Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Top Ten Books I've Read so Far in 2013

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.

Normally, novels about ravaging tragedies make me think, "I am so thankful this is not me." This one made me think, "Wow, this could have been me." Between Shades of Gray forces readers into the story along with the characters, forever changing them just slightly.

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?


  1. Yayyyy, Shatter Me! I adore that book! Tahereh Mafi's writing is incredible. ♥

    My friend at work last night was just telling me how much I need to read Looking for Alaska!

  2. I love Looking for Alaska, I read it a while ago and it's such a great book. Definitely one that stayed with me after I read it. Code Name Verity and Golden are both on my TBR list - I've read so many amazing reviews of both!

  3. Looking for Alaska is brilliant! I wasn't so keen on Paper Towns but An Abundance of Katherines is my favourite John Green. I enjoyed Perfect Scoundrels too - Ally Carter is doing a great job of keeping the two worlds separate whilst continuing to mature Kat and Cameron.

    Thank you for your comment and recommendation earlier!

  4. Pumps fist in solidarity with The Fault in Our Stars. Loved 52 Reasons and Perfect Scoundrels as well! I really want to start on the others (of course, Code Name Verity).

  5. I've been debating on whether to read Golden or not, but I guess I should because I've been seeing it a lot on this week's TTT. Anyway, I'm really glad you enjoyed The Fault in Our Stars. It was a really great read!

  6. Ahh, you've got some great ones on here! John Green is universally amazing, isn't he? LOVE Shatter Me, too. I really need to read Golden! Definitely moving it up my TBR list. Great picks this week!

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT :)

  7. I haven't read any of these yet! But most of them are on my TBR list.
    I really want to read Shatter Me & Looking For Alaska. They both sound fantastic!
    Great list :)

  8. Great list, I loved Looking for Alaska, The Fault in our Stars and Perfect Scoundrels as well. Although I actually love Looking for Alaska more than The Fault in our Stars because I just seemed to connect to that book better.

  9. Emily what a wonderful list! I adored Shatter Me and Golden too. And I can't wait to read Ask the Passengers, we have to wait until September to get our hands on it! Thanks for stopping by!

  10. YES! So glad Code Name Verity made your list. And of course The Fault in our Stars <3. Ballads of Suburbia is a book I haven't read yet, but I will now since you loved it!

  11. Seeing a few titles- Scoundrels, Between Shades of Gray, Code Name Verity, etc- reminds me how BEHIND I am in reading some clearly fantastic books. Wonderful list!! And you've mentioned some titles I hadn't heard of that I will check :)

  12. Sorry for being so late to respond to your comment!
    You've got a lot of books on here that I still want to read this year - Looking for Alaska amd Golden, for instance :) I also need to finally read my copy of Uncommon Criminals! I don't know why I haven't yet, I really enjoyed Heist Society...


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