My Top Ten Reads of 2013

Posted on: 2nd Jan 2014  /   Categorized: Book Love

I didn’t read nearly as many books as I’d wanted to in 2013 (acknowledging that I could read 500 books in a year and still not be satisfied), but there were definitely some great ones!

Total books read: 61 (29 fewer than 2012, despite all my best efforts)


Genre breakdown:

Young Adult: 45*

Nonfiction: 8 (4 memoir, 2 self-help, 1 on adoption, 1 writing guide)

Graphic Novels: 3

Romance: 2

Middle Grade: 1

Fantasy / Literary: 1

Science-Fiction: 1


*YA can be further broken down into:

YA Paranormal / Horror: 13

YA Sci-fi / Dystopian: 10

YA Romance: 9

YA Fantasy: 8

YA Thriller: 5


The complete reading list can be found on yesterday’s blog post.


My Ten Favorite Books I Read This Year

(In alpha-order by author. Series grouped together.)


1. Of Triton by Anna Banks

I am so smitten with Anna Banks’s writing voice, and both Of Poseidon and Of Triton came with the perfect mix of humor, action, and romance. I’ve heard through the grapevine that the conclusion of the series, Of Neptune, is even BETTER, and I cannot wait to get my hands on it.


2. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

I had no idea that I could care about a vampire book, but this one entirely swept me off my feet. The concept was both unique and familiar, and I was hooked from page one. It doesn’t hurt that I happen to be painfully in love with Gavriel…


3. Texas Gothic and Spirit and Dust by Rosemary Clement-Moore

I just discovered Rosemary Clement-Moore this year and since then I have tried to force these books onto every person I know who enjoys fast-paced books filled with ghosts and witches and mysteries and seriously hot guys. Seriously. I love them so much.


4. Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale

This book has been out for a while and I finally got around to it last year and, in true Shannon Hale form, I adored every page. Both the story and the voice read like a fairy tale and I loved watching the protagonist grow over the course of the story.


5. Prodigy and Champion by Marie Lu

Marie really left us hanging at the end of Prodigy so it was such a relief to be able to dive into both books in 2013. Day! June! My heart! Also – who else so could not have predicted the epic world-building from Antarctica? I kind of want a spin-off series to be set there. *nudges Marie*


6. Grave Mercy and Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers

The moment I heard about the His Dark Assassin series—teenage girls who are nuns secretly trained to be assassins—I knew that I would love these books. And I was absolutely correct. Robin’s knack for combining historical details with brilliant protagonists and one seriously terrifying villain is mind-blowing.


7. Nerve by Jeanne Ryan

This was another book that sold me on concept alone, and it exceeded every expectation. Maybe it spoke to my nostalgia for “Truth or Dare” games? Either way, it’s so full of twists and suspense I couldn’t put it down.


8. This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

Oh. This is one of those books that every time I think about it my heart sighs. It should be required reading for everyone who has ever felt like an outcast. (Which I suspect is… everyone.) So much love for this book.


9. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

Another heart-sighing book, this one continues to give me gushy feelings even months after I read it. I can be an enormous sucker for meant-to-be romances, and this book manages to fill that need without ever feeling melodramatic or clichéd. A perfect pick-me-up.


10. The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

Without a doubt, these are the books that left me with the biggest book hangover in 2013. So, um, HOW LONG do we have to wait for the next one?! (She asks with irony.) I am so crazy in love with every single character in these books and on the edge of my seat to see how certain seemingly-doomed plotlines will be resolved. Unless Maggie Stiefvater plans on breaking my heart. *cries*



There you have my favorite reads of 2013. And for an added bonus, here are:


The Top 10 Books I Didn’t Get To But Am Seriously Dying to Read in 2014 

1. Splintered by A.G. Howard

2. Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood

3. Vicious by Victoria Schwab

4. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

5. Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

6. The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson

7. The Wicked and the Just by J. Anderson Coats

8. Transparent by Natalie Whipple

9. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

10. Everything on Rosemary Clement-Moore’s backlist.


Game on, 2014!


Feel free to post your favorite reads of 2013 or most anticipated book for 2014 in the comments!


  1. Kiara Soleil commented on:

    Wow, I am amazed that you read all those books, on top of writing some as well! Your list is awesome. I hope you enjoy Vicious and Fangirl as much I did!

  2. Lindsey commented on:

    I read and loved books 1, 6 & 10. They are some of my favorite reads this year along with cinder and scarlet of course. I’m still waiting to read book 9. Glad it has your approval, can’t wait to read it!

  3. Zoe commented on:

    I love The Raven Boys and Book of a Thousand Days. My favourite books from 2013 were probably Clockwork Princess, Allegiant (though I cried for two days), The House of Hades, The Dream Thieves, The Fall of Five and Scarlet of course. I am waiting for so many books to come out in 2014. City of Heavenly Fire, The Blood of Olympus, the next book in the Raven Cycle, the next book in the Lorien Legacies and so many others.

  4. Ikhlas commented on:

    I also loved THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE. Beautiful and heart-breaking, I read it in one night!

  5. Daphne commented on:

    This Song Will Save Your Life was such a pleasant surprise, loved this so much. My fave last year was Eleanor & Park (and I actually started your books, too & FELL IN LOVE.)

  6. Mark Murata commented on:

    I haven’t read Texas Gothic, but I have read Spirit and Dust by Rosemary Clement-Moore. It qualifies as New Adult, barely.

  7. Katie G. commented on:

    I loved This Song Will Save Your Life and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight! I figured I would enjoy both books, but I didn’t know I would love them as much as I did. I hope you enjoy Fangirl! As someone wrote Harry Potter slash fiction for a rather long time and talked about Harry Potter so much that my mother once banned me from talking about it for a week, I could definitely relate to that one!

    I didn’t actually make a top 10 post this year, but I do know that Scarlet and Cress (thanks again for the ARC!!!) are definitely at the top. =)

  8. Carina Olsen commented on:

    But.. only one MG book read in 2013? 😮 You must read more middle grade books. <3 they are amazing. Sigh. Hih. Anyway. Lots of awesome books on your list 😀 Really adore Grave Mercy and Dark Triumph. <3 Dying for book three 🙂 Anyway. Thank you for sharing. <3 Hoping you'll get to read more this year 😀

  9. Victoria commented on:

    I love every thing to do with dystopian novels next year I have a long list of books I got to read here are some of them:
    1.The One
    2.Cress (of course)
    3.Shatter Me
    4.Before I fall
    P.S.-if you i love dystopian novels you should definitely try The Selection and Divergent

  10. Vyki @ On The Shelf commented on:

    I want to read The Coldest Girl in Coldtown so bad! I really like Holly Black’s writing and her characters, so I am really looking forward to it, along with several others in your list. I hope you enjoy Fangirl also. I loved it and it completely won me over as a Rainbow Rowell fan. Also, not sure if you have read it or not, but On the Jellicoe Road is one that is so incredibly beautiful and one of my absolute faves, so I try to push it on everybody possible 🙂 Happy 2014 reading!!

  11. Jessica Spotswood commented on:

    Love your list! CHAMPION was on mine too. And there are several here I can’t wait to read – THE DREAM THIEVES (I love loved RAVEN BOYS and don’t know why I haven’t gotten to it yet), GRAVE MERCY (which I’ve had for aaaages), and TEXAS GOTHIC.

    Thanks for including SC on your TBR list! I loved both CODE NAME VERITY (and it companion, ROSE UNDER FIRE, even more) and THE WICKED AND THE JUST.

    Oh, lists make me so happy. 😀

  12. Meridian commented on:

    I wish I read more, I’m extremely picky when it comes to picking up a book. I feel like a lot of YA novels are the same nowadays. Dystopian stuff and a girl who saves everyone – I don’t know. I’m looking for a lot more variety than just a love triangle thing. I LOVED Miss Peregrine’s home For Peculiar Children. That was such a fresh book.

  13. adele commented on:

    i want to read splintered too!

  14. adele commented on:

    I also want to read Cress. Ever heard of it? (Smiles) 27 days to go! Squeals.

  15. Alexa S. commented on:

    I have loved a ton of the books that you’ve read! I think my favorites on your list would have to be The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves. Maggie’s writing is fantastic, atmospheric and utterly beautiful — so glad to hear that you loved them too!

  16. Sana @ artsy musings of a bibliophile commented on:

    OMG, I’m so glad you loved The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves. LOVE them!

    I read Cinder in December 2013 and I am so ready for Scarlet and Cress (though I’m most excited for Winter ’cause Snow White’s my favorite).

    Yay for Vicious. It’s the best book of 2013 for me. SO MUCH AWESOME. =D

  17. Dele commented on:

    Love your book lists! Fun post. I love Shannon Hale too, my fav is princess academy. Here is my 2014 list: Ranking from what I want to read the most to least. 1. Winter (Yes, I want to read this more than cress) 2. Cress 3. Splintered 4. Delrium 5. A mad, wicked folly 6 Catching Fire 7. The whole legend trilogy. So yup, thats it. Here are some books that I read from my 2013 list: The 1 and Only Ivan (UGH), Just Ella, From another Part of me and Fallen, plus Ever After High, Zel, and The Man who loved Clowns. My favorite books were: The kind of Friends we used to be, Green:My Soul Color, and Scarlet and Cinder! So yes! My goals for 2014 is to re-decorate my room, buy a kindle, a new laptop and a big desk. Finish my novel and find a publisher, start college, do my SAT test, AND do my reading list and start a book slash writing blog and get into the tennis club, swim try outs and do nanowrimo. Whew. Lot of stuff. But l

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