The Reader Survey

Believer Readers Vote for Their Favorites

All of This Year’s Votes Were Cast via Frighteningly Fast Electronic Mail

Rebecca Lee’s Bobcat and Karen Green’s Bough Down were chosen from our short lists of books of fiction and poetry (published in the March/April issue and accessible online at selected by the editors of the Believer. We also asked our readers to fill out an email form with what they thought were the three ­strongest works of fiction and poetry ­published in 2013. The top twenty most represented titles in each category follow. One spot on the following list, for a book whose author works on this magazine, has been intentionally left blank because it would look creepy to include it.


Readers’ Favorite Works of Fiction in 2013

  1. Tenth of December – George Saunders
  2. The Flamethrowers – Rachel Kushner
  3. Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish – David Rakoff
  4. ______________________________ – ____________
  5. The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. – Adelle Waldman
  6. Taipei – Tao Lin
  7. Bobcat and Other Stories – Rebecca Lee
  8. Traveling Sprinkler – Nicholson Baker
  9. Tampa – Alissa Nutting
  10. Note to Self – Alina Simone
  11. Speedboat – Renata Adler
  12. The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells – Andrew Sean Greer
  13. In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods – Matt Bell
  14. Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  15. Spectacle – Susan Steinberg
  16. The Interestings – Meg Wolitzer
  17. The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt
  18. S. – J. J. Abrams and Doug Dorst
  19. A Schoolboy’s Diary and Other Stories – Robert Walser
  20. The Era of Not Quite – Douglas Watson

Readers’ Favorite Works of Poetry in 2013

  1. Red Doc> – Anne Carson
  2. The Boss – Victoria Chang
  3. Silverchest – Carl Phillips
  4. Tongue Lyre – Tyler Mills
  5. Black Aperture – Matt Rasmussen
  6. You Good Thing – Dara Wier
  7. The Rose of January – Geoffrey Nutter
  8. My Enemies – Jane Gregory
  9. Small Porcelain Head – Allison Benis White
  10. Great Guns – Farnoosh Fathi
  11. Debts and Lessons – Lynn Xu
  12. Dear Boy – Emily Berry
  13. Antidote – Corey Van Landingham
  14. Orange Roses – Lucy Ives
  15. The Tales – Jessica Bozek
  16. Ocean – Sue Goyette
  17. The Narrow Circle – Nathan Hoks
  18. The Glacier’s Wake – Katy Didden
  19. All night in the new country – Miriam Bird Greenberg
  20. King Me – Roger Reeves

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