Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme for list-loving bloggers that is hosted by the fabulous team over at The Broke and the Bookish. Every week, readers compile a list of their favorite books, authors, or other literature-related things that fall under a certain category.
This week's topic is top ten books we have read in the first half of 2013, which means the year is halfway over. It has been a rewarding one, full of good books and new experiences, but it is difficult to accept when it seems that at most one month ago I was at my grandmother's house, watching on television the ball drop that was happening just a few miles away in Times Square. Almost as difficult was creating this list, but I decided completing this exercise may be helpful in December when I attempt to compile my thirteen favorite YA books of the entire year, so I went to GoodReads and got to work. And now, I give you the best books I have read thus far in 2013 (in chronological order because ranking them would be impossible).
Because… The Fault in Our Stars.
This book is so bittersweet and honest and I love every word.
I put this book on my list not just because it never fails to be absolutely fun, but because its strong family story line shines through each hilarious scene. Thank you to Sunny for convincing me to read it and not just write it off as a frivolous book with a likely-to-be annoying main character. It is not.
A dark and gritty contemporary, this novel transported me into a world both unfamiliar and recognizable, a life parallel to my own, and every chapter opened my eyes to its characters' conflicts.
The brilliant writing in this book brought tears to my eyes because it is so, so incredible.
Maybe I should hold off on reading Paper Towns and An Abundance of Katherines until 2014 because otherwise, John Green will dominate my end-of-the-year top thirteen.
Ally never disappoints with her plotting. I strongly foresee United We Spy being on my top 13 of 2013 list.
Yes, it may be a struggle at times to get through all the technical piloting terms, but read this book. Please.
This is one of those books that remind me why I love reading. I wanted it to never end, and I connected with every aspect of the main character's quintessential good-girl personality and the conflict it caused.
I encountered so many more fabulous novels the past six months and it pains me to leave them off this list. I hope you read as many remarkable books as I did, and I am sure we will both find more in the weeks to come.
What are your favorites from so far in 2013?