Top Ten Tuesday # 11: Best Books Read in 2013

June 25, 2013 Amy Tintera, Cynthia Hand, Damien Echols, Dan Wells, Emily Murdoch, Gayle Forman, Isaac Marion, Julie Kagawa, Kasie West, Marie Lu, Top Ten Tuesday 11

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new topic is given and weeks topic is:
 Top Ten: Best Books Read in 2013

Looking through my review archive, I’m shocked by the number of books I’ve read in the first half of 2013.  And there are so many good ones!  Here are my top 10.

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa: The Immortal Rules was the first book I read by Julie Kagawa, and by now, I’ve read almost all of her books.  I consider her among my favorite authors.  Allie is a fabulous young heroine – brave, resourceful, and determined to hang onto whatever shred of humanity may still exist in her. She’s also a fearless and vicious killer of her enemies. The story is incredibly exciting, and the sense of danger never lets up.

Just One Day by Gayle Forman: Anyone who has ever suffered a broken heart will be moved by Just One Day.  Gayle does contemporary romance so well, and this is my favorite of her books.  I can’t wait to read Just One Year, told from Willem’s perspective.  

Life After Death by Damien EcholsThe horrendous murders of three young boys was compounded when three teenagers were unjustly convicted of their murders.  One of them, Damien Echols, was sentenced to death, and it was through the work of celebrities like Eddie Vedder and Peter Jackson that the “West Memphis Three” were recently freed.  Echols’ memoir tells of growing up in poverty and fighting to save his life while behind bars.

Legend by Marie Lu: Dystopian novels don’t get much better than this.  With two smart, resourceful, and tough main characters, a dystopian world that’s frightening but not too far-fetched, and heavy doses of action and tension, Legend thrills on every page.

Unearthly by Cynthia HandUnearthly is my favorite of Cynthia Hand’s trilogy.  It is the perfect blend of a wonderful young heroine, two believable love interests (an area where so many other writers stumble), great supporting characters, action, fantasy, and romance.
  

If You Find Me by Emily MurdochIf You Find Me is an incredible debut novel with one of the best examples of sibling love I’ve ever read.  Murdoch makes us feel everything that Carey experiences – the good, the bad, and the very, very bad.

Pivot Point by Kasie WestPivot Point’s central concept may not be totally unique, but West executes it in an exciting, refreshing, and fun way.  This was a fabulous start to the series.

Reboot by Amy Tintera: Wren is one of my favorite new YA heroines, and her romance with Callum is wonderful.  Reboot asks us to examine what it means to be human.  Wren and Callum show us that love and tolerance are key ingredients.

Paritals by Dan Wells: Partials combines great science fiction with even better surprises.  Dan Wells is a fantastic story-teller and he also tackles heavy subjects like a woman’s right to choose.

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion: Yes, this is a zombie story with a good deal of violence, but it also has an incredibly sweet love story.


Your turn!  What are your top 10 books so far in 2013?

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Stephanie

11 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday # 11: Best Books Read in 2013”

  1. Tsukikomew

    I really need to read Julie Kagawa. I don’t read a lot of YA but I’m always looking for something new and different. I’ve heard of a lot of these though. Great list.

    Tsuki @ Tsuki’s Books

    Tsuki’s TTT

  2. Nikki

    I absolutely ADORED Warm Bodies (both book and movie versions)! Marion is an incredible writer who makes zombies, dare I say it, loveable.

    I’m a fan of another one of Dan Wells’ series so I just purchased Partials, knowing that it HAS to be amazing.

  3. Kim

    This is a great list. I’m currently reading The Immortal Rules and it’s really interesting. It’s my type of vampire story and Kagawa is a really fabulous writer.

  4. Lectus Read

    I already read “if you find me” 🙂
    I’ve seen the book by Damien Echols around. I know it is non’fiction so for me it won’t be about liking it or not. I’ll wait to hear your thoughts about it.

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