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Why I can no Longer List my Top Ten Books of the Year (and a Giveaway)

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For the past few Januarys, I’ve posted my ten favorite books of the previous year on my blog. Some of you have been asking me when I’d be posting my list for 2013 and I promised it would be “soon”. However, as I sat down to work on my list, I realized I can’t do it. Here’s why.

I have too many friends who are wonderful writers and who had great books published in 2013. That gives me a couple of dilemmas. Could listing the book of a friend appear to be promotion rather than a true statement of my love for the book? Worse, how do I list one friend’s book and not another’s?

I live in a geographic area rife with writers, and I connect with dozens of other writers at conferences, author events and through social media. After nearly thirty years in this business, I’m honored to say that I’m surrounded by friends and acquaintances who also happen to be phenomenal writers. And how I love their books!

So then I thought I would simply leave out the books of my closest friends. Have you tried sorting your friends by degree of closeness? Most challenging! ‘Is this person a friend or an acquaintance?’ Arggh. I finally realized the only way out of this conundrum was to skip making a list altogether.

This is where you can help. In your comments, I hope you’ll list your favorite books of 2013. Two, five, ten. It doesn’t matter how many. Please share them. On Wednesday at 9pm EST, I’ll use my random number generator to pick a commenter who will receive a hundred dollar gift certificate to his or her favorite bookstore, online or bricks and mortar, anywhere in the world.

I can’t wait to see your favorites!

111 Comments

  1. Nicole Spivey on January 12, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    In 2013 I did not read as much as I would have liked to. This year my goal is to read an average of one book a year, but I also want to read books by authors that I have not read before. I did manage to get a few books read in 2013. My favorites of course were by Diane Chamberlain, Barbara Delisnsky, Debbie Macomber and Jodi Picoult. At the end of 2013 I also started a book by Lisa Scottoline which I enjoyed and I will be reading more of her work. I can’t pick a favorite because I enjoyed all of the books that I read. If I don’t enjoy a book, I quit reading it. There are too many books out there to continue reading something that does not interest me.

  2. Nicole Spivey on January 12, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    I made a mistake and I want to read an average of one book a week, not one book a year.

    • Diane Chamberlain on January 12, 2014 at 6:16 pm

      lol! I knew what you meant, Nicole.

  3. Deborah Tyson on January 12, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    Here are my favorites for 2013:

    Necessary Lies (Diane Chamberlain)
    Somewhere Between Luck and Trust ( Emilie Richards)
    Morning Glory (Sara Jio)
    The Summer Girls (Mary Alice Monroe)
    The Prayer Box ( Lisa Wingate)
    Save Me ( Lisa Scottoline)
    The Last Camellia (Sarah Jio)

    Looking forward to more great reads from all these authors!

    • Sandra Mason-Webb on January 17, 2014 at 1:24 am

      Deborah, I’ve just had The Prayer Box recommended to me by one of my friends who gave it 5 stars – it’s on my ‘want to read’ list now! And I’ll also be adding The Summer Girls, as I like Mary Alice Monroe!

      I love seeing these lists from other people who read the same author as I do (Susan Wiggs often gets people to recommend books) It’s a great way to find new authors, and try new books, as you can almost be assured that you will like them, as the people have similar tastes πŸ˜€

  4. P Appleby on January 12, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    I kind of have a similar problem to you. I read 30 books in 2013 and a lot of them by authors I’ve got to know on FB and I love them all and all their books….including yours. I read the full Kiss River series one after the other but realised after the second one I read that I’d read them out of order so I re read them in the right order! So to name the authors I’ve read and loved will be easier than the books….you, Trisha Ashley, Carole Mathews, Margaret James, (of the Wedding Diary & Penny Bangle fame, not the other Margaret James), Lizzie Lamb, Debbie Macomber., Katie Fforde (who I share a birthday with)…and I could go on…

    • Liz Balaam on January 15, 2014 at 12:43 am

      Shew – I love all of those authors as well – snap!

      • Sandra Mason-Webb on January 17, 2014 at 1:25 am

        I like a lot of those same authors too! Carole Mathews, Debbie Macomber and especially Katie Fforde!

  5. Linda Fullington on January 12, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    2013 was the year I discovered you, Diane, through your writer colleagues and I am so grateful. I couldn’t have enjoyed Reflection and Necessary Lies any more. I so look forward to reading more of your treasures. I randomly came across Marisa de los Santos’ Belong to Me, definitely one of my favorites. I can’t go for long without Mary Alice Monroe and read The Book Club last year. I caught up on Mary Kay Andrews, and started Christmas Bliss during the holidays. I loved Meg Waite Clayton’s The Wednesday Sisters and can hardly wait to start The Wednesday Daughters this year.

  6. Karla Rogers on January 12, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    They weren’t necessarily released in 2013, but they were read in 2013.

    1. Necessary Lies. Easily my favorite.
    2. The Storyteller by Jodi PIcoult. Very close second.
    3. On The Island by Tracy Garvis Graves
    4. One Summer by David Balladuci
    5. Fly Away by Kristin Hannah
    6. Labor Day by Joyce Maynard (Not technically done with it, but I can just tell).

    Honestly, I read a lot of books this year, but these are the only ones that I would (and have actually in some cases) read twice. I couldn’t put 10 on that list.

    • Nicole Spivey on January 15, 2014 at 5:42 pm

      I love reading what other people have read. I have heard a lot about Kristin Hannah, but I have not read any of her work. I also just ordered Labor Day and I can’t wait to read it.

      • Connie Gartin on January 16, 2014 at 10:26 am

        Kristin Hannah’s books are great! You won’t be sorry. Once I discovered Diane’s books a few years ago, someone led me to Patti Callahan Henry and Karen White. Some call it “Grit Lit” since the authors write about characters in the South. Once you’ve read all of Diane’s, grab books by these ladies next!

        • Sandra Mason-Webb on January 17, 2014 at 1:27 am

          thanks for those recommendations Connie – I have read all of Diane’s books, and have been looking for some more good authors! People say that if you like Diane, you will like Jodi Piccoult – but I found that I didn’t really like her books. So I will try your recommendations.

  7. Paula March on January 12, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    If we are looking at my favorite books that were PUBLISHED in 2013, they are (in no particular order):

    Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain
    Just Like Other Daughters by Colleen Faulkner
    Zoo by Tara Elizabeth
    The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society by Darien Gee

    Add to this the books I read in 2013 that were published in previous years:

    Columbine by Dave Cullen
    True to Form by Elizabeth Berg
    Secrets She Left Behind by Diane Chamberlain
    Still Alice by Lisa Genova
    Range of Motion by Elizabeth Berg
    Leaving Unknown by Kerry Reichs

    ALL AMAZING BOOKS…my top 10 of 2013. πŸ™‚

    • Jill Burkinshaw on January 16, 2014 at 2:03 pm

      I got Still Alice for kindle but haven’t actually read it yet my mum died of Alzheimers 3 years ago and I am still wondering if I am brave enough πŸ™

  8. Barbara on January 12, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    There are lots of favorites for 2013, but the one book that stood out was Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. I’ve read hundreds of books but this is by far the most unique book I’ve ever read.

  9. Beth Lewis on January 12, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    #1 was definitely Necessary Lies
    #2 Gone Girl

  10. Jayne Jageler on January 12, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    1) ME BEFORE YOU by Jojo Moyes
    2) THE PRAYER BOX by Lisa Wingate
    3) THE BEACH TREES by Karen White
    4) SWEETSALT AIR by Barbara Delinsky
    5) THE GOOD FATHER by Diana Chamberlain
    6) AND THEN I FOUND YOU by Patti Callahan Henry
    7) THE APPLE ORCHARD by Susan Wiggs
    8) TRUE LOVE by Jude Dereraux
    9) FLY AWAY by Kristin Hannah
    10) THE SUMMER GIRLS by Mary Alice Monroe.
    I would also add so many more to my list like Brenda Novack, Linda Lael Miller, Sherryl Woods, Hope Ramsey, Debbie Macomber, Kristin Higgins, Nancy Thayer and on and on…. I love to read. I would thoroughly enjoy winning gift certificate to my favorite bookstore.

  11. Paula Daigle on January 12, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    I finished reading all the Diane Chamberlain books I had not read yet, Brass Ring , Reflection, keeper Trilogy, Fire and Rain and of course The First Lie and Necessary Lies. Others authors I’ve read I did not love, some were good enough to finish, great predictable stories. Catherine Ryan Hyde/When I Found You, Deann Smallwood/Montana Star, Melissa Foster/Come Back to Me and Traces of Kara but I’m truly spoiled by you Diane. I have some books in my “to read” list that I’m hoping will make for good reading this year.

    • Jill Burkinshaw on January 16, 2014 at 2:07 pm

      You might want to add Heather Gudenkauf she writes contemporary fiction similar to Diane I particularly enjoyed The Weight of Silence

  12. Biljana Z. Bellio on January 12, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    My favorites for 2013:

    Her Mother’s Shadow ( Diane Chamberlain )
    Keeper of the Light ( Diane Chamberlain )
    Kiss River ( Diane Chamberlain )
    The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes ( Diane Chamberlain )
    Princess Sultana’s Daughters (The Princess Trilogy #2) by Jean Sasson
    Princess Sultana’s Circle (The Princess Trilogy #3) by Jean Sasson
    Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia (The Princess Trilogy #1) by Jean Sasson
    The Sins of the Mother ( Danielle Steel )
    True Believer ( Nicholas Sparks )
    The Good Father ( Diane Chamberlain )

    I just started reading: The Midwife’s Confession ( Diane Chamberlain )

  13. Irene on January 12, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    I read so many books in a year its really hard to list my favourites. I discovered Diane Chamberlain this year so I read several of hers this year and enjoyed every one but my favourite was “The secret life of CeeCee Wilkes”. I also read “The Giver” quartet by Lois Lowrey and enjoyed that immensely. I love all books by Lee Child and read every one as it comes out. I love reading. I just reviewed my kindle ( which I also love) and discovered that i actually read close to 10 of Diane Chamberlain’s books. Oh my. If you are looking for a new author I also discovered Linwood Barclay this year and his books are great.I could go on forever.

  14. Carolyn M on January 12, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Picking my favorites is so difficult. I have recently gotten back into reading now that I am retired and I am thoroughly enjoying it. I also now have a Kindle so I have been exposed to and am reading many authors that I have never read before. So I am sure that the titles I have read are not the latest most current titles out for these authors. I have discovered new favorite authors including you, Diane, and Emilie Richards, C. J. Lyons, Lis Wiehl, Michael Robotham, Chevy Stevens and even some surprises in Ally Condie and Veronica Roth. There are also my long-time favorites of Nora Roberts, Carol O’Connell, Karen Rose, Kristin Hannah, Jodi Picoult, and James Patterson. So my reading choices are quite varied and it’s hard to pick which were my favorite since the subject matter for many of these are so different. I am just thrilled to now have the time to be able read as much I want and to find all these wonderful authors.
    I really enjoy when you have these type of queries, because it gives me an opportunity to see what other people have thought were good books/authors and add them to my ‘to-read’ list; especially since I know we have a common ground in liking the books that you write.

  15. Becky in Georgia on January 12, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    Between Heaven and Texas – Marie Bostwick
    Barefoot Season – Susan Malleey
    Cutting For Stone
    Aviator ‘a Wife

    • Amelia on January 25, 2014 at 5:19 am

      I discovered Marie Bostwick in 2013 and was not disappointed in any of her books. She has a new one coming out in April.

  16. Colleen Richardson on January 12, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    My favorite books of 2013 were Fly Away by Kristin Hannah, The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult, Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain, and The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks. I also really enjoyed Robyn Carr’s Thunder Point books.

  17. Marilyn Boswell on January 12, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Necessary Lies (Diane Chamberlain)
    The Last Camellia (Sarah Jio)

  18. Jill Burkinshaw on January 12, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    Necessary Lies – Diane Chamberlain
    The Courage Tree – Diane Chamberlain
    Fire and Rain – Diane Chamberlain
    Blink of an eye – Cath Staincliffe
    This Fragile Life – Kate Hewitt
    The missing half – Brooke Powsley
    Tangled Lives – Hillary Boyd

    • Suze on April 23, 2014 at 7:31 am

      This fragile life by kate hewitt was a stand out. Beautifully written.

  19. Amy Burns on January 12, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    1. Necessary Lies
    2. The Silent Wife
    3. Gone Girl, Sharp Objects, Dark Places
    4. The Rosie Project
    5. The Fault in our Stars
    6. Alex (Pierre Lemaitre)
    7. The Husbands Secret
    8. The girl under the Olive tree
    9. Touch (Mark Sennen)
    10. What have I done? (Amanda Prowse)

  20. Donna Moffett on January 12, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Necessary Lies – Diane Chamberlain
    Left Neglected – Lisa Genova
    The Summer Girls – Mary Alice Monroe
    Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
    The Last Original Wife – Dorethea Benton Frank
    Blackberry Winter – Sarah Jio
    Home Front – Kristan Hannah
    The Orphan Train – Christina Baker kline
    Silver Girl – Elin Hilderbrand
    The Last Runaway – Tracy Chevalier
    The Sandcastle Girls – Chris Bohjalian

    I read a lot of books in 2013, but these were my favorites.

  21. Amy Feld on January 12, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    I read a lot last year. These books below I read more than once.

    Necessary Lies
    Reconstructing Amelia
    Autobiography of Noa P Singleton
    Beautiful Day
    Fly Away

    • Amy Burns on January 14, 2014 at 11:03 am

      I forgot about Reconstructing Amelia, that definitely would be in my top ten!

      • Amelia on January 25, 2014 at 5:20 am

        I have this book on order from the library. Can’t wait to read it.

  22. Stephanie S. on January 12, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    Here are some of mine:
    1. Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain
    2. The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes
    3. Bridgett Jones Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding
    4. I’ll be Seeing You by Suzanne Palmieri-Hayes and Loretta Nyhan
    5. Call me Zelda by Erika Robuck
    6. A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams
    7. Z by Therese Anne Fowler
    8. The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow by Rita Leganski

    These are all books that stayed with me long after I finished them. Oh how I love to read!!

  23. Julie Sikorski on January 12, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    I was out of work for the whole year and had more time to read than I ever have. Started a new job last week, so reading has slowed down. My Top 10 for 2013 in no particular order:
    Necessary Lies
    The Storyteller
    The Language of Flowers
    Still Alice
    Sarah’s Key
    Me Before You
    The Light Between Oceans
    Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard
    Firefly Lane
    Home Front

    This year I am doing the A-Z challenge on Goodreads…just getting started! πŸ™‚

    • Nicole Spivey on January 15, 2014 at 5:47 pm

      I am doing a reading bingo challenge and I think I will check out the A-Z challenge when I finish with the current challenge that I am on.

  24. Krystal on January 12, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    I’ve read a total of 23 books in 2013 but it looks like only 4 of them were published in 2013. The Painted Girls and Waiting To Be Heard:Amanda Knox,The White Princess and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.I think the one by Philippa Gregory is my fave. I have yet to do my review for Mrs. P which I read in Nov.

    Here is a list of books i read in 2013
    https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1164491-krystal-s-50-read-in-2013?comment=89610866#comment_89610866

  25. Judy Sescil on January 12, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    My favorites were of course the ones I read by you (Necessary Lies, First Lie, Good Father, Keeper of the Light, Kiss River and reading now Her Mothers Shadow)

    Other books I read and loved were Through the Evil Days, How I came to Sparkle Again, Rose Harbor in Bloom, Time Flies, Hotel Between Corner of Bitter and Sweet and Faith Bass Last Garage Sale.

    Favorite scary book last year was Unspeakable by Kevin O’Brien

  26. Rhonda on January 12, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Diane,

    I’ve read so many but do have some that stand out in my mind…thank you for asking!

    Times They Were A-Changing: Women Remember the ’60s & ’70s, Anthology with Kate Farrell, Amber Starfire, Linda Myers as editors.

    Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World, by Shirley Showalter

    Necessary Lies, by Diane Chamberlain

    The Lemon Orchard, by Luanne Rice

    The Fifth and Final Name, by Rhonda Noonan

    Blood Strangers, by Katherine Briccetti

    The Author Training Manual, by Nina Amir

    Leaving the Hall Light On, by Madeline Sharples

    11/22/63, by Stephen King

    The Invisible Storm, by Juanima Hiatt

    What Happened to My Sister, Elizabeth Flock

    Fly Away, by Kristin Hannah

    So many more…still brainstorming, but this is a good start for the year. I real a lot of books, (-:.

    Thanks again for the chance to win a gift card to purchase more books, LOL.

    Rhonda

  27. Heather on January 12, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Last year I had a breast lump which meant 2 operations, chemotherapy and radiotherapy and I don’t know how I would have got through it without books. My favourite was Necessary Lies followed very closely by The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, also
    The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
    Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
    The Rose Petal Beach
    Silver Bay and The Last Letter from your Lover by Jojo Moyes
    Fractured by Dani Atkins, great read, loved it
    The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
    Yesterday’s Sun by Amanda Brooke
    I also read a lot that I probably wouldn’t have normally chosen but they were just what I needed to get through a very difficult time and take my mind off how I was feeling. I’ve probably missed some that I loved but the chemo has affected my memory a bit!

    • Diane Chamberlain on January 12, 2014 at 6:23 pm

      I hope you’re doing well, Heather.

  28. Heather on January 12, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    I forgot to add 11/22/63 one of my all time favourites buf I finished it at the very beginning of 2013

    • Linda on January 15, 2014 at 10:28 pm

      Heather–I loved that book because it took me back to my era–the ’50’s. I hope your results were good .

  29. Joni Everson on January 12, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    My favorite book in 2013 and not necessarily in order
    Are : your Necessary Lies
    Barbara Davis- The Secrets She Carried
    Karen Whites – sea change
    Kristin Hannah – Fly Away
    Barbara Delinsky – Sweet Salt Air

  30. Corey Ann on January 12, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Here’s the ones I really loved that I read in 2013 (not necessarily ones that came out in 2013!). I have a soft spot for “survival” esque books…

    Downton Abbey Scripts for Season 1 &2 – Julian Fellows
    Ladies Night – Mary Kay Andrews

    The Tao of Martha – Jen Lancaster

    Necessary Lies – you πŸ˜‰

    The Love Wars – L Alison Heller

    Rena’s Promise – Rena Geilssen

    The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

    Christmas Bliss – Mary Kay Andrews

    If You Could See What I See – Cathy Lamb

    Under a Flaming Sky: The Great Hinckley Firestorm of 1894 – Daniel James Brown

    The Mountain Between Us – Charles Martin

  31. Elizabeth McLain on January 12, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    I have read so many books this year and trying to narrow it down to my top ten is a tough job.
    But here goes in no particular order.

    A Step of Faith by Richard Paul Evans
    The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
    The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom
    Before I Wake by Robert J. Weirsema
    Breaking the Silence and The Midwife’s Confession by Diane Chamberlain
    The Language of Sisters by Amy Hatvany
    Left Neglected and Still Alice by Lisa Genova
    Beyond the Storm by Joseph Pittman

    • Sandra Mason-Webb on January 17, 2014 at 1:33 am

      Ohhh The Art of Racing in the Rain – one of my all time favourite books!!!

  32. Phyllis Parsons on January 12, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    The Mountain Between Us, Thunder and Rain – Charles Martin
    The Walk, Miles To Go, Road To Grace (series) Richard Paul Evans
    The Red Tent – Anita Diamant
    The Memory Keeper’s Daughter (read twice) Kim Edwards
    Down River – John Hart
    The Storyteller – Jodi Picoult
    The Lighthouse Keeper – James Michael Pratt
    The Light Between Oceans – M.L. Steadman
    Necessary Lies…wonder who wrote that one ????

    Guess I should stop…thanks !!

  33. Laurie hynes on January 12, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    My favorite books of 2013 are
    Takedown 20 by janet evanovich
    The good father by diane chamberlain
    Summer’s child by diane chamberlain
    The escape artist by diane chamberlain
    Anna and her french kiss by forgotten author

  34. Christina Wible on January 12, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Being a religious scholar who happens to write fiction I always have a list as long as my arm in my to-read category. This year heavy theological tomes took over. So to avoid burdening people with titles that are in English but somehow look as if someone neglected to translate them from the German I will offer only two:

    The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert (voice in the background hollering “No fair she’s your local author.”)
    Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers by Anne Lamott

  35. Elizabeth Irion on January 12, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Diane, last year was the year I discovered you! The first book of yours that I read was The Good Father. After that, I was hooked. I spent the past year reading as many of your books as time allowed. To date I have read, not in any particular order, The Good Father, The First Lie, Necessary Lies, The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes, Secret Lives, The Escape Artist, Keeper of the Light, Her Mother’s Shadow, Kiss River, Fire and Rain, The Courage Tree, The Bay at Midnight and Before the Storm. I am currently reading Secrets She Left Behind. I plan on reading the rest of your books this year. As long as you keep writing, Diane, I will continue to read your books!!! Thank you for sharing your special gift of writing!

  36. Melanie on January 12, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    I averaged about 2 books a week this year, owing to a change of office location which gives me an extended bus journey to work each day! My top 10 I’ve read this year (in no particular order) are:

    Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
    The Last Child by John Hart
    The Taking by Dean Koontz
    Gravity by Tess Gerritsen
    The House At Riverton by Kate Morton
    When God Was A Rabbit by Sarah Winman
    The Rose Petal Beach by Dorothy Koomson
    The Silent Girl by Tess Gerritsen
    Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult
    The Fire Witness by Lars Kepler

    (I was going to list Necessary Lies but technically that was the first book I finished of 2014!)

  37. Courtney England on January 12, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
    Help For The Haunted by John Searles
    Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
    11/22/63 by Stephen King

    Many more but there are a few!

  38. Stephanie Rock on January 12, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Top five books I’ve read last year…..

    Afterwards – Rosamund Lupton (absolutely loved this book)
    Necessary Lies – Diane Chamberlain
    Me Before You – Jojo Moyles
    The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
    Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn

    • Amy Burns on January 14, 2014 at 11:06 am

      I loved Afterwards! ‘Sister’ is equally as brilliant if you haven’t read it then I recommend it πŸ™‚

  39. Doreen Weaton on January 12, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    I read a LOT, so it’s hard to pick favorites.
    No problem to include Jeff Deaver’s October List and Kill Room. October List is written “backwards.” It begins at the end. A little hard to get used to it, but so worth the effort.
    Can’t think of a cozy that I read this year and didn’t like. Especially fond of Sandra Parshall’s Poisoned Ground (due out in March) because she included my Tootles who died before she became a famous literary character.

  40. Gigi Ann on January 12, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    There were quite a few I liked in 2013, however I will share 4 in random order.
    1. The Last Camellia, by Sarah Jio.
    2. Morning Glory, by Sarah Jio.
    3. I See London, I See France, by Paulita Kincer.
    4. The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes, by Diane Chamberlain.

  41. Sue on January 12, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    I’ve read several Diane, including your wonderful Necessary Lies – also at the top would have to be Etched In Sand. This book really was an eye opener – as a CASA for more than 10 years now, this by far really showed how child abuse is handled (or not handled) in communities. The Bungalow and The Secret Life of Mary Bowser along with Midwife of Hope River were some of my favorites too – your right, even tho I don’t know the writers, it is really hard to pick the best..

  42. Rhona on January 12, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    I’m disappointed that you aren’t listing your favorite books. Several on my favorites list are ones you recommended last year and I would never have heard of had you not recommended them. I hope you will still recommend books throughout the year.

    I read 26 books last year. Here’s my list of favorites.

    Necessary lies Diane chamberlain
    The bay at midnight Diane chamberlain
    Blackberry winter Sarah Jio
    The last Camilla Sarah Jio
    The light between oceans ML Stedman
    Calling me home. Julie kibble
    Three weeks with my brother Nicholas sparks
    The longest ride. Nicholas sparks

    • Diane Chamberlain on January 12, 2014 at 6:28 pm

      Rhona, my hope is that by having everyone else list books, my favorites will be in there, and so far, so good!

      • Sandra Mason-Webb on January 17, 2014 at 1:38 am

        Diane, I can highly recommend the Australian authors on my list! Kathryn Fox and Katherine Howell both write mystery/thrillers, and Kathleen Freeman writes contemporary fiction that is usually based on a family saga. You may already know of these authors, but I just wanted to give a shout out to my fellow Aussies!

  43. Sharon S on January 12, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    Necessary Lies
    Gone Girl
    The Storyteller

  44. Lindsay on January 12, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    I read quite a few last year, some new and some I reread, so this was difficult. In no particular order:

    Paper Towns – John Green
    The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
    The Uglies (Series) – Scott Westerfeld
    We Are Water – Wally Lamb
    Dirty – Megan Hart
    Pearl Harbor – Randall Wallace
    Secrets She Left Behind – Diane Chamberlain
    Fallout – Ellen Hopkins
    Such a Pretty Fat – Jen Lancaster
    The Fault in Our Stars – John Green

  45. Annette Herbst on January 12, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    Necessary Lies
    Gone Girl
    Sweet Salt Air
    The Inn at Rose Harbor
    Winners
    The Prayer Box
    The Husbands Secret
    Mrs. Kennedy & Me
    Classified
    Starter House
    And MANY more

  46. Lori Case on January 12, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    Necessary Lies
    Morning Glory

  47. Diane Lamprey on January 12, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    I read so much that it’s very hard to even pick only 10…these are however my favorites for 2013:
    1. Necessary Lies…Diane Chamberlain
    2. Fly Away….. Kristin Hannah
    3. Twist…. John Lutz
    4. The Good Sister….Wendy Corsi Staub
    5. Friends Forever….Danielle Steel
    6. Unseen….Karin Slaughter
    7. Touch & Go…..Lisa Gardner
    8. The Longest Ride…Nicholas Sparks
    9. A Step of Faith: A Novel (Walk)…..Richard Paul Evans
    10. Nowhere To Run
    Nowhere To Hide
    Nowhere Safe…. 3 different novels by Nancy Bush ( they all connect)

  48. Julia on January 12, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    Some of my favorites that I read in 2013 include:
    The Husband’s Secret
    The Clan of the Cave Bear (never read it all until 2013)
    Necessary Lies
    Love Anthony
    The Light Between Oceans
    Come Home
    The Memory Thief
    Another Piece of my Heart
    Beauty, Disrupted: A Memoir
    Into the Darkest Corner
    In Her Shoes

  49. Sharon on January 12, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    Okay, here’s my list. Not all books were necessarily released in 2013 but were read by me in 2013:

    Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain
    Say You’re Sorry by Michael Robotham
    Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
    Long Lost by Linda Castillo
    Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall
    Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
    The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
    The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
    Orphan Train by Christina Baker Cline
    The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
    The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
    One Breath Away by Heather Gudenkauf
    Still Missing by Chevy Stevens

  50. Ola Norman on January 12, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    Necessary Lies (Diane Chamberlain)
    Somewhere Between Luck and Trust ( Emilie Richards)
    Fly Away (Kristin Hannah)
    Miss Julia Stirs up trouble (Ann Ross)
    A step of faith (Richard Paul Evans)

  51. Ann on January 12, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    My favorites of 2013
    Necessary Lies – Diane Chamberlain
    Heart of Palm – Laura Lee Smith
    While We Were Watching Downton Abbey – Wendy Wax
    Ladies Night – Mary Kay Andrews
    Woman in Red – Eileen Goudge
    Moonrise – Cassandra King
    Look Away, Look Away – Wilton Barnhardt
    Fault Line – Robert Goddard
    Best Kept Secret – Jeffrey Archer
    Broken Harbor – Tana French

  52. Linda Barrett on January 12, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    In no particular order are the books which stand out as favorites :

    Keeper of the Light trilogy Diane Chamberlain
    Necessary Lies. Diane Chamberlain
    Still Summer. Jacquelyn Mitchard
    The Secret Keeper. Kate Morton
    And the Mountains Echoed. Kahad Hosseni
    The Bean Trees. Barbara Kingsolver

    Hoping to read many more “favorites” in 2014 !

  53. Kim on January 12, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    In no particular order:
    Me Before You
    Wonder
    Reconstructing Amelia
    Once Upon a Lie
    Necessary Lies
    Sycamore Road
    The Gravity of Birds
    Morning Glory
    Things We Set on Fire
    TheHusband’s Secret
    The Rosie Project
    The Orphan Train
    The Last Original. Wife
    Ladies Night
    Love Walked In
    And many, many more!
    Just counted: I read 71 books last year!

  54. Kathy Redgrove on January 13, 2014 at 12:22 am

    Hello and Thank you for asking! I read 79 books in 2013 (a little down on the previous year) and had some really awesome reads!!!! So my favs for 2013 are:-
    1)Necessary Lies – Diane Chamberlain
    2) The Wild Girl – Kate Forsyth
    3)The Husband’s Secret – Liane Moriarty
    4) The House we Grew Up in – Lisa Jewell
    5) Sunset Ridge – Nicole Alexander
    6) The Storyteller – Jodi Picoult
    7) The Son-In-Law – Charity Norman
    8) Orphan Train – Kline, Christina Baker
    9) The Escape Artist – Diane Chamberlain (I was on a mission to find some older Diane books and found this one – loved it!)
    10) Fractured – Dawn Barker
    Some of these are Australian authors who i must say are bringing out some incredible reads…..i hope you can find them if you go looking! Thanks again, Kathy

  55. Donna on January 13, 2014 at 3:14 am

    1. The Funeral Dress by Susan Greg Gilmore
    2. When She Came Home by Drusilla Campbell
    3. No Child of Mine by Susan Lewis
    4. Don’t Let Me Go by Susan Lewis
    5. The Chance by Karen Kingsbury
    6. Under a Texas Sky by Dorothy Garlock
    7. Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain
    8. Christmas Bliss by Mary Kay Andrews
    9. Starry Night by Debbie Macomber
    10. Candlelight Christmas by Susan Wiggs

  56. Melissa on January 13, 2014 at 8:19 am

    1. Necessary Lies – Diane Chamberlain
    2. Heart Like Mine-Amy Hatvany
    3. Gone Girl-Gillian Flynn
    4. Beautiful day-Elin Hilderbrand
    5. Where We Belong-Emily Giffin
    6. Fly Away-Kristin Hannah
    7. Family Pictures-Jane Green
    8. All the Summer Girls-Meg Donahue
    9. Hush Little Baby-Susan Redfearn
    10. The Last Original Wife-Dorthea Benton
    11. Little Night-Luanne Rice
    12. Looking for Me-Beth Hoffman
    13. Island Girls-Nancy Thayer
    14. Heartbroken-Lisa Unger
    15. The Best of Us-Sarah Pekkanen

    No particular order. Lots of books read last year & looking forward to the books coming out this year!!

  57. Sandy Mason on January 13, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Diane, I just started reading your books in 2013 so I could list all of them because they all were great. I have not read Necessary Lies yet. Here is my list.

    1. Secret Lives
    2, Summer’s Child
    3. The Violets of March
    4. The Pact

    • Sandra Mason-Webb on January 17, 2014 at 1:48 am

      I got quite a surprise when I saw your name! It is so similar to mine! I would be Sandra Mason, but when I married my husband, Carrley Mason, we both took each other’s names – so we’re now Mason-Webb πŸ˜€

  58. Lauralee Foerster on January 13, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    Here you go Diane!
    1. Kitchen House by grissom
    2. Aviator’s Wife by benjamin
    3. Orphan train by Kline
    4. Necessary Lies by Chamberlain
    5. Secret keeper by Morton
    6. Light Between Oceans by Stedman
    7. End of Your Life Bookclub by Schwalbe
    8. Escape from Mr. lemoncello’s Library by Grabenstein
    9. Mr. Penumbras 24 Hour Bookstore by Sloan
    10. Mrs. Lincoln’s dressmaker by Chiverini
    Hoping i win! hugs

  59. Pat Hooper on January 13, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    These are my top ten from 2013.. Amazing books. Cannot stop reading.

    The Boys in the Boat by D. Brown
    The Orphan Train by Kline
    Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker by J. Chiaverini
    The Aviator’s Wife by Benjamine
    The Kitchen House by Grissom
    Necessary Lies by Chamberlain
    The Silver Star by Walls
    Sycamore Row by Grisham
    The Time Keeper by Albom
    The Las Original Wife by D.B. Frank

  60. Barbara on January 14, 2014 at 8:37 am

    Diane – What a great idea! I love this kind of resource when trying to find a good book. These are my top 10 but it was hard to chose.

    The Burgess Boys – Elizabeth Strout
    One Mountain Away – Emilie Richards
    Blackberry Winter – Sarah Jie
    Calling Me Home – Julie Kibler
    You Know When the Men Are Gone – Siobhan Fallon
    Staying Tuned – Daniel Schorr
    Stand Up That Mountain – Jay Erskine Leutze
    Necessary Lies – Diane Chamberlain
    Wild – Cheryl Strayed
    The Myth of the Perfect Girl – Ana Homayoun

  61. Summer G on January 14, 2014 at 10:57 am

    My favorites:
    THe storyteller- Jodi Picoult
    Necessary Lies- DIane Chamberliain
    The Last Camemille- Sarah Joi
    Fly Away- Kristin Hannah
    Looking for me- Beth Hoffman

    What a great list of books I know what to read!

  62. Denise on January 14, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Way too hard to limit. I read close to 150 books last year. Many by my fave authors…you (of course!), Jodi Piccoult, Sarah Jio, Karen Kingsbury, Debbie Macomber, Julia Spencer Fleming, Karen White, and many more. I also discovered many new favorites such as Elin Hilderbrand, Nancy Thayer, Lisa Scottoline, Victoria Thompson, Anita Shreve, and Courtney Walsh…among others. I love to read….can you tell???? πŸ™‚

  63. Kate Bishop on January 14, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Top 10 Favorite Books of 2013:

    1) Necessary Lies – which set me off on a historical fiction obsession! πŸ™‚
    2) The Kitchen House – Kathleen Grissom
    3) The Other Typist – Suzanna Rindell
    4) The Wedding Gift – Marlen Suyapa Bodden
    5) The Chaperone – Laura Moriarty
    6) The Perfume Collector – Kathleen Tessaro
    7) Human Remains – Elizabeth Haynes
    8) A Dog’s Journey – Bruce Cameron
    9) The Thing’s That Keep Us Here – Carla Buckley
    10) Trans-Sister Radio – Chris Bojalian

  64. Bonnie Franks on January 14, 2014 at 11:09 am

    I read the first of your books I have ever read, and it was Necessary Lies. I love the book and have recommended it to everyone I know. 2013 was my year to venture out into new authors and new genres and I did manage some of that. My favorites besides Necessary Lies were:

    Seduction by M.J. Rose
    Enon by Paul Harding
    Joyland by Stephen King
    Dr. Sleep by Stephen King
    Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
    Stolen by Daniel Palmer
    Hear Shaped Box by Joe Hill
    Horns by Joe Hill
    Up Country by Nelson DeMille
    The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

    I could go on, I read a lot. My most difficult challenge this year has been trying NOT to read a book that doesn’t grab me after a certain number of pages. I have always read to the end and I just have too many wonderful books to read to allow the time for books that are not meant for me any more. I have seen some great ideas in your thread! Thank you for this opportunity and for your wonderful writing.

    • Sandra Mason-Webb on January 17, 2014 at 1:42 am

      I feel the same way – if a book hasn’t grabbed me within the first few pages, and at most the first chapter, it gets put aside. There are way too many books out there and too little time to read them, to be bothered reading a book that doesn’t grab you! I read close to 120 books last year – I didn’t quite reach my goal, but that was because we brought home a new puppy in November…. she kind of curtailed some of my reading time!

  65. Patti on January 14, 2014 at 11:10 am

    In no particular order
    The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
    The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
    11/22/63 by Stephen King
    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
    Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain
    Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
    Keeper of the Light by Diane Chamberlain
    Kiss River by Diane Chamberlain
    Her Mother’s Shadow by Diane Chamberlain
    The Secret Wife by Diane Chamberlain

  66. Suzette Phillips on January 14, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Necessary Lies – Diane Chamberlain
    The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
    The Time Between – Karen White
    After Her – Joyce Maynard
    Heart Like Mine – Amy Hatvany
    The Silent Wife – a.S.a. Harrison
    And the Mountains Echoed – Khaled Hosseni
    Life After Life – Kate atkinson
    The Comfort of Lies – Randy Susan Meyers
    Covet – Tracey Garvis – Graves
    And too many more to name πŸ™‚

    • Sandra Mason-Webb on January 17, 2014 at 1:44 am

      If you like Randy Susan Meyers, I can highly recommend The Murderer’s Daughters!

  67. Priscilla Wild on January 14, 2014 at 11:15 am

    !. Mary Kay Andrews, Christmas Bliss
    2. Diane Chamberlain, Necessary Lies
    3. Cleo Coyle, Holiday Buzz
    4. Beth Albright, Sassy Belle Series
    5. Karen White, The Time Between
    6. Charlaine Harris, Dead Ever After
    7. Connie Shelton – Samantha Sweet Series

    List is in no particular order. Have to check out some of the others you all have posted.

  68. Joan Carsten on January 14, 2014 at 11:32 am

    LOVE BOOKS! Not nook or kindle but real books! Love the feel and smell of real books! Ok i got that off my mind!

    I will read anything by:

    Diane Chamberlain
    Kat Martin
    Suzanne Brockmann
    Robyn Carr
    Susan Malley
    Linda Lael Miller
    Lori Foster
    Jodi Picoult
    And Many Many More!

  69. carol covato on January 14, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Top ten favorite books I have read in 2013

    !.State of Nature by Ryan Winfield
    2. Sinister by Lisa Jackson/Nancy Bush
    3.Something Wicked by Lisa Jackson/Nancy Bush
    4.Cold snap by Allison Brennan
    5.Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain
    6. Survivor Club by J Carson Black
    7.Friday Edition by Betta Ferrendelli
    8.Revenge is Sweet by Betta Ferrendelli
    9.Sanheim Chronicles(3 books) by Rob Blackwell
    !0. Fury of Desire by Coreene Callahan

    And this is just a drop in the bucket!!!! I read about 5 books a week for 52 weeks.

  70. Cindy Beisel on January 14, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Me Before You by JoJo Moyes. First book that has ever emotionally drained me yet still was uplifting and funny. Loved it!

  71. Rebecca Farmer on January 14, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    2013 was the year I realised I don’t just want to read books (although I LOVE reading and will continue to read as much as I can!), I want to write one. I’m currently half way through my first (YA) novel and I’ve never enjoyed anything quite so much. I’ve always felt there’s nothing I REALLY like doing or am really good at and while I don’t know if my book is any good, I do know that I have discovered a passion for writing and for me that is the best feeling in the world. I honestly don’t think I would be writing a book if it wasn’t for all the fantastic books I’ve read over the years which have inspired me.

    My top books (published in 2013)

    Before I Met You by Lisa Jewell
    Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain
    The Accidental Husband by Jane Green

    My top books (read by me in 2013)

    Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult
    Durable Goods by Elizabeth Berg
    Made in the U.S.A by Billie Letts
    Wish Upon A Star by Sarah Morgan
    The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

    I’m always surprised when I meet someone who doesn’t enjoy reading. I get the same “Christmas morning” feeling every time I open a new book! I’m sure if a non reader were to read one of the above books, they would be converted to reading!

    • Diane Chamberlain on January 14, 2014 at 12:37 pm

      Good for you, Rebecca! I remember the sense of wonder and joy as I wrote my first novel. Keep going!

  72. Cindy Kyle on January 14, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    This is so hard as I have just became a huge fan last year and have read several of your books and love them all.
    This is great to see what others are reading as well.
    At the top of my list is Necessary lies,
    The secret life of Ceecee Wilkes,
    Sister shadow (I’m sorry if I don’ t have the title right)
    I also loved Walk across the sun by Corben Addison
    Midwifes Confession
    Escape Artist
    Robyn Carr virgin river series up to #6 so far

  73. JEANNE SCHWARZENTRAUB on January 14, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    I had a fun reading year:
    1. Command and Control
    2.The Help
    3. Belong to Me
    4.Winter Solstice
    5. Sing U Home
    6. Best of Me
    7. King of Torts
    8. The Last Song
    9. Beach Road
    10. The Shack
    11.One Summer
    12Necessary Lies

  74. Linda Hodges on January 14, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    I read so many good books! The Good Father, The Signature of All Things, The House Girl, and The Storyteller to name a few.

  75. Tammy on January 14, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Not necessarily published in 2013 but read in 2013, these were my favourites: Necessary Lies by you!!!!
    The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
    Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
    Winter Rose by Jennifer Donnelly (the second book of the Tea Rose series)
    The Language of Flowers

  76. Ann Weightman on January 14, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    1. Necessary Lies… . Diane Chamberlain
    2. Secret Keeper….Kate Morton
    3. The House Girl …. Tara Conklin
    4. The Last Original Wife..Dorothea B. Frank
    5. The Forgotten…David Balducci
    6. The Rebel Wife….Taylor Polites
    7. A Week in Winter….Maeve Binchy
    8. Looking for Me…Beth Hoffman
    9. The Apple Orchard…Susan Wiggs
    10. The Son…Philip Meyer
    11. Whistling Past the Graveyard..Susan Crandall
    12. The Edge of the Earth….Christina Swarz

  77. Mariette Thomas Stroeken on January 14, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Hi Diane,
    First of all I love of all of your books. Can’t wait for the next one, please keep those books coming πŸ™‚
    In 2013 I read a lot, as I always do, my favorite books are (no specific order):
    Necessary Lies
    Susan Lewis – No child of mine – Don’t let me go
    Gregory David Roberts – Shantaram
    Chris Pavone – The expats
    Kristin Hannah – Firefly Lane
    Elin Hilderbrand – The castaways
    Barbara & Stephanie Keating – Blood sisters – A durable fire – In borrowed light
    Love from Holland, Mariette

  78. Ann on January 14, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Hi πŸ™‚ I was blessed with a beautiful baby girl at the end of November 2012 and as a result I was only able to read 16 books in 2013. These were my three favourites:

    Me Before You-Jojo Moyes
    Necessary Lies-your book
    I’ve got your number-Sophie Kinsella

    • Sandra Mason-Webb on January 17, 2014 at 1:46 am

      I really enjoyed ‘I’ve Got Your Number’! One of the best Sophie Kinsella books I’ve read πŸ˜€

  79. Amy Dudfield on January 14, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    After suffering post natal depression after me sons birth in 2010, I picked up my first book when he turned one in 2011 and it was yours “keeper of the light” and to date I have now read every book of yours except Summers Child and then some. Thanks for helping me get back to “myself” πŸ™‚

  80. Liz Balaam on January 15, 2014 at 12:42 am

    My first and foremost favourite of 2013 had to be Necessary Lies – and I’m not saying that to suck up – it genuinely was the best book I read the whole year. When Goodreads put it in the “Historical Fiction” category, I decided to try one or two of the other books in that category, and these have to be on my list –
    The Perfume Collector – Kathleen Tessaro
    The Sisterhood – Helen Bryan
    The Secret Keeper – Kate Morton
    I really enjoyed Kate Morton, so then decided to read a previous book of hers – The Forgotten Garden. So good it has to go in my top 10
    Diane once recommended Emilie Richards as a similar writer to herself, so I read The Wedding Ring – on the list it goes.
    Next – and who could leave her off – Nora Roberts Whisky Beach
    One Breath Away by Heather Gudenkauf – Excellent – also writes similarly to you Diane.
    I can’t leave off Robyn Carr’s trilogy, The Wanderer, The Newcomer and The Hero – Thunder Point series – I read them one after the other so count them as one book!
    Last and not least – I have just finished it – but started it in 2013, so I think it counts! It is non fiction. The Battle for the President’s Elephants. An absolutely amazing non fiction memoir of an Australian who has spend 10 hears in Zimbabwe going through many trials and tribulations in her quest to conserve, rehabilitate and help the wildlife in one of that country’s game reserves – highly recommend this – if you love animals. For anyone reading this comment, please buy this book. This absolutely selfless amazing woman needs all the help she can get.

  81. Sherri Foster on January 15, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    Necessary Lies
    Me Before You
    Whistling past a Graveyard

  82. Carole Bishop on January 15, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    It’s hard to narrow it down to just a few! I loved: Necessary Lies, Me Before You, The Promise Of Stardust, Calling Me Home, Have No Shame, and Whistling Past The Graveyard.

  83. Dale Harcombe on January 16, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    My favourites of 2013
    The light Between Oceans, by ML Stedman,
    One Mountain Away by Emilie Richards,
    Calling me Home, by Julie Kibler,
    The Good Father by Diane Chamberlain,
    Love Anthony by Lisa Genova.
    And one more I must add Unforgivable by Sharon Robards,
    I could have added lots more.

  84. Sandra Mason-Webb on January 17, 2014 at 1:21 am

    I am happy to say there are 2 Australian authors on my list (I’m Australian) – Liane Moriarty and Katherine Howell – both very good authors! Katherine Howell has a new book coming out in February and I am so looking forward to it! There would’ve been 2 other great Aussie authors and books on there, but their books were published in mid-2012, although I read them in 2013 – Kimberley Freeman’s Lighthouse Bay and Kathryn Fox’s Cold Grave.

    Here’s my list

    The First Lie – Diane Chamberlain
    Necessary Lies – Diane Chamberlain
    The Husband’s Secret – Liane Moriarty
    The Apple Orchard – Susan Wiggs
    Web of Deceit – Katherine Howell
    Crystal Cove – Lisa Kleypas

  85. Alva on January 19, 2014 at 1:18 am

    I love this list each year. It gives me so many more authors to explore. I’ve now added five new books to my 2014 ‘To Read’ list, based on your readers’ favourites, Diane. I’m currently enjoying ‘Necessary Lies’.

  86. Johnna Hart on January 19, 2014 at 9:38 am

    The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
    The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes
    Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
    After Her by Joyce Maynard
    The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
    Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain
    Labor Day by Joyce Maynard
    Help for the Haunted by John Searles
    Don’t Go by Lisa Scottoline
    Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

    These are in no particular order

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