17 Books We Loved In 2013

    More books are being published than ever before — how can you possibly decide what to read? Here are a few we loved in 2013.

    What is a "best book"?

    Storytelling? Characterization? Prose? Depth? Innovation? Why are some books held up and proclaimed to be "the best," while others barely attract notice? WE PROBABLY CANNOT ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS. More writing is being published now than ever before in human history. No one could read every work of fiction published in 2013, so, for us, there are no "best books." There are only the books that mean something to you. The books you love. The titles below are the works of fiction that BuzzFeed staff members and contributors couldn't put down this year (in no particular order). What are yours?

    1. The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner

    2. Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis

    3. White Girls by Hilton Als

    4. Taipei by Tao Lin

    5. Thieves I've Known by Tom Kealey

    6. Cartwheel by Jennifer duBois

    7. Tenth of December by George Saunders

    8. The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. by Adelle Waldman

    9. Mundo Cruel by Luis Negrón

    10. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

    11. Necessary Errors by Caleb Crain

    12. Sea Creatures by Susanna Daniel

    13. Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon

    14. Fun Camp by Gabe Durham

    15. S. by J. J. Abrams and Doug Dorst

    16. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

    17. Tampa