Top Ten Books I Read In 2013

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish.

toptentuesdayThis was surprisingly easy.  If I had to choose just one, I’d never be able to do it.  Of course, I do have a few more than ten.  But as I said in my End of the Year Survery, loving so many books is a good thing.  Also, I just realized that most of my favorite books where ones I actually listened too.  It was a good year for audiobooks for me 🙂

In no particular order . . .

1.  The Lunar Chronicles (Cinder & Scarlet) by Marissa Meyer.
I still cannot believe how much I love this series.  But it’s love alright that I feel for The Lunar Chronicles.

scorpio races

2.  The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater.
Such a beautifully written book.


3.  Wonder by R.J. Palacio
This book is so funny, and very heartfelt.

4.  Jasper Dent Series (I Hunt Killers & Game) by Barry Lyga
Some of the best mystery/thrillers I’ve ever read.  I’m fascinated by the character of Jasper Dent.

Code Name Verity

5.  Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Holy cow, this book is pretty emotional.  I love that it’s about two best friends.

thirteen reasons why

6.  Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
I’m not usually into message stories, but this one blew me away.  It was very suspenseful even though it’s obvious what the outcome will be.

doll bones

7.  Doll Bones by Holly Black
This is a wonderful middle-grade novel about growing up..


8.  Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare
This is exactly my kind of romance.  I just read this, so I don’t have a review to link up to.


9.  Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson
This is the sweetest romance ever.

eleanor and park

10.  Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell.
Maybe my favorite book of the year.  I loved all Rowell’s books, but this is my favorite.


11.  Bomb: The Race to Build – and Steal – the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin
Sheinkin sure knows how to write interesting non-fiction.

I linked up all these books to my reviews, unless I haven’t posted my review yet.  I read so many wonderful books this year, and I’m really looking forward to next year.

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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22 Responses to Top Ten Books I Read In 2013

  1. Scarlet made my list too (I love the Lunar Chronicles) and I still really need to read Eleanor & Park, hopefully I will next year! 🙂 My TTT list:

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

  2. Tara says:

    SIGH. Eleanor & Park. Pretty sure that’s the clear winner for the year, and deservingly so. Rowell’s kind of a rock star this year. I read Rose Under Fire without reading Code Name Verity, so that’s next on my list — I’ve heard nothing but good things! Also, glad to see you read Thirteen Reasons Why! It’s the kind of book one can read in a single sitting, and one of my all time favorites!

  3. Cinder is also on my list! I’m reading Scarlet right now, and I love it! Another book that’s also on my list is Eleanor & Park… Rainbow Rowell has become one of my favorite authors in such a quick amount of time! I read Thirteen Reasons Why a few years ago, and I had pretty much the same reaction. It was weird, though, because I read it before I started blogging, and I wasn’t even looking for a book nor had I heard of it before, I just saw a book on a shelf in my local grocery store and bought it, and boy was I glad I did! I still want to read Code Name Verity, though, but haven’t got to it yet!

  4. Oh! The Scorpio Races and Eleanor & Park both made my list as well! This is a great list – for the year, my favorites are Attachments and Eleanor & Park, which makes me really impressed with Rainbow Rowell. (:

  5. ChrissiReads says:

    You’ve picked some amazing books! What a great year of books. I really want to read Thirteen Reasons Why.

  6. Thirteen Reasons Why was really an eye-opener for me! Awesome list! 🙂

    My TTT 🙂

  7. Ha! Doll Bones looks awesome. I don’t read Middle Grade, but if I did… I WOULD BE PICKING THIS ONE UP!!! I have both E&P and Thirteen Reasons Why in my ‘to be read soon’ pile. Definitely looking forward to both of them. Eeeek… I WILL READ CINDER THIS YEAR!

  8. Ooh nice list! I’ve only read Thirteen Reasons Why (and loved it) but many others are on my TBR list for 2014. Can’t wait 🙂
    My TTT

  9. I love the lunar chronicles, edenbrooke is awesome! Did I ever tell you how I found that book it was through a song! I will tweet you the link! I love Eleanor and Park..I need to finally read code name! Great list!

  10. BookTasty says:

    Scorpio Races! Seriously, I can’t even begin to express my love for that book. I love it so much I’m afraid to recommend it to people because I’m scared of what I’ll feel if they don’t like it! haha It is by far my favorite of Stiefvater’s! 🙂 BTW: I don’t know if you get notified when I reply to a comment you left on my blog, but I did and wanted to make sure you saw it 🙂

    • Quinn says:

      I did see you reply, and thanks so much! and for the tweet. I know what you mean about be afraid that people won’t like one of your favorite books. I feel that way about certain books too 🙂 You’re not alone.

  11. stacybuckeye says:

    I love the Lunar Chronicles too and was very impressed with 13 Reasons Why.

  12. booksofamber says:

    Hehe, I loved Scarlet! Marissa Meyer is so bloody talented. I have yet to read Code Name Verity, but it’s one of my friends favourite books so I definitely need to get to it soon! Eleanor & Park was absolutely fantastic, I agree!

    Happy New Year!

  13. I love seeing Cinder, Scarlet, and Thirteen Reasons Why on your list. I need to read the others on your list. I am especially excited for Romancing the Duke (you know how I love historicals), Code Name Verity, and Wonder. Happy New Year!

    • Quinn says:

      I think you’ll really like Romancing the Duke. You know when you find the exactly right book at exactly the right time. That’s what Romancing the Duke is for me. I almost want to read it again right now, but I should try out Dare’s other books too.

  14. Wonder made my list too! Starting Eleanor and Park this week…excitement! 😀 Happy New Year!

  15. Cinder made my TTT list; Scarlet is on my read-as-soon-as-I-can list. Code Name Verity is also on my TBR list, and I’ll have to try the Tessa Dare; I like some of her other romances.

  16. Hannah says:

    It made me so happy to see some of my favorite reads on this list: Scarlet, The Scorpio Races and and Code Name Verity. I read the last two last year, but they definitely topped my favorites list and continue to set standards as some of the best YA I’ve ever read.

  17. Great list! Wonder is an absolute favorite of mine. And I love I Hunt Killers and Game; it’s a very popular series in my classroom. Thirteen Reasons Why is one of my absolute favorites and Eleanor & Park also made my list.

  18. I loved Cinder and I have no idea why I haven’t read Scarlet yet! Everyone loves Edenbrooke and I so need to read it. Bomb looks cool. I didn’t know it was non-fiction. I kind of want to read it now. You read some great books this year!

  19. Great list. You’ve got some really amazing books on your list. I really need to hurry up and read the Lunar Chronicles, I’ve heard nothing but good things about that series. I’ve also had I Hunt Killers on my bookshelf for over a year now, I should read that soon too. Great list. Happy New Year 🙂 My TTT.

  20. Edenbrooke! Obviously I think that’s a fantastic choice 🙂

    A lot of your other choices are on my TBR, but I haven’t gotten around to them yet.

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