Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, she posts an idea relating to books and encourages other book bloggers to respond with their own top ten lists.
This week’s topic is “top ten books I read in 2013.” 2013 was an excellent year for reading, thanks to the discovery of both Goodreads and book blogs. While it’s virtually impossible to narrow down all 217 books that I read this year to the 10 that I thought were the best, the ten below are ones that I really enjoyed reading — and ones that I’ll likely read again.
1. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
When I received this book, I stayed up all night reading it — I laughed, I cried, I highlighted poignant quotes, I had my heart broken, and I felt a strange sense of hope within all the angst and despair. It’s such a touching, important, powerful book, and I can’t recommend it enough. My review can be found here.
2. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
I’m convinced that Rainbow writes books for me, personally. Fangirl perfectly captures what it’s like to be a fangirl and what it’s like to go away to college in true Rainbow Rowell style: it’s quirky, fun, adorable, and character-driven. My review can be found here.
3. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
This was one of my most anticipated reads of the year, and it completely surpassed my (already high) expectations. I don’t know how I’m going to survive the wait until the third book — I need more of my Raven Boys in my life!
4. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
Crown of Midnight addressed all of the issues that I had with Throne of Glass, kept me guessing at every turn, and made me feel all the emotions. It’s such a good example of how to write a sequel since I enjoyed it a lot more than Throne of Glass, and I can’t wait to see where the series will go from there. My review can be found here.
5. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
Between swoonworthy boys, magic, and inventive fairytales/mythology, this series is so enthralling. And the Darkling! (I know that I already said swoonworthy boys, but he really deserves his own special mention). Can Ruin and Rising please hurry up and be released?! My review can be found here.
6. The Archived by Victoria Schwab
The Archived has such a unique and spooky premise, and it definitely delivered on that front. I easily got lost in its world, which I desperately wanted to know more about, and the mystery aspect of it, which kept me guessing throughout the story. My review can be found here.
7. Angelfall by Susan Ee
Angelfall single-handedly redeemed angel books in my eyes, which is certainly no small feat! Its post-apocalyptic setting, amazing female lead, and brutal angels make it a step above the rest for good reason, and it’s definitely worthy of all of the hype surrounding it. My review can be found here.
8. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
This book both broke my heart and healed me. It’s a really moving piece on grief and loss, and I’m so, so glad that I read it. My review can be found here.
9. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy NelsonThe Sky is Everywhere is a beautiful piece on grief, love, and loss. It’s lyrical, moving and honest, and will definitely stay with me for a long time to come. My review can be found here.
10. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
I don’t even know how to describe The Ocean at the End of the Lane. It’s beautiful, haunting, nostalgic, creepy, and filled with so much wisdom. There’s a reason that Neil Gaiman is one of my favourite authors, and this book is just another reason why.
Fangirl made my list, too. Angelfall and The Sky is Everwhere are among my favorites of the year, but they just missed the list. Sarah J. Mass’ and Leigh Bardugo’s series are on my must-read list for 2014. I’ve just seen them around so many times, I feel like I finally need to read them for myself.
They’re so well-loved in the blogging community, and I certainly understand why. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did! : )
I think Fangirl miiight just have to be on my list as well! happy new year!
I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Happy new year! : )
I like several of these books, but my favorites are definitely Ocean at the End of the Lane–it took me awhile to read Gaiman, but now I am enjoying working my way through his books–and Angelfall. There are so many good books, it is hard to choose!
I’m so glad that you’re enjoying Gaiman’s works so far! His stories are so imaginative and otherworldly that I can’t help but enjoy them all. Agreed! The hardest part of making any list is definitely narrowing it down to ten books.
Great list. You’ve got some really amazing books on your list -I LOVED The Sky Is Everywhere when I read that book, such a beautiful story! I just got Archived, Angelfall and Shadow & Bone/Siege & Storm for Christmas and I’m so excited to finally get to read them all. Great picks! Happy New Year 🙂 My TTT.
Thanks! Ooh, that’s quite a great Christmas book haul! I really hope you enjoy all of them – they’re a few of my new favourite series. Happy new year! 🙂