Best Reads of 2013

This started out as a “Top 13 of 2013” post. Early on I recognized the futility of a Top 10, but the additional 3 did not prevent the inevitable head banging. I hate numbers. I’m ditching the 13 (psh, it’s unlucky anyways) and simply sharing the books that I loved this year. These are books that have resonated with me profoundly and impressed me with the calibre of writing, character and plot development, and provocative message.

Best Books 2013

In no particular order:

If you have a favourites post on your blog, link it below so I can add to my ever growing ‘Must Reads’ list. And while you’re at it, why not consider nominating your favourite for an Inspy Award?

Happy New Year to you all and God bless you and your families in 2014!


  1. says

    Great list, Lydia! I had to go back an add Dear Mr. Knightley. I couldn’t believe I forgot that one. There were some great books this year, can’t wait for 2014. I need to look into a few you mentioned! Happy New Year!!

  2. says

    Oh my goodness–you totally made my day, Lydia!!! Thank you so much for including Talon and Beowulf! Wow!! Made. My. Day!! I’m so honored–there are some pretty amazing titles here. I really got get caught up on reading. :-(

  3. Staci says

    Love it! Thanks for sharing your list. I’ve actually only read three of these (Into the Whirlwind, Burning Sky & Shattered) and am currently reading two (Love’s Awakening & The Ryn). Although I haven’t read Melanie Dickerson, my tween has and I am so thankful for tween Christian Fiction! A couple of favorites I’d add to your list is Forsaken Dreams by MaryLu Tyndall, Rules of Murder by Julianna Deering and When Mountains Move by Julie Cantrell. It Happened at the Fair by Deanne Gist was a fun read. Can’t wait to see what 2014 brings!

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