I can’t do a “10 Best Books of 2013” post because I rarely read books as soon as they are released. But I did read 60-something books total this year, so these are the ones I liked best (in no particular order):
1. The Fountainhead – Ayn Rand. A friend from college recommended this book to me, and I just now got around to reading it this year. I don’t quite know how I feel about Rand’s Objectivist philosophies yet. But Rand does a good job of not beating you over the head with philosophy but allowing you to get involved in the storyline and the characters’ lives.
2. Animal Farm – George Orwell. Another book I should probably have read a long time ago. Fascinating thoughts about rebelling against the status quo, then eventually turning back to the status quo you rebelled against.
3. The Vision of the Anointed – Thomas Sowell. I wrote about this book in this post. I agreed with probably 90% of the philosophies in the book, and I want to read more from this author in the coming year.
4. Special Topics in Calamity Physics – Marisha Pessl. This book could have been classified in the New Adult genre, had the genre existed back when it was published. Unlike other books with teenage/young adult protagonists, Special Topics did not sacrifice character for the sake of plot.
5. An Almost Perfect Moment – Binnie Kirshenbaum. I sympathized with a few of the characters so well it was almost scary. A unique take on religion and loneliness, and another book that probably could have been classified as New Adult.
6. The Secret History – Donna Tartt. The only reason I read this book was because #4 on this list was said to have been directly based on it. I can’t say for sure which book is better, but I liked Tartt’s book for the same reasons I liked Pessl’s.
7. 11/22/63 – Stephen King. I wrote about it in this post. This book is the reason why I like reading pretty much anything by King. Yeah, it falls flat in a few places, but overall, it was excellent.
8. Rant – Chuck Palahniuk. A book that taught me to think outside the box. Sometime in the next year, I plan to either watch or read Fight Club, since Rant is supposedly quite similar.
9. A Separate Peace – John Knowles. It’s one of those books that doesn’t really seem to have much of a plot. It’s more of a character-driven experience that teaches a good lesson.
10. Anthem – Ayn Rand. The book (novella) describes a dystopian world in which there is no such thing as the concept of “I” — everything is about the collective, the common good. Scary prospect.
Have you read any of these? Which is the best book you’ve read in 2013?