A post by Peter Jordens.
December was the time for book reviewers to look back upon 2013 and compile their lists of best/favorite/recommended/notable books of the year. Edwidge Danticat’s Claire of the Sea Light, which reviewers have called “poignant, piercing, beautiful, sublime”, written in “crystalline prose”, in a “subtle, crystal-clear and poetic style”, with “lyrical economy and precision”, using “language that is affecting and beautifully understated”, has made the annual list of at least 10 reviewers. These 10 lists are shown here, ordered from short (7 books) to long (50 books).
7 best books of 2013, by Lynn Neary, National Public Radio: http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2013/12/31/best-books-2013
7 literary fiction books for under the Christmas tree, by Colette Bancroft, Tampa Bay Times: http://www.tampabay.com/features/books/a-critics-picks-of-fiction-for-under-the-tree/2156414
10 best books of 2013, by Library Journal: http://reviews.libraryjournal.com/2013/11/best-of/best-books-2013-top-ten
10 favorite books of 2013, by Michiko Kakutani, New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/20/books/michiko-kakutanis-10-favorite-books-of-2013.html?_r=0
10 favorite books of 2013, by Connie Ogle, Miami Herald: http://www.kentucky.com/2013/12/26/3005300/10-of-the-years-top-books.html
11 best fiction books of 2013, by John Freeman, Boston Globe: http://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/books/2013/12/28/best-fiction/a8F8NHlKMOfzUrqTTtzAhJ/story.html
15 best fiction books of 2013, Christian Science Monitor: http://www.csmonitor.com/Books/2013/1125/15-best-fiction-books-of-2013/Claire-of-the-Sea-Light-by-Edwidge-Danticat
25 best fiction books of 2013, by Publishers Weekly: http://best-books.publishersweekly.com/pw/best-books/2013/fiction
50 notable fiction/poetry books of 2013, by the New York Times Book Review: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/08/books/review/100-notable-books-of-2013.html
50 recommended fiction/poetry books of 2013, by John McMurtrie, San Francisco Chronicle: http://www.sfgate.com/books/article/100-recommended-books-of-2013-5082950.php