Thursday, January 2, 2014

Favorite 2013 Reads

My Goodreads reading goal for 2013 was to read 26 books. To my delight, I surpassed this goal in the fall and reset it for 32. As of December 31, 2013 I finished reading 39 novels! It was a great year for YA fiction and it's going to be hard to narrow down my favorites, but I suspect that some of mine are on your favorites list as well. In no particular order:

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein - I love a book with a gut-wrenching twist.

Just One Day/Just One Year - Gayle Forman is back! Just sayin'.

Fangirl - I categorize this as NA. Another great book by Rainbow Rowell.

Shine - Lauren Myracle - How did I neglect reading this for so long? Wonderful!

Prodigy - Marie Lu - The Legend series; Most trilogies I've read or started reading have a weak book. Not this one. Champion will be my first read in 2014.

Days of Blood and Starlight - Laini Taylor, enough said.

Wintergirls (reread) - Laurie Halse Anderson - Perfect.

The Fifth Wave - Rick Yancey, I love your writing.

Chaos Walking series - Patrick Ness, I love yours, too.

The Cuckoo's Calling - Robert Galbraith - Jo, you sneaky devil! Refreshing. Renewed my love for mystery/detective books with great characterization.

And because Neil Gaiman's brilliant, even when he's writing a blog post, The Ocean at the End of the Lane - Good creepy stuff!

I'll keep my 2013 list visible on the right of this homepage for a few more days in case you're looking for recommendations for your 2014 TBR list. After that I'll post the list under my Books Read tab where you will find my 2012 and 2013 list. If your're interested I will be adding my 2014 reads to the right sidebar on this page as well as what I'm currently reading.

Also, a special shout out to my two friends who were published this year. Donna K. Weaver and Donna Hosie.
I'm so proud of these women and happy to count them as friends. I wish them continued success and can't wait to see how they'll use their talents this year.

What were your favorite reads of 2013? Were any of mine on your list? What must read book should I add to my 2014 TBR list?


  1. I've got so many of these on my wish! And I agree - Gaiman is brilliant! :)

  2. Thanks, Suzie. That's quite a list you've got there. Every year I would vow to keep track of the books I read and then get busy and forget to do it. I was glad that Goodreads did their reading challenge, so I kept track there. So much easier! :D

    1. I haven't decided on my Goodreads goal this year yet. I purposely kept last year's goal on the low side so I wouldn't feel the self-imposed pressure to finish it. Weird, I know, lol.

  3. Ooh! You've got a couple on that list I can't wait to read. They're on the list...that is now climbing into the hundreds. It seems the more I read, the more books I find I want to read. Is that crazy, or what?

    1. Not crazy at all, Crystal. I never seem to reach the bottom of my list, lol!

  4. Thank you for the shout out!

    2014 is going to be a great year for books. I can't wait for Laini Taylor's DREAMS OF GODS AND MONSTERS.

    1. I agree and can't wait for that one, too!