Liz & Lisa's Favorite Books of 2013

With so many wonderful books to choose from, it was incredibly hard to narrow down our list this year!  Here are the ones that made us laugh, cry, the ones that kept us up at night.  Tell us--do you agree?  What were your favorite books of 2013?

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

The Rosie Project (10/1/13) by Graeme SimsionWhen a brilliant yet socially awkward professor of genetics designs a scientifically valid survey to find his future wife, he finds that love and science don't have much to do with each other at all.

Our thoughts: Incredibly quirky and ridiculously charming!





Heart Like Mine by Amy Hatvany

15802442Grace gets much more than she bargained for when the man she's engaged to gets full custody of his two children after their mother dies under mysterious circumstances.

Our thoughts: Beautifully written and incredibly intriguing--our fave from Amy Hatvany thus far.





The Best of Us by Sarah Pekkanen

the-best-of-usAn all expense paid trip to Jamaica for a group of old friends seems like the invitation of a life time.  But as a hurricane bears down on the island, things will come out that force everyone to to evaluate their friendships and themselves.

Our thoughts: MAJOR page turner alert!  We loved this one!






The Love Wars by L. Alison Heller

the-love-wars-coverMolly Grant is a divorce lawyer in a powerful law firm whose life turns upside down when she decides to secretly represent the estranged wife of a powerful media mogul who's being taking advantage of.

Our thoughts: A perfect debut--a lot of fun with a healthy dose of heart.





Here I Go Again by Jen Lancaster

Here I Go Again by Jen LancasterTwenty years after ruling her high school, Lissy Ryder's life isn't exactly going her way--she's been pink slipped at her job and dumped by her husband.  When she gets a chance to go back and change things, will she get it right this time?

Our thoughts: Fabulous and fun--we loved every minute of this adventure.





Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Forever Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins ReidElise couldn't believe her luck--she found the perfect man on New Year's Day and had eloped by May.  When he's tragically killed nine days later, she must confront the mother-in-law who isn't even aware she exists.

Our thoughts: Beautiful and gut wrenching at the same time--you will be touched by this incredible debut.






All the Summer Girls by Meg Donohue

All the Summer Girls by Meg DonohueAll the Summer Girls is the story of how three former best friends, their lives rapidly unraveling, are reunited at the beach town of their past--where the ambience of summer encourages them to explore new experiences they would never otherwise attempt.

Our thoughts: A charming story about friendship--Meg had us at page one!





Covet by Tracey Garvis Graves

Covet by Tracey Garvis GravesClaire is slowly disconnecting from her own marriage--her husband, once laid off and now gone four nights a week, doesn't seem to see that their relationship is slowly drowning. When Claire meets Daniel, he seems to offer all the things she's searching for, and soon she finds herself in way over her head.

Our thoughts: Written in a simple yet poignant narrative, we were mesmerized by Covet--it strikes right at the core of the challenges of love, family and fidelity.





Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy by Helen Fielding

bridget-jones-300Our girl is Bridget is back, and life hasn't exactly turned out the way she thought it might. Struggling with navigating raising two children on her own and being back in the dating scene, she's still the hot mess we fondly remember.

Our thoughts: Like catching up with an old friend, this book will make you laugh, cry and shake your head several times.  But just sit back and enjoy the ride.




Morning Glory by Sarah Jio

4710751Fleeing an East Coast life marred by tragedy, Ada Santorini settles on a houseboat in Seattle. She discovers a trunk left behind by Penny Wentworth, a young newlywed who lived on the boat half a century earlier--Penny’s mysterious past and her own clouded future are destined to converge.

Our thoughts: As always, Sarah delivers in this wonderful mystery--you'll be hooked from the very beginning!





Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow RowellSet over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love—and just how hard it pulled you under.

Our thoughts: One word: DELIGHTFUL. Trust us on this one.





Lake Como by Anita Hughes

Lake Como by anita hughesAfter finding her husband in a compromising position, Hallie escapes to beautiful Lake Como to spend time with her half-sister. But just as Hallie is beginning to find her footing on Italian soil, she uncovers a family secret that upends all the truths she’s believed about herself, and calls into question the new life she’s built in Lake Como.

Our thoughts: Fun and frothy, we loved spending time in Lake Como and think you will too!