2013 must hereby be known as ‘The Year of Amazing Books.’ Seriously, in 2013 I read so many books that blew me away. I only started getting into YA in 2012 so I’ve been catching up on lots of the books I missed and there were so many releases of brilliant books too.
Below is a list of my top 10 books of 2013 and my reasons for them being my favourites. I haven’t included sequels or re-reads in my list.
My favourite book of the year by far is Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I just can’t get over the total gorgeousness of this book and no matter how much I rave about it, I still can’t convey my thoughts properly. It’s now my all time favourite book and Rainbow Rowell is one of my favourite authors. I have so much love for this book! The Isobel Journal by Isobel Harrop is a book that took me by complete surprise. I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did and I’m extremely jealous of Isobel Harrop’s artistry. This is a book that’s perfect if you’re in a bit of a reading slump or you want to try something a bit different. Then we have Every Day by David Levithan. I love books that make you question the world around you and give you something to think about and Every Day did just that. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi really blew me away. It’s another book I didn’t expect to like as much, but it’s one of my favourite dystopia novels now. I like how it’s written in a different style to typical novels and the sequel, Unravel Me, is even better. The final book is Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas which may be one of my favourite fantasy novels. The world Sarah J. Maas has created is so creative and unique.
More Than This by Patrick Ness is another book that really makes you question the world around you. I didn’t know much about it beforehand but it ended up knocking me out with its awesomeness. Yes, 2013 was the year I finally read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling and I ended up loving it. I can definitely see what all the fuss is about. Then we have Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi which is a very different dystopia novel. It’s set a long way into the future so the whole world was different and it’s the type of novel I can’t help but love. Paper Towns by John Green really sealed the deal in me loving John Green’s books so much. After loving The Fault in Our Stars in 2012, I couldn’t not love Paper Towns. Finally we have The Host by Stephenie Meyer. After liking but not loving the Twilight series, this book was a really big surprise. My friend was hassling me to read it for ages and when I finally did, I fell in love with it. SO good!
Chrissi Reads3 January, 2014 at 9:01 am
I’ve read quite a few of the books on your list- Shatter Me, Fangirl, The Host, Under The Never Sky, Paper Towns and Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone. I particularly liked Shatter Me and The Host out of your selection. I was exactly the same with The Host. I wasn’t a massive fan of the Twilight series, but The Host is AMAZING. I hope 2014 is as good to you!
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Maya3 January, 2014 at 11:53 am
I loved Every Day, The Isobel Journal and More Than This – all such good books! Paper Towns is on my TBR pile so I’m glad you enjoyed it, and I really need to find myself a copy of Fangirl. Hope you have a fab 2014!
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Jesse Owen3 January, 2014 at 1:17 pm
I still need to read Fangirl (I’ve been meaning to for AGES) and really looking forward to starting More Than This.
Glad you loved Harry Potter (was there any doubt you would!?) 🙂
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Zoe @ Bookhi3 January, 2014 at 1:47 pm
Oh I definitely agree with you! 2013 was an awesome year for books! There are so many releases that I’m highly anticipating so I have a feeling that this year will be good for reading too.
I NEED FANGIRL NOW. I’m waiting for the paperback release since its cheaper but I may have to give in and buy it… :3 I’m also desperate to read More Than This, Every Day and Shatter Me. So many books, so little time. And of course I agree that Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is phenomenal! Paper Towns is on my Top 10 list too 🙂
Thanks for sharing, Lucy!
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Rebekah @ Reflections of a Bookworm3 January, 2014 at 3:32 pm
Fangirl! Cath and Levi were so freaking cute I wanted to wrap them up in a bow and toss confetti everywhere 😀 Celaena Sardothien sure knows how to kick som ass too!
You’ve picked some fab books, Lucy 😀
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Kate Ormand3 January, 2014 at 5:29 pm
I love SHATTER ME. And HP (of course!). I have FANGIRL, ToG, UtNS and THE HOST still to read. Best get to it! Especially with FANGIRL.
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Kyra3 January, 2014 at 6:19 pm
Shatter Me was freaking AMAZING!I really want to read Fangirl! I have The Host and Throne of Glass waiting for me on my TBR pile, so I’ll try and read them soon!
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Jess Hearts Books3 January, 2014 at 7:31 pm
Fangirl is my favourite book of the year too! You read some fab books in 2013 Lucy and I hope 2014 is a good year too!
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Eileen @ Singing and Reading in the Rain3 January, 2014 at 7:53 pm
Awesome list! I actually just got Patrick Ness’ The Knife of Never Letting Go, and I know More Than This is also at the library, so maybe I’ll have to read it after it was one of your favorite books of 2013 <3 I totally agree with UtNS, Throne of Glass, and Shatter Me, though, those are fabulous books. I still have to read Paper Towns, I've heard that one is really fabulous, and we all know how much you loved Fangirl 😉
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Sunny A3 January, 2014 at 10:37 pm
So many great books listed Lucy! I also read and loved Fangirl, The Isobel Journal, Shatter Me (and Unravel Me, OMG IGNITE ME), Throne of Glass, Paper Towns and Under The Never Sky. More Than This has been anxiously and impatiently been looking at me from my shelf because I still haven’t reviewed it or read it, I am very overdue and behind. I must read Harry Potter and I have promised myself to do this in the new year!
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Ruby3 January, 2014 at 11:13 pm
So many amazing books my mind can’t comprehend it! 🙂
First of all, I’m SO GLAD you read and ended up loving Harry Potter in 2013… seriously, that series will stay with me for a lifetime. 🙂 Oh and More Than This was such an interesting read – didn’t enjoy it quite as much as The Knife of Never letting Go though! Paper Towns is actually my favourite John Green book and it’s so upsetting when people say it’s disappointing so I’m glad you enjoyed it too! 😀 Also *SQUEALS* Throne of Glass YESSS – love that series SO much!
I’m planning to order The Isobel Journal soon as the technique is something I’m interested in trying in the future. Not to mention the fact it looks AMAZING and soooo funny! 🙂 ALSO Fangirl is another book I NEED to read in 2014!
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Melanie (YA Midnight Reads)4 January, 2014 at 11:04 am
I’m reading Fangirl soon! I was meant to get to it when I finally received it but then I couldn’t take it with on holidays because it’s a big and heavy book 😐
Great post, Lucy! <33
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Cicely4 January, 2014 at 7:11 pm
FANGIRL! It’s probably one of my favourite books of all time, too. Rainbow Rowell is just so great. And Harry Potter, too, is brilliant. I must read More Than This, too. Have only heard amazing things about it. Great list! 🙂
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Orli :D4 January, 2014 at 8:40 pm
I’m SO excited to read Fangirl! I’ve also heard a lot of good things about The Isobel Journal – I saw it in Waterstones the other day and thought it looked really good but because of it being mainly pictures and quite expensive, I was quite reluctant and didn’t buy it, but I might need to have a change of heart now! 🙂
Vicky @ Books, Biscuits, and Tea5 January, 2014 at 11:56 am
So many people keep raving about Fangirl – I really need to pick it up! And David Levithan’s books as well!
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Caroline Taylor5 January, 2014 at 7:03 pm
I absolutely loved Fangirl too but I have just finished Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell this morning and dare I say I might slightly prefer it. She is such an incredible writer and I can’t wait to read more from her.
Francoise6 January, 2014 at 5:10 am
I have to agree that this year was definitely book filled and I hope this one is even better. I absolutely loved Shatter Me and Throne of glass and I really want to read Fangirl as it seems to be many peoples favourites.
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Hannah13 January, 2014 at 4:11 pm
I’ve read a couple of those books. I loved Fangirl and Paper Towns.
You’ve made me want to read The Isobel Journal, so that’s now on my forever growing goodreads TBR.
I posted my list a while back if you’re interested you can check it out here http://the-book-tower.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/2013-wrap-up-my-top-10-books.html
Amber14 January, 2014 at 2:43 am
I loved The Host! (: I also enjoyed Every Day by David Leviathan :DD