The Best of 2013

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish,
and features weekly top-ten lists! This week it’s…

Top Ten Books I Read 2013

Wow… I can’t believe 2013 is almost over!! It’s been such a great year for bookish things. I started my blog in March of this year, and I’ve made so many amazing new friends in the blogging community, discovered so many fantabulous authors, and I read my personal best number of books in a year: 133! (And still, my TBR pile just keeps growing.) It’s been such an amazing year!

In order to include what I feel is representative of the Best Books I’ve read this year, I’m actually doing a Top Ten for books that were released in 2013, and then a Top Five for books that were released a while ago, but that I only just got to this year. So without further ado… here we go!

Favorite Books Read & Released in 2013
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This Song Will Save Your Life, by Leila Sales » I wish I’d had this book when I was in high school. It’s a beautiful reminder — for anyone who struggles or has struggled with self-doubt, loneliness, or low self-esteem — that you are worth it. It needs to be read, and I can’t give it higher praise than that.

Through the Ever Night, by Veronica Rossi » I really wanted to include Into the Still Blue in this list, but it’s not technically out yet, so I held back. :P But this sequel to Under the Never Sky is flipping phenomenal. The characters and relationships are some of the best I have ever read, ever. Really, each book in this series just gets exponentially better. If you haven’t picked it up yet, just… what are you even doing with your life.

The Madness Underneath, by Maureen Johnson » I have a love/hate/hate/hate/omgwhyyyyy relationship with the ending of this book, because my feels have STILL not recovered even months after suffering through it. So why is it on my Top Ten list? Because I am a sucker for books that rip my feels out and stomp them into oblivion (…in a good way?). And I need the next book like I need oxygen. Just, omg.

Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell » I have never related to a fictional character so much in my life. I just… like… I can’t even explain it. When there’s that level of connection between me and a character, the book will be unforgettable. And Fangirl is utterly unforgettable. I loved every second of it.

The Art of Wishing, by Lindsay Ribar » This book still makes me want to type in capslock and draw glitter hearts on EVERYTHING. It will probably be the first book I reread in 2014, not gonna lie, because it’s been on my mind a LOT lately, and I am still so in love with it. I honestly don’t think I’ve smiled as much, reading a book, as I did while reading The Art of Wishing. It’s really something special.

Unravel Me, by Tahereh Mafi » THIS. SEQUEL. Ugh. I just can’t even explain how much I adored everything about it. And with the way this series seems to be going (especially after that Adam-POV novella that just came out), I feel like Tahereh Mafi is going to become my newest author-hero-person. I just… I’m so incredibly pleased with the way things are progressing, and Unravel Me was just beautiful, and just… ugh. Just give me Ignite Me and let me die happy.

The Archived, by Victoria Schwab » This was one of the first books I read this year, and after I read it, I pretty much knew that it would remain a favorite all year long. And it has. I still get this little shuddery feeling when I think about how good it was. I am so flipping excited for The Unbound, I can’t even properly express my feels. It would be nothing but capslock, though, so I’ll spare you.

Siege and Storm, by Leigh Bardugo » Seriously though, is this just the year for awesome sequels?! Madness Underneath, Through the Ever Night, Unravel Me… and Siege and Storm. I just adored this book. (STURMHOND!!) Really, Leigh has crafted a world that is so unique and beautiful and rich, and a story that is just epic and sweeping. I love it to death. Now bring on Ruin and Rising!!

The Dream Thieves, by Maggie Stiefvater » If I had to pick a favorite YA book this year, Dream Thieves would be it. Words can’t even. Click the link for my review, but even that is not enough. I can’t explain the depth of my feels for every single one of these amazing characters, and Maggie’s incredible writing. It’s clever and truthful and cutting and beautiful and it makes you believe in magic. Just read this series. Read it. …Are you reading it yet?

Vicious, by Victoria Schwab » Favorite. Book. Of 2013. No words. None! Absolute perfection. There is not a single thing that I did not love about Vicious. The characters, the writing, Victor and Eli (okay mostly Victor, but VELI, omg), the different POVs, the “science” behind the superpowers, the way the timelines intertwined, VICTOR FREAKING VALE… I just can’t even. Please do check out my review, because I desperately want the rest of the world to read this book and love it as much as I did. You will not regret it.

Bonus! Top Five Books Read in 2013
(That I Should Have Picked Up Sooner)
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Anna and the French Kiss, by Stephanie Perkins » ADORABLE. I really do credit this book with getting me into the contemporary genre. It’s so flipping fantastic. Sweet, full of heart, perfect pacing, and just… ugh. It’s so good.

The Thief, by Megan Whalen Turner » I know, I know, everyone says the sequel, The Queen of Attolia is even better than this book, but I haven’t read that one yet (I did get it for Christmas, though!). But I absolutely loved this one, probably thanks to the narrator. Gen is awesome. I can’t wait to start reading book 2.

The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss » I still can’t really wrap my head around this book. I read it and its sequel, The Wise Man’s Fear, back to back, and then when I finished, what did I do? I immediately started listening to the audio book of The Name of the Wind again. Seriously, the feels. Kvothe is one of my new favorite characters of all timeIf you like epic fantasy books and haven’t picked this up yet, don’t wait any longer. Just don’t. You can’t afford to, trust me.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs » I read this book a few days ago. In one sitting. And I freaking loved it. I’ll be posting a full review in a couple weeks, but it was just… totally not what I was expecting. It was like a weird and awesome mix of All Our Yesterdays, The Darkest Minds, and some kind of WWII historical fiction. I adored it.

Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card » Yeah I’m like the last person on earth to read this one, I know, but IT BLEW MY MIND. I can’t even. And that ending was so freaking perfect… So perfect, in fact, that I have decided never to read the rest of the series because I don’t want to spoil it. Is that weird? I feel like that’s weird. But I don’t care. I loved it. I’m stopping there.

What were YOUR favorite books of 2013??

Let me know in the comments! And be sure to leave a link to your Top Ten post. I’d love to stop by!

30 thoughts on “The Best of 2013

  1. Fangirl was fantastic, Cath really resonated with me as a character. The book ended up on my honourable mentions list–Rowell’s Attachments snagged a spot on my top ten ;) And yay for The Name of the Wind! I’m looking forward to re-reading it in the near future so that I can read the second book, lol.

    Happy New Year! My TTT

    • Agh, I still need to read Attachments!

      If you’re into audiobooks at all (and even maybe if you aren’t), I’d highly recommend checking out the audiobook of The Name of the Wind for your reread (Anya was asking about that in the comment below yours, lol). I hadn’t listened to audiobooks much at all, but I decided to try it for that one because I found it for download from my library, and I wanted to reread without cutting into actual print-reading time. And omg. It was SO GOOD. :D Anyway yeah, lol. Highly recommended.

  2. This list makes me so happy :D I keep wanting to reread The Name of the Wind! I take it you enjoyed the audiobook?? I might have to pick that up so that I can fit in a re-listen, haha

  3. First off, oh my gosh, you JUST read ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS?! Well, at least you have it in your life now. (: Yay for PEREGRINE; I need to read that soon, before Ransom Riggs is here! I totally agree on FANGIRL and UNRAVEL ME. I need to read a bunch of these still, like Victoria Schwab’s books. Eep, and I guess I REALLY need to read THE DREAM THIEVES. Great list, and Happy New Year!

    • Well, “just” – I read it in May, haha. But to my credit, it wasn’t even really on my radar until this year anyway, because I’d never really given contemporary a chance. BAD ME.

      Peregrine was SO GOOD. Definitely not nearly as creepy as I had been expecting. Also a lot more sci-fi. Which for me was awesome.

      And YES you really really need to read The Dream Thieves. And EVERYTHING by Victoria Schwab. She is my author hero of 2013.

  4. I’ve been curious about Maureen Johnson’s other books but I feel like nothing of hers is going to be as good as 13 Little Blue Envelopes so I’ve had a hard time committing to anything else of hers!

    I didn’t do a TTT this week but my top books were definitely Meant To Be by Lauren Morrill and Just One Day by Gayle Forman!

    • OOOOOOOOOOMG. Sorry not sorry, but this calls for capslock. MICHELLE YOU HAAAAAAVE TO READ SHADES OF LONDON. THERE ARE MAJOR OTP FEELS AND I JUST. I CAN’T. But in all seriousness, I’m like 99% positive that you would love it. The major feels come in book 2, which is why it’s my favorite, but they are both quick-ish reads and SO GOOD. You have to read them.

      I read Meant to Be this year, too! It was super cute!! I really need to read Just One Day. It’s been on my TBR for EVER.

      <3

  5. I haven’t read most of the books in your list yet, but I love The Archived and Anna and the French Kiss! :) Happy new year! :D

  6. Ah, I haven’t read any of your Ten… but I still want to read Shadow & Bone. I also only read Ender’s Game this year. It was incredible! I hear the sequels are awful though, so I’ll just stick to the first one.

  7. I liked Unravel Me, but I have to admit I enjoyed the first book more. TTEN and S & S were both amazing sequels! Definitely no 2nd book syndrome there.

  8. Are we secretly the same person, Nikki? I loved SO many of these books, too! The Dream Thieves, Siege and Storm, Fangirl and Through the Ever Night were all favourites for me. I picked up The Thief finally too this year and loved it. Queen of Attolia IS better. I’m reading The King of Attolia tomorrow and I’ve heard THAT’s even better than the first two, so I’m really excited. And Anna and the French Kiss is such a great feel-good book. I can’t wait to get my hands on Isla next year. I hope to finally pick up This Song Will Save Your Life in January and I’m looking forward to it. Brilliant picks, overall! :)

  9. This Song Will Save Your Life is such a beautiful book! I would have loved to be able to read it in high school. And as great at TSWSYL would have been for high-school me, I really wish I could have given Fangirl to college me. So many of Cath’s experiences were similar to my own. I recently bought The Art of Wishing, so it makes me excited that you loved it so much!

  10. YAY FOR ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS! I adore that one. And I really need to read The Art of Wishing ASAP. Also, I love seeing This Song Will Save Your Life on so many lists!

  11. Through the Never Night didn’t make my top 10, but I think it would make my top 15ish. I think it’s probably my favorite sequel ever and I’m hoping Into the Still Blue doesn’t disappoint (all I’ve been hearing is good things so fingers crossed!). Great choices! Happy 2014!

  12. Ooh that’s a cool cover of Vicious! I need to definitely make that book a priority in the new year. I so loved Fangirl and This Song too! Hope 2014 is another excellent reading year for you :)

  13. Siege and Storm was amazing, I agree! And STURMHOND! I’m totally on board for him and Alina getting together. It HAS to happen. Or he has to marry me. I’m cool with either. EEP, I’m so glad you included Anna and the French Kiss! I wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I did. So much for a cheesy, cliché novel. *sobs*

    Happy New Year!

  14. Great selections! Of your 2013 (published) books, I still really need to read Vicious. I really loved Fangirl too! And of your books released prior to 2013, I’d definitely rank Anna & the French Kiss and Miss Peregrine among my favorites. Happy New Year!

  15. I also SO related to Cath! I wish I’d had that book in my transition from high school to college, because i struggled with a lot of the same things! Also, I’ve seen several lists with ‘This Song Will Save Your Life’ on it…so I’m thinking I’ll have to give it a go in 2014! happy new year!

  16. Ender’s Game made my Top 10 and like you, I can’t believe I waited to read it! I haven’t read Vicious yet, I’m thinking I really need to, but I really like the cover of it that you put up. I like the graphic novel-esque one fairly well too, but the version of the cover you put up makes it feel like it’s more about real life.

  17. Yes, yes, and another yes for Anna! It’s not on my list because I read it in 2012, but Lola is! I’ve heard so many good things about This SongWill Save Your Life and Fangirl, plus many have included them on their list, so I’m pretty sure I have to pick them up the next time I visit a bookstore. :)

  18. I do believe I may be the last person on Earth to read Ender’s Game! :P I still haven’t read it, haha! But it’s definitely on my wishlist. :)

    I’ve heard awesome things about Bardugo so I’m looking forward to finally picking up this series! :D

  19. So excited to see your list of favorites! I recently just finished Through the Ever Night, and I can totally agree with you that it was amazing! As was Unravel Me and The Archived! I CAN’T BELIEVE YOU READ Anna and the French Kiss THIS. YEAR. Nevertheless, I’m so so happy you loved it. It’s one of my favorites of all time! Great list and great graphics, dear!

  20. I’m currently in love with epic fantasy and everybody is telling me to read The Name of the Wind. I don’t like that we don’t know when the third book comes out though. I will probably wait a while longer until I pick it up :D

  21. I’ve only read Anna and the French Kiss and I definitely agree with adorable. It’s super adorable!

    I’m so glad to see The Thief and Miss Peregrine on your list because those were books that I started but wasn’t sure if I should continue. There were mixed feelings on both but seeing these on your list just verified that I should get back to them.

    And after seeing This Song Will Save My Life on so many best of lists, I’m convinced I need to pick it up and witness its amazingness for myself. And if it’s a book you wished you had in high school, well I’m currently in high school so… Clearly, all the signs are pointing to read it! :)

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