Best Books of 2013 – popular new recommendations

Underdog Literature WordPress December 2013.

Every month, I select 15 books that caught my interest lately.

Fresh, off-beat, quirky or curious titles that might deserve more attention.

This month – in time for Christmas:

15 of 2013’s best / most recent books!


01: JINCY WILLETT, “Amy Falls Down”, 336 pages, May 2013. [Realistic Fiction / Satire]

Amy Falls Down: A Novel

02: J.J. ABRAMS, DOUG DORST, “S.”, 472 pages, August 2013. [post-modern fiction / Fantasy]


03: TAMARA FAITH BERGER, “Little Cat”, 224 pages, June 2013. [Realistic Fiction / Memoir]

Little Cat

04: PAUL ROME, “We all sleep in the same Room”, 280 pages, October 2013. [Realistic Fiction]

We All Sleep in the Same Room

05: PETER GELFAN, “Found Objects”, 268 pages, April 2013. [Realistic Fiction]

Found Objects

06: MAC LETHAL, “Texts from Bennett”, 320 pages, September 2013. [Humour]

Texts from Bennett

07: CARI LUNA, “The Revolution of Every Day”, 392 pages, September 2013. [Realistic Fiction]

The Revolution of Every Day

08: TERRY McMILLAN, “Who asked you?”, 400 pages, September 2013. [Realistic Fiction / Chick Lit]

Who Asked You?

09: HELEN WAN, “The Partner Track”, 304 pages, September 2013. [Realistic Fiction]

The Partner Track: A Novel

10: MARTIN FLETCHER, “Jacob’s Oath”, 323 pages, October 2013. [Historical Fiction / WW2 – and set in Heidelberg, Germany]

Jacob's Oath

11: SEBASTIEN BREBEL, “Villa Bunker”, 106 pages, July 2013. [Realistic Fiction; French]

Villa Bunker

12: MARTIN VAN BOOY, “The Illusion of Seperateness”, 224 pages, July 2013. [Historical Fiction / Realistic Fiction]

The Illusion of Separateness

13: KAREN JOY FOWLER, “We are all completely besides ourselves”, 310 pages, May 2013. [Realistic Fiction]

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

14: STEPHEN DIXON, “His Wife leaves him”, 407 pages, September 2013. [Realistic Fiction: YA]

His Wife Leaves Him

15: CHINELO OKPARANTA, “Happiness, like Water”, 208 pages, August 2013. [Short Stories]

Happiness, Like Water


As a bonus, here are five 2013 nonfiction books that I’ve sampled and liked:

16: SCOTT NADELSON, “The Next Scott Nadelson: A Life in Progress”, 264 pages, February 2013.

The Next Scott Nadelson: A Life in Progress

17: SHERI FINK, “Five Days at Memorial”, 558 pages, September 2013.

Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital

18: J.L. WITTERICK, “My Mother’s Secret: A Novel based on a true Holocaust Story”, 208 pages, March 2013.

My Mother's Secret: A Novel Based on a True Holocaust Story

19: PAUL KWIATKOWSKI, “And every Day was overcast”, 280 pages, October 2013.

And Every Day Was Overcast

20: DAVID FINKEL, “Thank you for your Service”, 272 pages, October 2013.

Thank You For Your Service


Here are five books from 2013 that made me curious enough to buy them:

01: DAVID RHODES, “Jewelweed”, 448 pages, April 2013. [Realistic Fiction]


02: DONNA TARTT, “The Goldfinch”, 756 pages, October 2013. [Realistic Fiction]

The Goldfinch

03: ELIZABETH GILBERT, “The Signature of all Things”, 512 pages, October 2013. [Historical Fiction]

The Signature of All Things

04: ALISSA NUTTING, “Tampa”, 272 pages, July 2013. [Realistic Fiction]


05: PRISCILLE SIBLEY, “The Promise of Stardust”, 432 pages, February 2013. [Mainstream]

The Promise of Stardust


…and finally, here are nine recent books from 2013 that I read – and that were really good:

5 of 5 stars: DAVID LEVITHAN, “Two Boys kissing”, 208 pages, August 2013. [Realistic Fiction / YA]

Two Boys Kissing

4 of 5 stars: KATE SOUTHWOOD, “Falling to Earth”, 272 pages, March 2013. [Realistic Fiction / Historical Fiction]

Falling to Earth

4 of 5 stars: JANETTE JENKINS, “Firefly”, 156 pages, June 2013. [Realistic Fiction]


4 of 5 stars: DENNIS MAHONEY, “Fellow Mortals”, 288 pages, February 2013. [Realistic Fiction]

Fellow Mortals

4 of 5 stars: LEA CARPENTER, “Eleven Days”, 288 pages, June 2013. [Realistic Fiction]

Eleven Days

4 of 5 stars: SUSAN NUSSBAUM, “Good Kings Bad Kings”, 298 pages, March 2013. [Realistic Fiction: YA / literary fiction]

Good Kings Bad Kings

4 of 5 stars: SARI BOTTON, “Goodbye to all that. Writers on Loving and Leaving New York”, 288 pages, September 2013. [personal Essays]

Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York

4 of 5 stars: SONALI DERANYIAGALA, “Wave”, 274 pages, March 2013. [Memoir]


4 of 5 stars: NICKOLAS BUTLER, “Shotgun Lovesongs”, 432 pages, September 2013. [Mainstream; German edition]

Shotgun Lovesongs


…have a look at my “Young Adult Literature: Best of 2013” recommendations, too!


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