Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where each week we get a new topic for a top ten list. This is always one of the toughest TTT posts to write. How can I choose just ten?! And what I found this year was that my choices aren’t necessarily based on the ratings I gave or the reviews I wrote. I more went with my gut feeling in the moment I was writing up this post and picked the books I felt an emotional pull towards. For a more detailed list, don’t forget to check out my End of Year Book Survey!
10. Just One Day, Gayle Forman. I’m a huge Gayle Forman fan and Just One Day is my favorite of her books. I connected with Allyson so much that at times it felt like I was speaking through her. | My Review
9. These Broken Stars, Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. I don’t know what I was expecting from this book, but it exceeded whatever those expectations were. It’s been so long since I read a good YA sci-fi novel and this is one I’ll definitely be recommending to fans of the genre. There’s a little bit of everything (space opera, survival story, romance), but it all fits together so well. | My Review
8. The Dream Thieves, Maggie Stiefvater. I didn’t know I could love Gansey, Ronan, Adam, Noah, and Blue anymore, but Maggie Stiefvater proved me wrong. Oh, how I love them. And that’s why this book made this list: because the characters draw you in and then lodge themselves in your heart forever. | My Review
7. Tiger Lily, Jodi Lynn Anderson. It’s always ambitious to retell a classic, but Anderson does so in a way that was totally fresh and unexpected for me. I was pulled into the story and experienced characters I thought I knew in a different way. | My Review
6. The Lost Conspiracy, Frances Hardinge. This author is one of the best fantasy authors I’ve ever read. Her creativity is boundless and every thread of the story is so tightly woven that the reader can only marvel at the connections and discoveries along the way. | My Review
5. Rose Under Fire, Elizabeth Wein. I think anyone who reads this book will love the characters fiercely and immediately. Wein is a master storyteller and after hearing her speak about the research she put into this novel, I was astounded. | My Review
4. Scarlet, A.C. Gaughen. I just read this one last week and I can’t get it out of my mind. I’ve been thinking about Scar and Rob ever since I turned that last page. It’s been a while since a story has gripped me so completely. | Review to Come!
3. Crown of Midnight, Sarah J. Maas. This sophomore novel solidified the series as one of my favorite YA fantasies. Maas really brought it with this one, amping everything up: the action, the romance, the OMG moments. | My Review
2. Eleanor & Park, Rainbow Rowell. I have a feeling this one will be making everyone’s top ten list this year. Eleanor & Park is a beautiful, unforgettable story. | My Review
and my top book of 2013 is…
1. Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein. A wonderful, heartbreaking, courageous story about friendship and love like you’ve never read before. Buy it, read it, give it to everyone you know. | My Review