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Enter for a Chance to Win the Best RIF Books of 2013

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We’re celebrating another terrific year of great reads by giving away our 12 favorite books of 2013. Among these RIFer favorites are books that got rave reviews and hit the bestseller and ‘Best of 2013’ lists. You read them here first!

From Anthony Marra’s astounding debut novel A Constellation of Vital Phenomena (which we hear President Obama is reading now) to the bestselling expose Five Days at Memorial to thrillers like The Andalucian Friend – our Best Books of 2013 Box o’ Books has something for everyone.

Just in time for the holidays, so you can pass them on to family and friends (after you read them yourself, of course!).

It was tough to choose just 12 books from among all the amazing reads we’ve shared with you this year. The books below are all distinguished by topping the bestseller lists, getting rave reviews, hitting a Best of 2013 list, and/or being a favorite read among RIFers.

We want to hear all about the books you’d put on a Best Books of 2013 list. Tell us about your favorites in the comments!

This giveaway promotion has ended. The deadline for entry was 11:59 P.M. (Eastern Time) on December 8, 2013. Keep reading to get your first look at the next great book. Subscribe at the top of this page to get exclusive weekly updates on our members-only Read It First giveaways.

Read It Forward's Best Books of 2013

The Andalucian Friend by Alexander Soderberg
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
The Dinner by Herman Koch
Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink
The Funeral Dress by Susan Gregg Gilmore
Giada’s Feel Good Food by Giada De Laurentiis
Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey by The Countess of Carnarvon
The Panopticon by Jenni Fagan
The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara
Saturday Night Widows by Becky Aikman
Schiller’s Liquor Bar Cocktail Collection by Keith McNally
Stuck in the Middle with You by Jennifer Finney Boylan

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  • Love at First Book

    Wow, this is an AMAZING giveaway! 😀 Thank you for offering it!

  • Patricia Giaquinto

    Would love to win this. Such a great prize.

  • Bonnie Franks

    Wonderful giveaway! Would love to win and thank you so much! Love to read!

  • bigred

    What a superb gift to be able to share with my book reading family! Been fortunate to discover some books and authors that I never would have tried if it weren’t for ReadItForward. Thank you opening my mind and eyes to new authors and new worlds.

    • Kira, editor @ Read It Forward

      Aww, thanks Bigred. That makes my day. That’s why we’re here!

  • Michele A

    Oh great! This would be wonderful to win! I’d share the books with my library if I won. :)

    • Kira, editor @ Read It Forward

      We love readers who love their libraries! Thanks, Michele.

      • Michele A

        They’re great! Even in this age of eBooks, they are still a great resource. Thanks Kira!

  • Martha Lawton

    Such a great opportunity. Hoping I win!

  • Dark-HunterJenn

    What a great giveaway! Great way to be able to share books with friends!

  • Sarah Kuntsal

    What a great collection of books!!

  • monica

    I love books!

  • Carla C.

    This would definitely make my husband really happy. I wouldn’t have to hear him groan when I say ‘oh, gosh, that looks like a great book, I’ll have to get it’. I’ll have LOTS. Good to luck to all the entrants!

  • windycindy

    Here are a few of my choices for the best books of 2013:
    Havanah Lost, Best Kept Secrets, The Orphan Master’s Son and
    The Goldfinch…Again, many thanks! Cindi

    • Kira, editor @ Read It Forward

      Thanks for sharing, WindyCindy! Great choices.

      • windycindy

        Thanks for this amazing book giveaway, Kira!

  • Cheryl

    Some of these are on my wish list so it would be great to have them. 3 very good books from this year:
    The Skies Belong to Us
    Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls
    The Good Nurse

  • Dana

    My book club would love this!!!

  • Donna Bayar Repsher

    Wouldn’t this make for a wonderful Christmas!

  • Michelle B

    Keeping my fingers crossed! One can NEVER have too many books on the To Be Read pile :) And my younger daughter’s name is also Kira!

  • Darlena Hendrickson

    I love to read it forward!! This would make my reading buddies very happy. Thank you for this great opportunity.

  • mamakiss3

    Wonderful thing to win books. After I read mine I actually share them with the volunteers at my workplace

  • Crystal Tracy

    I really liked Rootless by Chris Howard. The author is great too, very personable–answered my email personally.

  • teachgiftedkids

    Books are my special friends. They’re always there for me when I need them.

  • Shirley Martin

    Oooh, there are several here I’ve been wanting to read! Thanks for the contest!

  • sunniedwards

    Thank you for Sharing! <3

  • Sandy Steckler

    What a great Christmas present! Would love to win this and share them with my friends and family. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Ivy

    Thanks for the great giveaway. Allie Jean’s LEGACY OF A DREAMER & DREAMS OF THE CURSED were really good. The latest Dylan Scott DEADLY SHADOWS was a great read. There’s been some really good ones this year…

  • The Book Wheel

    What a great giveaway!

  • Elsie

    feels great to get lost in a good book. a few good books I have read lately is “A pledge of silence” by Flora J. Solomon and also “A mothers Trial” by Nancy Wright. good luck all! 😉

  • valkyrie911

    I really don’t care what Obama is reading. I expected more from The Dinner. Maybe it was in the translation but to me it felt like the Mike Meyers skit from Saturday Night Live of the German dancers, only instead of dancing they should say “now is the time when we eat jah!, now is the time when we stab you jah!” Just cold cold and foreign.

  • Lisa Royalty Redford

    It would be awesome to win these book,, I would love to read all of them and I would share with my friends at work who love to read. We share books and then discuss them with one another :)

  • Discussing Diva

    I’m part of a book discussion group that would love to get these books passed around.

  • judy8166

    I share my books (after I’ve read them, of course)!

  • Karen Hull

    Goldfinch, The Husband’s Secret, The Funeral Dress, The Storyteller, House Girl, The Rosie Project, Reality Boy, And the Mountains Echoed, Hemingway’ s Girl

    • Kira, editor @ Read It Forward

      Great list, Karen! Thank you for sharing.

  • Robin

    Wow! What a great thing to win. It would keep me going for a while then I would pass them onto a club I belong to.

  • Linds82

    Awesome opportunity! Thanks so much :)

  • sangreal

    Wow! This is a really amazing giveaway! There isn’t a single book in that bunch that I wouldn’t love to have and share.

  • helene

    I enjoyed Lowland (Lahiri) and The Good House (Ann Leary) this year! thanks for the chance to win!

  • wordy_girl

    The book I have especially loved this year is Louise Penny’s “How The Light Gets In”. A brilliant novel.

  • Oldfan

    I’d put in THE LUMINARIES!

  • Margarita Ibbott

    That would be so wonderful. I keep giving away all sorts of books to family & friends because Random House has so many great titles. Thanks for the opportunity to win. Love you guys (gals actually)…

    I am reading Worst.Person.Ever by Douglas Coupland…an interesting read…

  • Lucy

    Favorites, so far (still reading…) for 2013: TOP DOWN by Jim Lehrer; YOU: A NOVEL by Austin Grossman; TRUE SPIES by Shana Galen; and CHARMING by Elliott James. Plenty of others but not 2013 publications. :-)

  • jbarrett5

    I’ve kept track of my best reads, by month:
    jan 2013 books read 57 best is icecutter’s daughter by tracie Peterson
    feb 2013 books read 57 best is jake wyoming series by rc ryan
    Mar 2013 books read 46 best is The Apple Orchard by Susan Wiggs
    Apr 2013 books read 55 best is A Faded Cottage Diann Shaddox
    May 2013 books read 45 best is summer girls by mary alice monroe
    Jun 2013 books read 64 best is Sweet Salt Air by Barbara Delinsky, Barefoot Summer by Denise Hunter
    Jul 2013 books read 61 best is The Guest House by Erika Marks
    aug 2013 books read 52 best is Forever Friday by Timothy Lewis
    sep 2013 books read 46 best is Prayer Box and Seaglass Sisters duo books
    oct 2013 books read 66 best is The Good Wife by Jane Porter and Snowflakes and Coffee Cakes by Joanne DiMato
    Nov 2013 books read 66 best is Surrender to Tempatation by EBWalters and The Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Swap by Donna Kauffman, Kate Angell and Kimberly Kincaid

    • Kira, editor @ Read It Forward

      Wow! What a list. Thank you for sharing!

  • Carolyn

    This would be the best Christmas present ever!

  • snibaker

    I’d love to win these. I always give my read books to our small town library. It gives everyone else in my community of 350 a chance to read some good books.

  • pat Halbert


    My book club would love a chance to read all of them!
    We have read The Dinner so it is a bonus gift

  • DisneyAngel55

    Oh wow, this would be a dream to win! How amazing! I think I would add How I Came to Sparkle Again by Kaya McLaren. LOVE that book.

  • Andy B

    Anthony Marra created a pretty impressive debut, definitely one to keep an eye on. Have read none of the others though, so that’d be great to win (Marra’s book would be a great gift). Happy Holidays all!

  • Amy Higdon

    Crossing my fingers for this one! Would make for a wonderful and book-filled winter break from work! :)

  • jasmus

    What a great gift. My wife love’s to read and this would be wonderful for her.

  • chaoticblog

    I fell in love with HILD by Nicola Griffith, PROVENCE, 1970 by Luke Barr, and THE GOLDFINCH by Donna Tartt this year.

  • Suzette Gacek

    Winter is here! Perfect weather to curl up with a good book. Thank you for offering this marvelous selection of reads.

  • Jeff

    great giveaway, love the books that did win and the new authors that I discovered

  • raypc800

    Thank You for the chance to win this excellent gift! You all really do a wonderful job.

  • Marta

    What a great prize package. I would have loved to have had these today as I am snowed in & would love to be reading a good book.

  • prismisspp

    What a wonderful collection of books! Some I would NOT be able to share with my students, but most of them I could. This would be great reading for students over the Christmas holidays :)

  • Sharyn Dupont

    What a great chance to win !! I love to read !!

  • Alexandria

    hi there happy holidays to all read it forward is great and this giveaways is wonderful !!!! my mom would love this and me too lol .

  • Teri

    The book I would add to the list is Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier, great read with twists and turns. What a great collection of books, my book club would think the own the lottery.

  • wilsonmcarthur

    Neat stuff

  • Kathy Reel

    Great group of books! Would love to win them.

  • Chrissy Rene

    I’m so excited about this giveaway! As a classroom teacher it’s so exciting to be able to read and expand my library across genres!

  • Sue

    What a wonderful giveaway! Would love to be the lucky winner!
    Some of my 2013 favs were Sweet Salt Air, Close My Eyes, The Light in the Ruins, A Tapestry of Fortunes, Orphan Train, Wild, and Mudbound

  • shelly

    this is awesome for older retires to win on a fixed income,i am retired and enjoy reading.but buying books is not at the top of lists.

  • Kelly R. Baker

    I would absolutely love to have a chance to read all of these books. I love to read and it would be so awesome if I were to win. I thank you for the opportunity for the chance to be able to enter and win. Good luck to everyone.

  • bethieb

    I love sharing the books I win here in my Little Free Library. Thanks for all the offers during the year. Being drawn for this would be awesome!

  • Burma

    Wow, I would love to win this. I would share with my co-workers, they love to read too! Thank you for this opportunity!

  • Lesley L

    Wow, this is an awesome give-away, thanks for offering it. I don’t know that I have any books to add for suggestion as I’m still working on lists from several years back. However I have heard wonderful things about The Rosie Project. I would certainly donate these books to the local library post reading them. Nothing like sharing the love of books with as many people as possible. Always love reading your recommendations and you’re always highlighting books I wouldn’t know about otherwise. Many thanks.

  • phyl

    reading is fantastic. Thank you for sharing your books with us.

  • Kristin Shafel Omiccioli

    What a wonderful giveaway! Thanks for the chance. Hard to choose the best books I read! But ones I really enjoyed in 2013 are Lizz Free or Die (Winstead), the MaddAddam trilogy (Atwood), Me Before You (Moyes), and City of Thieves (Benioff).

  • Stephanie

    I have yet to read any of those listed but would love to check them out. I don’t have one favorite author, I have several!

  • Sherrie

    I had just about stopped reading books, but thanks to ReaditForward I have started again! Thanks!

    • Kira, editor @ Read It Forward

      Sherrie, that’s wonderful! Thanks so much for telling us that – it’s why we’re here.

  • Shondra

    I haven’t read any of the above books, but have been interest in Lady Catherine…sounds like a great book! I would love to win and share the books with my book club ladies!

  • Charries Semidey

    So excited to enter this amazing contest!! I love to keep up to date with the latest novels and fellow book lovers on, “Read It Forward,” which has made my reading experiences more enjoyable!! Good Luck everyone…Happy Holidays!!! If you win remember to always share the love of reading…

  • Guest

    Although most of the books i currently enjoy are related to Tibetan Buddhism, the Llewellyn Worldwide publications on astrology and alternative spirituality are also informative.

  • Sylvia B

    This sure is a wonderful prize!! 😀

  • sandcoleman

    The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes was very good. Awesome read, I passed it on to 3 others and they loved it.. I love reading a great book and find it good enough to pass on and others enjoy it also..

  • Books on the Table

    Too many great books published in 2013 — but a few that really stand out are This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage (Ann Patchett), The Lowland (Jhumpa Lahiri), and The Boys in the Boat (Daniel James Brown).

  • Sylvia B

    What a fun opportunity. Thank you so much.

  • waterviewer86

    Have been on a constant marathon of the Stephanie Plum series (Janet Evanovich), Sue Grafton’s “A” is for Alibi” – “B is for Burglar” & through the alphabet series & always ALWAYS James Patterson’s continuing series of sleuths! I love ’em!!

  • Debbie Sheehan

    I would love to win!! Can’t get enough!

  • Elvina HANSON

    Would love to win. I always share books when I can. Been hooked since before I can remember (could read before I started school).

  • Janet

    Thank you for the chance to win these books! I’ve only read one that’s offered and would glad share it with my local library.
    I look forward to joining ReadItFoward.

  • maryand phil2

    This would be a great treasure to win to share with great reading friends.

  • David Morgan

    Some of my favorites are, Night Film, Cartwheel, The Devil in Silver, Inferno, Gone Girl, Trans Atlantic, Red Sparrow, and Police. My mom always reads the books after I’ve finished and then the ones we don’t want in our collection go to the care center to pass them on. Thanks Read it Forward!!

    • Kira, editor @ Read It Forward

      That’s terrific. Thanks for the recommendations and thanks reading it forward, David!

  • princesslollie

    id love to win this—perfect holidays gift!

  • The Reader

    Wow, this is awesome! I would hand them on at my book club at library!!

  • zoom38

    Thank you for this opportunity to win some great books! I want to read “Double Down: Game Change 2012” . Also “Birth School Metallica Death: the Biography Volumn 1”. I think that is a good example of the range of interests… most anything that I can learn form! Thank You :)

  • rachella baker

    who won

  • Kim Ann Johnston

    I enjoyed The Dinner.

  • Christine Clark

    What a wonderful giveaway. Would love to win this. Enjoy reading and trying new books and authors!

  • Silver’s Reviews

    What a great stack of books.

    My favorites for 2013 would be:

    The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure
    Once We Were Brothers by Harold H. Balson
    The Wife, The Maid, and The Mistress by Ariel Lawhon
    Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
    The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin
    Looking For Me by Beth Hoffman
    Jubilee’s Journey by Bette Lee Crosby
    The Other Typist by Suzanne Rendell
    The Funeral Dress by Susan Gregg Gilmore
    Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
    The Lavender Garden by Lucinda Riley
    Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

    Stop by my blog to see reviews of all of these books.

    Happy New Year!!

    Silver’s Reviews

  • Amy M

    The DInner was creepy beyond creepy, in a most compelling way, and I’ve never not loved a word of Jennifer Finney Boylan’s. The Panopticon is on the top of my next pile…