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Best Books of 2013 (& Giveaway)

31 Dec 2013
Over the past few days I have been celebrating the best of 2013. To finish off I am going to share my favourite reads from this year (not necessarily 2013 releases). I have read 256 this year (according to goodreads) so the are the crème de la crème :D

To find out more about each book simply click on the title below the book cover.
Best YA
By far the best Young Adult novel I have read this year and also it is one of the best dystopian novels that I have read in a long time.
Best Contemporary NA
I loved this sweet NA contemporary romance when I first read it earlier in the year and it truly deserves the title of best contemporary NA novel.
Best Non-Contemporary NA
I love dystopian novels and I love NA novels so combine the 2 together and you have a winning combination. Tara Brown is an author who I discovered this year and though she has many fantastic books, Born with was the first I read is still my favourite. This book is currently free on Amazon!
Best Romance

I don't know of many people who dislike this book. It is an amazing sexy romance with one of the best male leads from any book this year.
Best Fantasy
Brandon Sanderson is in my eyes the best fantasy author ever and his latest release did not disappoint despite my high expectations. Like most of Sanderson's books this is really unique and combines Urban Fantasy and dystopian elements to create one of my favourite reads (and releases) of this year.
Best Romantic Suspense
This 2013 release by The Edge Of Never author J.A Redmerski completely blew me away and its sequel was equally spectacular. I want more books like this!
Best Dark Romance
This fall 2013 debut came out of nowhere and did spectacularly well and I really enjoyed it. It isn't for the faint hearted due to some very dark subject matter but it is a great book if dark is your kind of thing.
Best Ending to a Series
I read all of this trilogy this year and they just get better with each and every book. Whilst some series ending fell flat this year, Convicted was incredible and a worthy end to the trilogy.
Best "Late in a Series"
Long series' can get boring after a few book but 8 books in and Chicagoland Vampires is still going strong. I really loved this book (probably more than the first in the series actually) and am now really eager for book 9.

Best Plot Twist


This book completely surprised me with its un-guessable twists and turns. Such a fantastic book!

My Review
Most Emotional Read
This doesn't really need explaining does it :P
Left Me Most Desperate For Book 2
This was an amazing book by one of my favourite authors and the cliffhanger ending had me begging the world for the sequel to somehow magically appear in my hand. This was by far one of my favourite reads of 2013 and I am still anxiously awaiting book 2 :)

Special Mentions
There are a few books that didn't quite make the top spot in any of the above categories but I thought deserved a mention anyway.
The Homecoming Masquerade
This was an amazon freebie and was really surprisingly good! Along with the 2nd and 3rd books it is mysterious, intriguing and oh so unique.
Secret For a Song
If it wasn't for TFIOS this book would have been my most emotional read of 2013. It is incredibly moving, eye opening and such a beautiful story. This book actually isn't available at the moment because it was picked up by an agent (:D) but will hopefully be available again in the not to far away future.
Either Side of Midnight
This book really surprised me and was so much better than I was expecting. I loved the suspense, the plot line and the writing style.
Stealing Harper
This was a hard book to read as because it is an alternate pov book I already knew how it was going to end and didn't exactly want to have to read that again after Taking Chances. I'm so glad I read this book as it was so beautiful and had me sobbing my heart out at times.
I loved this sweet YA paranormal romance and I am still kicking myself that I left it years to read this! This is currently free on Amazon.
So what were YOUR favourite books of 2013?
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  1. I didn't read as many books as I hoped too in 2013 but I loved every one that I did read by Abbi Glines, Jessica Sorensen, Colleen Hoover, Katy Evans, Cora Carmack, Chelsea M. Cameron, Abi Ketner, Meg Cabot, Jamie McGuire and soo many more!!

  2. Kudos to you for being able to choose! I've gone back and forth over whether or not to compile my list of faves and I've decided against it, because I just CAN'T choose! Thanks for sharing!

  3. I haven't read that many books in 2103, maybe because I was in such a big book funk I couldn't. Now I'm playing catch up with all the good books I missed

  4. Amazing list! The only one I've read here is TFIOS and it was great! My favs were Siege and Storm and Crown of Midnight.

  5. You have a great list of books here. I've read The Fault in our Stars way back to 2012 and it is still may favorite until now. ;) My favorite book of 2013 would be Allegiant by Veronica Roth.

  6. Great list !
    Tears of Tess was my favorite read of 2013, followed closely by Real.

    TY for the chance to win.

  7. I loved Never Too Far & Forever Too Far by Abbi Glines, Reboot by Amy Tintera, Pivot Point by Kasie West, Altered by Jennifer Rush, Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins, The Collector & The Liberator by Victoria Scott, Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken, Taken by Erin Bowman, Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi, The Program by Suzanne Young. The list is endless.

  8. Wow, I haven't read any of these!

    I really enjoyed NOS4A2, Red Rising, and Hyperbole and a Half.

  9. Steelheart and The Fault in Our Stars are definitely on my list of favorite books as well. I would add Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo, Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken, Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi, Boundless by Cynthia Hand, Pivot Point by Kasie West..

  10. I've only read Real from your list, and I really enjoyed it. My favourite this year was Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson and I see that you also have a book by him in your list so I will have to check that one out

  11. I loved the The Fault in our Stars, definitely in my top books of all times.

  12. Great list! I have read and loved the Significance series, Killing Sarai, Real, and Stealing Harper. I liked Tears of Tess. Forgiving Lies is on my TBR.

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