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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
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)
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 time. If 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!