Best books of 2013


It will probably shock you, considering how much TV I watch, to know that I’m a voracious reader.

My friends are constantly asking me for book recommendations. And if you follow me on Twitter you know I’m just as apt to be asking for book suggestions as I am for making cutting Bachelor fashion comments

My taste runs the gamut – from teen dystopian novels to award-nominees to mommy porn.  I thought I’d compile a few of my favorite books I’ve read over the past years, in case you’re looking for a book.

And if you’re like me, then you totally judge a book by its cover. To find out more about any of these books, just click on its cover.

Got one you think I’d enjoy? Please leave it in the comments below (I’m looking for a new book.)

34 thoughts on “Best books of 2013

  1. Jasmina

    Thank you! In need of book recommendations and happy you put this out there.

  2. Kelly

    Goldfinch gets a gold star. Beautiful Ruins is indeed beautiful. Just started Divergent and trying to stay focused. Where’d you go Bernadette? My bedside table because another book stole me away. I’m all out of puns but the others I read on this list were excellent too!

  3. Jen

    I just finished The Circle and it pretty much blew my mind….mostly because I think it’s all totally possible (hopefully that iHome thing happens pretty soon). I enjoyed The Spectacular Now and Reconstructing Amelia. Have you tried the Gone series by Michael Grant? Everyone over age 15 disappears and the kids are left to fend for themselves. I think the mom in you might appreciate it.

    1. Dana Weiss

      Jen I felt the same way about the circle and I also liked Reconstructing Amelia. I’ll check out Gone – that sounds right up my alley

      1. Jen

        Ooh I forgot one! You might like the Unraveling series by Elizabeth Norris.

  4. LeAnn

    Thank you! I am always looking for book suggestions. I just read A Place at the Table written by Susan Rebecca White and really enjoyed it.

  5. Bethany

    Ah, yay! This is super helpful. Currently reading The Interestings–great so far. I am adding a bunch of these to my list. Another one I want to read that my sister recommended is 11/22/63 by Stephen King. Kennedy assassination + time travel. Sounds intriguing to me!

    1. Dana Weiss

      11/22/63 is literally the longest book on earth including War & Peace and the Bible. It was really interesting and I enjoyed it but it is so friggin long.

      1. Bethany

        Hahah wow, okay, good to know! My sister neglected to mention this fact. You have really read everything, haven’t you? Time to start a Possessionista e-book-club? I would join. But only if we can also discuss The Bachelor.

  6. Tab

    I recently read a book called Until Tuesday. It is the best book I have ever read. And, its a really easy, short read. It is written by a Wounded Warrior about how adopting a service dog changed his life. The book goes into detail about his experience in the war, the dog’s amazing training, and his struggles being newly disabled. It was really eye opening what its like to maneuver the world with PTSD. It is such a warm book that will def. make you smile!!

  7. Harlee James

    LOVED Wither! So glad it made it on to your list! Keeping with the Young Adult dystopia genre, maybe consider Delirium by Lauren Oliver or Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (one of my personal favorites) as they are both similar to the “Divergent” and “Matched” series.

    Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas is also an intriguing read! Definitely check that one out too!

    1. Dana Weiss

      I loved the Delirium trilogy!

  8. Aly

    Oh, I see we have very similar book tastes. I read a lot of those, too. One of my absolute favourites of the year was The Rosie Project. Highly recommended.

    1. Dana Weiss

      I’ve been looking at the Rosie Project. May give it a try! Thanks for the suggestion.

  9. Katie

    I heard mixed reviews about Wither. It may have to pick it up from the library. I’m currently reading Where’d you go Bernadete and I just got beautiful ruins. Thanks for sharing your favorite reads

    1. Dana Weiss

      I liked the Chemical Garden trilogy, for the same reason I liked the Selection it had a kind of Dystopian/Bachelor vibe to it.

      1. Anonymous

        Oh good! I loved the selection. Such a fun read. Looks like the chemical garden series will be my next book pick

  10. Cindy

    I am reading the silent wife. It received great reviews, but I can’t get into it

  11. Kim

    So many!! Presumably you’ve read some recent-ish top books like A Fine Balance, A Prayer For Owen Meany, Middlesex, The Book of Negroes, The Way The Crow Flies, Fall On Your Knees… all excellent literature. (Owen Meany was hard to get into but wow, what a payoff at the end). And you’ve probably read modern classics like Gone With The Wind and The Thornbirds. ANY of those would be well worth a read if you haven’t already.

    But if I may, there is a book called Three Day Road and its sequel Through Black Spruce, written by a fairly obscure (but very hunky) Canadian author named Joseph Boyden. They are tremendous, both of them. Beautifully woven stories. Read them and then we’ll be best friends because you’ll love me forever.

  12. Melissa s

    Can’t wait to try some of these! I read Gone Girl this summer and really liked it.

  13. Katie

    I read Going Clear and it gave me nightmares, but I found bizarre and fun to read. I’ve been sticking to non-fiction lately, kind of in a fiction rut. Do you have any other non-fiction exposÉs that you would recommend? Or from the above list which book is a must so I can ease my way back to fiction?

    1. Dana Weiss

      Kate, try In Her Sights. It’s a non-fiction and I couldn’t put it down.

      1. Katie

        Getting it now…Thanks Dana…can’t wait for more Bachelor Fashion posts. Haven’t enjoyed the ladies clothing since Ben’s season. I am hopeful!

  14. Diane Jordan

    Keeping with the YA theme: Cinder by Marissa Meyer and Maze Runner by James Dashner. Loved The Fault in our Stars and Wonder. Along that note Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper”

  15. Becca

    LOVE that a mom, a fasionista enjoys reading and does so. Considering your wide tome interests, five of my varied favorites I think you’ll like as well – Vida Nocturna by Mark Diehl; Aleph by Paulo Coelho; The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver; Families by Wyatt Cooper; The End of Normal by Stephanie Mack.

  16. Dahlia Schweitzer

    Let me know if you want any of my books… You might like Queen of Hearts:

  17. Paige

    Please tell me how you watch all of this TV (which I love too much) AND read all these books (which I need to do more of)? Teach me your ways! So many of these books are on “my list”!

  18. Sandy

    Whoohoo! Thanks for the book recs…

  19. Meredith

    I typically do not read a lot of YA but I just finished Eleanore & Park by Rainbow Rowell. I read this per a recommendation from my mom and could not put it down!

  20. Lauren

    Me Before You by Jojo Moyes — heartwarming story of a girl who cares for a man in a wheelchair…I didn’t expect to love it but a few chapters in and I was hooked.

  21. JC

    I loved Where’d You Go, Bernadette and Beautiful Ruins. If you liked those I bet you’d like The Family Fang (another fast-read novel that’s funny and literary).

  22. Julie

    If you liked “The Fault in Our Stars,” then you should read “Me Before You” by Jojo Moyes. Also loved her other book “The Girl He Left Behind”

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  24. steph

    Love your book choices!! I have read most, but will read the others!!

    Here are some recommendations: The Sea of Tranquility, Hopeless, Defending Jacob, Little Lady Agency (Hester Browne), Wallbanger, Fixed on You (laurelein paige), anything by Kristen Higgins, crossfire series, easy, on the island, before i fall (same author as delirium series), the forgotten garden, me before you, the scent of rain and lightning

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