Sunday, August 18, 2013

The 20 Best Books of 2013 (so far)

Taking a cue from novelist Elliot Holt's recent blog post, here are some late-summer reading recommendations from Quivering Pen headquarters--the creme de la creme of what I've read since January (not all of them published in 2013), roughly in the order in which I read them.  Ms. Holt's novel, You Are One of Them, might well have made the list, save for one simple reason: I haven't yet read it (but it's in the To-Be-Read queue!).  So, without further ado--and without additional commentary--here are the books I strongly suggest you add to your TBR stacks:

The Sensualist by Daniel Torday

I Want to Show You More by Jamie Quatro

Edward Adrift by Craig Lancaster

Red Moon by Benjamin Percy

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

National Treasures by Charles McLeod

Sparta by Roxana Robinson

Woke Up Lonely by Fiona Maazel

Wild Delicate Seconds by Charles Finn

The Coldest Night by Robert Olmstead

All That Is by James Salter

Coal Black Horse by Robert Olmstead

Tenth of December by George Saunders

The Stick Soldiers by Hugh Martin

Return to Oakpine by Ron Carlson

Falling to Earth by Kate Southwood


  1. Thank you for these suggestions. I've bookmarked this page for reference. The best book I have read so far this year has been an autobiography from Kieran Doherty, titled 'Back From The Abyss'. Really incredible life story of a most fascinating man.

  2. Thanks for this recommendation Wesley! We're thrilled you enjoyed the book. David, if at any point you'd like to receive a copy for review we'll gladly send you one, just email me (Jess Kurrle) at info [at] capandbellspress [dot] com.