A Year In Review 2013: Pt 2 : Favourite Reads

Fav Reads 2013

I may have not had read as many books as I would have liked this year, but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t read my share of great ones! So in the second of my wrap-up posts I present my ten favourite reads of 2013!

Those that read my posts on the site (rather than by the RSS Feed) will probably have seen the widget in my sidebar highlighting my favourite book of each month. Like last year, I’ve decided that I couldn’t just limit myself to those books as some months it was really difficult deciding between a couple or more books.

While this is a top ten list, other than the book in first place the rest are listed in no particular order.
Click on the covers to take you to my review

 The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa  Ellie Quinn  The Book of Doom by Barry Hutchison
A cracking adventure and I loved watching Kenzie worm her way into Ethan’s life! Really enjoyed meeting Ellie Quinn and watching her adventures in the first three books of this series. Can’t wait for next instalment. The Book of Doom, the second book in Barry Hutchison’s Afterworlds series, is just hilarious as the first!
 Curses Foiled Again by Jane Yolen and Mike Cavallaro  The Split Words Between Two Thorns by Emma Newman  The Cuckoos Calling by Robert Galbraith
The story is developing nicely in this fun story from Jane Yolen and I can’t wait to see where, Alieria, Avery, & Caroline’s stories go next. Emma Newman’s Split Worlds is such an intriguing place to visit, and is packed with fantastic characters!  A return to the wonderful characters and engaging story-lines from JK Rowling that I enjoyed so much in Harry Potter.
 The Blue Girl by Charles de Lint  She is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick  The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
So pleased to finally fully enjoy a de Lint book! Really enjoyed this book about friends, friendship, the effects they have on us, and most importantly the strength they give us. Laureth Peak is one of the characters of the year and you really should read her story! Can’t tell you how close this one was to taking the #1 spot, but in the end that one has just had a little longer to stay with me, if I had read them the other way around who knows!?

AND MY #1 READ OF 2013 IS…

   eleanor-and-park

Eleanor and Park, two of my other favourite characters of the year. Their story is wonderfully told by Rainbow Rowell and it will stay with you, like it did with me.

Darren

Bart, is a fully signed up member of Book Addicts Anonymous ;) Despite, constantly fighting a losing battle against his T.B.R pile, he is never happier than when he manages to sneak a new book in to the house!

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14 Responses

  1. Kailana says:

    Eleanor & Park sure is making a lot of best of lists. I think you know when a book is really, genuinely good that way. I really liked it and am reading Fangirl now. :)

  2. Great to see your list. It was difficult leaving Ellie Quinn off mine and it was only because of me setting some arbitrary limit on how many books I would list. She is one of my favorite characters of the year and I’m so glad that the fourth book will be out next month. I saw on Alex Scarrow’s forum that it will be a bit longer than the other three. Yay!!!

  3. Eleanor & Park is definitely one of my top reads of the year too!

  4. Lu says:

    Yay, E&P!!!! Love. Have a very happy New Year!

  5. Becky says:

    I got Eleanor and Park for Christmas. I can’t wait to read it, so I’m now extra excited to see it getting a thumb’s up from you and so many other readers. :) Happy New Year!

  6. I’ve heard so much about Rainbow Rowell — I think it’s time I read one of her books.

    Happy New Year!

    • Darren says:

      She writes really great characters. At least in Eleanor and Park… though I’ve heard great things about Attachments & Fangirl as well.

  7. Sadly I haven’t read any of the books you listed, although they all look excellent. I’ve especially heard a lot of great things about Eleanor and Park

    • Darren says:

      All of Rainbow Rowell’s books have received great comments this last year, I really must pick up at least one of them in the coming months.

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