Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ve Read So Far in 2013

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Each week they will post a new Top Ten list that one of their bloggers over at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.

The topic for this week is:  Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far In 2013

This year has been such a great year for me regarding books I’ve read. All these five star reads and I’m excited to share them with everyone 😀 Most of these books weren’t published this year – 2013 is just the year that I finally got around to reading them.

Feeling Sorry for Celia by Jaclyn Moriarity

I finished this one a few weeks ago (and the review is coming soon) and I just wonder why I didn’t read this book sooner. Originally published in 2000, Feeling Sorry for Celia is a look at a somewhat typical Aussie girl told though letters. I love epistolary fiction and it’s books like this that really drive home to me why I love reading books set in Australia by Australian authors. It’s not just a patriotic thing – it’s more the culture differences that I never quite realize we have when reading contemporary novels set overseas.

Between the Lives

 

Daughter of Smoke and Bone AND Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

These books are beautiful written. The story, the characters, the setting – it all boils down to a truly fantastic reading experience. I loved these first two book and can’t wait (!) for the next book in the series. Find my reviews for Daughter of Smoke and Bone here, and Days of Blood and Starlight here.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #1)Days of Blood and Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #2)

 

Blood Storm by Rhiannon Hart

Another FANTASTIC Aussie author with a series that I love very much. Rhiannon Hart’s Lharmell series is set in a magical world with a new type of vampires, bad-ass (which is a word I don’t really like but I think it fits Zeraphina to a T) women who can rock a bow and arrow,  and amazing twists and turns. Blood Storm is the second book in the series and my review can be found here.

Blood Storm (Lharmell, #2)

 

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Another one that’s the second in the series (the first being Cinder), Scarlet continues following Cinder on her quest as well as introducing some amazing new characters! The new characters are the ones that made this book so special for me. It’s a great continuation of the series and is building up for an epic rest of the series!

Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles, #2)

 

Slammed by Colleen Hoover

This book is one that I adored for a number of reasons. The characters are sincere and have real problems. The concept of slam poetry fascinates me and I found the ending more than satisfying. Read my review for Slammed here.

Slammed (Slammed, #1)

 

Breathless by Brigid Kemmerer

Pardon the pun BUT Breathless left me breathless. This may be a novella with only 65 pages however I loved reading Nick’s traumas and how everything with Quinn and his brothers is making him feel.

Breathless (Elemental, #2.5)

 

The Eternity Cure by Julia Kagawa

The second instalment in the Blood of Eden series, The Eternity Cure is a great addition to the world Allie inhabits. It’s suspenseful and beautifully written. (read my review here)

The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden #2)

 

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Able to be read as a standalone, Lola is set in the same universe as Anna and the French Kiss. I love this book because it’s funny and cute but also heartfelt and emotional. This book is so much better than the cover and title may lead you to believe – definitely one of my favourites that I’ve read so far from 2013 (my review can be found here)

 

Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2)

 

The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead

I adore Richelle Mead so it should be no surprise that the third book from her Bloodlines series makes it into my top ten for this week. The Indigo Spell (click link for my review) shows Sydney growing as a character and as an Alchemist. I’m so excited to see where Mead takes this series next especially considering some of the clangers she threw in the works throughout this novel.

The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines, #3)

 

Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs

Not a YA book but on of my FAVOURITE Urban Fantasy series – Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson #7) is a fantastic addition to the world Ms Briggs has created. If UF is your thing and you haven’t read any Mercy Thompson – get your hands on a copy of the first book – Moon Called – and tell me what you thought! I really really love this series.

Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson, #7)

 

I’ve read so many great books from the first half of this year – I can’t wait to see what reading treasures the second half brings me. Leave me a comment with any books you’ve loved this year that you recommend I should read. I LOVE getting recommendations! Thanks!

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25 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ve Read So Far in 2013

    • Slammed is one that I wasn’t expecting to like nearly as much as I did. I sort of only picked it up on a whim. But glad I did. I know it’s part of a series and now need to get around to reading the next two books

    • Oh do read it! I really liked it – But I think possibly because I went in with low/no expectations that’s a huge reason why I enjoyed it so much. Hope you have a great week 🙂

      Oh – and I loved Lola so much that I just can’t wait to read Isla!

  1. So many good books! Slammed is a fave of mine, and I also loved The Indigo Spell.

    I’m so behind on sequels but I”m happy to see Scarlet and Blood & Starlight made the cut. It makes me more excited to read them!

  2. Ooooh great list! You know I love Scarlet since you just commented haha 🙂
    I still need to read DoSaB but I think I should be able to get to it this summer!!

  3. I LOVED Feeling Sorry for Celia – It’s been a steady favourite of mine for ages! Also Cinder and Scarlet! I’m definitely motivated to read some of the others!

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