Favorite Book Club Books of 2013

This past October, my book club had it's One Year Anniversary Bash! We celebrated by playing some trivia games revolving around all the books we've read, eating yummy food, and of course there was wine!  Going over the books we read was a ton of fun and really made me remember how much some of these books were.  So, today I wanted to share my favorite top 3 books I read in 2013.  I'd love recommendations, so if you have a favorite or a few favorites you think I should read, please share it in the comments! xo

(You can click on the book title for a full synopsis of the story and reviews on Goodreads!)

  • The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman  This is an emotional story, full of strong powerful characters.  It is about redemption, forgiveness, and love.  It shows how once decisions are made, there are consequences to our actions that can never be undone.  I loved this story so much because it wasn't just about right and wrong.  Some of the scenarios are so difficult and really make you search deep inside yourself and ask, "what would I do?"  It was definitely an emotional read and totally made me cry more than once while reading it. 
  • The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult  Here is another story that is full of forgiveness, love, and redemption.  This book had a little bit of everything I love in a novel.  It was historical fiction, which is my favorite genre.  It had a complex storyline that weaved in and out of characters, jumped around from various parts of history, and even had a story within a story.  It is set in the present, but deals with major issues from the past.  This one also made me cry (Do you see the pattern here!?!)

  • Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chau  This book has been around a few years, but we just read it this year.  Although I am not a big fan of non-fiction, I really enjoyed this book, maybe because it read like fiction!  It made me laugh and although her views and tactics in parenting are not necessarily my own, I could still relate on some level.  It was written honestly and even a bit satirical.  The author has gotten a ton of criticism for this book, but I appreciated her story and commend her for sharing it!