TheReadingRoom staff has compiled a featured bookshelf of TheReadingRoom Staff 2013 Favorites. We all struggled to keep ourselves to three but luckily we all shared some highlights. You can view our staff selections here and find out more about our choices below. Anna settled on TransAtlantic by Colum McCann, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra, and The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan, which was similarly revered by Kim, alongside Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala and Burial Rites by Hannah Kent, declaring it a must read. Simon, our crime afficionado, celebrated the return of two of his favorite authors: Stephen King’sDoctor Sleep, the sequel to the lauded horror novel The Shining; and the new Rebus novel, The Saints of the Shadow Bible by Ian Rankin. The graphic novel Polar: Came from the Cold by Victor Santos also made his list. Meanwhile, Cara was much more eclectic, opting for The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion, the critically-acclaimed debut novel Cartwheel by Jennifer Dubois, and Close My Eyes by Sophie McKenzie. We also made the unamimous decision to include The Goldfinch by Donna Tart as one of the year’s highlights.