Top Ten Tuesday | Top 13 of 2013

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week we list our top 10 book-related things. This week, we’re talking about:

Top 13 Books of 2013

Have I talked about these books enough yet? No? Well, I should. Because they were so damn good. (Oh, after doing this up I realized I missed out one of my favourites of this year: I Have the Right to Destroy Myself by Kim Young Ha. Love it.)

Here are my top 13 books of 2013:

1. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) By Mindy Kaling

I am obsessed with Mindy Kaling. I loved her in The Office, I loved her in The Mindy Project. And well, I love Mindy Kaling. Needless to say I fell in love with her more after reading this book. I kept secretly reading this at work because I just couldn’t help myself. I need more Mindy, please!

2. The Program By Suzanne Young

Ughhhh, I feel like I haven’t raved about this enough. The Program was one of my most anticipated of 2013 and certainly did not disappoint. I love dystopian books and this is right up there along with Divergent and The Hunger Games.

3. The Bling Ring By Nancy Jo Sales

OK, this book is a hit or miss with many people. Some may argue that it wasn’t a very good book and it didn’t touch on the more “important” things like why they did it blah blah blah. Now, The Bling Ring is one of those non-fiction books that I simply could not put down. I read this in between work, I read it at work, during work, on the way home from work…. you get the picture. Strangely, I became obsessed with these kids. I wanted to know more, needed to know more. I would recommend this, if you’re willing to read more of what happened or some background on the case. Otherwise, the movie adaptation by Sofia Coppola is a succinct version of the book. (I am a huge Cappola fan too!)

4. Bridget Jones’s Diary By Helen Fielding

Have I talked about Bridget Jones enough? I’m so damn late to the Bridget Jones party… I wish I read it earlier. Please be my friend, Bridget. You are so fabulous.

5. Lovely, Dark and Deep By Amy McNamara

The title of the book is an apt reflection of why I love this book. This book doesn’t get enough love. I urge everyone to read this book: it is poetic and beautiful.

6. Dangerous Girls By Abigail Haas

Two words: the. ending. You will keep reading, re-reading once the ending comes around. All round excellent mystery novel with a very interesting plot.

7. Love & Misadventure By Lang Leav

Love & Misadventure will continue to be one of my favourite volumes of poetry. What I love about it is its simplicity. You don’t need to be a poetry major to understand it. I met her this year a few months ago and got my book signed. She’s so adorable and is always a sweetheart on twitter. I hope she releases more volumes soon!

8. Ready Player One By Earnest Cline

This is another book I couldn’t put down. I even read it at work. (I’m starting to sound like a misfit… I read when I’ve done my work, I promise!) I loved that it was all about video games and alternate reality. It has such an interesting premise and I’ve never read anything like it before. What a wonderful experience it was to be submerged into the world of video games.

9. The Fault in our Stars By John Green.

This book lives up to the hype. No, seriously, I wasn’t cynical too but no, this book is brilliant. Don’t hesitate. Pick it up. Now. Please prepare some tissues. It might get ugly very quickly.

10. Easy By Tamara Webber

This was my first New Adult book and it was also one of those books that was crazily hyped over. Again, I was cynical especially when it came to contemporaries and people falling in love. But I really enjoyed this book. It lived up to the hype of it being addictive and good.

11. Prep School Confidential By Kara Taylor

Please. If you’ve been reading my blog, you know I do nothing but rave about it. I will hard-sell this book to anyone who is willing to listen. A debut novel that is unlike a debut novel. Fantastic book.

12. The Outsiders By S.E. Hinton

One of my new favourite classics. I’ve been hearing so much about it for so long, but never bothered to pick it up until I read an except of it in Fangirl. I loved how easy it was to read. I have a bad track record with classics: it’s so hard for me to read it from start to finish but I whizzed though this. I spent hours reading this through the morning.  I fell in love with the characters that I couldn’t put it down nor stop thinking about it. It’s one of those books that will stay with you forever. Stay golden, Ponyboy.

13. Before I Go To Sleep By SJ Watson

This should be a no brainer. I absolutely loved this book. I kept thinking about it for weeks after reading it. It was so exciting and incredibly exhilarating.

What are you top 13 books of this year? I’d love to see if any of the books from above made your list!


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