Well, 2013 has come to an end, along with all of the amazing books that we read. They may not all have been treasures, but there’s no mistake that there will be some that we read this year that will stay with us for a long time. With that, I’d like to share with you my top 13 books of 2013. Counting down to my favorite book of the year, we start with my number 13….
13. Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral
Although, not one of my top favorites of the year, there is no doubt that this book is unique. Told almost exclusively through pictures and drawings and even youtube videos that you can look up, this book is one of a kind.
12. The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen
I am a huge Sarah Dessen fan, so when her new book came out last summer I had to read it right away. This book did not disappoint. As in all of her books, over one summer everything changes. Although, I did not enjoy this book as some of her others, I loved the friendships and family ties enough for it to be my number 12 book of the year.
11. Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano
By the author of the dystopian trilogy, The Chemical Garden Trilogy (one of my many favorites), comes a new start to a Utopian trilogy. This book was unlike anything I’ve read. As with her previous books, I love Lauren DeStefano’s eloquent writing style and her world building does not disappoint. This book takes place on a floating island utopia in the sky, where everything is perfect… until the murders start, that is.
10. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brain Selznick
This book is actually a reread for me. I read it back in 5th grade when it first came out, and loved it. Reading it the second time around was just as amazing as the first. A steam punk novel set in the late 18 hundreds, Hugo is a young boy growing up alone in a train station. Told half in words and half in hand draw pictures by the author, this book is simply incredible.
9. Sever by Lauren DeStefano
The final book in the Chemical Garden Trilogy was a wonderful ending to the series. This has to be one of my favorite dystopian books not for the world, but for the writing. This is a can’t miss series for you dystopian junkies.
8. Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
This was my Christmas read for 2013 and it was adorable. It goes back and forth between Dash and Lily’s perspectives as they pass a little red notebook of dares onto one another as Christmas and the New Year approach. This was a wonderful book to end the year with.
7. Wonderstruck by Brain Selznick
Another illustrated novel by Selznick makes my list. I read this for the first time at the very beginning of the year and loved this beautifully intertwined story. There are two stories told in this book, one through drawings and one through words that seamlessly wrap together at the end. This is the perfect book to curl up with on a cold winter afternoon.
6. Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill
This was by far the sweetest book I read of the year. A cute contemporary romance set in London, I couldn’t put this book down. This would be a perfect Valentine’s Day read!
5. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
My top 5 starts out with The Great Gatsby. I can’t believe that I didn’t read this sooner. You should go read this classic, like right now. And then go watch the movie because it is the only book to movie adaptation that I actually like movie better the book. *gasps* What?! Yes, I know this is library blasphemy.
4. If I Stay / Where She Went (duology) by Gayle Forman
2013 was the year of Gayle Forman for me. I read three of her books this year and completely fell in love with her writing and storytelling. This duo was heart-wrenching, and I’m not going to lie, I was crying
almost the entirety of these novels. But it was all worth it to read the last chapter of Where She Went.
3. Just One Day by Gayle Forman
I told you it was the year of Gayle Forman for me. There are no words to describe how much I loved this book. The first half takes place in one day in Paris, and the second half follows our main character’s first year at college and a year spent trying to find herself. This book was stunning, and I am currently reading its sequel.
2. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
The first book I read in 2013 and it was very nearly my favorite of the entire year. This is the sequel to Cinder, and they are the first two in a four book series, The Lunar Chronicles (one of my two favorite series of all time). While the first book is a futuristic retelling Cinderella (with cyborgs!), this one is a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood (sexy, big bad wolf included…plot twist!). This book still follows our main character, Cinder, but throws in Scarlet as little red. If you haven’t read these books you need to drop everything and go read them now.
And my #1 book of the year is, drum roll please…..
1. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
The last book in the Infernal Devices Trilogy, this book is by far the best series ending I have ever read. Although I pre-ordered this book 5 months in advance, when it came I barely even started it. I kept putting it off because I didn’t want to let go of these characters and this story. 6 months after it came out and I was barely half way through the book and hadn’t read any of it in a good month. One day I sat down for a break from homework, and read the 300 pages I had left, and I’m not going to lie…. I cried through the entire 20 page epilogue (and maybe a little after). This and the Lunar Chronicles are my favorite series, and I can’t recommend them enough!
And now, moving onto the new year, here’s to another year of fantastic books. Here are my top 14 most anticipated books of 2014!
1. Cress by Marissa Meyer – February 4th
The third of four books in the Lunar Chronicles, this comes out in just a few short weeks, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it!
2. Lady Thief by A.C. Gaughen – February, 11th
This is the second book of the Scarlet Trilogy, a retelling of Robin Hood where one of the merry men, Will Scarlet, is actually a girl, and a kick-butt one at that. I read the first book, Scarlet, back when it first came out in 2012, and have been eagerly awaiting the next book for over two years now. I can’t wait to devour this book!
3. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare – May 27th
This one should go without saying. It’s the sixth book in the highly popular, urban fantasy series, The Mortal Instruments. If you haven’t read this series, you might want to pick it up before the second movie comes out soon.
4. Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor – April 8th
This is the last book in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy, an urban fantasy with a new twist on angels and demons and it’s even set in Prague!
5. The Young Elites by Marie Lu – September (unknown exact date)
I loved Marie Lu’s dystopian Legend Trilogy. This is the first book in her new fantasy series, and I can’t wait to see what she does with this new world.
6. The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson, Sarah Rees Brennan – September 2nd
This is collection of short stories/novellas about Magnus Bane, a favorite among both Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices fans. Previously available in e-book format, it will be published in hardback book form for the first time.
7. Four: A Divergent Story Collection by Veronica Roth – July 1st
This will be a bind up of four novellas from, you guessed it, Four’s point of view, set before the Divergent Trilogy.
8. The One by Kiera Cass – May 6th
This is the last book in the Selection Trilogy. For this series, think dystopian world meets The Bachelor TV show. Warning… It’s slightly addictive.
9. The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black – October 2nd
The first book in the Magisterium series, a fantasy written by two of the best YA authors.
10. Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill – January 7th
Lauren Morrill’s debut novel, released last year, made it into My Top 13 of 2013, and I can’t wait to read her next novel. This one is about two girls, both named Sloane Jacobs, who decide to switch places.
11. Landline by Rainbow Rowell – July 3rd
I love Rainbow Rowell, and even though this is an adult novel, I am super excited about it!
12. Isla and the Happily Even After by Stephanie Perkins – May 13th
This is the third of three romantic companion novels, it is set in both NYC and Paris.
13. Panic by Lauren Oliver – March 4th
I loved Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall, and am interested to see how this slightly dystopian book pans out.
14. My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins – October 14th
An anthology of holiday short stories by twelve of the biggest YA authors of today, including: Stephanie Perkins, Holly Black, Ally Carter, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Matt de la Pena, Rainbow Rowell, Laini Taylor, and Kiersten White. Sounds like the perfect winter read to end the year with!
I hope this gave you some ideas for good books to read. Sound off in the comments below! What were your favorite books of 2013? What are your most anticipated reads for this year? Have you read anything good yet this New Year? Let me know! I’d love to hear it from you.