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Top Ten Favorite Books Read In 2013

Top Ten Tuesday

Thanks to the gals of The Broke and The Bookish for hosting this meme every week!

Omg we made it! This year has flown by and I feel like I read a lot this year (113 books as of typing, aiming for 125 by the time you read this!), but my first cut list for favorite books read this year only had 20, so it wasn’t so bad cutting down ;-). It’s funny how a book that I rated 5 stars at the time didn’t make the list while some 4-star books did. That is very much due to how much a book has stayed with me over the year. These are the books that I still get that happy-reader feeling when I think about them, or I can still picture a scene and THE FEELS from the book despite everything that has been in my brain in between. That’s says a lot about a book given my horrible memory ;-). In no particular order because that would be simply impossible…

Kinslayer by Jay Kristoff Review

Kinslayer ripped my heart to pieces! But in a good way? I connected with Yukiko so much while reading Kinslayer, feeling her pain for the impossible choices she was forced to make. Buruu soothed my heart by being freaking hilarious. All the grey characters, all of them! I don’t know who to trust and it’s wonderful :D.

Days of Blood and Starlight

Speaking of dark and gritty with comic relief! I listened to Days of Blood and Starlight on audiobook and the narration is definitely one of my favorite things about this series. On top of that, I loved that Days put the romance on hold and put everyone through hell because that’s what they needed to do. Oh Karou, I’m so sorry my dear *hugs*.

steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

I knew things were off to a good start when Steelheart had me sobbing like a baby in the prologue. While things definitely got lighter from there (a relief to my nasal passages), there were all my favorite Sanderson elements: an awesome magic system, plot twists galore, amusing characters, mysteries that I can’t wait to figure out, and yes, more crying ;-). That ending was epic :D. (Pun totally intended :-P)

Bang by Lisa McMann

Speaking of amazing endings!!! Wow Bang, just wow. I went into this book looking forward to some funny pizza-restaurant feuding, weird visions, and a tough family situation. Bang delivered so much more. I love Lisa McMann so much for writing the plot that she did and delivering such a clear message about the horror of hate.

Copperhead by Tina Connolly

And now for something completely different! I fell in love with the fey-torn world of Ironskin and really enjoyed the Jane Eyre retelling aspect. However, Copperhead did such an amazing job proving to me that I shouldn’t make assumptions about characters (go Helen!), revealing more of this dangerous and intriguing world, and telling a really cool rendition of the feminist movement in an alternative history industrial revolution :D. Evil fey + feminist movement + steampunk = awesome.

Scarlet by A. C. Gaughen

Robin Hood! Will Scarlet is a girl! And she narrates first-person in dialect :D. I really just love the Robin Hood retelling plus cross-dressing Scarlet <3. Oh and the romance! And the villain! And oh my dear dear Much, you always get pushed to the side but you are really the strongest of the group *more hugs*. If you like retellings, you have to read this book. Now. There is still time before the sequel comes out (and it might be even better >.> just saying).

Cress by Marissa Meyer Review

Of course, I can’t discuss retellings without talking about Cress. I was lucky enough to read a very early ARC of this one and I love it so hard. The Rapunzel retelling is so much fun, Cress is a great character, and we get to find out so much and see so much of this world. Omg that ending, I need Winter ASAP.

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

I am a horrible fantasy fan for not having read this series earlier, but I fixed it! I’m horrified at the idea that I wouldn’t have started this series if I hadn’t accidentally requested the third book for review without realizing it was a third book. If I had known, I probably wouldn’t have requested it because I’m intimidated by long review books that I have to catch up for. However, listening to The Lies of Locke Lamora was amazing. The narration was flawless, Locke and Jean and the twins and Bug <3. Gah! If you’ve read the books, you know what that exclamation was for >.>.

The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson

At first I wasn’t thrilled with Hector having a POV in Bitter Kingdom, but don’t worry, I was converted quickly ;-). I read this whole series this year and I was so happy to encounter a trilogy that just kept getting better. The Bitter Kingdom is definitely my favorite of the three! The whole premise of this trilogy, the religious aspects, the magic, how everything went down regarding the magic, an overweight and lovely and wonderful heroine, and a romantic interest who is a guy I would actually be interested if I met on the street. What more is there to say really right?

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Finally, I’ll conclude with the book that has been all over the blogosphere in recent months: These Broken Stars. I very much feel like this book is the product of someone snooping in my head and finding out exactly the kind of sci-fi I’ve been hoping to read for ages. The survival story was exciting, the creepiness was just the right amount to give me goosebumps but not nightmares, the romance developed just right, and omg that ending. I know some of you haven’t been a fan of some of what went down, but I freaking loved it! I was so torn by what the repercussions of those events would be and how Lilac and Tarver must feel about it all. I’m so excited to see what these two ladies cook up for the companion novels!

Whew, long post, but I really felt like these were books that should get their individual explanations, since if I don’t have something to write about these books, then what’s the point, haha. If you stuck through all the way, thank you! Also thank you for reading my blog in general, I really adore you all so much, even the lurkers who don’t comment ;-). Now the important question: what are some of your favorite books that you read this year??

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings -Anya

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  1. It drives me crazy when I want to put a 4 star book on my top ten list instead of a 5 star book because I hate when I’m not internally consistent. In fact, I think if a 4 star book made the list, I’d have to go back and re-rate it :)
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    • Hehe, I figure there is a difference between reading experience at the time and staying impression, and that’s okay ;-)

  2. Great list. You’ve got some really amazing books on your list – These Broken Stars made my list too. I really want to read Steelheart, I’ve heard so many great things about that book; must get to it this year. Happy New Year :) My TTT.
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  3. I’m so jealous that you’ve read Cress! But I’m glad to hear it was good, I can’t wait until it comes out.

    Oh, and happy new year!
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  4. Mmmmm so many good books. I just finished Cress and OMFGGGGGGGGG!!!!!!! <3
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  5. Good list! A bunch of these are on my TBR list already; I just haven’t gotten around to them. Too many good books, too little time!
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  6. Hi Anya, thanks for the follow! I kind of feel bad, though, because there are a lot of books on your list I haven’t read yet. D: I definitely need to read The Lies of Locke Lamora soon, that’s been on my TBR for such a long time. I did read Steelheart, though, and I second your love <3
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  7. You know I don’t read much YA but I do love the covers. I am really looking forward to Cress though!
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  8. Jessica @ a GREAT read says:

    OOh nice list! Haven’t read any of these myself. Most are kind of new to me! Glad you enjoyed all these!

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    I’ve had a friend telling me to read Lynch’s books forever… maybe I’ll go them a go in 2014.

  10. I listed out Blood and Starlight as a great book. If I had listed top 10, it would have made the list!!
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  11. KINSLAYER was really excellent, and I loved THESE BROKEN STARS as well! I was just saying on another blog that I really need to read SCARLET sometime, too, it sounds fantastic. And I’ve been meaning to tackle LOCKE LAMORRA forever. *sigh* Cheers to a bookish 2014!
    Wendy Darling recently posted…Favorite Books of 2013My Profile

  12. Great choices! I know Cress is going to make my Best of 2014 list. Scarlet (A.C. Gaughen) made this years. A lot of people have been saying Rae Carson’s series, and I’m hoping to get to that in early 2014.
    Emma recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday: Best Reads of 2013My Profile

  13. I have the same thing happen often at the end of a year, where a lower rated book has stuck with me and so it ends up being a favorite read. But to me that doesn’t negate the review score. Some books are 5’s because of how well they are executed, etc. but may be replaced in the ‘best of’ list by a lower rated book because, while it had noted flaws, it had something, or many somethings, about it that made it so much fun that it just sticks with you.

    I’ve been hearing and reading good things about Steelheart. I snagged an ebook copy recently when it was uber-cheap.
    Carl V. Anderson recently posted…Favorite Books of 2013My Profile

    • Excellent point. There is also the difference of how enjoyable a book is for me to read while I’m reading and how much it sticks in my mind. I figure that it’s useful for readers to know how I thought the reading experience was ;-)

      Woot!! I hope you get to it in 2014!

  14. Great list! I think Steelheart is the only Brandon Sanderson book I haven’t read yet (oh, wait, also The Rithmatist). Perhaps I’ll need to bump that up my list for 2014 ;)

    Happy New Year! :) My TTT

    • Oo doooo iiiiit! If you love Sanderson and enjoy YA, then you have to read Steelheart! Rithmatist is more middle grade, so that depends on how you feel about that age range, ahah.

  15. Woah, we only share Steelheart *blinks* It’s an epic one, don’t get me wrong ;-) but I thought there’d be more D: In our defence though – 1. I sucked at reading this year and 2. I’d read Days of Blood & Starlight in 2012 hehe Anyways I was planning on reading Stormdancer, Scarlet, These Broken Stars and the Fire and Thorn series but there just wasn’t enough time in the year you know? And I only read Scarlet recently & wasn’t able to get my hands on Cress in time…D’oh!

    But yeah, lovely list!! All the ones you mentioned that I haven’t read (yet!) are high-priority reads for 2014! I hope you have an amazing new year Anya and I look forward to chatting books with you in 2014 ♥

    Here’s my Favorite Reads of 2013
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    • HAHA, it’s okay, we can still be friends ;-) Uh oh, this means we won’t have similar lists in 2014 if you like them all as much as I hope you do, hehe

  16. I feel bad about having waited so long to read The Lies of Locke Lamora too. There are some major fantasy series that have been released over the years that I’ve missed out on, or ended up waiting longer than I wanted to to start reading them. But if I can’t accomplish anything else in 2014, I want to at least accomplish catching up on the series that have been waiting for me all this time, ones that I’ve started but haven’t finished for whatever reason, and then I won’t have any excuse to say, “I can’t believe I haven’t read that yet!”

  17. At the risk of sounding lazy … scratch that, I am being lazy today (but more tired), favorites are on blog post. Much work to do today (and none of it fun), but I wanted to pop in and say Happy New Year! I’m so glad I found your blog during that one giveaway hop and thank you for all the work you have put in and continue to put into this blog. It’s been a blast! :)
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    • Happy New Year! Hehe, no worries at all, that’s what blog posts are for :D I’m so happy that you started your blog this year!!!!

  18. Hey, I have actually read one on your list! It was Lynch if you are wondering.
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  19. I love seeing your list because now I have more books to add to my reading pile. I also read Days of Blood & Starlight and loved it – can’t wait for the ending of the series.
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