Top Reads of 2013

First blog post! Well, it’s that time of year where everyone is looking back over the previous year, and the perfect time for a Top Ten list. So, in no particular order, here are my Top Ten Reads of 2013.

1. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

This is the second book in the Grisha Trilogy and it is the best second book I have read in a very long time. Mal and Alina’s relationship is just perfect, there’s never a dull moment, and the plot is just all fantastic. I can’t say enough nice things about this book. Also, I adore Leigh Bardugo and want to be best friends.

2. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Marissa Meyer is another person on my BFF Wishlist and Scarlet is another fantastic second book. Her world-building and characters are wonderful and of course the fairy-tale inspiration speaks to me. I’m dying to read the next book and see how everything turns out.

3. Rift by Andrea Cremer

I like going into books with no prior knowledge so I don’t have any expectations, and that really paid off with this one. It’s apparently a prequel to something I’ve never read, but it doesn’t matter. It has wonderful character development and a wonderful romance to it (with no love triangle!).

4. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

This book speaks to me. Cath is so much of me and my friends growing up and it’s fantastic. Levi is fantastic. There’s great dialogue and great characters and at the same time, it’s a deep story about relationships and family and tears might have been shed here.

5. Crown of Midnight by Sarah Maas

This book just takes everything you love and breaks it into tiny pieces and it hurts but you can’t stop. It’s got great characters, plot, and world-building, everything I need in my second books. This was a good year for second books.

6. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

I know, I’m extremely late to this part, but I finally read the Mistborn trilogy this year and wow it is fantastic. The amount of world-building and planning that must have gone into this just blows my mind. The story is so complex but so well told that I’m in awe. I can’t recommend this series enough.

7. These Broken Stars by Meagan Spooner and Amie Kaufman

I was told this book was basically Titanic in Space. And while there certainly is that aspect, it’s also so much more. It didn’t go at all where I expected, and I mean that in the best way. It’s unpredictable and fantastic. I loved Tarver and Lilac and even though this reads well as a stand alone, I can’t wait to read more.

8. The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson

I’ll admit, I wasn’t completely in love with the first book in this series, but I’m so so glad I kept with it. Elisa grew in such a fantastic way that I just loved her by the end. This was a satisfying end to a great trilogy.

9. Emerald Green by Kersten Gier

I love a good time travel book and this book is no exception. It made me want to go back and reread the others in the series and see how it all lined up. Another satisfying end and such an interesting world.

10. Mind Games by Kiersten White

I was impressed with this one, especially since it’s so different from Kiersten White’s Paranormal series. It’s much more grown-up, with great characters and some crazy plot twists and turns. A thriller start to a new series.

Those are mine, what were your favorites this year?

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