With the end of every calendar year comes the customary influx of “Best Of” lists, definitively ranking the créme de la cultural créme of the last 365 days. But sometimes “best” doesn’t accurately describe the things that stick with us most, or that we irrationally love out of personal preference. So to cap off 2013, Flavorwire staffers listed their favorite cultural items of the year — the books, movies, and experiences we’ll be taking into 2014. Click through for Flavorwire’s favorite books of 2013, from 800-page epics to tell-all memoirs.
My Education, by Susan Choi
It wasn’t what I’d call the “best” book of 2013 (I’d give that title to Rachel Kushner’s The Flamethrowers or Jesmyn Ward’s Men We Reaped or Jenni Fagan’s The Panopticon), but I dove into and sped through My Education like nothing else I read this year. And though a campus novel about a grad student’s attraction to a handsome, iconoclastic professor with a reputation for seducing students will always have an unfair advantage on my to-read list, the clever left turn Choi takes early in the book — and the youthful energy of her writing throughout — made it my favorite reading experience of 2013. — Judy Berman, Editor in Chief