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January 30, 2004

Readersread.com Announces Lists of Best Books of 2003

Readersread.com, a leading website for book lovers, announced today its first annual lists of the Best Books of 2003 in the following genres: Children's and Young Adult, Fantasy/SF/Horror, General Fiction, Mystery/Thriller, Nonfiction and Romance novels. Chosen by Readersread.com's book staff, the lists feature the outstanding books published in the U.S. in 2003.

The Best Books of 2003 are:

Best Children's and Young Adult Books of 2003

  • Abhorsen by Garth Nix (HarperCollins)
  • Eragon by Christopher Paolini (Random House)
  • First to Fly: How Orville and Wilbur Wright Invented the Airplane by Peter Busby, Paintings by David Craig (Crown Books)
  • A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray (Delacorte Press)
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling, Illustrated by Mary Grandpre (Scholastic)
  • Inkheart by Cornelia Funke (The Chicken House/Scholastic)
  • The Merlin Conspiracy by Diana Wynne Jones (HarperCollins)
  • Mister Monday (The Keys to the Kingdom) by Garth Nix (Scholastic)
  • The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett(HarperCollins)
  • The Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman, Illustrated by Dave McKean (HarperCollins)

    Best Fantasy/SF/Horror Books of 2003

  • The Battle of Evernight by Cecilia Dart-Thornton (Warner Aspect)
  • The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla by Stephen King (Donald M. Grant/Scribner)
  • The Devil's Armor by John Marco (DAW)
  • Endless Nights (The Sandman, Book 11) by Neil Gaiman, Illustrated by Barron Story et al. (Vertigo/D.C. Comics)
  • First Rider's Call by Kristen Britain (DAW)
  • A Forest of Stars (Saga of the Seven Suns, Book 2) by Kevin J. Anderson (Warner Books)
  • Grail Prince by Nancy McKenzie (Del Ray)
  • Hades' Daughter by Sara Douglass (Tor)
  • Ilium by Dan Simmons (Eos)
  • Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde (Viking)
  • Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (Nan A. Talese)

    Best General Fiction Novels of 2003

  • Any Human Heart by William Boyd (Knopf)
  • Brick Lane by Monica Ali (Scribner)
  • Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, Translation by Edith Grossman (Ecco)
  • The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem (Doubleday)
  • The German Money by Lev Raphael (Leapfrog Press)
  • I Should Be Extremely Happy in Your Company: A Novel of Lewis and Clark by Brian Hall (Viking)
  • Old School by Tobias Wolff (Knopf)
  • Love by Toni Morrison (Knopf)
  • The Pleasure of My Company by Steve Martin (Hyperion)
  • The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (MacAdam/Cage)

    Best Mystery/Thrillers of 2003

  • Bangkok 8 by John Burdett (Knopf)
  • The Big Bad Wolf by James Patterson (Little, Brown)
  • Cold Pursuit by T. Jefferson Parker (Hyperion)
  • The Confessor by Daniel Silva (Putnam)
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon (Doubleday)
  • Dante's Equation by Jane Jensen (Del Ray)
  • The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (Doubleday)
  • The Dragon King's Palace by Laura Joh Rowland (St. Martin's Minotaur)
  • The Orion Protocol by Gary Tigerman (William Morrow)
  • Persuader by Lee Child (Delacorte)
  • The Protector by David Morrell (Warner Books)
  • The Samurai's Daughter by Sujata Massey (HarperCollins)
  • Sensei by John Donohue (St. Martin's Minotaur)
  • Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane (William Morrow)
  • The Thai Amulet by Lyn Hamilton (Berkley)

    Best Nonfiction Books of 2003

  • 1000 Years for Revenge: International Terrorism and the FBI--the Untold Story by Peter Lance (ReganBooks)
  • An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963 by Robert Dallek (Little, Brown)
  • Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson (Simon & Schuster)
  • The Bounty: The True Story of the Mutiny on the Bounty by Caroline Alexander (Viking)
  • Everest: Summit of Achievement by The Royal Geographic Society (Simon and Schuster)
  • The Known World by Edward P. Jones (Amistad/HarperCollins)
  • Madam Secretary by Madeleine K. Albright (Miramax Books)
  • Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi (Random House)
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson (Broadway)

    The Best Romance Novels of 2003

  • A Clean Slate by Laura Caldwell (Red Dress Ink)
  • The Conqueror by Judith French (Love Spell)
  • Dark Melody by Christine Feehan (Leisure Books)
  • Die in Plain Sight by Elizabeth Lowell (William Morrow)
  • Flirting With Pete by Barbara Delinsky (Scribner)
  • Hot Pursuit by Christina Skye (Dell)
  • Light in Shadow by Jayne Ann Krentz (Putnam)
  • The Lady Chosen by Stephanie Laurens (Avon)
  • Material Girl by Julia London (Berkley)
  • One Kiss From You by Christina Dodd (Avon)
  • The Perfect Lover by Stephanie Laurens (William Morrow)
  • Remember When by Nora Roberts and J.D. Robb (Putnam)
  • To Sir Phillip, with Love by Julia Quinn (Avon)
  • Slightly Scandalous by Mary Balogh (Dell)
  • Worth Any Price by Lisa Kleypas (Avon)

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