Book Riot has asked their contributors to select their best books of 2013, leading to an eclectic list of favourites. Contributor Jeff O’Neal chose only one book, Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s acclaimed novel Americanah, calling it a “damn fine story”.
Other picks include Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam, Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Lowland, Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being, Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch and Stephen King’s Joyland and Doctor Sleep. There are also some more unexpected choices…
Young Avengers by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie (with Mike Norton, Matt Wilson, and Clayton Clowes)
Young Avengers gave me more joy than any other comic I read this year. It was the book I looked forward to reading the most each month, and the one that had me smiling and happy dancing the most. It’s like really great pop music in comic book form. And I LOVE IT! At it’s core, the comic is about being in your twenties and trying to get your life together, but with lots of punching and lasers and kissing and running away from your parents because they are literally trying to kill you. There is a fantastic, unstoppable energy to Young Avengers. It’s full of the bold passion and invincibility of being young. And it’s just so epically awesome to read.
- Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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