What can last year’s favorite books tell you about what you should read this year? Let’s gather some suggestions based on the titles that kept you turning pages in 2013.
While No Country doesn’t have the strong female protagonist you might have loved in The Signature of All Things, it does follow a family over several decades in countries around the world with absolutely beautiful prose.
If Smarter Than You Think eased your fears over the evils of technology, you should be able to appreciate the fascinating way Dataclysm peeks at our internet lives from a big data perspective.
The jumping timelines in Life After Life threw some readers off, but if you liked its different structure you might want to give All the Light We Cannot See a shot. Though it’s set around World War II, Doerr’s novel alternates between two perspectives and plays with storytelling in a unique way.
Mary Beth Keane focused on the true story of Typhoid Mary in 2013’s Fever, which is echoed in What Is Visible‘s fictional account of the life of Laura Bridgman. Both stories imagine fascinating lives for fiercely misunderstood women.
If you love a great, dark story like Wiley Cash’s This Dark Road to Mercy, you need to get your hands on Smith Henderson’s Fourth of July Creek. Both novels look at the role of child protective services and social workers, but take vastly different paths.
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena and All That is Solid Melts Into Air share more than just similar settings (and long titles). Marra and McKeon both write in prose that brings their characters vividly to life while intricately weaving their stories together.
What 2014 books you would recommend based on a 2013 favorite?