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Top Ten Tuesday #4: Books Read In 2013


Yes, I’m joining in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! I was planning on doing a top ten of my books read this year on December 31st anyway, and since that’s the topic of this week’s TTT, why not join in?

This week’s theme is: Top Ten Books Read In 2013

I’d love to know what your top books of the year are too, or if you agree with any of my choices – so feel free to leave your list in the comments, or perhaps link to your own top ten. I’m looking forward to the selections! And now, in now particular order, my top ten books read in 2013…

1. & 2. Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #1 & #2) by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. Maas

You’ve probably seen these books everywhere on the blogosphere, and they deserve every ounce of praise. Sarah J. Maas has crafted a brilliant fantasy world and cast of characters, and I really hope that the series encourages people who might not normally try the fantasy genre to give it a try. Plus I met the author in October, and she was absolutely lovely – she shows a lot of dedication to her fans. I told her that Throne of Glass was my favourite book of the year, and she also remembered meeting Paola and Charlene a few months and a whole continent ago!

3. All Our Yesterdays (All Our Yesterdays #1) by Cristin Terrill

All Our Yesterdays (All Our Yesterdays #1) by Cristin Terrill

An incredibly fun whirlwind of a read, this Young Adult novel involves time-travel and a Doctor… but not the kind of Doctor you’d like to take a trip through time and space with. Yes there’s a love triangle, which I normally hate, but this one isn’t quite as simple – in fact nothing is. I pretty much devoured this book in one sitting and had such fun writing a review full of Doctor Who references (I just had to!).

4. Endymion (Hyperion Cantos #3) by Dan Simmons

Endymion (Hyperion Cantos #3) by Dan Simmons

Knowing I am a big fan of science fiction, my dad kept trying to get me to read his favourite series, the Hyperion Cantos. I finally picked up the first book in the series, Hyperion last year, and I read book three this year. I’m so glad I decided to read it, because it has proven to be one of my favourite sci-fi series so far – it’s epic, brilliantly written and just amazing. Now I just have book four, which I hope to read in 2014! The first book in the series has been chosen as my bookgroup’s Sci-Fi Book of the Month for January 2014.

5. The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles #1) by Patrick Rothfuss

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

The Name of the Wind was the first book that my bookgroup chose to read together, and I don’t think we could have started on a better note. Rothfuss’ tale of Kvothe, the mysterious narrator, is gripping and exciting, enchanting and oh so unique. I recently discussed magic systems in fantasy novels, including that of The Name of the Wind, which is referred to as ‘sympathy’. I have book two waiting for me on my shelf and it’s definitely high priority – perhaps it will make my top reads of 2014?

6. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

If you’ve never read anything by Haruki Murakami, then you really should. If you have, then you know what I’m talking about: Murakami’s writing is weird, good weird, and incredibly imaginative. He has written many novels, and whilst some of them are perhaps more ‘normal’, this is not one of them. His writing really makes you think, and it’s hard to pinpoint exactly how to describe a typical Murakami book. Basically, give it a try.

7. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

I really can’t rave enough about this book! I’ve said this so many times, but I’ve never read anything quite as fun as Ready Player One. With its pop culture references and crazy online world known as the OASIS, it’s pretty much the perfect book for anyone nostalgic for the 80s, early 90s, or any avid games (particularly online gamers). Know someone who would rather play a video game than read a book? Give them a copy of this and they might change their mind…

8. Graceling (Graceling #1) by Kristin Cashore

Graceling (Graceling #1) by Kristin Cashore

Graceling wins ALL the awards for being ‘Most Surprisingly Amazing YA Book’. Being part of the book blogging community, you hear a lot of good stuff about a lot of good YA books – and although I’d heard that Graceling was worth the read, it wasn’t surrounded by all the fuss that Throne of Glass was, for example. I got it out of the library on a bit of a whim and then fell in love. It’s been a great year for fantasy books apparently!

9. Leviathan (Leviathan #1) by Scott Westerfeld

leviathan cover

How close I was to returning this one to the library unread! Not because I didn’t like the look of it, but because I had so much to read and review – but luckily I caught up. Luckily, because wow. I’m not sure if I’ve ever read an alternate history before, and I’ve not read much steampunk, and Leviathan has most definitely peaked my interest in the genre. Not to mention the absolutely gorgeous illustrations that accompany the story.

10. Serena by Ron Rash

Serena by Ron Rash

Seriously underrated and under-read, Serena needs more recognition! A tale of determination, this book truly shocks. I can’t even remember how I heard about it, I just know that as soon as I did I wanted to read it – and ordered myself a brand new copy, which is a rare thing. It’s also being made into a film, featuring Jennifer Lawrence (yay!) as the eponymous Serena and Bradley Cooper as her husband, George Pemberton.

And there we are, my top reads of 2013! What were yours? Share them in the comments below!

16 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #4: Books Read In 2013”

  1. Leviathan dragged me into both YA and Steam punk, great book. Ready Player One is a geek dream, I loved every page.

    Wise Man’s Fear will either hook you or lose you. At its best it was even better than Name of the Wind;but I felt its lows were worse as well. I liked it, but know a few who didn’t.

    May have to look up Throne of Glass, looks interesting.

    1. It’s certainly gotten me interested in reading more of the genre! I think the only other steampunk book I’ve read is Incarnation by Emma Cornwall, which wasn’t actually that big on the steampunk.

      I have heard that about Wise Man’s Fear. It does seem to split people…

      And yes, definitely look it up!

    1. Yay, I hope you enjoy it =D Book two feels completely unrelated, but I think book three (Bitterblue) brings them together – I still have to read it.

      I can’t wait for part three either! Is it definitely just a trilogy?

    1. Yep, I only remember hearing from a few people who didn’t particularly enjoy it. I’ll be interested to hear what you think of it =D

  2. I absolutely love love loved Ready Player One. I would go as far as saying it was my favourite book of 2013!

    I thought Name of the Wind was really good too.

    I got IQ84 from my D&J secret santa so hopefully I’ll crack that out this year!

    I haven’t done a top 10 post yet, but I may well do during January. For now, I know for definite it would contain:

    Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
    Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
    A Memory of Light by Brandon Sanderson & Robert Jordan
    Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
    The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

    1. Oh yay, I didn’t realise that was your Secret Santa present! =)

      I saw Memory of Light in a charity shop the other week… £1.50 for an almost brand new hardback. Only reason I didn’t buy it is because I’ve only read the first book in the series, so didn’t see the point in buying the last just yet…

  3. It’s nice to see Murakami love. 😀 ❤ I read him for the first time this year. Norwegian Wood and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. Loved both for different reasons. I really want to read 1Q84 and Kafka on the Shore sometime this year, as both are sitting on my bookshelf. He's also releasing a new novel this year too!

    1. Yay, another Murakami fan! Norwegian Wood was also the first book I read, and I haven’t read yet The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. I didn’t realise he was releasing a new one, what’s it called? =D

      1. The translation of the title is Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage. The Goodreads page does not have the translated version up yet since it hasn’t been released, but I know it’s a rather short novel especially compared to 1Q84. I want to be able to read one of his novels in the native Japanese one day. O____O My Japanese isn’t nearly good enough yet, though…

      2. Ah, what a Murakami title ;D That would be amazing to read it in the original Japanese, nothing would get lost in translation.

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