I (try) to participate in The Broke and the Bookish’s weekly feature “Top Ten Tuesday.” This week’s topic is the “Top Ten Books I Read in 2013.” Here we go!
1. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote – I’ve mentioned this multiple times on this blog and I’ll link to my review, but I thought this book was amazing!
2. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater – This book was so well written and unique. Maggie Stiefvater wrote such dynamic and original characters with an equally dynamic plot. I enjoyed the sequel too and I can’t wait for the third one! Read my review here.
3. Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead – This is kind of cheating since this is multiple books, but this became on of my favorite series. The characters, especially Sydney and Adrian, are a lot of fun and I love the romance.
4. The Road by Cormac McCarthy – I read No Country for Old Men in high school and I hated it with a fiery passion, vowing that I would never read Cormac McCarthy again. However, my fiance convinced me too read The Road and I ate my words. This book is excellent. Very depressing, but Cormac McCarthy has a way of painting vivid pictures with few words.
5. Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor – Laini Taylor is probably one of my favorite authors right now. I loved Daughter of Smoke and Bone and the sequel was great too. Her writing style is amazing and I just love everything about this world. The characters, the setting, the plot. Fabulous.
6. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo – After Bloodlines, this was probably my second favorite series opener I read. While I will say that the plot wasn’t always the most original, the world was incredible. The Grisha and this society were wonderfully built and richly enhanced with details. Plus, The Darkling…
7. Out of the Easy by Ruta Septys – With all these series, I find it refreshing to read a good stand alone novel. As a history buff, I enjoyed this piece of historical fiction set in New Orleans. Plus, the main character was a book lover too!
8. Night of Cake and Puppets by Laini Taylor – Laini Taylor appears again. In November, she released a novella, featuring Zuzana and Mik. This night is briefly mentioned from Karou’s perspective in Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I loved getting to see what really happened. Of course, their romance is utterly adorable and makes me want to go move to Prague.
9. The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen – The first book in the Rizzoli and Isles series, this got me addicted and read the whole series in a couple of weeks. I love the show, but I liked how this got you inside the characters’ heads and how they thought. Plus, who doesn’t love a good serial killer?
10. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – Even though I read this back in 2009 or 2010, I reread it in anticipation for the movie (which, unfortunately, I didn’t get to see it) and it’s still one of my favorite books. It makes me cry and it makes me laugh. The writing is as unique as the narrator. If you haven’t read it yet, you need to! My words can’t do it justice!
So these were the top ten books I read in 2013. It was fairly easy to choose which ones I liked best. They really stood out to me this year. I can’t wait to see what 2014 brings me!
What were your top books of 2013?