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2013 Puddly Awards

The 2013 Puddly Awards

Here at Powell's, nothing gives us greater joy than sharing our favorite books with our customers — and having our customers share theirs in return. So, annually we ask you to determine which titles should earn the coveted Puddly Awards, Powell's version of the Oscars. Thanks to all who voted for this year's titles!

Click here to see last year's winners.

Nothing makes us appreciate our customers more than the annual Puddly Awards. Every January, we ask you to name the best book you read the previous year, you respond in droves, and in February we publish the results: an eclectic, smart, surprising list of 50 great titles. When we're on the hunt for our next favorite book, year in, year out, we begin our search on the Puddly Awards page.

 

The 2013 Puddly Award
for Fiction

Gone Girl
Gone Girl
by Gillian Flynn

The 2013 Puddly Award
for Nonfiction

Wild
Wild
by Cheryl Strayed

Click here to learn more about how the results were tabulated.

1
Gone Girl
Gone Girl
by Gillian Flynn

Customer Comment from library goddess

I love when an author's craft is so convincing that I'm tricked as a reader. Gillian Flynn is that masterful. Her writing will entice you to delve deeper into yourself as you become entangled in the lives of the characters. A thriller!

List Price $25.00
Your price: $9.95
Used - Hardcover

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2
The Night Circus
The Night Circus
by Erin Morgenstern

Customer Comment from Ariel Valladares

The Night Circus is simply a beautiful book that draws you in and you never want to leave. Brilliant storytelling, vivid writing... Readers travel a journey of suspense and wonder, magic and light, immersed in a world we have all dreamed of but never thought we'd get to experience. A classic from the very first page.

List Price $15.00
Your price: $7.95
Used - Trade Paper

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3
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
by Cheryl Strayed

Customer Comment from mtmum

Inspiring, soul searching and gut wrenching all at once. It is difficult to imagine being out on the trail but impossible to put Strayed down until every step has been taken. The author is brutally frank about the highs and lows of her journey, and I felt I was there for it all.

List Price $25.95
Your price: $12.50
Used - Hardcover

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4
The Fault in Our Stars
The Fault in Our Stars
by John Green

Customer Comment from Amanda Townsend

This is John Green's best book yet. It takes you through a range of emotions and makes you think about death and what kind of life you want to lead. It's also a love story between two teenagers, but it's so much more than that. The Fault in Our Stars is definitely a book you will want to read twice, despite the hole it will leave in your heart.

List Price $17.99
Your price: $10.00
Used - Hardcover

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5
Beautiful Ruins
Beautiful Ruins
by Jess Walter

Customer Comment from Ken Olsen

Beautiful Ruins shows Jess Walter's considerable gifts for language, humor, and storytelling in a compelling novel that will have you booking a ticket to northern Italy and searching for Richard Burton films. Walter has superb delivery and a keen eye for our romance with nostalgia, Hollywood, and other vaunted venues. If it's not on your nightstand by tonight, you're missing out on one of the best reads of 2012.

List Price $26.99
Your price: $12.50
Used - Hardcover

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6
Bring Up the Bodies (A John MacRae Book)
Bring Up the Bodies (A John MacRae Book)
by Hilary Mantel

Customer Comment from Art Librarian

I'm a self-confessed historical fiction nut, but this book (and its predecessor, Wolf Hall) elevated the genre to unexpected heights. The flow and excellence of the language, the details of life in Tudor England, the machinations of politics and life at court, and the knife-sharp characterizations of both well-known and lesser players are all exquisitely portrayed…

List Price $28.00
Your price: $9.95
Used - Hardcover

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7
Fifty Shades Trilogy: Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, Fifty Shades Freed 3-Volume Boxed Set
Fifty Shades Trilogy: Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, Fifty Shades Freed 3-Volume Boxed Set
by E. L. James

Customer Comment from Shannon Kauffman

One of the best books of all time. It has universal appeal in that there's a bit of everything, from naughty to nice and even some action in the mix. Grey has it all: looks, money, and even a whole roster of issues that make him so utterly human. It's fantastic... and it stands alone. I'd recommend this series to anyone...

List Price $47.85
Your price: $32.00
Used - Trade Paper

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8
The Round House
The Round House
by Louise Erdrich

Customer Comment from dafoldoe

…I love that Erdrich again captures contemporary Native life so effortlessly — minus the usual stereotypes. In this effort, she has chosen to bring attention to the high rate of violence facing Native women today.…The beauty of the writing was just striking at times, the story moving and unforgettable.

List Price $27.99
Your price: $10.95
Used - Hardcover

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9
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
by Laura Hillenbrand

Customer Comment from itpdx

Wow! This is the story of an amazing and resilient man. And it's so well told! Hillenbrand brings us into the stadium of the 1936 Berlin Olympics, the interior of a B-24 bomber limping back to base, a raft drifting across the Pacific, Japanese POW camps and the mental struggles of recovery.

List Price $28.00
Your price: $13.50
Used - Hardcover

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10
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
by Robin Sloan

Customer Comment from Cedate Shultz

As a bibliophile I can only imagine encountering book stacks that reach the heights of those in Mr. Penumbra's store. What the new clerk finds in these stacks, however, is nothing short of a wild romp through a world shrouded in mystery. What secret is it that the loyal patrons of this nocturnal store seek? Step across the threshold and find out...

List Price $25.00
Your price: $12.50
Used - Hardcover

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11
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1)
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1)
by Suzanne Collins
List Price $10.99
Your price: $3.95
Used - Trade Paper

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12
Mink River
Mink River
by Brian Doyle
List Price $18.95
Your price: $12.95
Used - Trade Paper

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13
The Dog Stars
The Dog Stars
by Peter Heller
List Price $24.95
Your price: $9.98
Sale - Hardcover

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14
Flight Behavior
Flight Behavior
by Barbara Kingsolver
List Price $28.99
Your price: $10.98
Sale - Hardcover

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15
1Q84
1Q84
by Haruki Murakami
List Price $30.50
Your price: $16.00
Used - Hardcover

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16
Ready Player One
Ready Player One
by Ernest Cline
List Price $14.00
Your price: $7.50
Used - Trade Paper

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17
Cutting for Stone
Cutting for Stone
by Abraham Verghese
List Price $28.95
Your price: $10.50
Used - Hardcover

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18
11/22/63
11/22/63
by Stephen King
List Price $19.99
Your price: $11.50
Used - Trade Paper

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19
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
by Katherine Boo
List Price $16.00
Your price: $10.95
Used - Trade Paper

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20
Cloud Atlas
Cloud Atlas
by David Mitchell
List Price $15.00
Your price: $8.00
Used - Trade Paper

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21
This Is How You Lose Her
This Is How You Lose Her
by Junot Diaz
List Price $26.95
Your price: $14.00
Used - Hardcover

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22
The Help
The Help
by Kathryn Stockett
List Price $16.00
Your price: $2.50
Used - Trade Paper

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23
Twisted Roots: A Light into the Darkness
Twisted Roots: A Light into the Darkness
by Shelly Goodman Wright
Your price: $26.99
New - Trade Paper

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24
Canada
Canada
by Richard Ford
List Price $27.99
Your price: $9.95
Used - Hardcover

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25
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
by Rebecca Skloot
List Price $16.00
Your price: $7.95
Used - Trade Paper

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26
Tiger's Destiny  (Tiger's Curse #4)
Tiger's Destiny (Tiger's Curse #4)
by Colleen Houck
List Price $17.95
Your price: $12.50
Used - Hardcover

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27
Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar
Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar
by Cheryl Strayed
Your price: $14.95
New - Trade Paper

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28
The Age of Miracles
The Age of Miracles
by Karen Thompson Walker
List Price $26.00
Your price: $7.95
Used - Hardcover

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29
Hunger Games Trilogy Set
Hunger Games Trilogy Set
by Suzanne Collins
Your price: $19.98
Sale - Trade Paper

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30
The Book Thief
The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak
List Price $12.99
Your price: $6.95
Used - Trade Paper

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31
The Twelve (The Passage Trilogy #2)
The Twelve (The Passage Trilogy #2)
by Justin Cronin
List Price $28.00
Your price: $8.98
Sale - Hardcover

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32
Telegraph Avenue
Telegraph Avenue
by Michael Chabon
List Price $27.99
Your price: $9.95
Used - Hardcover

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33
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
by Ben Fountain
List Price $25.99
Your price: $10.95
Used - Hardcover

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34
Let's Pretend This Never Happened
Let's Pretend This Never Happened
by Jenny Lawson
List Price $16.00
Your price: $7.50
Used - Trade Paper

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35
The Shaman Speaks: How to Use the Power of Shamanism to Heal Your Life Now
The Shaman Speaks: How to Use the Power of Shamanism to Heal Your Life Now
by Maggie Wahls
Your price: $16.95
New - Trade Paper

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36
The Sense of an Ending (Vintage International)
The Sense of an Ending (Vintage International)
by Julian Barnes
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Your price: $8.00
Used - Trade Paper

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37
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
by Susan Cain
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Your price: $10.95
Used - Trade Paper

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38
Winter of the World (Century Trilogy #2)
Winter of the World (Century Trilogy #2)
by Ken Follett
List Price $36.00
Your price: $9.95
Used - Hardcover

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39
The Snow Child
The Snow Child
by Eowyn Ivey
List Price $14.99
Your price: $7.50
Used - Trade Paper

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40
State of Wonder (P.S.)
State of Wonder (P.S.)
by Ann Patchett
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Your price: $7.95
Used - Trade Paper

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41
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
by Rachel Joyce
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Your price: $10.50
Used - Hardcover

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42
The Light between Oceans
The Light between Oceans
by M.L. Stedman
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Your price: $10.95
Used - Hardcover

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43
Cold Days: A Novel of the Dresden Files (Dresden Files)
Cold Days: A Novel of the Dresden Files (Dresden Files)
by Jim Butcher
Your price: $14.50
Used - Hardcover

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44
The Orchardist
The Orchardist
by Amanda Coplin
Your price: $26.99
New - Hardcover

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45
Team of Rivals: Lincoln Film Tie-In Edition
Team of Rivals: Lincoln Film Tie-In Edition
by Doris Kearns Goodwin
List Price $21.00
Your price: $8.95
Used - Trade Paper

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46
The Art of Fielding
The Art of Fielding
by Chad Harbach
List Price $14.99
Your price: $7.50
Used - Trade Paper

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47
The Forgotten Garden
The Forgotten Garden
by Kate Morton
List Price $16.00
Your price: $4.95
Used - Trade Paper

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48
The Casual Vacancy
The Casual Vacancy
by J. K. Rowling
List Price $35.00
Your price: $9.50
Used - Hardcover

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49
Where'd You Go, Bernadette
Where'd You Go, Bernadette
by Maria Semple
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Your price: $7.50
Used - Trade Paper

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50
Code Name Verity
Code Name Verity
by Elizabeth Wein
List Price $16.99
Your price: $9.00
Used - Hardcover

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Powell's Employee
Top 50

While you were casting your Puddly votes, we also asked our coworkers to name the best book they read in 2012. Check out the top 50 picks that won our adoration.

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    Glaciers (Tin House New Voice)

    Alexis Smith 9781935639206
2
  1. $25.25 New Hardcover add to wish list
3
  1. $12.50 Used Hardcover add to wish list
4
  1. $15.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    Cloud Atlas (Modern Library)

    David Mitchell 9780812994711
5
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    Ready Player One

    Ernest Cline 9780307887443
6
  1. $8.00 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    The Devil All the Time

    Donald Ray Pollock 9780307744869
7
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8
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    The Sisters Brothers

    Patrick deWitt 9780062041289
9
  1. $50.00 New Hardcover add to wish list

    Building Stories

    Chris Ware 9780224078122
10
  1. $9.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    Gone Girl

    Gillian Flynn 9780307588364
11
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12
  1. $8.00 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    Redshirts

    John Scalzi 9780765334794
13
  1. $15.99 New Hardcover add to wish list

    I Want My Hat Back

    Jon Klassen 9780763655983
14
  1. $17.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    The Fifty Year Sword

    Mark Z. Danielewski 9780307907721
15
  1. $10.50 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    Beautiful Ruins (P.S.)

    Jess Walter 9780061928178
16
  1. $7.95 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    Life of Pi

    Yann Martel 9780547848419
17
  1. $9.00 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    1Q84 (Vintage International)

    Haruki Murakami 9780307476463
18
  1. $10.95 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    Zazen

    Vanessa Veselka 9781935869054
19
  1. $8.00 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    The Song of Achilles

    Madeline Miller 9780062060624
20
  1. $9.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list
21
  1. $10.95 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    The Round House (P.S.)

    Louise Erdrich 9780062065254
22
  1. $5.95 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    How to Be a Woman

    Caitlin Moran 9780062124296
23
  1. $24.95 New Hardcover add to wish list
24
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    The Orchardist (P.S.)

    Amanda Coplin 9780062188519
25
  1. $9.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    Broken Harbor

    Tana French 9780670023653
26
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    Daughter of Smoke and Bone

    Laini Taylor 9780316134026
27
  1. $30.00 New Hardcover add to wish list

    Traveler of the Century

    Andres Neuman 9780374119393
28
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    The Last Werewolf

    Glen Duncan 9781847679468
29
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    The Age of Miracles

    Karen Thompson Walker 9780812982947
30
  1. $12.50 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    A Naked Singularity

    Sergio De La Pava 9780226141794
31
  1. $9.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    Alif the Unseen

    G. Willow Wilson 9780802120205
32
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    Leaving the Atocha Station

    Ben Lerner 9781566892742
33
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    Almost Never

    Daniel Sada 9781555976095
34
  1. $9.00 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    Code Name Verity

    Elizabeth Wein 9781423152194
35
  1. $4.95 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    Divergent (Divergent Trilogy #1)

    Veronica Roth 9780062024039
36
  1. $7.98 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

    Every Day

    David Levithan 9780307931887
37
  1. $6.95 Used Hardcover add to wish list
38
  1. $9.50 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    Legs Get Led Astray

    Chloe Caldwell 9781892061423
39
  1. $13.50 Used Hardcover add to wish list

    The Raven Boys

    Maggie Stiefvater 9780545424929
40
  1. $7.50 Used Trade Paper add to wish list

    The Snow Child

    Eowyn Ivey 9780316175661
  1. Results were calculated based on the number of votes submitted for a given title, not a specific ISBN (edition, binding, et al.). For example, all the votes for Gone Girl — be it for the paperback, the hardcover, the audio book, the first edition, and so on — count toward its placement in the final list.
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