Announcing Darien Library's #1 book of 2013, as voted in by the Darien librarians: Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes! This book got more votes than any other book by far. It swept us away early in the year and never stopped charming librarians or patrons. Pat T. summed it up perfectly when she added it to our Pinterest board, saying: "A lovely romantic story about a young lady who becomes a caregiver for a quadriplegic man and how their relationship develops in unexpected ways."
Ann added, when she wrote it up for You Are What You Read: "This is the heartfelt story of Louisa Clark and Will Traynor. Lou Clark is twenty-six and stuck in her life by an event that happened to her when she was younger. She is content to work at a cafe and live in her small girlhood bedroom with her parents. When her job ends abruptly she becomes the paid companion to Will Traynor, a quadriplegic, who was injured in an accident at the height of his fast-paced career and life. Will is trapped in his life, wheelchair bound and unhappy. After some initial difficulty, Will and Lou begin to enjoy their time together and their lives become larger. Decisions will impact their lives in ways they can’t predict. This is a wonderful book with beautifully written characters that will remain with you long after their story is finished."
Jeanne chimed in: "I joined the Jojo Moyes fan club when I finished reading and listening to Me Before You. Susan Lyons is a terrific British narrator and the story of Will Traynor, sentenced to life in a wheelchair when he is hit by a motorcyclist on a rainy day and Louisa Clark, his feisty new care companion is written in a way that you can’t put it down until the last tissue is crumpled. So, I needed both print and audio!"
Well, there you have it--our favorite books of the year! Below, reminders of the rest of the list. Now, on to 2014!
#10: The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes
#9: A Tale For The Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
#8: Going Clear by Lawrence Wright
#7: Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
#6: The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
#5: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
#4: The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
#3: Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr.
#2: Transatlantic by Colum McCann