Top 10 Books of 2013

Top 10 Books of 2013

As the year draws to a close, I would like to share with you a recap of some of the best books that I read during 2013.  Over the course of the year, I read nearly 60 books.  These are my top ten, in no particular order.

  1. vN by Madeline Ashby – A young robot girl eats her psycho grandma, throwing relations between humans and robots into chaos.
  2. The Mad Scientist’s Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke – Girl and robot fall in love, but let society’s conceptions of them get in the way of their relationship.
  3. Glow by Jessica Maria Tuccelli – Multi-generational story exploring racism in the American south.
  4. The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch – The Gentleman Bastards are up to new adventures, this time rigging an election for the Bondsmagi.
  5. The Black Fire Concerto by Mike Allen – A girl is rescued from a zombie-eating cult by a woman with a magic pipe.
  6. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent – A woman accused of murder awaits her execution in an Icelandic village.
  7. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman – A man returns to his hometown for a funeral and reminisces about his friendship with Lettie Hempstock, a neighbor girl.
  8. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – A blue-haired teenager raised by magical creatures finds herself at the center of a conflict between heaven and hell.
  9. The Spirit Keeper by K.B. Laugheed – A young woman is kidnapped by Native Americans and decides to join them rather than returning to her abusive family.
  10. Choose Your Weapon by Sarah Rodriguez Pratt – A group of teenagers from different social circles find themselves fighting together to save a world that they visit in their dreams.

What were your favorite books of 2013?

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  1. Fun list of books, not the least of which because there are books I’ve not even heard of, which means I get the fun of looking at them more closely.

    Happy to see The Mad Scientist’s Daughter on there. Made my list as well. I have vN on the shelf and need to get to it.

    1. Thanks! I love reading all of the end of the year book lists, because I get to see everyone’s favorites and discover new and awesome books. 🙂

  2. I’m honored that you included “Choose Your Weapon” in this list — and among such an illustrious group of books, too! That means so much to me.

    I have wanted to read many of the other titles, but now I may have to read all nine of them.

    Here’s to reading some more great books in 2014!