Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Read In 2013

 

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke & The Bookish. Each week they host a different top ten topic.

Top Ten Books I Read In 2013

I always find these lists so hard! I'm going to make it a little easier on myself and only read books that I read for the first time this year. I have had quite a few rereads of some of my all time favourites so that would make it a little harder.


Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

I read this for the first time in January and have read it twice more since then. I'd seen it recommended so many times that I finally caved and got it. It has a really tabboo subject and I wasn't sure it was going to work for me. But I was proved very wrong, and this has become an all time favourite but also my top read of the year. I couldn't recommend it highly enough, get over the subject and give it a try. (You can find my review here.)


Alienated by Melissa Landers

This was a book I had seen a few times on Netgalley but wasn't too sure if I wanted to pick up. It sounded okay but I was kind of certain that it wasn't going to be a book that I liked. I ended up loving it and instantly pre-ordering my own copy as soon as I was done! This definitely showed that aliens can be really hot! I can't wait for the sequel, I need it now. (You can find my review here.)


My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

I fell head-over-heels in love with this book. I just loved it from beginning to end, and I'm pretty sure I fell more in love with Jace than Samantha did. A really great story, it really captures the spirit of first love. I will definitely be rereading this one a lot in my lifetime. I can't recommend it enough. (You can find my full review here.)


This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

I was put off picking this up for so long because of the cover, it made me think it was going to be some gushy romance. What I got was something else entirely. It's a really beautiful coming-of-age story that had me laughing and then crying in the space of a few pages. Such a touching, brilliantly written story. (You can find my review here.)


Sleepless by Tracey Ward

This was a book I was offered to read as part of a tour. I was really unsure, the premise sounded a little strange, but in the end I said yes. I was right, it is a little strange but it was also incredible! I really loved it, the romance was so real and the author did such an amazing job of putting across all the passion and longing between these two. I loved all the chapters where they meet in their dreams on the dock, they are probably my favourite parts of the book. (My review will be up in January.)

These Broken Stars by Meagan Spooner & Amie Kaufman

I am pretty certain that I will be seeing this on so many lists today. I requested this because it instantly caught my attention with the beautiful cover, and then the premise sounded great as well. I loved the starting scenes on the space ship, that were all very Titanic like. I felt the pace slowed down in the middle, but picked right back up at the end and totally blew me away. I loved this book and I am eagerly awaiting the sequel! (You can find my review here.)


Slammed by Colleen Hoover

This is one of those books that I kept seeing everywhere and kept having recommended to me. But the cover is so Fifty Shades that it put me off for so long. This is nothing like Fifty Shades, for starters it's actually quite well written and isn't Twilight fan fiction, which always helps. It showed me the world of slam poetry, which I had never encountered in a book before. I also adored the characters, the leads as well as secondary, and the romance was really great too. (You can find my review here.)

The Hate List by Jennifer Brown

This is one I read before I started blogging and I haven't reviewed it for the blog. I really want to though because it was a really incredible book. It tells the story of Valerie Leftman, who's boyfriend opened fire at school five months ago. Valerie is left dealing with her own guilt, because of a list she helped create. It was a really touching book and made me want to read more Jennifer Brown.

Champion by Marie Lu

After the absolute train wreck that was Allegiant, it was refreshing to have a trilogy ender that wasn't utter shite from beginning to end. This was actually a really enjoyable and satisfying end to the series. I did think the ending was a little ridiculous, and didn't really make much logical sense - very soap opera like. But, overall I think this worked really well and was a great end to a great series. (You can find my review here.)

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

I have my fellow bloggers to thank for this one, if it wasn't for all your recommendations I never would have picked this up. But it's a really fun series and so far I am loving it. I will definitely be reading every book in this series and many more from JLA. (You can find my review here.)




I have a feeling that next year my list is going to be filled with books that I only had the chance to read because of the blog. Especially since so many of the books I got for Christmas are ones that I know will appear on so many different lists today. 6 of the books on here are ones I have only read because I got them through Netgalley/Edelweiss or because they were recommended to me by other bloggers.


Angelfall Giveaway

Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1)World After (Penryn & the End of Days, #2)

My boyfriend bought me Angelfall and World After for Christmas, but had a problem with World After when it arrived. It has the tiniest dent in the back cover from where it has obviously got knocked around the box in transit. He got in touch with TBD, because he knows I am so particular when it comes to books, and they sent a replacement. Now I have two copies, and looking at the 'damaged' one, it's barely noticeable and I wouldn't have been that bothered. But seeing as I only need one copy of it, I am going to give that one away. I will also throw in a paperback copy of Angelfall to the winner as well. So just remember World After has tiny bit of damage to the back of it. As I will be sending by post, this giveaway is UK only
The tiny damage! 

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200 Bloglovin Followers Giveaway

I have reached a big milestone for me, which is 200 followers on Bloglovin. To think just a few short months ago I had none at all, well it kind of blows my mind. Thank you for all your support, your comments and recommendations. I have found so many amazing blogs, bloggers and books since starting my blog. It's probably the best thing that I have done all year! 

To celebrate I want to do a little giveaway. So I am offering one winner the chance to win £20 worth of books from Book Depository. That way I can do an international giveaway and you can pick the books you want. 


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112 comments:

  1. I haven't read any of the books in your top ten except for Obsidian. Love me some Daemon!

    My Top Ten!

    You spoil us with awesome giveaways! There are so many books I want. But the one on top of my list is Supernaturally by Kiersten White.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    ~Stephanie @ Bookfever

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    1. Good luck for the giveaway! I love Daemon :)

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  2. Right now the book I want most is The Elite by Kiera Cass

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  3. Eeeep! Champion topped my fave reads this 2013! Great list. I am familiar with the books in here! Happy New year! :'D

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  4. Yay Obsidian! I love that series! Bought the first two for my friend for Xmas and she's already read them! yay! Love the Angelfall books too! Great list!

    Here's my Tuesday Post

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

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    1. Thanks! I loved the first two, can't wait to read more :)

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  5. I want to find time to read the Legend series, Luxe series, and These Broken Stars next year.

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    1. I hope you get to them all, they're really great :)

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  6. I loved These Broken Stars and This Song! And, gosh, The Hate List was mindblowing. I don't even know why I picked it up to read, but I seriously couldn't put it down. It still lurks in the back of my mind as one of the best, most moving books I've ever read. Thanks for the giveaway! And congrats on those 200 followers! Woot!

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  7. Thank you for visiting my blog.

    I bought This Song Will Save Your Life due to the positive feedback and I'm looking forward to reading it... Eventually. :)

    Alienated looks like an interesting book, so I hope that it receives a Kindle release in the UK.

    Have a Happy New Year.

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    1. I hope you enjoy This Song when you get to it! :) I think Alienated will get a Kindle release, it's amazing and I would definitely recommend!

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  8. These Broken Stars made my list too, and I really need to read Slammed and My Life Next Door, I keep hearing so many great things about them! :)
    Thanks for stopping by my post!

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    1. I would definitely recommend both, obviously :)

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  9. You have a great list! So many books that I want to check out!

    Thank you for stopping by my blog :-)

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  10. Forbidden, Hate List and These Broken Stars are all on my TBR list. Glad to see them so highly recommended! I just read Obsidian as well, also because of fellow bloggers. Definitely an entertaining series!

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    1. I hope you get to all three, they are incredible! :)

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  11. Oh God.. I haven't read a single one of those! But I really want to start the lux series!

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  12. Yay for the Lux series! One of my favorites =) I can't wait for the final book in that series!! These Broken Stars and This Song Will Save Your Life are also great reads of 2013.

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  13. I haven't read any of these yet but I didn't really like Legend so I don't think I'll read on. I plan to read These Broken Stars soon though.
    Happy reading!

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  14. I am a sucker for coming of age stories, so This Song Will Save Your Life will probably be an awesome read for me too. What a wonderful list of the best you have read this year! Still have to read These Broken Stars. Hah. Happy New Year!

    Glamorous Book Lounge

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    1. I hope you enjoy them both when you get to read them :) I definitely recommend both!

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  15. I've read both My Life Next Door and This Song Will Save Your Life, although I didn't like the former. It's so fun to read other bloggers' best books of 2013 list!

    As for which book I'd pick...it would probably be Cinders & Sapphires, Golden, or Sixteenth Summer.

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    1. Good luck for the giveaway! I'm having so much fun reading all the other lists too :)

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  16. I can wait to read My Life Next Door!! Looks so good. And I've seen so many people list These Broken Stars...I'm definitely curious :). Awesome list!
    Ninja Girl

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    1. I hope you love My Life Next Door if and when you read it, it's such a great read :)

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  17. I really want to read My Life Next Door. These Broken Stars sounds so good. I've only read the first book in the Legend series. I'm hoping to read the other 2 soon. Thanks for stopping by and Happy New Year!

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    1. Happy New Year to you too :) I loved My Life Next Door, I hope you get to read it soon!

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  18. Great list. I still need to get to Champion. Loved the first two. Didn't love Insurgent, so am not in a hurry to read Allegiant. Been hearing sentiments similar to yours about it.

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT. Happy New Year!

    brenda

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    1. I would definitely suggest just making up your own ending and never reading Allegiant. It's definitely not worth it! Happy New Year :)

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  19. I loved Obsidian and Slammed! Alienated looks really good. I've heard nothing but amazing things about These Broken Stars. I have the book and haven't read it yet! It will definitely be one of my early reads in 2014! Happy New Year!

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  20. Great list. I've only read Champion, but most of the others are on my TBR list. Will look into the rest.

    Once Upon A Dream Books

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  21. Nice wrap up. I've heard so many good things about the Legend series... I think I need to bump it up my tbr list!

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  22. I can't wait to read Alienated! So far I've only seen positive reviews of it. I want to read Hate List too. I've had that on my TBR pile for years. Maybe this year I will finally get around to reading it!

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    1. I hope you get to it soon, it's a really amazing read :) And I 100% recommend Alienated, it's brilliant!

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  23. I love My Life Next Door. You have a really good list here.

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  24. I really need to read these broken stars so many people have loved it!

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    1. It's a really great read, you definitely should :)

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  25. Fantastic list, thanks for dropping by my blog! Your blog is gorgeous, I'm your newest follower! I'd appreciate a follow back if you get a spare minute! Thanks again, and Happy New Year to you too! :)

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    1. I've followed back! Happy New Year to you too :)

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  26. Great list. It's like half of these I also read and loved this year or last year and the other half are on the top of my TBR. I think one of my first reads this year will be This Song Will Save Your Life. I've heard so many great things about it and I really want to see what all the hype is about.
    Thanks for stopping by my TTT post :D.
    Happy 2014 reading :D.

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    1. I hope you love it if you get to it! It's an amazing read :)

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  27. So, so many books on here I want to read so I'm glad you enjoyed them so much! Congratulations on your 200 followers too.
    Thanks for stopping by my TTT

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  28. I really loved Slammed! It's one of my all-time favorite books :D Most of your books are on my TBR! Really have to start reading them :)

    Go read American Girl on Saturn; I really loved it! I think I already read it thrice. :)) Thanks for dropping by my TTT! :)

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    1. I really want to read that one, must get to it this year! :) Thanks for the recommendation!

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  29. Good list, I read Forbidden last year and even though it was good book I'm sad to say that I personally just couldn't get past the storyline. I also read The Hate List last year and thought it had its good points but I felt like there wasn't enough back story on Nick and he was just painted a monster. I don't think that Valerie spent enough time trying to get to the bottom of why it happened she was just focused on moving on and where as I know she obviously needs to get her life back on tract, he wasn't just a random person to her. Do you know what I mean? (maybe I'm the only one who feels that way)

    I read Obsidian last year and liked the storyline, even if it did remind me a lot of Roswell the TV program. Angelfall is brilliant and
    These Broken Stars & This Song Will Save Your Life is on my TBR list :)

    Like I said, good list :) (also love the way you've set it out haha)

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    1. I did want more of a back story to Nick too. I wanted to be able to get inside his head more and understand him a little better as a character. I get where you're coming from in that respect, it was lacking there.

      I can't wait to get to Angelfall, I've heard so many amazing things.

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  30. I loved Obsidian and These Broken Stars. I heard a lot of buzz about Forbidden but haven't read it yet. Great list!

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  31. You've got so many amazing books. I've enjoyed lots of them. I hope you have a great 2014 :-)

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  32. Great list! I have a lot of these on my wishlist.

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  33. Wonderful list! I loved Forbidden and These Broken Stars! Obsidian was great too. I'm currently reading Alienated, and I'm glad you liked it. :)

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    1. Forbidden and These Broken Stars were definite highlights! I hope you love Alienated :)

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  34. Obsidian has been on my TBR list for a while. I even picked up an autographed copy when I saw JLA at a book convention last spring. I REALLY need to make that series a priority this year. Everyone seems to love it.

    You have several other books that are still on my TBR list as well. Great picks!!

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT: Jacque's Book Nook

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  35. So many of these are ones that I need to pick up! I just got my copy of My Life Next Door, so I'll definitely be picking that one up ASAP. I'm so excited to read These Broken Stars too.

    Thanks for stopping by my Top Ten!

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    1. I hope you love My Life Next Door, I thought it was such an amazing read. :)

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  36. Nice list! I HAVE to read These Broken Stars and This Song Will Save Your Life this year. I've heard so many great things about them!

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  37. Great TTT! I really loved These Broken Stars as well:) And thanks for the giveaway, I'd love to win any book by Jennifer Armentrout!

    Eveline's Books

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  38. SO many great books on your list! Yay! I'm so glad you loved Obsidian! Have you read the rest of the series yet? Ooh, I'm planning on picking up Alienated next month and I'm even more excited for it now that I've seen it on your top 10!
    Great list! Happy New Year! :D

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    1. I haven't read the whole series yet, just the first two. I can't wait to get to the others :) I hope you LOVE Alienated!

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  39. I haven't read any of the books on your list, however have a few on my TBR list for 2014! Thanks for stopping by my blog :) Hope you have a fantastic New Year! x

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  40. Great list!
    Read quite a few that made your list too.So I can understand why they're there.
    So hard to make these lists though. Lol. :)

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  41. Love love love JLA, so glad you read Obsidian and liked it! And Champion...agreed, it was no nice to read a satisfying ending (after that Allegiant debacle). I'm excited for Alienated, it sounds so good...great list! ~Pam

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  42. Oh I loved Hate List too!!! And My Life Next Door. I totally thought Sleepless was The Truth About You and Me by Amanda Grace. They really need to get those stock photos under control because at first glance that messed with my head! Cool list!

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    1. I know, I thought that every time I saw the other book on a list. Glad to find someone else who read and loved The Hate List! Thanks for checking my list out too :)

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  43. The Hate List sounds good. Thanks for sharing your books.

    Kero

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  44. Thanks for stopping by! I thought I would return the favor and see your TTT.

    I so want to read Alienated, I think it is one of my most anticipated releases! I am thinking on picking The Hate List up.

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  45. I haven't read any of these books, but I cannot wait to read Champion. I loved Legend and Prodigy, and so excited to see how Lu ends the series.

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT!
    ~ Ashling @ Reading, Writing, & Anything but Arithmetic

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  46. Awesome list! There are so many on here that I want to read! I loved Obsidian and Slammed too!

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  47. I loved My Life Next Door but i've read it lest year so i couldn't put it on my list!
    Also, I've been putting off reading This Song Will Save Your Life for a while now for the same reason. You kinda changed my mind, ill might pick it up next!
    Thanks for stopping by!
    -Boyanna-

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    1. I would definitely recommend This Song, it wasn't at all what I thought it was going to be! Thanks for coming and checking my post out too :)

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  48. Champion was one of my favorite reads of 2103, loved it. I;m really looking forward to rad These Broken Stars.

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    1. I loved Champion, such a great end to that series. I hope you love These Broken Stars when you read it :)

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  49. I really wanted to win Fangirl and These Broken Stars! Thanks for the giveaway :D

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  50. I have seen These Broken Stars on so many lists and it makes me want to read it right now :) Awesome list of books!

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    1. Thanks! I hope you read and enjoy These Broken Stars, it's a great book :)

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  51. I love your list! Some of them are on my TBR :D Thanks for dropping by my TTT :)

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  52. I really like your list! I wouldn't mind reading any of those books you listed above :)

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  53. Congrats on reaching so many followers! :)

    I'm really excited about World After, I've been waiting for it ever since Angelfall came out.

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  54. I would definitely love to read Alienated or My Life Next Door next. Thanks for a giveaway! :)

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    1. Thanks for taking part in the giveaway. I definitely recommend both, hopefully if you get to read them you will love them too :)

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  55. Champion by Marie Lu!!! OMG Day =(((((
    Thanks for the giveaway, btw! :D

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