The end of the year is just about here and, with it, the requisite round-up of the best books. Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch (loved the cover of that book!) sits atop virtually every list from The New York Times Sunday Book Review to Kirkus to Amazon to Canadian bookseller Indigo’s list which Publisher’s Lunch posted.
The Washington Post‘s list features Meyer’s book as well as National Book Award winner James McBride’s The Good Lord Bird. The New York Times‘ list of 2013’s “100 Most Notable” includes all of the above with the exception of Yousafzai’s memoir as well as Man Booker winner and shortlist titles The Luminaries, The Lowland and We Need New Names.
None of the books on these Best Lists made Shelf Awareness’ cut. Nor are they among the 100 titles on Amazon’s Best Sellers of 2013 List. It’s always curious to me, this separation between what the establishment anoints as the best and what the masses buy.
Which 2013 books top your list?