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This is my list of books read for 2013, along with links to reviews. Books are usually added as I begin reading them, not after I end, so the list is subject to change. Work-related books don't get reported on here; this is just pleasure reading things. Links to previous years' lists are as follows: 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2007.

And now, the list for this year:

Prose books for 2013:
1. Embassytown, China MiƩville
2. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
3. The Lost City of Z, David Grann
4. Forever Today, Deborah Wearing
5. The Elementals, Francesca Lia Block
6. Kushiel's Dart, Jacqueline Carey
7. Riding the Bus with My Sister, Rachel Simon
8. Real Man Adventures, T Cooper
9. The Name of the Star, Maureen Johnson
10. The Madness Underneath, Maureen Johnson
11. The (Honest) Truth about Dishonesty, Dan Ariely
12. What Do You Care What Other People Think?, Richard P. Feynman
13. HHhH, Laurent Binet
14. Capital, John Lanchester
15. Where'd You Go, Bernadette, Maria Semple
16. Feynman's Rainbow, Leonard Mlodinow
17. This Is Running For Your Life, Michelle Orange
18. How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, Mohsin Hamid
19. Behind the Beautiful Forevers, Katherine Boo
20. Let It Snow, Maureen Johnson, John Green and Lauren Myracle
21. Everything and More, David Foster Wallace
22. Mastiff, Tamora Pierce
23. Vampires in the Lemon Grove, Karen Russell
24. Give Me Everything You Have, James Lasdun
25. Eleanor and Park, Rainbow Rowell
26. The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Mohsin Hamid
27. Swordspoint, Ellen Kushner (re-read)
28. Rosemary and Rue, Seanan McGuire
29. The Privilege of the Sword, Ellen Kushner (re-read)
30. How to Create the Perfect Wife, Wendy Moore
31. The 13 Clocks, James Thurber
32. Tenth of December, George Saunders
33. Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
34. Three Parts Dead, Max Gladstone
35. A Local Habitation, Seanan McGuire
36. Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein
37. Two Boys Kissing, David Levithan
38. Lucky, Alice Sebold
39. Omens, Kelley Armstrong
40. Rose Under Fire, Elizabeth Wein
41. The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep and Never Had To, DC Pierson
42. An Artificial Night, Seanan McGuire
43. The People in the Trees, Hanya Yanagihara
44. The Reason I Jump, Naoki Higashida
45. The Complete Lockpick Pornography, Joey Comeau
46. The Boyfriend List, E. Lockhart
47. The Boy Book, E. Lockhart
48. The Treasure Map of Boys, E. Lockhart
49. Real Live Boyfriends, E. Lockhart
50. Underground, Haruki Murakami
51. True Grit, Charles Portis
52. Counterfeit Magic, Kelley Armstrong
53. Late Eclipses, Seanan McGuire
54. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Benjamin Alire Saenz
55. Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell

Comics and manga for 2013:
1. Goliath, Tom Gauld
2. Bigfoot, Pascal Girard
3. Ookiku Furikabutte 4, Higuchi Asa
4. Ookiku Furikabutte 5, Higuchi Asa
5. Ookiku Furikabutte 6, Higuchi Asa
6. The Complete Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi
7. Logicomix, Apostolos Doxiadis and Christos Papadimitriou
8. Goodbye, Chunky Rice, Craig Thompson
9. Blankets, Craig Thompson
10. Avatar: the Last Airbender, The Promise, Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru
11. Wizzywig, Ed Piskor
12. Louis Riel, Chester Brown

Best: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. This made me actually write a fan letter to the author, which is only the second time that's ever happened. A story about Mexican-American teenagers, and finding your friends, with some very realistic character work and good families. It's hard to really write someone who doesn't like talking and doesn't really know their emotions well, but Saenz really does it. It made me like my 15-year-old self better.

Most recommended: There were some really good books this year. How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia had some very nice second-person narration, and was very interesting. Three Parts Dead had an interesting approach to magic, very lawyerly, and caught me up in its story of trying to bring back a dead god. Code Name Verity had a strong tale of friendship between women during war that I found very moving.

Worst: How to Create the Perfect Wife was a real slog, but I think it had more to do with the book reminding me of an old friend of mine than any real fault of the book itself.

Most surprisingly good: True Grit stood up a lot better than I expected it to. Eleanor and Park turned out to stick with me a lot more than I thought, too. A very nice romance.

Most disappointing: Gone Girl was a very driving narrative, but I ended up not enjoying it very much. Everything and More was not everything and more; it was more uneven than I'd really hoped.


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