The best books we read in 2013

Brittany Sullivan  //  Dec 30, 2013

The best books we read in 2013

This has been a wonderful year for the literary world. From J.K. Rowling to F. Scott Fitzgerald, 2013 saw an abundance of awe-inspiring new releases and exciting revivals of classic tales. With New Year’s Eve right around the corner, all of us here at Scholastic wanted to take a moment amidst resolutions and end-of-the-year frenzy to reflect on one of our favorite things, books! No matter what we remember from this year, one thing is for sure: we did a lot of reading.

My fellow OOMers divulged the top three best books they read in 2013. From Donna Tartt to Sheryl Sandberg, our top picks represent a wide range of authors and genres, published both this year and in years previous. If you haven’t had a chance to read some of our favorites, why not add them to your list for 2014? Happy reading everyone!


  • World War Z by Max Brooks
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  • Two Graves by Preston and Child


  • The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson
  • Gorgeous by Paul Rudnick
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn


  • Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
  • Thunderstruck by Erik Larson
  • The Bully Pulpit by Doris Kearns Goodwin


  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
  • Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg


  • The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri 
  • The Book Thief by Mark Zusak
  • Since You Asked? by Maureen Goo

Michael B.:

  • Jim Henson: A Biography by Brian Jay Jones
  • The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
  • The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel


  • The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiSclafani
  • A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams
  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt


  • Night Film by Marisha Pessl
  • Burial Rites: a novel by Hannah Kent
  • Exclamation Mark by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld


  • Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
  • Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman by Jon Krakauer
  • Home by Toni Morrison


  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
  • On Writing by Stephen King
  • The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards


What were the top three books you read this year?