Books of the year

As 2013 draws to a close, I thought I’d jump on the end-of-year bandwagon by naming my favourite books of the past 12 months – books I’ve read this year, not necessarily ones which were published in 2013. Looking back over the list (yes, I’m a bloke, I make lists), I see that I’ve read 82 books since January 1st.
Here are my top five in three categories:

Teen/Young Adult Fiction
Why We Broke Up – Daniel Handler
The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky
Wonder – R.J. Palacio
Go Ask Alice – Anonymous

Adult Fiction
Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
Plainsong – Kent Haruf
May We Be Forgiven – A.M. Homes
The Tiny Wife – Andrew Kaufman
HHhH – Laurent Binet

On Writing – A.L. Kennedy
An Eschatological Bestiary – Oz Hardwick
Writers’ & Artists’ Guide to How to Write – Harry Bingham
The Decadent Sportsman – Medlar Lucan and Durian Gray
Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes – Mary M. Talbot and Bryan Talbot

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