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Top Ten Books of 2013 (so far)
I can't believe we're not quite half way through the year and I've nearly met my reading goal for 2013. I guess that's what happens when you're waiting to hear back on queries, partials and fulls. Here are my top ten so far this year.
10. Love and Leftovers--Sarah Tregay--though I am a staunch detester of novels in verse (so much so that I make up words about how much I dislike them) I actually really enjoyed this read.
9. It's Kind of a Funny Story--Ned Vizzini--For a book about depression, this was pleasantly painless to read. I think it deals with the topic in a very real way for teens and yay for YA Contemp with male MCs that will appeal to both male and female readers!
8. Under the Never Sky--Veronica Rossi--Dear publishers, please keep printing Dystopians. Love a sucker for them. Not the most unique of the bunch, but I still enjoyed the characters, voice, and plot enough to pick up Book 2 as soon as it was released!
7. Daughter of Smoke and Bone--Laini Taylor--I'm glad I knew nothing about this book when I borrowed it from a CP because had I know what it was about, I probably would not have read it. Demons and Seraphs in general are not my thing. I'm so glad I read because this series is AMAZEBALLS! Cannot wait for the third installment!
6. Going too Far--Jennifer Echols--I still think this is the very upper, upper edge of YA (in the same way my book is) but I loved it. A good, gritty contemporary, if you're into that. (And I am.)
5. Girl of Fire and Thorns--Rae Carson--Not a typical fantasy reader but I heard about this one too much at SCBWI Carolinas last year not to pick it up. Sucked in right away and moved immediately on to book 2 without even consulting my TBR list. One of my favorite female MCs in a long time.
4. The Selection--Kiera Cass--Picked this one up from the author's agent who was giving away copies online. One of those books you're super pissed you didn't think to write yourself. Genius!
3. Lola and the Boy Next Door--Stephanie Perkins--Even better than Anna and the French Kiss. I LOVE the characters in this book so hard. And it doesn't hurt that one of them shares my daughter's very unusual name. :)
2. Eleanor and Park--Rainbow Rowell--Championed by John Green? Set in the 80s? Funny and poignant and just on the cusp of gritty? How can you go wrong? The answer is you can't. Read this book if you haven't already. No, for real.
1. Shades of Earth--Beth Revis--For me 2013 has turned in to the Year of the Wrapped Up Trilogies. And for the most part I've been extremely disappointed. (Seriously, what the HELL was that "ending" to Reqiuem?) However, fellow Carolina gal Beth Revis did not diappoint. Start to finish, Across the Universe is a fantastic series. Loved, loved, loved Shades of Earth. It is, indeed, better than Cats.
What are the best books you've read so far in 2013?