December 31, 2013

Obsessing Over in 2013

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!

If you read my end of the year survey, the books on this list will be no surprise to you. While I read plenty of great books this year, I decided to only list the six that I can't stop thinking about or recommending to people. These were all five-star reads for me, and I've quoted from and linked to my reviews for each (just in case you need further convincing to read these books).

Top Six Books I Read In 2013


1. Nowhere But Home by Liza Palmer - "I read Nowhere but Home back at the beginning of June and have had this draft post just sitting there since then. I just loved this book so much that everything I write about it seems inadequate. What words can I string together to convince you that this is a book that is so deserving of your attention? This is, without a doubt, one of the best books I've read this year." My Review

2. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent - "How do I even begin to describe my love for this book? From the stunning cover to the gorgeous prose inside, I love everything about Burial Rites. Hannah Kent's debut novel is a work of fiction, but it is based on real events. It is stunning, moving, and without a doubt, one of the best things I've read in a long time and certainly a favorite of this year. It deserves all the praise it's been getting and more... If you're a fan of adult fiction, this is a book that MUST be on your reading list." My Review

3. 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 in to 2013, and yet I feel confident in saying that this is absolutely a book that will top the list of favorite reads at the end of the year." My Review

4. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas - "Crown of Midnight is just an addictive story! I really enjoyed Throne of Glass, but I can now see how Maas was setting everything up and introducing you to characters that were about to steal your heart. The creativity of the story, the super swoonworthiness of the romance, and the mythology of the magic in this world just blew me away. The story is so complex, so detailed, and so thought out. I definitely feel like Maas knows where she's going with this story, which makes me even more excited for further books in this series." My Review

5. All The Truth That's In Me by Julie Berry - "Don't let the blurb or cover dissuade you from reading this book. It's emotional, lovely, haunting and such a wonderful book. The writing is so lyrical that I found myself re-reading passages over and over again just to savor their beauty. Even when I love a book, I'm not typically the kind to push it on everyone. Listen, I'm pushing this one. You really NEED to read this book! You may be nervous or unsure of it, but I'm begging you to give it a chance. This was definitely one of the best surprises of 2013! And you better believe I'm buying a hard copy for my shelves." My Review

6. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell - "Honestly y'all, I feel like I haven't said anything new or original about Fangirl. In case you can't tell, I absolutely loved it. I tore through my copy at lightning speed, and I'm already thinking about a much-needed re-read because I didn't take enough time appreciate Rowell's clever and smart writing. There were SO MANY quotable lines, but I feel like I barely absorbed them because I was so smitten with the story and the characters." My Review

30 comments:

  1. I loved Fangirl, too. I am in awe of Rainbow Rowell. But then we seem to be in the majority. Everyone is mentioning her.
    Anne@My Head is Full of Books

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    1. It was definitely the year of Rainbow!

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  2. I've seen All The Truth That's in Me on a lot of lists this week. It's making me curious. And of course Fangirl was tops on my list this year. I loved that book so hard!!!

    My TTT

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    1. Hope you read that one - Berry's book was amazing!

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  3. OF COURSE the Liza Palmer made my list as well! Rounding out my top three are Attachments and Eleanor & Park, but I went a little over ten when I made my list (:

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    1. Haha! I was shocked I restrained myself to just six :) And yayyyy Liza!

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  4. I seriously need to get my hands on Crown of Midnight. I really like ToG! Lovely list. Happy New Year! :'D

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    1. CoM is even better than ToG! Happy reading :)

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  5. I've only read Fangirl, but I loved it so much! Rainbow Rowell is definitely the author of the year for me. I loved all three of her books, but Eleanor & Park is my favorite (by only by a slight margin).

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    1. I'm so happy this was the year of Rainbow - can't wait for more from her :)

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  6. I have Burial Rites on my Kindle and I keep meaning to get to it - you definitely have me wanting to start it right now!

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    1. Oh yay! That book is absolutely GORGEOUS.

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  7. I'm happy you're pushing All the Truth That's In Me, too. I really need to read Nowhere But Home and Burial Rites because I constantly see you pushing them :) Happy New Year!!

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    1. Yay for book pushing All the Truth That's In Me! And pleeeease read the other two - or Nowhere But Home at the very least. They are both such great reads!

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  8. Me Before You and Fangirl are everywhere on these lists. Apparently, I've really missed out this year!

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    1. Plenty of time to catch and join in on the love! <3

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  9. Burial Rites is one of my absolute favorite books of this year, too. And I haven't read Fangirl, but I loved Eleanor & Park and hope to read it in 2014!

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    1. Hooray! I'm so happy that you loved Burial Rites, too. Such an incredible read! And I can't wait for you to read Fangirl. Sooo good!

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  10. I'm hoping to get to Crown of Midnight this year - I've seen it on quite a few lists.

    Tanya Patrice
    Girlxoxo.com

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    1. It's so great! I thought it was even better than ToG!

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  11. I could barely narrow my list done to 10 books. Its hard to believe you only had 6. Fangirl is a book I hope to read next year. Crown of Midnight has been on so many people End of the Year survey and top favorite books that I might have to give that series a try.

    My TTT: http://rachaelc94.blogspot.com/2013/12/top-ten-books-2013.html

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    1. Hahah I loved a lot more than 6 books this year, but I made myself stick with the very top of the list of favorites. And hope you do read ToG and CoM - both are awesome!

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  12. I loved Nowhere But Home too. Thanks to you. ;)
    Happy New Year!

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    1. That makes me so happy! You have no idea :)

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  13. Hell yes to every adult read !!! And I can't wait to start on All the truth that's in me!!!! :)))) thanks for amazing recs this year. May that continue ;)

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    1. I WIN ALL THE BOOK PUSHING THIS YEAR. <3

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  14. Great list. You've got some really amazing books on your list - I really enjoyed All The Truth That's In Me when I read it. I really want to read Fangirl, have heard nothing but amazing things. Happy New Year :) My TTT.

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    1. So glad that you enjoyed All the Truth That's In Me, too! And happy reading when you get to Fangirl :)

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  15. I'm totally cheering about the fact that Crown of Midnight is on this list, mostly because I'm a Chaol fangirl and it makes me happy you loved him - I mean, the book he's in ;) I also really enjoyed Fangirl (super cute, super fun to read, and super relatable) and Me Before You (which made me tear up). I totally need to read Nowhere But Home this year, and Burial Rites, too!

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    1. I definitely have you to thank for finally getting me to read CoM! You pushed those books - and that book boy - so hard that I just couldn't resist. And yay for Fangirl and Me Before You. Really happy you read and enjoyed those! Can't wait for you to read the other two :)

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