Saturday, December 21, 2013

The Best of 2013: Historical Fiction / Memoir

As 2013 comes to a close, I have complied my lists to create The Best of 2013. I will be posting lists of memoirs, historical fiction, and finally, the best of the best in fiction!

Just as a reminder, unlike many other "Best of" lists around the Internet, the books included in my lists are not centered entirely on novels published in 2013, they are just books I read in 2013. Books listed here that were published in 2013 are entirely coincidental.

Top Memoirs of 2013:

2. Night, Elie Wiesel

1. The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls

I read The Glass Castle as part my Honors English curriculum last spring, and it was a very eye-opening novel. Jeannette Walls writes about growing up with neglectful and unemployed parents, and her struggle for a bright future. Walls tells her story in a way that is raw and inspiring.

Top Historical Fiction Novels of 2013:

3. In the Time of the Butterflies, Julia Alvarez

2. Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys

1. Life: An Exploded Diagram, Mal Peet

In reading the review I posted of Life: An Exploded Diagram, you will have noticed the great praise I gave this novel. Taking place during three different time periods: post World War II, the Cold War, and early 2000s, Peet does a fantastic job of painting world history in a way that is moving and delightful.

Check back tomorrow for The Best Fiction Books of 2013!

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