June 25, 2013

Ten At The Top In Twenty-Thirteen

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week they post a new topic/top ten list and invite everyone to share their own answers. I'm so obsessed with lists - so it makes perfect sense that I'd love this feature!

Top Ten Books I've Read So Far in 2013


1. Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi - "So often, the second book in a series just seems like it's there to set up the action of the third book. Thankfully, Through the Ever Night avoids that completely. I learned more about some things introduced in the first book that weren't fully fleshed out, as well as saw how Rossi was setting everything up for an action-packed conclusion.

2. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes - "No matter what you think about the controversial topic addressed in Me Before You, I am convinced you'll find the book engrossing and memorable! There's just so much to love about it. We're barely into 2013, and yet I feel confident in saying that this is absolutely a book that will top my list of favorite reads at the end of the year.

3. Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi - "Dear Tahereh, Thanks for writing one of my favorite books this year! Yes, some of your characters needed a good spanking or to be told, 'You have five seconds to change your attitude before I change it for you.' But you made me feel! You made me take sides, clutch my pages, sigh in happiness and then groan in frustration. So, I love you for that. Thanks for making me sit down with this big fat books and not get up again until I was done. Thanks for writing something that made me want to discuss it with friends and shove the series on everyone I meet. Thanks for putting the crazy down on paper and sending it out into the world. This reader is forever grateful!"

4. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell - "As soon as I started reading it, I absolutely couldn't put it down. I was flying through, flipping pages frantically, and alternating between smiling and sighing over it. I cannot begin to tell you how refreshing this book was for me!"

5. Just One Day by Gayle Forman - "This was one of those books that was so hyped, I figured there was no way it could live up to my expectations. Well, I'm happy to report that I was wrong! I wanted to write a full review for this, but I don't think I can even find the words to describe what I love about this book."

6. The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead - "Look, I can't say anything at all about the relationship that develops in these books, but you need to trust me when I say that you'll still have the feelings for this couple. Seriously, the train is pulling into SWOON CENTRAL STATION by the end of The Indigo Spell, and I seriously cannot wait to see where this series goes next! There is tension, banter, feelings, misunderstandings, complications, kissing... Do I need to say anything other than kissing?

7. Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham - "If you're nervous when a celebrity writes a book, especially a celebrity you love and admire, get over that fear and buy this NOW! It's a celebration of New York, acting and having the courage to follow your dreams. And what's not to love about that?"

8. Pivot Point by Kasie West - "I really liked the cover of Pivot Point, but I wasn't that intrigued by the description. The whole searching aspect didn't really appeal to me. However, I gave it a chance after seeing a bunch of rave reviews in the blogosphere. Well, I have to join in that chorus because I absolutely loved this book! I raced through this is one afternoon and was then absolutely depressed that I couldn't immediately dive into book two!"

9. Gift of Wings by Mary Henley Rubio - I haven't had the chance to review this one yet, but it's a must read if you're a fan of Lucy Maud Montgomery. At over 600 pages, there is so much to learn about the author of one of the world's most beloved characters. Lucy Maud's life was so different from the light and life she portrays on her pages, and I was so engrossed in this biography.

10. Nowhere But Home by Liza Palmer - Another book I have yet to review, but I absolutely fell in love with the characters and quirk in this book. Set in a small town in Texas, this book about coming to terms with your roots and your perception of yourself won me over from the very first page. I couldn't put it down, and I've been recommending it like crazy to almost everyone I know!

Could Have Been My Entire List:

I just finished the final Betsy-Tacy book this weekend, and I'll be posting my reviews of them this week. To be honest, these ten books could have made up my entire list. I fell head over heels for Betsy, The Rays, Tacy, Tib, The Crowd... and Joe Willard. This series has now taken its place on my FAVORITES FOREVER shelf, and I plan on revisiting Deep Valley again and again. I almost cried turning the last page, saying goodbye to these characters I've grown to cherish, and you better believe I'm still dreaming about what they'd do with the rest of their lives. So thankful that we don't ever really have to say goodbye to the fictional people we love - they're always right there within our reach.

26 comments:

  1. Unravel Me!! Eeep!! LOVE! AND ATTACHMENTS!! Lincoln is one of my faaav guys!! Pivot Point was a surprise for me too but it juuuust didn't make my list! Love your list Han! :)

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  2. Someday Someday Maybe looks amazing. I'm excited to start Gayle Forman.

    My TTT: http://rachaelc94.blogspot.com/2013/06/top-ten-books-i-have-read-so-far-this.html

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    1. I loved them both! Hope you enjoy :)

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  3. Unravel Me!!! Yay yay yay!!! So far that is my #1 book of the year! :D

    I have the Betsy-Tacy series on my to-read. Hopefully I can get to it soon. :)

    Here's Mine @ Pinkindle Reads & Reviews

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    1. Hope you do read them soon! I just adored them :)

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  4. You are the second person that included Just One Day and I am KICKING myself I didn't add it to my list!

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    1. Haha! I felt that way looking at other people's lists - like WHY didn't I include that one?!

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  5. In Indigo Spell - THE KISSING!!! Best part of the book. I'm totally on the Sydrian train now.

    The Indigo Spell, Through the Ever Night and Unravel Me made my list too. Great one!

    TTT @ Krista's Dust Jacket

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    1. ME TOO ME TOO ME TOO to Sydrian! That book just sealed my love for them.

      And yay to Unravel Me and Through the Ever Night!

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  6. OH yes yes yes! Loving Veronica Rossi, Gayle Forman, Rainbow Rowell.... Of course <3 Pivot Point was so great too! I really cannot wait for the sequel!

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    1. I can't wait for the Pivot Point sequel too! SO EXCITED!

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  7. I really need to read Me Before You! Everyone seems to love it so much, and it sounds awesome. I definitely agree with you on Someday, Someday, Maybe, also—loved Lauren Graham's voice in that one.

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    1. I'll definitely be interested in your thoughts on Me Before You if you read it! And yay for another fan of Lauren Graham's book!

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  8. I love your list. I see several I have on my TBR.

    Attachments is one I keep waiting for my library to return to me. It got snatched from me in the middle. Argg.

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    1. Oh I hate when I have to return a book before I get to it or can finish reading it!

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  9. Unravel Me and Just One Daaaaay! <3 I think I will brave Me Before You very soon. It's on SO MANY lists!

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  10. I formatted my TTT in almost the exact same way - I figured why re-write my thoughts when I can just include part of my reviews. Actually the only book I've read on your list is Pivot Point, which I really loved although it wasn't among my top ten so far. I hope to read Attachments and Under the Never Sky series and Unravel Me soon!

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    1. Great minds think alike :)

      Hope you love those three books when you read them!

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  11. I love that Just One Day is on this list. Sure, that book was incredibly hyped up - but it totally lived up to expectations. SUCH a good story!

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  12. I can't even tell you how much I loved Attachments. And I just put myself on the list for the Liza Palmer - I think I'm #1 on the list. And I'm STILL so happy you loved Pivot Point!!

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    1. YAYYYYYYYY! 1. To the Attachments love. 2. To the fact that I know you ended up loving this book. 3. Totally found Pivot Point through your blog!

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  13. LOVE that cover for Nowhere But Home ... sooo freaking gorgeous! And I still have to read Attachments ... I read Eleanor and Park and thought it was good and need some more Rainbow Rowell in my life!

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    1. I liked Attachments a lot more than Eleanor & Park so DEFINITELY read it :)

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