If you read my very-detailed post on everything I read in 2013, then you'll remember that I read nearly 130 books. Because of this relativity large quantity, I'm allowing 20 books to be chosen in this list of Favorite Reads of 2013.
- only new reads of 2013 will be included (this will keep all-time favorites from reappearing on every list)
- favorites will be split into categories based on genre
- other than the genre categories, the list is completely at random (i.e. I don't want to make the difficult decision of listing in any other order)
I love making lists such as these. So I hope you enjoy.
**all book cover photos are courtesty of Goodreads
1. Kira-kira, Cynthia Kadohata
2. Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
To sum up this book in one word: chilling. I'm not one for thrillers or mysteries, but Gillian Flynn's book was not only enthralling- it was written so beautifully that I couldn't stop reading. If you're like me and appreciate a beautifully crafted story as much as a well-thought out plot, this book is for you.
3. The Cuckoo's Calling, J.K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling has been impressing me more than I thought possible. As I read this, I didn't even feel like I was reading a mystery. I wasn't constantly wondering "who'd done it?" It was just a wonderfully written story with characters I grew very fond of, that happened to pertain to a mystery.
4. The 5th Wave, Rick Yancey
5. 1984, George Orwell
6. To Say Nothing of the Dog, Connie Willis
7. Y: The Last Man, Brian K. Vaughan
Because of Y: The Last Man, Vaughan has been become a lookout comic story writer for me. Not only was Y pretty damn amazing, but I also really enjoyed Saga (also by Vaughan) as well. However, since I only got to read the first 2 volumes of Saga, it's hard for it to compete with 10 complete volumes of Y.
8. Eleanor & Park, Rainbow Rowell
Eleanor & Park was my introduction in Rainbow Rowell's works. And what a powerful introduction it was- a realistic romance that captures such strong emotion. I rarely find myself wanting to read romance titles more than once (aside from classics), and I know this is one I'll have to reread in the near future.
9. Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell
10. Fly on the Wall, E. Lockhart
11. The Treasure Map of Boys, E. Lockhart
12. Every Day, David Levithan
13. American Born Chinese, Gene Luen Yang
14. The Lightning Thief, Rick Riordan
15. Neverwhere, Neil Gaiman
Short stories aside, this is my favorite read by Gaiman thus far. (And if you read my last post, I have read a lot of Gaiman this year.) Love the characters and the setting (real and fantasy).
16. The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman
When I initially read this book, I didn't think I'd be including it in this list. But the more I thought about what books in 2013 had the greatest emotional impact on me as I was reading, this book immediately came to mind.
17. Make Good Art, Neil Gaiman
Those of you familiar with this know that it began as a gradation speech. However, even if I never heard that speech, and only read it in this format, I think I still would have found it just as inspiring. This book came at a time in my life when I really needed it. A must read for those aspiring in artistic fields.
18. Mansfield Park, Jane Austen
Austen is simply superb. Emma was one of my 2012 favorites, and another one of Austen's works has found its way onto this years favorites as well. Not much else to say. It's Austen- that should say enough.
19. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
20. The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison
Well, that concludes this post.
I hope everyone is having a great celebratory New Years Eve.
May 2014 be even better~