Alibris Picks: Best Books of 2013 (Fiction)

We’ve made it through another busy year! And if you are lucky you carved out some time to pick up some of the Best Books of 2013. If not, no fear! Here’s our favorite fiction published this year.

There’s no time like the holidays to dig in and enjoy some reading.

Best Fiction of 2013 

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt cover image   Life After Life by Kate Atkinson     The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman cover image   How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid   The Husband's Secret by Lianne Moriarty cover image

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt – If you are a regular book shopper there’s really no way you could have avoided this book this year. We’ve featured in a few of our site round-ups – including the Holiday Gift Guide – and we promise it lives up to the hype. It’s smart, magnetic and we promise you’ll want to stay up all night just keep reading this beautiful story.

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson – Imagine if each time you died, you woke up anew? And each time you woke you were just a little closer to the way your life ought to be. Atkinson explores this theme in her beautiful and prosaic novel set in England in 1910 when the protagonist Ursula is first born.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman – We’re just as excited about Neil Gaiman’s latest book as his legion of fans around the world! His storytelling is captivating and magical and with this dark fantasy Gaiman begins with an enchanting story from forty years ago that awakens creatures from beyond this world. They were better left undisturbed…This is not a book for the faint of heart.

How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid  – Following the literary device that sets up the book as a how-to novel, this book is thought provoking and inventive. Taking place in modern Asia, the story follows a boy from rural poverty to the corporate world. Part love story, part satire and part “American Dream” this book kept us up late thinking about the world.

The Husband’s Secret, by Liane Moriarty  – This book is a juicy and seductive mystery for those looking to get sucked into a fast paced story. And who isn’t looking for that, we’d like to know! When Cecilia discovers a letter in the attic from her husband to be opened upon his death, she can’t help but  indulge her curiosity. But her life changes in an instant  and she feels ultimate betrayal. This book ruminates on the choices we make and whether we truly have choice at all.