Tuesday, December 31, 2013

My Favorite Books of 2013!

It's the last day of 2013 and in Louisiana we only have about 1 hour and 45 minutes until 2014 officially begins. I'm very excited for 2014! I'm looking forward to moving forward with my life and to all the things 2014 has to offer. I'm also very excited for the books that are coming out, especially one book that made my favorites list that I finished today!

I saw so many great posts about wrapping up the year and I'm not that original when it comes to creatively drawing attention to my blog my participating in tons of questions. They looked fun, but I would have cheated on them and made an entirely long post that no one would've bothered to read. So without further ado, here are my favorites of 2013. I listed done my favorites books and I've come up with 25 books that I really want to get more people to read. I'll leave links to my review of the book if my small comments peek your interest.

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Strangelets by Michelle Gagnon surprised me by being an incredibly awesome book with an interesting plot and dinosaurs! How could you pass up an offer like that in a book?! My review
Insomnia by J.R. Johansson is  about a boy who enters the dreams of the last person he touched that day and it's causing him to die. I thought it was a really awesome concept! While I loved it, others not so much, but it's an acquired taste. Yes, the main character becomes a stalker, but it's a psychological thriller and if he hadn't become truly crazy it wouldn't have been believable. My review
Night by Elie Wiesel was my first memoir and first ever school read that I enjoyed. Elie's tale of the horrors in Auschwitz broke my heart and made me weep for humanity and the cruelty that people can so easily inflict on one another. I hold this book dear to my heart as a reminder of the horrors that can happen so easily occur and I can't stress enough how important it is to read this book to fully understand the impact of the Holocaust and its victims. My review
17 & Gone by Nova Ren Suma is a haunting account of a girl obsessed with the missing girls that has a shocking revelation at the end. I adore Suma's writing. Imaginary Girls was beautiful and I was so happy to have won an ARC of 17 & Gone. It's a truly haunting book. My review
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton comes out March 25, 2014 and I suggest marking your calenders! I was truly captivated by the lives of the Roux women and I can't wait to write my review and share it with you guys. It's an amazing story that has an air of beauty and sorrowfulness around it that fits the title perfectly.
Shadows by Paula Weston was an awesome kickass angel story written by an Aussie. How could it not be awesome!? An Rafa stole my heart.♥ My review
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater was a book I would've never expected to find on my favorites list. I started this book in 7th grade and left it abandoned halfway through, not because I hated it or was bored, but because I was distracted. Earlier on this year or maybe it was late last year I promised the lovely Wendy Darling over at The Midnight Garden that I would read and finish Shiver by 16th birthday. And I did! It was so good! I adored it and Sam slowly stole my heart and just... it was such a beautiful story and it had one of the most beautifully done endings. Review to come soon!
Darkhouse by Karina Halle was a deliciously spooky story and I adored Perry's attitude and Dex slowly got my attention and I'm hungering for more of him. I'll be reading Red Fox soon and I can't wait! My review
Gated by Amy Christine Parker is about an occult! It's so awesome and heart stopping. I was thrilled and had an adrenaline book rush. I'm not sure if I want a sequel, but I'll definitely read it! My review
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The Piper's Son by Melina Marchetta was my favorite Marchetta book I read out of the two I read during the summer and it was a truly beautiful tale of a broken Australian family. I was so captivated by Marchetta's beautiful style and Tom and his aunt, Georgie, were an interesting duo. My review
Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi was the point of Warner, the villain of Shatter Me, and OH MY GOD! Can I say swoon? Warner had my insides in a twist and my heart-aching for him. I love him and Juliette doesn't want him I'll take him! My review
Archangel's Blade by Nalini Singh was my first book of 2013 and it didn't disappoint, but it was also a very dark tale and it's the fourth book in the Guild Hunter series. I don't suggest reading it out of order, but since this is a different character from the first three books it wouldn't affect it too much, but you would be confused. Dmitri's tale was truly dark and horrifying and this book left me emotionally cripple for a few days. My review
Fearscape by Nenia Campbell was a horrifying look at a girl who falls in love with the worst kind of guy... a psycho. It was horrifying and captivating. Nenia can write gold (and she's awesome!). I can't wait to start Horrorscape! My review
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Catching Fire & Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins and all I can say I know what took me so long to complete this amazing trilogy. Well, fear my friends. I have a fear of finish good series. I finished Vampire Academy and I hate that I did even though I adore it, but it wouldn't be the same if I returned to the world. I have gotten over this fear and I finished Catching Fire before I went see it for the opening (the movie was amazing) and then divided right into Mockingjay. I will write reviews for these as soon as possible!
Divergent by Veronica Roth was my favorite school assignment ever! I'm so in love with Tobias and this awesome world. I can't wait to read Insurgent and Allegiant (even though I know what happens). My review
This Is Not a Test by Courtney Summers was a horrifying tale of deciding whether to live or die in the zombie apocalypse. Summers is one of my favorite writers and she is just a captivating and beautiful writer. My review
Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma was one of the most heartbreaking stories I've ever encountered. You thought Flowers in the Attic was messed up with incest, well this was worse and I wanted Lochan and Maya to be together no matter how wrong it was. My review
Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost was so kickass and Bones. Bones. I love Bones! I want him and I need him. My review
Just One Day by Gayle Forman was just so good. There's no other way to describe a Forman book. She's a truly amazing writer and I become Allyson for the short while that Just One Day captivated. Williem, you and I will meet when I get my hands on Just One Year. My review
Comfort Food by Kitty Thomas I'm not sure what to say. I loved this book so much and I shouldn't because the subject matter is disturbing and sick, but I like Emily couldn't live without my Comfort Food and my need to find out what happened to her and her sick kidnapper. My review
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky was a book almost a book I never read and I'm glad I did because it was beautiful and can I just say that it is also one of the best book-to-movie adaptations I've ever seen. My review
The Devil's Metal by Karina Halle was a true rock-n-roll tale and I devoured it. Plus, TDM is scary af. Sage, you are my rock book God. My review
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green was another book I was late to getting to, but Augustus you broke me. If asked if you should read this? I say most definitely. I do, Augustus. I do. My review
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Obsidian, Onyx, and Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout is one of the best YA series I've read. I adore it and Opal has left me broken and screaming inside. Thanks, Armentrout. My (Obsidian) review (Onyx)
The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead is amazing and I love Adrian and Sydrian is almost as amazing as Romitri. I love Bloodlines so much!Just read these books they are amazing! My review

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  1. Wow, nice list, Sarah! I am so pleased to see a whole bunch of my faves on here, including 17 & Gone, Shiver, Night, and Forbidden. I like that you threw in curveballs like Comfort Food, too (SO intense), as well as Piper's Son.

    I still have to read Gated and TFIOS, where does all the time go? *sigh*

    Happy new year, I hope you get tons of great books to read in 2014!

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

    1. Thank you, Wendy! I hadn't realized how much my tastes differed this year than previous years. I've a book butterfly.

      OMG! Read them soon, Wendy! They are fantabuous and so good.

      Happy New Year to as well! And same to you.:)

  2. Wow The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows has such a nice cover! :)
    Nice list, I love how you put Hunger Games on the list (because I just adore THG) and it's never too late to read a book you know! ;)

    Thanks for sharing these books! :)

    -Kimi of Geeky Chiquitas

    1. I agree! It's beautiful.
      I'm always late to bookish parties, but better late than never!

  3. Super great selection you have here, Sarah. So glad you enjoyed Darkhouse and The Devil's Metal and that you are a Karina Halle fan. I loved This is Not a Test too and I really want to read Night. I've heard amazing things about it.

    1. Thanks, Kara! I love Halle! She's such an awesome writer.:D I hope you love Night! It's quite eyeopening.