This is going to be different than most Top 2013 lists due to how I’m doing the best books I’ve read in 2013, not the best that were published. Most of the books I read in the past year were written before 2013, so I couldn’t even get up to 5 Top Books.
8. The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen
This book is definitely different from all of Dessen’s other works due to the fact that the main character ends up with no guy at the end of the book. I found this empowering because it shows that you do not truly need love to make you happy, and – most of all – you should never settle for anything less than the best. It was funny and heartwarming and heartbreaking, though I expect nothing less from Dessen. She’s my guilty pleasure.
7. Inferno by Dan Brown
I have always been a big fan of Brown’s Robert Langdon series and he does not disappoint here. This tells of Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy and is set in Italy which was a nice change. Langdon is funny and the villains are always clever and the appeal to his stories never fades away.
6. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
I wrote a review about this book, so check it out here. But It was a heartwarming book about young love despite many odds against it. Young love is often seen as trivial and dubbed as “puppy love” but Rowell looks at it with clarity and proclaims that even if the love fades away, for that moment it is as true as anything else in this world. Love can get you through the hardest of times and will be there to comfort you at the end of the day.
5. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
This book contained romance and battles and empowerment. I was so immersed into the characters of Martin’s world that they became almost like close friends to me during my reading. I found myself speaking aloud as though I was from Westeros. The characters were so well crafted because Martin is a craftsman of human emotion and behavior. It’s no wonder that this series is so popular.
4. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
For any lover of books, this is a good read. It’s basically about a cult of book lovers. But it is also about a mix of conservative and liberal ideas, mixing old with new, which is such a relevant topic for discussion in recent years. It addresses the dying world of books and its combination with technology, and the method for doing so was intriguing.
3. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
I have never really been into video games before, but I do love items based off of video games (such as Scott Pilgrim). However, this book was exciting even for those who aren’t normally video game connoisseurs. The relationships between the characters were so different considering so few had actually met in person, which brought up the topic of online relationships, and the plot was unlike most things I’ve read to date.
2. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
While I would normally list this as my #1 favorite book, it’s been moved to #2 because of a reason I’ll give later. The topics brought up and the method for doing so are unprecedented. Nothing I have seen compares or is done in such a way. Christopher is such a unique character in a world too afraid to broach the topic of mental illnesses such as Aspergers. While broaching what it is like to live with the disease, the book also peaks into the world of the parents and adults around. Overall, a very well done book. And I recommend listening to it on Audiobook if you have the chance.
1. Allegiant by Veronica Roth
This is #1 because it closes my favorite series (probably) of all time. It does one thing that most other books don’t do, but the method behind doing so was sound. The ending was heartbreaking but I can think of no better way for it to have ended. Everything about the book was fantastic and the series went out with a bang. Just thinking about the ending makes me sad, oh geez. There are few things on this world that have effected me in such a way. I have always said that a book that can make me cry is a good book because it has done its job. Well, if we’re looking at that scale, Allegiant has done it’s job and has done the job of several other books.
I hope you all had a lovely holiday! Keep on reading!