12 Best Adult Fiction Books I Read in 2013

Miss Buncle’s Book by D.E. Stevenson. I just finished this story about an author who courts danger by using the people of her small English village as characters in her novel. It was lovely.

A Wilder Rose by Susan Wittig Albert, reviewed at Semicolon.

The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb. I couldn’t really write a decent review of this probably-too-long story about the aftermath and reverberations of the Columbine shooting in the lives of a young couple, but despite having scenes and and indeed, entire sections, that could have been edited out (IMHO), the parts that were good, were very, very good. Actions matter. No man is an island. We make choices that affect others.

Doc by Mary Doria Russell.

The Rosemary Tree by Elizabeth Goudge.

Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan, reviewed at Semicolon. Spy fiction/romance with all the twists and turns that would be expected in both.

January Justice by Athol Dickson, reviewed at Semicolon. Mr. Dickson, one of my favorite Christian authors, enters the genre of detective thriller with a complicated hero in a sticky situation. And there’s no explicit sex, bad language or nastily described violence.

Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, reviewed at Semicolon. This novel from a Nigerian/American author is classified as young adult fiction in my library, probably because the narrator is fifteen years old, but I think it will resonate with adults of all ages, and with readers around the world because the themes–abusive relationships, religious legalism, freedom, and the source of joy–are all universal themes.

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley, reviewed at Semicolon. Sweet and sassy, and the author is over seventy years old? Congratulations, Mr. Bradley!

I Do Not Come to You by Chance by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani, reviewed at Semicolon. Set in Nigeria for my West Africa reading challenge.

A Light Shining by Glynn Young, reviewed at Semicolon. Sequel to Dancing Priest, the story of Michael Kent, Olympic cyclist, Anglican priest, and orphan with a mysterious past.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. A post on the Futuristic Computer Techie Fiction of Cory Doctorow and Mr. Cline.

7 thoughts on “12 Best Adult Fiction Books I Read in 2013

  1. I’ve heard good things about Dickson but haven’t tried him out yet. I’ve also heard good things about Bradley’s book – will have to check it out!

  2. Sherry – thanks so much for including A Light Shining here. I’m honored and humbled.

    And Athol Dickson is one of my favorite authors, too.

  3. I have a mixed reaction to your list. I want to read The Hour I First Believed and the Dickson novels I have on my TBR shelves, but Doc bored me so it was a DNF.

  4. The Hour I First Believed is one that will be staying with me for a long, long time. It was well-done on audio.

  5. I adore Miss Buncle’s Book. I have probably read it 10 times over the years, and even listened to it on audio. There are 2 sequels, and they are lovely, but not as special as the first book.

    Happy New Year!!

  6. I recently read The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie and enjoyed it. Ready Player One is on my to-read list, and I’m excited to look into the other books on your list. Thanks for sharing!

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