Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Top Ten Books I Read in 2013

 
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  This week's topic is Top Ten Books I Read in 2013.  
  
Here are my picks.  Some were published in 2013, some earlier.  These earned 5 stars:

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1215032.The_Wise_Man_s_Fearhttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16101090-the-river-of-no-returnhttp://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28876.His_Majesty_s_Dragon
 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16793.Stardusthttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17262149-the-wishing-thread


I rated the next set 4 stars, but they each came very, very close to 5.  It was also really hard to pin it down to just five books.  (And if I had included all the 4.5-star Temeraire books by Naomi Novik, I would have had 4 more!)

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17465456-shadowshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13257637-the-sweetest-darkhttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10874177-etiquette-espionage
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17286755-an-old-betrayalhttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15797358-the-arrangementhttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16074553-the-apple-orchard
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9533378-houndedhttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15784968-his-majesty-s-hopehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11235712-cinder


I wish I could have included 10 or 15 more!  What were your favorite books this year?

22 comments:

  1. Stardust is awesome! Such a beautiful and understated fantasy novel. I have The Sweetest Dark waiting on my shelf, I really need to get to it. :D

    My TTT:

    http://diamondinroughcoal.blogspot.com/2013/12/top-ten-tuesday-17-or-my-top-ten-books.html

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    1. I loved The Sweetest Dark; it's beautifully written as well as being a gripping story.

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  2. I love Rothfuss, and Cinder rocked. I have Hounded in my tbr pile and want to read the Arrangement. Lovely list Lark. Happy New Year my friend :)

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    1. Rothfuss is absolutely amazing, isn't he? Enjoy Hounded and The Arrangement! And have a great New Year!

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  3. Good list, Cinder made my list as well.

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    1. I love fairytale retellings, and Cinder is a wonderfully original re-imagining.

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  4. Great list! Love the way you broke everything down :) Perhaps this will be the year that I read The River of No Return, lol

    Happy New Year! :)

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    1. I think you would really enjoy The River of No Return, Lianne. It's literary fantasy and historical fiction all rolled into one. Happy New Year!

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  5. I loved Cinder, it's become one of my favorite books and I'm excited to read Cress when it comes out. :)
    Thanks for stopping by my post!

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    1. Cinder was really good; I'm looking forward to both Scarlet and Cress.

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  6. Lots of great books on here! Patrick Rothfuss is such an immersive read and I love both the book and movie of Stardust! I started and read the first 3 or 4 in the Temeraire series and really liked them but have just lost track of keeping up with others in the series. I think I need to make sure to get back to that series in 2014. I also need to add Shadows as I love Robin McKinley and am seeing this pop up in several places!
    I read Hounded this year as well as a couple of it's sequels - I enjoyed it but it missed being a total favorite because I felt like the intended audience was strongly nerd dudes. It was all about wish fulfillment for that audience which is great but since I am not in that demographic I was a little disconnected. But I LOVED all the mythology and the swashbuckling adventure so will definitely continue with the series.
    Finally, unrelated to this particular post, I am so impressed with how prolific a reader you are. I am in awe of folks that can read over 100 books in a year - what's the secret? Fast reader or just dedication? With all the books out there that I want to read I'd love to be able to read more.

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    1. Sounds like we share a lot of similar tastes, Stephanie! One secret to how much I read is that I'm totally addicted; I get cranky if I don't get some reading in every day. Another is that I do re-read old favorites, so a good percentage of that 170 books is books I've read before (which sometimes means I can go faster.) It's also true that some books are easy while others are challenging and take longer. But honestly, I think it's really more about enjoying the books you do read than about how many books you get through.

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  7. I really must read Cinder this year :) Great list!

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    1. It's a well-written and unusual fairytale retelling. I really enjoyed it!

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  8. Great picks! The Temeraire books are great, and I always love Gail Carriger's books. :)

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    1. Thanks! I need to read Carriger's Parasol Protectorate books (and the sequel to Etiquette and Espionage, too.)

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  9. The cover of The Wishing Thread and your 5-star review inspired me to look it up, and it's now firmly on my to-read list. I'm a knitter and I'm looking forward to reading what sounds like something totally different from typical knitting-related books. I'm also hoping to read Cinder and Patrick Rothfuss in the coming year.

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    1. I'm so glad you're going to read this, Lindsay! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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  10. That looks like a really good list. I haven't actually read any of them, but several are on my (VERY long) queue.

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    1. I know what you mean about a long queue. My Goodreads "to-read" and "someday" shelves combined are around 800+ books. Ulp.

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  11. yey, I love The Sweetest Dark as well :D Also, I'm so glad that you got to The Wise Man's Fear <3 so much!

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    1. Rothfuss is awesome! And I'm really looking forward to book 3 of The Sweetest Dark as well.

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