Favorite contemporary fiction of 2013

These are books that I read in 2013, but were not necessarily published in 2013. The quotes are from my reviews, which are linked to the titles.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes: “I loved this book from beginning to end, and I haven’t cried so hard while reading a book in a long, long time. I now want to read everything Jojo Moyes has ever written.”

Looking for Me by Beth Hoffman: “During the course of the book, Teddi comes to some realizations about herself, her relationship with her mother, and the disappearance of her brother. Her journey is so real, and each character who walks alongside her is a joy as well. The characters breathed their existence onto the pages, showing me who they were and helping to reveal who Teddi was. While Beth is as good as ever at writing setting, it is the people of Looking for Me who had me turning page after page, not wanting to stop.”

Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight: “t is a terrifying read in many ways, especially if you are the mother of a teenage daughter and under the assumption that you know your daughter well. This is a must-read; just make sure that you have plenty of uninterrupted time when you start it!”

Someone Else’s Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson: “Oh, Joshilyn Jackson, how I love thee! Let me count the ways…”

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21 Responses to Favorite contemporary fiction of 2013

  1. bermudaonion (Kathy)
    Twitter: bermudaonion

    Three of those books are on my “Best of 2013” list as well!

  2. Julie@my5monkeys
    Twitter: aprilmom00

    I read the amelia one …I have heard some amazing things about someone else’s love story πŸ™‚

  3. Beth Hoffman says:

    Wow … I am incredibly honored to see LOOKING FOR ME on your list. Thank you so, so much. Happy holidays to you and yours, Carrie!

  4. Kailana says:

    Okay, I wasn’t sure that Jojo Moyes was for me, but now I am seeing it EVERYWHERE. I might have to reconsider.

  5. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread

    JJ would have been on mine I’m sure, had I actually read it. Alas, I am WAITING ON THE AUDIO. IMPATIENTLY!!!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Sandy – I hope you find time for it soon, because it is sooooooo awesome. πŸ™‚

  6. JoAnn @Lakeside Musing
    Twitter: lakesidemusing

    I loved Me Before You, too! The other three are on my list.

  7. Almost every blog I’ve visited with a post about top books they have read for 2013 has Me and You by Jojo Moyes! It must be really good! I definitely should check that out next year. I’m also interested in Reconstructing Amelia. It sounds intriguing and I heard it’s going to be turned into a movie soon.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Five-Eyed Bookworm – I heard that about Amelia, too – it should be interesting as a film.

  8. Joanna
    Twitter: Joannainbxl

    Me Before You is on my best list too – I seriously wasn’t expecting it to be that good, but it was fantastic!

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  10. stacybuckeye says:

    I read Looking for Me and SELS and loved them too! I need to get my hands on Me Before You.

  11. Anna says:

    I loved Looking for Me, too, and I’m determined to read Jojo Moyes this year!