Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The "Best Reads of 2013" List you've been waiting for!

If you're like us you have been obsessively poring over end of the year reading lists like it's the end of the world, adding titles to your never-ending "must read before the end of the world" list.  And surely you've been dying to see what RPL has to say.  Well, here it is: the list you have been waiting for! We have asked the staff from the Richmond Public Library to give us their top books read during 2013 and have compiled those recommendations into the end of year lists to end all lists. Enjoy! 
Happy New Year to you all!

Books for Children:
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Garcia-Williams
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
Bully by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Daisy Gets Lost by Chris Raschka
Who Goes There? by Karma Wilson
Old Mikamba Had a Farm by Rachel Isador
Don’t Push the Button by Bill Cotter

Exclamation Mark! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal 
Beautiful Oops! by Barney Saltzberg 
Trouper by Meg Kearney and EB Lewis, and 
Lost Cat by Roger Mader
When the world was waiting for you by Gillian Shields
Liar and Spy by Rebecca Stead
Hold Fast by Blue Balliett
When Did You See Her Last by Lemony Snicket
That Is Not A Good Idea and I'm A Frog by Mo Willems

Books for Teens:
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Fingerprints of You by Kristen-Paige Madonia
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth
Yaqui Degado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina
Fat Angie by e. E. Charlton-Trujillo

Books for Adults:
The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure  
Foundation by Peter Ackroyd 
Kansas City Lightning: The rise and times of Charlie Parker by Stanley Crouch
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Me Before You Jojo Moyes 
Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend Matthew Dicks 
The Silver Star Jeanette Walls

Behind the Beautiful Forevers Katherine Boo
Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss: How an Unlikely Couple Found Love, Dodged the FBI, and Transformed Children's Literature by Philip Nel
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me by Ellen Forney
Jim Henson: The Biography by Brian Jay Jones
Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Second honeymoon by James Patterson
Longest ride by Nicholas Sparks
Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon
The Lemon Tree by Sandy Tolan
Bomb Shell and Final Cut by Catherine Coulter
Dark WitchWhiskey Beach, and The Witness by Nora Roberts
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The People in Trees by Hanya Yanagihara
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves Karen Joy Fowler
MaddAddam (Final book in the trilogy) by Margaret Atwood
Night Film by Marisha Pessl
Kill City Blues (A Sandman Slim #5) by Richard Kadrey

The Thicket by Joe Lansdale
The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes
The Good Lord Bird: A Novel by James McBride 
The Death of Bees by Lisa O’Donnell 
Codex Seraphinianus by Luigi Serafini
Vintage Tomorrows: A Historian And A Futurist Journey Through Steampunk Into The Future of Technology by James Carrott
The Big Moo: Stop Trying to Be Perfect and Start Being Remarkable by Seth Godin
How to Be a Complete Dandy: A Little Guide for Rakes, Bucks, Swells, Cads and Wits by Stephen Robins

A Constellation Of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
The Dinner by Herman Koch
The Tenth of December by George Saunders
How To Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid
Falling To Earth by Kate Southwood

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Life After Life by Jill McCorkle
Cooked, A Natural History of Food by Michael Pollan 
Knocking On Heaven's Door, The Path To a Better Way of Death by Katy Butler
Death of Santini by Pat Conroy
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
The Jefferson Key by Steve Berry
The Amber Room by Steve Berry
The Stand by Stephen King
World War Z by Max Brooks
One Second After by William Forstchen

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