2013’s Best Books You Might Have Missed

As the end of 2013 draws near and the “best of” lists keep rolling out, I’ve been thinking about the books I wanted throw into the hands of more readers at some point this year. So, that’s what I’m here to do. I read, loved and reviewed each of these at some point in 2013 and think they are all worthy of extra attention. 

The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code by Margalit Fox
Mary Coin by Marisa Silver
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina 
The Last Summer of the Camperdowns by Elizabeth Kelly
Buck by MK Asante
Equilateral by Ken Kalfus
Far Far Away by Tom McNeal
Love Minus Eighty by Will McIntosh
The Dark Path by David Schickler
The Blood of Heaven by Kent Wascom

Was there a book written in 2013 that you wish had gotten more attention?

  • Great list. I sometimes find it hard to determine if a book is getting what I think is enough buzz. I read a lot of book blogs which means I am exposed to a lot of bookish people. I often wonder if a book we all think is wonderful is getting the same love out in the broader world. This, of course, is made even more difficult for me to determine since I blog about mostly North American fiction and live in the UK where release dates and everything are different.

    • I think it’s kind of tricky, too. And to prove your point, several of these books were on NPR’s book concierge (or their “best of” list) after I made this post…so they weren’t so missed after all!

  • I’ll second The Blood of Heaven by Kent Wascom. Great pick

  • Jennine G.

    Mary Coin has been on my radar! Glad to hear it’s noteworthy. I also like the cover – the historical significance of it and backdrop to the story are enough to interest me.

  • Kelly Massry

    What a brilliant idea this is!

    • Thank you! I’ve been thinking about these books all year and wanting to spread the word more, so I figured I’d so it now :)

  • I loved McIntosh’s Hitchers, I can’t believe I didn’t know about Love Minus Eighty. The Last Summer of the Camperdowns is already on my list too. I don’t know if I can wait for Love Minus Eighty, I might have to see if any local bookstores have it.

  • I entered giveaways online for a few of these but didn’t win any! But they’re on my radar for 2014 :)

  • Kerry M

    I love this approach to a year-end list. The only one of these I’ve heard of is The Dark Path (and I probably read about it here!), but a few others will find their way onto my ever-growing lists…

    • Thanks! I still have a list of my overall favorites coming, but I really wanted to squeeze in some extra love for these, too.

  • JoAnn @ Lakeside Musing

    The Last Summer of the Camperdowns and Mary Coin are both on my to read list… will investigate the others. Thanks for the list!

  • Great post! I still need to try Far, Far Away since it’s hanging out on my e-reader.

  • Nice list, I really want to read The Dark Path and Equilateral (which is on my shelf already).

    • I love how Equilateral is like nothing I’ve ever read before, but manages to touch on so many different social and historical topics. It was a great read.

  • I LOVE this post even though I have not read a single book you listed! I’m embarrassed but have added them to my Goodreads list. Books I loved this year that didn’t get much attention (or not enough): The Night Rainbow, Frances and Bernard, and When Captain Flint Was Still a Good Man. Overall, it was a great year for readers and who knows what else we missed!

    • I almost had Frances and Bernard on here, too! I really loved so many passages from that book and think it missed many readers. When Captain Flint Was Still a Good Man is one that’s still on my list, too :)

  • Words for Worms

    Welp. I missed every last one of these. Way to expand my TBR pile, Shannon!

  • Great list! I’ve been trying to make a list of 2013 release I wished I had read, and looks like I missed a few.

  • I missed alllllll of those!!! You always add more books to my to-read list! I’m not sure what my best of/published in 2013 would be. . .

    • Life After EmptyNest

      I feel better knowing you missed all these too… I’m excited to have all these to add to my Goodreads List!

  • Looks like a good list. I haven’t read any of them yet, but I will sure check out your reviews on them!

  • Vasilly

    I just checked Buck out of the library yesterday on a whim!! It’s nice to see it on your list. A book that I wish more people would read is XO Orpheus. It’s an anthology of short stories but it’s so good.

  • Well, I have apparently overlooked all of these books. I’ve heard of some of them, but haven’t read any. Thanks for sharing!

  • Life After EmptyNest

    Thanks for the list! I have not read ANY of these! “pinned”

  • I haven’t even heard of let alone read these, so great list!

  • I loved The Last Summer of the Camperdowns! Haven’t read any of the others, but they look good!

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