2013 Best Books of the Year: George R.R. Martin Lists His Favorite Reads of 2013

We asked authors to name their favorite title published in 2013, and to recommend two other books from their shelves.

George R.R. Martin

Joyland

Joyland by Stephen King


Stephen King was big for me in 2013. I really liked Doctor Sleep, the sequel to The Shining... but I actually liked Joyland even more. Set in a dying amusement park in the south, Joyland features a ghost and a serial killer, but the real heart of the novel is a coming of age story, one that took me vividly back to my own youth, working the rides at Uncle Milty's in Bayonne.
The Cuckoo's Calling

The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith


I also enjoyed the hell out of The Cuckoo's Calling, by "Robert Galbraith".
Gone Girl

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn


Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn... which I came to late, but liked so much I went out and read all of her other books at once.
Rin Tin Tin: THe Life and the Legend

Rin Tin Tin: the Life and the Legend by Susan Orlean


Less hard-boiled, but equally engrossing, was Susan Orlean's biography of the famous film dog Rin Tin Tin, Rin Tin Tin: the Life and the Legend Woof!

 

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