Six Exciting Books from 2013

Below are the six books from this past year of publishing that really excited me. They were all filled with top-notch writing, intrigue, and the unexpected. They all inspire me as a reader and as a writer. Mary MacLane will invigorate you with her angst in 1901 Montana and how she pines for the Devil’s arrival, Neil Gaiman tumbles you into a world that doesn’t exist as it first appears, Fiona McFarlane will have you doubting everything, really, and you’ll love it, every bite Herman Koch’s characters take will have you on edge, Ian Flitcroft will have you savoring every witty line and considering membership to the Shadow Faculty of Gastronomic Science, and you will fly off to a mysterious jungle to search for lost tribes with Hanya Yanagihara. Wondering what your next read should be? Definitely one of these six.

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  1. The Dinner was probably one of the most disturbing books I read this year–I didn’t like the characters or their actions, yet I still find myself thinking about that book months after I read it-and that’s the sign of great writing!

    1. Yes, nothing was as it appeared. The main character was a surprising unreliable narrator and I whipped through this book. I hope we can get more of his books in English. I hear there is a coming film adaptation of The Dinner.

  2. The first three you listed are high up on my TBR list (I can’t believe I haven’t read Gaiman’s book yet) and I thought The Dinner was excellent. For some weird reason, I am fascinated by books set in Montana, it’s always so beautifully described. It doesn’t even matter that I’ve been to Montana and didn’t like it, I still love books set there (I’m thinking specifically of Ivan Doig’s work).

    1. I hope you read them soon (if not immediately). I wish I could bottle the energy and desperation in Mary MacLane’s book (it’s not always expertly written but it still felt like a galloping horse). She has plenty of unkind words toward Montana. I’m dreadfully thin on books about Montana (or most places in that part of the country). I can be a snobby east coaster sometimes and totally dismiss those kind of books, which I am trying to be better about. She has a second book, which I haven’t read yet, about convalescing in Montana during an illness after she finally escaped to Chicago and New York.

  3. I read The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and I thought it magical. I The rest of these sound really good. I’ll be adding them to my 2014 reading list!

    1. I am glad you liked The Ocean at the End of the Lane, too. I plan to re-read it sometime in the future to see how I remembered it from the first time around. The rest are exceptional books, too.

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