"Pay It Sideways" challenge for 2013 or are looking for a guaranteed great read today.
I've linked them all to Amazon so you can "look inside", even if you don't have an e-reader or another way to easily sample them.
PLEASE offer me one or more of your favorite reads from 2012 in the comments: I'm compiling my own 2013 TBR list right now!
The Dog Stars by Peter Heller (Dire and gorgeous, this novel literally made me look at the world with fresh eyes.)
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (Beautiful love story, a lyrical, modern re-casting of The Iliad - thanks to E. for sending it my way!)
The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan (A tad racy and violent, but so so smart and literary and hilarious too.)
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green (I've read all of his novels, and this turned out to be my favorite.)
These Things Happen by Richard Kramer (A terrific new voice in young adult fiction, he's an Emmy award winner. If you like John Green or David Levithan, try this one!)
The Peaceable Kingdom by Francine Prose (I always enjoy Prose's prose, and short fiction's my favorite genre, so...)
Best American Short Stories 2011, edited by Geraldine Brooks and Heidi Pitlor (Such a variety of tones and styles and topics: This made for a terrific book group discussion.)
Eden's Outcasts by John Matteson (Who'da thunk a book about Branson and Louisa May Alcott would be so fascinating and so relevant?)
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (A bestseller last year, this is a worthy story of HeLa cells - the first cultured cells - and the woman who unknowingly gave them life.)
Border Songs by Jim Lynch, read by Richard Poe (The setting is my home county on the border between WA state and B.C., and Richard Poe is my all time favorite audiobook reader, so how could I go wrong?)
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo (So beautiful, both my Dave and I laughed and cried. Thanks to book groupie Kristen for lending me one of her favorite books!)
MFB in 2013,