12/31/13: Top Ten Books I Read In 2013

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This is a meme from The Broke and the Bookish. Each Tuesday they offer a new topic for you to create your list from. This week’s theme is Top Ten Books I Read in 2013. While I didn’t read as much as I wanted to, there were a few books that definitely topped the list.

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1. Dark Witch by Nora Roberts – I love Nora Roberts in general, but I especially love her series. This is a new one that takes place in Ireland and is full of magic. Pure gold! I can’t wait for the other two books to come out. She never disappoints.

2. Alice In Zombieland by Gena Showalter – I love, love, loooooved this book! It was so different from what I was expecting, but in such a good way. I also loved the second book in the series. Impatiently awaiting the third book!

3. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein – Ok, so it took me forever to try to read this book. And I have no idea why, because it was great! It was a very easy read and I loved the story. It makes me want to try to start on Lord of the Rings again. :)

4. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman – This was such an amazing book! I’ve never seen a book with these types of dragons and I loved it. While the story was kind of slow in some areas, the story itself completely overshadowed that. I cannot wait for the next book, which is taking way too long to be released!

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5. Catherine by April Lindner – This is a sort of remake of ‘Wuthering Heights’. While I don’t think it matches up to that book necessarily, on it’s own it’s a pretty great book! I loved the characters and the storyline. As long as I’m not comparing it to the classics, it’s a great read! :D Just take the book on it’s own.

6. How’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones – I love this book! I think it’s a great read for all ages. This is one of those books where I watched the movie and then found out there was a book and I had to read it. I really loved the movie, but the book blew me away as well. Great for kids and adults!

7. Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter – I love this series and this new book did not disappoint me! I love Kat and Hale and everyone! Plus, I love a good heist movie so these books are perfect for me.

8. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness – I really can’t even describe how much I loved this book. I raced through this book and the sequel. I read them both in about 3 days, I think. And that was probably just because of a little pesky thing called a job that I had to go to. :( They were amazing and I don’t know why it took me so long to read them. I am waiting on the edge of my seat the the last book to come out.

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9. Legacies by Mercedes Lackey – I love Mercedes Lackey! I really need to read even more of her books. This is the first book in a four part series. I’ve read the first three and I’m waiting for the last to come out. I feel this is a trend for me. :( The plot is pretty amazing and I love the characters! Much better than I thought it was going to be. Great for those fantasy, YA lovers.

10. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare – Ok, yes. I gave in to the hype. I started the books after the movie came out. I couldn’t help it! Peer pressure, ok? I decided to start the Infernal Devices series before the Mortal Instruments series, despite the recommendations to read in publication order. I’m a little OCD that way. I prefer to read in the order of the timeline. I loved this first series! Tess may be one of my favorite characters I think. Although, Bane was pretty nice!

What do you guys think? What were your favorite books of the year? And why do I start series that are still unfinished? It’s like I’m punishing myself or something. The waiting is killing me!

Also, I hope you guys have a Happy New Year. 2013 was pretty great, see you next year! :D

4 Comments on 12/31/13: Top Ten Books I Read In 2013

  1. Ally
    December 31, 2013 at 10:32 pm (4 months ago)

    This is a good list – I’ve never heard of most of these, but I’ll definitely be checking some of them out!

    I got back into reading this year and I’m so happy that I did. I read the Harry Potter series for the first time and absolutely fell in love. If I didn’t have 135 other books to read, I’d read just that series over and over for the rest of my life.

    Aside from that, the best book I read was “Wonder” by RJ Palacio. It made me laugh and cry and had a bunch of obscure 80′s and 90′s references that made me feel warm and fuzzy. :3
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    • Valerie
      January 2, 2014 at 12:26 pm (4 months ago)

      Yes! If I had to pick one series to read over and over again, it would always be Harry Potter. :)

      I looked up ‘Wonder’ on Goodreads and it’s looks really good. So it’s going on my list! Thanks for the rec.

  2. Reviews From A Bookworm
    January 1, 2014 at 5:10 pm (4 months ago)

    Great list. You’ve got some really amazing books on your list. I really want to read The Infernal Devices series, have heard so many good things. Happy New Year :) My TTT.

    • Valerie
      January 2, 2014 at 12:27 pm (4 months ago)

      Thanks! And yes, Infernal Devices is really good. You should definitely read it. :D
      Happy New Year!


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