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The Year's Best in Fiction

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As the year comes to a close, many publications are announcing the best books of the year. The New York Times selected 5 books as the Best in Fiction in 2013:

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"Americanah" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

"The Flamethrowers" by Rachel Kushner

"The Goldfinch" By Donna Tartt

"Life After Life" by Kate Atkinson

"Tenth of December" (Stories) by George Saunders

For a more popular vote, the website Goodreads, ran its own "Best Books of 2013" contest. Nearly 2,000,000 votes were cast by its members in various categories. I voted in some categories.

The Best Fiction Novel with slightly more than 24,000 votes cast was "And the Mountains Echoed" by Khaled Hosseini. It beat out "The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt by a margin of nearly 16,000 votes. Maybe the audience for Tartt's third book is not nearly as big as Hosseini's audience.

The Best Mystery and Thriller winner was The Inferno by Dan Brown which beat out The Cuckoo's Calling by JK Rowlings (writing as Robert Galbraith) by a mere 295 votes. I read The Inferno by Dan Brown and thought it was very good but had a weak ending.

The Best Historical Fiction winner was "Life After Life" by Kate Atkinson.

The Best Fantasy winner was Neil Gaiman's "The Ocean at the End of the Lane" which book received a whopping 45000 votes showing both that this is an excellent book and that Gaiman is very popular.

The Best Paranormal Fantasy (a/k/a Urban Fantasy) winner was "Cold Days' by Jim Butcher, which is the 14 book in his well received Harry Dresden series. The second place finished was the debut novel "The Bone Season" by Samantha Shannon, which was reviewed earlier this year.

The Best Science Fiction winner was Margaret Atwood's "Madd Addam" which beat out newcomer Hugh Howey's widely praised "Dust".

The Best Horror was Stephen King's "Doctor Sleep" and Joe Hill, Stephen King's son locked up second place with the spine tingling "NOS4A2".

The Best YA Fiction went to "Eleanor & Park" by Rainbow Rowell.

The Best YA Fantasy and Science Fiction went to the concluding volume in Veronica Roth's wildly popular Divergent trilogy "Allegiant".

The Best Middle Grader and Children's went to Rick Riordan's latest "The House of Hades".

As expected on Goodreads, many of the winners are very popular authors, but you can find many good books in the nominees.


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