turned 25.
While I realize it’s 2014 and somewhat past the “Best _______ of 2013” time period, I still thought it was worth posting about.
But finding a good list can be hard. For instance, when I was doing my search, I only recognized one title on the NY Times Top 10 of 2013 list. You would think the NY Times would know what they’re talking about… maybe I’m behind on the times? But no, that’s not possible, I peruse the Bestsellers section of my local bookstores on a regular basis.
Alas, searching further brought me to this 2013 NPR Staff Picks page, containing a book or two on my shelf, a couple on my wish list, and a few more that have now been added to said wish list (it should be noted that this wish list contains roughly 150ish books… Yeah, I have a problem).
Amazon’s list is very much the same, and Looking at Barnes and Noble’s bestseller lists, there are also a lot of the same books, except these are divided between fiction, nonfiction, kids and teens, which is nice if you’re looking for a slightly more specific list.
[Am I missing something by not knowing about The Goldfinch?! Someone please tell me if I am!!]
My favorite list, however, is the Goodreads Choice Awards 2013. Part of the reason I love this list so much is that the winners weren’t chosen by “experts”, but by readers themselves! Not to mention that the main page contains all the winners in each genre, but if you click through you can also see all the nominees. Very cool.
I hope these lists are helpful, particularly if you find yourself looking for something new to read. I know as I wrote this, sitting next to the boyfriend, I announced on SEVERAL occasions “Oh man, that has to go on my list!”. He just looked at me and shook his head. Such is the life.