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Your 24 Favorite Books of 2013

Rebecca Joines Schinsky

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Rebecca Joines Schinsky is the executive director of product and ecommerce at Riot New Media Group. She co-hosts All the Books! and the Book Riot Podcast. Follow her on Twitter: @rebeccaschinsky.

While we were busy preparing our list of the best books of 2013, we asked you to tell us about yours in a reader poll. 545 Riot readers answered the call, listing 473 unique titles (each respondent was allowed 3 selections). There’s notable variety in these picks, representing Book Riot readers’ eclectic reading habits, and there aren’t really any surprises. Wanna nerd out on the full data set? Get on down with it.

Every book here was a Big Book in terms of reader excitement, critical acclaim, or both–it’s been a really rad year for reading–and many were nominated for or won major literary awards. It’s interesting that 15 of these top 24 were written by women (remember, Robert Galbraith is really J.K. Rowling), and that many of the titles are cross-genre or hard to categorize.

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (73 votes)
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (62)
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson (54)
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (40)
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini (32)
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra (27)
Night Film by Marisha Pessl (26)
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King (26)
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer (24)
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (24)
Tenth of December by George Saunders (21)
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (21)
The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker (21)
The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (18)
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri (17)
NOS4A2 by Joe Hill (16)
Allegiant by Veronica Roth (16)
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (14)
The Son by Philipp Meyer (13)
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (13)
MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood (13)
Inferno by Dan Brown (13)
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton (12)
The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner (11)


Whaddya think? Did your fellow Riot readers nail it?


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