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text 2014-01-05 12:37
Top 13 Books of 2013

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2013 was a great reading year for me. I almost achieved my goal- finishing 20 series and trilogies, I finnished 18. I read 200 books and novellas, but the starnge thing is it wasn't really that hard for me to choose my favorites.

So this is my top 13 in totally random order. I put only one book of series- the one I loved the most.

 

1. Lying Season (Experiment in Terror #4) by Karina Halle. 

2. Darkness, Kindled (Fire Spirits #4) by Samantha Young. 

3. Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. Maas

4. Trial by Fire (Raised by Wolves #2) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

5. Shadowfever (Fever #5) by Karen Marie Moning

6. Drink Deep (Chicagoland Vampires #5) by Chloe Neill

7. Sentinel (Covenant #5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

8. The Body Finder (The Body Finder #1) by Kimberly Derting

9. Third Grave Dead Ahead (Charley Davidson #3) by Darynda Jones

10. Give Me Love (Give Me #1) by Kate McCarthy

11. Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss #1) by Stephanie Perkins

12. Sins & Needles (The Artists Trilogy #1) by Karina Halle

13. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

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text 2014-01-02 04:00
Top 13 Books of 2013
Scarlet - Marissa Meyer
My Name is Memory - Ann Brashares
Clockwork Angel - Cassandra Clare
Can You Keep a Secret? - Sophie Kinsella
Eleanor & Park - Rainbow Rowell
Bright Young Things - Anna Godbersen
The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Longest Ride - Nicholas Sparks
Shatter Me - Tahereh Mafi
The Diviners - Libba Bray

These were my favorite books of the year! According to goodreads, I read 100 books this year. However some were really short (novellas, short books)! Regardless, I read a lot of great books! (and some bad ones)

 

Here is my top 13 - I couldn't rank them, so the way I ordered them was the order in which I read them this year :) ( I did not include any rereads) P.S. I included 5 honorable mentions and 5 of my least favorite reads at the end!!

 

1. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

- The Lunar Chronicles is one of my favorite series! The first book is Cinder which I also really loved, Scarlet is the second! They are fairy tale retellings in a sci-fi world! LOVE. Cress the third book comes out on February 4th and I cannot wait to read it! Already pre-ordered it :) She is definitely one of my favorite authors :)

 

2. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

- This is one in which I saw the movie first and really enjoyed the movie! And then I read the book and even though it was different, I really enjoyed it! I love retellings so this was a Romeo & Juliet retelling and also it was my first zombie book and I definitely want to read more!!

 

3. My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares

- I loved this book, it was so different from her previous work but man this love story was so so good!! The only thing that bothered me was the ending, GAH. I wish and hope there will be a sequel to this one day! Even though I didn't like the ending, this is still one of my favorite books that I'm looking forward to reading again! Also one of my favorite covers :)

 

4. The Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare

- Man this trilogy is AMAZING! I loved it!! I liked the Mortal Instruments, not a favorite didn't wow me or anything but this I just loved! Even though they were similiar I think it was the setting and time period and Will Herondale that really sold it. I just loved the characters and I just liked the story better! One of my favorite series :)

 

5. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

- Coming of Age is one of my favorite genres so I just really loved this book. The growth of Pony Boy, the setting, the time period (want to read more books set in the 50-70s!) It was such a good book!!

 

6. Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella

- I first read Confessions of a Shopaholic a few years ago and didn't really enjoy it that much. This year I decided to give one of her stand alone novels a shot and I absolutely loved this book! It read like a romantic comedy movie is the best way I can describe it! I read 3 others this year, definitely want to read all of her work and read the Shopaholic series! Definitely became one of my favorite authors :) The best true chick lit I've read!

 

7. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

- This book was so good, I loved the setting and the characters!! I love when two people get to know each other like this in books and we get a lot of dialogue! I loved the references too :) Rainbow Rowell became one of my fave authors this year too, read Fangirl and also enjoyed it just not as much as E&P. Can't wait to read more of her work!

 

8. Bright Young Things trilogy by Anna Godbersen

- I loved the Luxe series by this author and also really loved this trilogy as well!! She is definitely one of my favorite authors and I will read anything she writes! I love her characters and the settings and how the story is told. It's just beautiful! Loved how this one wrapped up :) It's just so good!! This one is set in the 1920s :)

 

9. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

- I love the 1920s, obviously :) I really loved this book - I loved the way the story through Nick and just everything about it! I definitely want to read more of his work! Also really want to see the remake of the movie with Leo!!

 

10. Seriously... I'm Kidding by Ellen Degenerous

- I love Ellen and this book was really funny. What I think really won it over for me is that I listened to the audio book of this and it was my first successful time listening to one! I really enjoyed it!! She also read it and it was nonfiction so that really helped. It feels like you are just listening to someone talk rather than having to keep up with a fictional story! It was an amazing experience! Definitely want to listen to more audiobooks! And Ellen is hilarious!

 

11. The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks

- I say it enough, but Nicholas Sparks is my favorite author so of course his new book would be on this list! I loved this book as I love his others! I love his writing and the way he tells stories :) I'll never tire of this good love stories :)

 

12. Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi

- I became obsessed with this series! It's SOOO good and addicting!! I feel like I talk about it enough! It's amazing! Go read it! Can't wait for Ignite Me that comes out on February 4th!! YAY!!!! Team Warner!!

 

13. The Diviners by Libba Bray

Surprise, surprise another book set in the 1920s that I loved!! This book was so good, so well written the story was so impressive! I loved it. It creeped me out but in such a good way! I cannot wait to continue on with this series! SO GOOD!!!

 

5 Honorable Mentions:

 

1. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

2. Winger by Andrew Smith

3. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

4. Salty Aftertaste by Jason Llyod

5. Light Between the Oceans by M. L. Stedman

 

 

BONUS: 5 Least Favorite Reads of the Year:

 

1. Charlie & the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl

2. The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

3. Key of Light by Nora Roberts

4. The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham

5. Divergent by Veronica Roth

 

 

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text 2014-01-01 04:48
My Top 13 Books Of 2013

When it came time for me to make this list, I realized that I didn't really read that many GREAT books this year. Which is quite sad. But I did manage to pick out 13 books that I felt deserved to be in my top 13.

So here we go!

13. Carnival Of Souls by Melissa Marr. When I first read the book I wasn't sure what to think of it, and the more I read and thought about it, the more I liked it. 

12. Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple. Such a cute, fun, and quirky book. I would really like to try out Semple's other book, This One Is Mine.

11. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Such a great suspense novel, had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I can't wait to see the movie adaptation! As well I can't wait to read more of Flynn's works!

10. The Elite by Kiera Cass. The second novel in The Selection series. Love this series so far and I cannot wait for The One to come out!

9. Tigers Voyage by Colleen Houck. This whole series is my favorite, I just can't get enough of it…although I still need to read the fourth book in the series. Oops. Better get on that soon. 

8. Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. A fabulous assassin novel. Can't wait to read Crown Of Midnight and see how this series continues!

7. The Name Of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. A beast of a read, but so so worth it. You get completely sucked into a whole other world and it really makes you not want to come back. 

6. Darkness Falls by Cate Tiernan. The second book in the Immortal Beloved series. I adore this whole series, Tiernan is amazing. But the second was hands down my favourite. So much action, it had me hooked after the very first sentence.

5. Siege And Storm by Leigh Bardugo. The second book in the Grisha series. If you haven't read this series yet, stop reading this and go read it. Right now. You are missing out. It is amazeballs. 

4. The Heart Of Racing In The Rain by Garth Stein. Told from the point of view of Enzo, a dog. This book had me smiling, crying, laughing, sobbing. All the feels. 

3. A Clash Of Kings by George R.R. Martin. The second in the Song Of Ice And Fire series. I haven't even finished this book yet, but Martin's writing is so flawless there is no way I couldn't put this on the list. He picks you up and drops you into a whole new world. His characters are amazing and his story writing is phenomenal. One of my absolute favourite series and I am only two books in.

2. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I just did my review of this book and if you saw it then you know I was raving about it. An easy 5 stars for this one.
1. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion. I had a tough time placing this one on the list. But after thinking about it for quite a while, there was no way I couldn't put it as number one. I absolutely adored this book, beginning to end. I really never wanted it to end. I am currently reading The New Hunger, the prequel and I CANNOT WAIT for the second book to come out. So happy it is being made into a series!

So what did you think of my list? Do you agree or disagree with any of my choices? If you made a top list of 2013 let me know in the comments so I can check it out!
Tomorrow I will be posting my reading goals of 2014 so be on the lookout for that!

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text 2013-12-27 11:20
Top 13 of 2013

It's the end of another year, and I am back! This time it is to do my top 13 books of 2013, and that includes books I read in 2013 and not just books that were released this year. 

 

There are in no particular order.

 

Cover of Clockwork Princess

 

Let's start of with the Cassandra Clare books I read this year, to get them done, because I read six. Only four of them are on this list. City of Glass, because I thought it was an amazing addition to the story that was action packed and fun, and everything I wanted to happen happened. I'm not one of those who hate the following books, I love them too, but City of Glass was the only one who stood out to be and deserved to be on this list. Clockwork Angel was a great start to a series and it flowed nicely over in Clockwork Prince, which is why they are on my list. Clockwork Princess only got 4 stars from me, and when I reflect back on it I still wouldn't change the rating, but I still think this deserved to be on this list.

 

Cover of RevolutionCover of ForbiddenCover of Hurt

 

This year I really got into historical fiction. One of the historical fiction books I read was The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, and it is a beautiful narrated heartwrenching story. I am really excited to go see the movie. Another historical book that was beautifully narrated (I'm sensing a pattern here), was Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly, an amazing story about a girl who loses her brother and finds solace in a diary from a girl who lived long before her. And there is time travelling involved. Maybe.

 

Another author I read more than one books from this year was Tabitha Suzuma. Both of her books blew me away. First there was Forbidden, a book that absolutely crushed me. It involves a heavily taboo relationship between a brother and a sister, that you couldn't help but root for. Then there was Hurt, one of my most anticipated books of this year. This is about a diver, Matheo, who is hiding a horrible secret from his family and friends and girlfriends. I don't want to say anything more because I don't want to spoil anyone, but I seriously loved this.

 

Cover of The Darkest MindsCover of The House of HadesCover of LightCover of Every Day

 

2013 was a great year for series. There might be another post coming about that (hint, hint), so I won't go into much detail, but here are some of my favorite series-related books I read this year. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken was a great start to a new series, and I loved the world building, and while the writing now and then confused me I loved the characters. I'm about to start the sequel, so maybe that will be appearing on my top list next year? The House of Hades by Rick Riordan is the fourth installment in the Heroes of Olympus series, and it was another great book. The series keeps getting better. Then there was Light by Michael Grant, the last book in one of my all time favorite series, the Gone series. Light was an amazing but heartbreaking conclusion, and I'm so sad it's over. Lastly we have Every Day by David Levithan. This is actually a series. Yep. It's on my standalone shelf (sigh), but there is a sequel slahs companion novel coming out in 2015, I just checked. Anyway, I loved this so much. The idea was original and it was told beautifully.

 

Cover of Never Fall Down

 

Lastly, standing by itself because it didn't fit with any of my previous categories, there is Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick. This is the real story of a boy's life during a civil war (I think it was a civil war and tbh I can't even remember where he is from), and it absolutely broke my heart to see what he had to go through, especially knowing that it's real and people still have to go through this stuff. I sobbed on a boat. With probably 200 people around me. This book is a masterpiece.

 

That's it then. Top 13 of 2013. I think this is a pretty good list. I read a lot of other really good books this year, but these are the ones that stood out to me.

 

Merry belated christmas and happy new year!

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Top Suspense: 13 Classic Stories By 12 Masters Of The Genre
Top Suspense: 13 Classic Stories By 12 Masters Of The Genre - Dave Zeltserman,Lee Goldberg,Harry Shannon,Ed Gorman,Max Allan Collins,Vicki Hendricks,Bill Crider,Paul Levine,Joel Goldman,Naomi Hirahara With the rise of e-books, a consortium like Top Suspense is a new side-effect, and a pleasant one at that. A group of accomplished authors band together to publish their own books under a new label, rather than submitting to a publisher or convincing old publishers to reprint existing works. With this particular anthology, Top Suspense have brought together previously published stories by 12 authors, and thrown in a bonus story authored by all twelve of them.

While a couple of the stories were originally published over a decade ago, most are from the last five years or so. And despite a couple of creative deviations from straight crime and suspense stories, including a science fiction story from Ed Gorman, the gritty criminals in each story really pop off the page.

I enjoyed most of the stories and recognized quite a few names like Lee Goldberg, Dave Zeltserman, and Harry Shannon, but it wound up being the authors whose work I hadn't read before that wound up being the real treat.

"Fire in the Sky" by Joel Goldman had a great puppy love poisoned vibe. Bobby and his friend, Terry, are sweating it out in Electric Park and ogling the fountain girls who are putting on a show for the locals and tourists alike. Bobby has eyes for a gal named Elisabeth in particular, dreaming of a day when he could get out of Kansas and run away with her, and he almost gets his wish when an explosion at the park sends everyone in a frenzy and Bobby finds himself following after Elisabeth.

Another standout for me was "The Big O" by Vicki Hendricks and the tale of an abused woman looking to get away from her ex-boyfriend, Merle, only to wind up stranded with her baby in a rundown trailer park run by another cretinous bastard named Jimmy. She is a pretty piece of poison herself and plots to put an end to both men after a time, but has to work fast when a storm threatens to blow the trailer park and everyone in to kingdom come.

I think if this anthology was set up as a way to entice readers to seek out more work from these authors, I dare say it worked, because I've since added a few more names to my wish list. I wasn't a big fan of the 250-words-at-a-time collaboration by all 12 authors, but the premise for that story was impressive enough. Top Suspense has another anthology out called Favorite Kills, which I have on my to-be-read pile. If that one can manage to entertain me as well as this one did, all the better.
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