Saturday, January 18, 2014

My Best Reads of 2013

My most memorable reads of 2013 are based on the 98 books and stories I read in 2013 and does not represent books that were published in that year.

The Book(s) That Broke My Heart: 
I read more than my usual dose of heart wrenching books last year.. 
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
The Kite Runner Graphic Novel by Khaled Hosseini
The Fault in Our Stars by Johen Green

The Most Electric Shock Value: 
Sins & Needles by Karina Halle

The Fantastic Fantasy:
Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

The Surprise Little Gem:
One Hundred Demons by Lynda Barry

Kicking Myself for Waiting So Long to Read:
The Guardians Series by Meljean Brook
still catching up...

Short But Oh So Sweet:
Wanderlust by Kitty French
It only has 3.76 stars on goodreads but I sure did love this sweet and sexy novella.

Most Sinful Guilty Pleasure:
50 Shades of Gray series by E.L. James
Yes, it has its flaws but don't we all?

The Book That Swept Me Away:
The Shadow of The Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Book Most NOT Worth The Hype:
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

The Book That Challenged Me:
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

Other books worth mentioning: 
A Tale For The Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley
A Rogue By Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean

What was your most memorable book(s) of 2013?


  1. I loved A Rogue By Any Other Name too! I am really looking forward to reading more by this author soon. And I definitely want to try the Meljean Brook's series!

  2. Samantha, I read A Rogue early on in the year and meant to pick up the next book in the Sarah MacLean series all year long! So mad at myself for not doing it! Meljean's series is SO good.. but the first two books do require a decent amount of focus.

  3. So many great books - I added Sins and Needles after it being on a few best lists. I enjoyed Fifty, the 1st the most. Gone Girl, definitely not worth the hype, yaaaay for agreeing with me on that one, lol. Fault in our Stars was great. Shadow of the Wind has also been on my list for awhile.

  4. Hi Marce! Thanks so much for stopping in to share your thoughts. How nice is it to hear a friend share the same sentiments on some of these popularly debated books! I was surprised how much I enjoyed Fifty after all the hoopla but it wasn't as bad as the haters made it out to be and I really liked both Ana and Christian so of course I wanted to find out their whole story. I have no regrets reading them. Oh you should absolutely read Shadow of the Wind. The writing was fabulous.. possibly the best written book I read last year. Yes, I think it was. I think you'd like it. I'm gearing up to read the sequel (which is loosely related.. takes place a few decades after Shadow). I can't wait to get enthralled by Zafón's writing again.

  5. Nice list. Interesting how most of them are not romance LOL. I barely recognize any ^_^;

    So glad you're catching up on the Guardians series. Did you start from scratch this year? I can't remember.


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