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review 2013-12-29 16:29
Top 10 books of 2013 (not in order)
Ready Player One - Ernest Cline
Wonder - R.J. Palacio
Shatter Me - Tahereh Mafi
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea - Barbara Demick
The Fault in Our Stars - John Green
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling
The Snow Child - Eowyn Ivey
Jellicoe Road - Melina Marchetta
Misery - Stephen King
The 5th Wave - Rick Yancey

1: Ready player one: I thougt this book was awsome, I fell in love with the charecters, the futurestic setting was perfect. And Im really looking forward to read Armada (oct 2014) by same author.


2: Wonder:  this was such a sweet heartwarming story. I really loved how August developed through the book and how he handled different situations.


3: Shatter Me: My favorite series I've read this year. and really looking forward to the 3rd book. totally ship Juliette x Adam. Warner can.. I dont know I have this hatelove relationship with Warner.


4: Nothing to envy: This was my first non-fiction book. My friend told me to read it and her book recommendation is usally really good. And ofc she was right this time to. I really loved the charecters I loved theirs stories. through the hole book I had differents feelings.


5: The Fault In Ours Stars: First John green book I've read. Such a pain to read this. I have heard warnings but I didnt thought It would be this frikkin sad. but I loved it ofc. and 2014 I will read others books by John Green.


6: Harry potter 1: I havent read the harry potter books Before but this year I decided to do it. And I have no regrets! I'm really glad I've read them or the first 4 books. I will finish the series 2014.


7: The Snow Child: My first English book (Im Swedish) and I'm really glad that this was my first book because I loved it. It had this strong story and alot of feelings awakend when I read this. And after I've finished it I was like: What?? Already finished?? I want to read more -runs to the shelf and picks random books-


8: Jellicoe road: Melina Marchetta became one of my favorite authors this year, the way she writes is Amazing. This story had such heartwarming moments but not only that. I felt sadness, Happines, confusion and others feelings.


9: Misery:  this book was crazy and scary of course. The way Stephen king described the charecters, especially Annie was so scary. and the moments was nerv-wrecking. through the book I felt so sorry for Paul. I just wanted to dive in the book and rescue him.


10: The 5th Wave:  I love the characters in this book especially Evan (I Think it was Evan) the way Rick described him like a Young superman. I fell in love at the first Word.
but carrie was nice to. This is the first book I've prefer the side characters instead of the main character.


If I would haft to put these in orders it would be: 
1: Shatter me
2: Harry potter 1
3: The snow Child
4: The fault in ours stars
5: Wonder
6: Ready player one
7: Jellicoe Road
8: The 5th wave
9: Nothing to envy
10: Misery.

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text 2013-12-24 02:12
Best Books I Read in 2013

In no particular order, my favorite books of the year were The Baby-sitters Club #1-4 by Anne M. Martin, Fog by Caroline B. Cooney, Halloween: Magic, Mystery and the Macabre, The Wig in the Window by Kristen Kittscher, Carrie by Stephen King, Into Great Silence by Eva Saulitis, The Templeton Twins Have an Idea by Ellis Weiner, The Ultra Violets by Sophie Bell, The Dark by Lemony Snicket, and Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner.

The Baby-sitters Club #1-4 is probably cheating, as I didn't actually read the anthology version of these four books. But the four of them were equally enjoyable and nostalgic, and I really look forward to rereading more of the series during 2014. My review of Kristy's Great Idea can be found here.

Fog is the first book of Caroline B. Cooney's Losing Christina series, and it was a much better book than I expected it to be. It was entertaining, well-written, and delightfully creepy, and I'm planning on reading the rest of the trilogy as soon as I can track down copies of the books. My review of Fog can be found here.

Halloween: Magic, Mystery, and the Macabre was a horror anthology I got from Netgalley; I read it this October to get in the mood for Halloween, and it was definitely a pleasant surprise. While some of the stories fell flat, others were absolutely fantastic; my review of Halloween can be found here.

The Wig in the Window was another ARC I received, and it was as great a read as I'd hoped. Being a fan of Middle Grade fiction, I really enjoyed the youthful charm of the plot, the characters, and the cover, and I'll be on the lookout for more from Kittscher. My review of The Wig in the Window can be found here.

Carrie made it onto my 2013 schedule only because the release of the movie; if it hadn't been for that, I probably wouldn't have gotten around to it for a long time. I'm glad I did, though; the writing style was a little weird and I was definitely already familiar with the plot, but it was still a great read. I'm looking forward to inching my way through the rest of the Stephen King books I own.

Into Great Silence was an Edelweiss ARC, and it was a really fascinating memoir about Eva Saulitis and her orca research. The book was educational, which I love, but it was also surprisingly emotional. My review of Into Great Silence can be found here.

The Templeton Twins Have an Idea wasn't quite what I wanted it to be, but it was a fun read nonethless. The narration is reminiscent of Lemony Snicket's in A Series of Unfortunate Events, but with a snarkier, more confrontational edge than Snicket's melancholy and wit. I have a copy of the sequel, so I'll definitely be reading that when I get the chance, and hopefully it'll be just as good--or better!--than the first.

The Ultra Violets was a pleasant surprise. From the delightful Cartoon Network style art to the pop-culture reference-laden writing, it was a fun ride. Though the plot was fairly straight-forward, I found myself laughing out loud; I can't wait to read more of the series.

The Dark was a picture book from Lemony Snicket, which I can say surprised me. I didn't think Daniel Handler would be writing anything under the Lemony Snicket name other than the A Series of Unfortunate Events universe, but I'm glad he did. The Dark was a surprisingly emotional story in such few pages, and I found it really charming. It definitely revitalized my love of Snicket's work, and I'm more eager than ever to get my hands on his new series. My review of The Dark can be found here.

Mr. Wuffles! was a picture book that I honestly didn't expect to be impressed by. But it was really cute and surprisingly entertaining. If David Wiesner's other books are anything like this one, I'll definitely read more. My review of Mr Wuffles! can be found here.

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text 2013-12-02 16:59
The Best Atheist Books of 2013

The Best Atheist Books of 2013 according to The Friendly Atheist.

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review 2013-11-11 01:57
Losing Hope - Colleen Hoover

Dean Holder...I live you to the moon and back. That is all.

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text 2013-11-07 18:27
What to do if you don't have a store to display books? Create a "best of" list.

Love it or hate it, Amazon manages to sell more books than any other retailer and yet doesn't have any physical stores. How to introduce new books to readers is a problem for online retail, and Amazon tries to get around that by putting out a "best of" list each year that they hope will draw attention to various books their editors supposedly select. Too often "best of" is based on best sales rather than literary merit, but at least they're trying. You might also wonder why a retailer has book editors. Can you say "publisher wannabe?" 


To promote even further, Amazon puts out a Kindle version of it's list, just shy of 100 pages long, that gives a brief description of each title. This is available as a free download, assuming you have a Kindle of course. Amazon has recently tried making some peace overtures to indie bookstores by offering to let them sell Kindles bundled with specially priced e-books, but many indie retailers feel that's just a way for Amazon to ultimately steal their clientele away. You're going to have to do better than that Mr. Bezos. 


If Amazon really wanted to make friends with indies it could offer them special wholesale pricing to actually carry books, which would then give it a large network of "showrooms" to sell from. Here is the latest list from Amazon's "editors." Click on the photo to link to the Amazon download area: 



Source: www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GDOLZNI/ref=amb_link_385530762_3?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-leftnav&pf_rd_r=02XANN6W6DQSRREN93VC&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1651772402&pf_rd_i=7728816011
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