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As 2013 draws to a close, Heather and I thought it befitting to do a post on our top five favorite reads of the year. Which as the saying goes, it was easier said than done. There were soooo many wonderful books to cross our paths, but the following ten books seemed to linger with us a little more than the rest.
Heather’s Top Five Reads of 2013
#1. Just One Day by Gayle Forman
For this book, Heather literally read it in ‘ just one day.’ Forman holds you hostage on one of the most romantic journeys your imagination will ever have the fortune to take. As her website touts, this literary delight certainly gives you ‘all the feels.’ Though she didn’t manage to squeeze in the sequel, Just One Year, before this year’s close, reading it ASAP is at the top of her resolution list!
#2 Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
There aren’t enough words to express the feelings this book gave Heather as she read the conclusion to Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices trilogy. She found herself staying up way too late to read and perfectly heartbroken at the beautifully written ending. This is most definitely a book that left Heather experiencing a serious book hangover long after we closed the final pages.
#3 Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor
Even though Maybe One Day doesn’t hit bookshelves until 2014, this book most definitely makes it onto Heather’s top reads of 2013. Maybe One Day is a beautiful and tragic story that yanked on Heather’s heartstrings and left her reaching for the nearest box of tissues. It is an absolutely treasure of a book and one she highly recommends for those looking to add to their 2014 To Read list.
#4 The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle
First of all, not only is the cover of The Infinite Moment of Us incredibly beautiful, the story in and of itself is too. Heather truly enjoyed this book and it’s two main characters who are so different, yet so similar. It is one that after reading an eARC, Heather had to purchase it in hardback for herself as soon as it was released. It’s a beautiful story of first loves.
#5 Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller
This is a book everyone should read if you haven’t already done so, according to Heather. She was gushing to me about it as she was reading it and as soon as she finished it. Plus, it is another beautifully done cover that just leaves you thirsting for what’s on the pages. And not only is the story phenomenal, but Heather has found herself loving Trish Doller’s writing style and can’t wait to read even more from this author.
Christie’s Top Five Reads of 2013
#1 Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
If you read the blog regularly, you know that Heather and I sing the praises of Cassandra Clare quite often. Clockwork Princess was the final installation in the Infernal Devices prequel series to the Mortal Instruments. As with any really good series, you’re always a little sad to see it come to a close. Clockwork Princess was the perfect end to the journey of Will, Jem, and Tessa. And I don’t mean that everything I wanted to happen came to fruition, and everyone skipped off into the sunset. Clare ripped the heart right out of my chest. But being the genius writer that she is, I’ve never had a vital organ removed more perfectly. I was content in my misery, and those characters will forever live in the shadow where my heart once resided.
#2 Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
I’m a fan of Flynn’s previous work, Dark Places and Sharp Objects, but she completely topped herself with Gone Girl. Never before have I so happily delighted in living vicariously through devious, detested, yet surprisingly likeable characters. Having been divorced less than two years, it is a “I am woman, hear me roar” venture of the woman scored, and a fun manual on how to get vengeance with flair. Flynn kept me twisted in knots of anticipation, exasperation, and laughter.
#3 Golden Lily by Richelle Mead
Having been an extreme fan girl of the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead, I was THRILLED to delve into this spinoff series so I could catch up with my favorite Moroi, Adrian Ivashkov. This series is as wonderfully addictive as its predecessor, and expounds the Mead’s vampire lexicon further into the alchemist world, and the chemistry between Sydney and Adrian is off the periodic charts.
#4 Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife by Linda Berdoll
Fitzwilliam Darcy was my first literary love, and from the first moment that I literally laid eyes on him, I have never been the same. I was equally imprinted by Elizabeth Bennett. Because this story is so endeared to me, I have often wondered about the ‘what happened after’ aspect of the story. And being a classically beloved tale, tons of continuation novels have been written. And being a P&P addict, I’ve read most of them. It’s hard to continue a piece of classic literature and do the original justice. I think Linda Berdoll does this beautifully in Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife. Not only does she write the characters perfectly within mold that Jane Austen set forth, we get the contemporary flair of hot and steamy Mr. and Mrs. Darcy. It’s a treat for your mind, your heart, and parts of your body further south. 😉
#5 Faithful Place by Tana French
I refer to Tana French as my literary wife. She is a Rembrandt of the written word. A friend of mine introduced to her first novel, Into the Woods, and I was officially a member of the cult. Kool Aid, drank. Each one of the successive novels in this series takes one character from the previous book and tells their story. Faithful Place is the third beautifully written installment of the Dublin Murder Squad series, and I was head over heels in love with the Alpha male of an Irish flatfoot named Frank Mackey. And if Ireland was never on a list of destinations you want to visit before this novel, they will be after reading it.
It was extremely hard to whittle this list down to ten books, but there you have it folks. The best of the best that we had the pleasure to read in 2013. If you haven’t had the opportunity to enjoy each of these literary wonders, put them at the top of your list for 2014.
What were your favorite reads of 2013?