Sorry for the white noise on the blog. I'm wrapping up a few left over reads for this year and will be participating in a few reading challenges for next year. Today's topic for Top 10 Tuesday, an awesome feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is discussing our favorite reads from 2013. Here are mine, in alphabetical order, along with a link to my review. I still have to write a couple of reviews for a couple of them and hope to do that in the next few days.
Favorite Books Read in 2013
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz - Brilliant, simple, poetic, and profound. Aristotle and Dante are two memorable teens who try to unveil all aspects of our identity from our socially constructed roles of being a man or a woman to our cultural identity which may embrace or ignore. I can't believe I wanted this long to pick up this book!
Clockwork Princess (Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare- a fantastic conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy and it pulls at your heartstrings from beginning to end. Politics, clockworks, heartache, hope, and a very cruel love triangle are the focus of the book. I know there has been a love/hate relationship with the epilogue but I for one loved it.
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell- I stayed away from this book because of all the glowing reviews in the YA community, but when it became the center of controversy during Banned Book Week I was too curious to not read this one. Now I see what the fuss is all about. Exceptional writing and lovable characters transcend this book from your ordinary YA romance. After reading this book, I want to go back and read everything that Rainbow Rowell wrote.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green- Amazing. I'm still trying to form coherent sentences to describe what makes this book incredible. You will smile, laugh, think, and yes, ultimately cry while reading this book but I can assure you it's worth the investment. I think to really grasp why Green is so popular amongst critics and readers, you really need to read this book.
Grandpa Green by Lane Smith- A fabulous picture book that tells the story so effortlessly and seamlessly with illustrations and text.
The House of Hades by Rick Riordan- Quite possibly my favorite book in the Heroes of Olympus series.The stakes are higher as our band of demigods fight demons-both literally and metaphorically.
The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna- A character driven science fiction/speculative fiction/dystopian book that sucked me right in. The Lost Girl gave me much to think about while being cathartic. The characters and premise asks us unsettling questions, but ultimately it is a story about love, grief, death, and above all what makes us human.
Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo- A fantastic, refreshing contemporary YA read previously released in Australia under the title Good Oil. Compelling characters and realistic slice of life plot, that made me realize that we don't always get the things we want, or what we think we want. Sometimes there's really no happy ending or a bad one. Sometimes, life is just...well, life.
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller- With language both evocative and lyrical of her predecessors and fresh outlook on familiar scenes that explore new territory, Miller is clearly a lover of ancient Greece. While I will always be a fan of Hector and have my heart broken by his death, Miller did make me pause and see Achilles and Patroculus in a new light. If you are a fan of Greek mythology, do pick this book up.
Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Fowler- A lovely, sad and compulsively readable book. It is a common misconception that Zelda Fitzgerald was the reason for F. Scott Fitzgerald's ruin, but Fowler does a great job in making Zelda a three dimensional character and a woman who is struggling to make her own identity outside of her husband's shadow. Beautiful descriptions vividly recreate the 1920s.
What are your favorites from this year?