Earlier this month we announced our picks for the best books of the year, but we also wanted to know what books (not all published this year) a few of our favorite YA authors read and loved in 2013. Below are the top three titles chosen by John Green, Veronica Roth, and Markus Zusak.
John Green: He's been on location in Amsterdam for the filming of our number one pick of 2012, The Fault in Our Stars but Green is not a man to be without a good book, as evidenced by his top reads of 2013:
How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid
An old professor of mine told me to drop everything and read this book, and I'm so glad I did. A rags-to-riches story set in a nameless Asian nation, I find myself thinking of Hamid's novel almost daily even though it's been months since I finished it.
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Rainbow Rowell's novel was one of the first I read in 2013, and it remains one of the best. It's a beautiful and often funny love story that also explores the reality of poverty and emotional abuse.
Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Terry Hayes
Where'd You Go Bernadette is the funniest novel I've read in years. Everyone I've recommended this book to has thanked me.
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
One of the best "second book in a series" I've ever read, it carries the larger story forward without feeling like just a bridge between two other books, and the characters and the mythology of the world keep getting more complex and interesting with each page.
Starglass by Phoebe North
Starglass combined a lot of my favorite things: beautiful writing, a complicated girl who makes morally questionable (but still real and believable) choices, and SPACE!
The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson
I've always believed that a loved book is a loved book; once that happens it transcends the category it came from, and I guess the same goes for the year of its publication. That said, one of these books came out this year. One came out in 2009. And one is a book for the ages.
The Signature of all Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
I bought a signed copy of this for a friend, but as happens every now and again, when I read a few pages out of interest, I thought, 'I think I'll keep this for myself!' I'm loving its characters, and admiring its seemingly effortless scope. My friend will probably still receive it, but only after I'm finished"¦
Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen and Kevin Hawkes
Published in 2009, I only came across this picture book earlier this year when some friends bought it as a present for my kids. I've read it to them dozens of times now, and it never fails to hit me. I can't help but get a bit teary as we go through the trials and triumphs of a lion showing up in the local library -- and staying.
As relevant as ever, reading this book again on a trip through America, I was amazed (as we all are) by the life force of a girl, her pages and a pen. As you read a passage like this one "“ When I write, I shake off all my cares. My sorrow disappears, my spirit revives. But...will I ever be able to write something great? "“ you can't help but wish you could tell her that she most definitely did, and that it's still alive today, and as important and brilliant as it always has been.