Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Best of 2013: Book edition

It's been a few weeks since I joined in for Top Ten Tuesday, but I still can't think of Tuesday as anything but "the day I really should be blogging about books". Tuesday may be nearly over in Australia, but whatever. Let's talk about my favourite books from this year!

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Oh my God, this book made me ugly cry so hard. It was suspenseful and funny and moving, and you should all go and read it immediately. And then talk to me about it. Because it's better once you share all the feels.

The Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness
I've adored everything I've read by Patrick Ness, and this trilogy was no exception. It was completely intriguing, with fabulous characters and a brilliantly crafted setting. I was on the edge of my seat for the duration of these books.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Cue further ugly crying. Eleanor and Park are just two ordinary kids living in Nebraska in the 80s. Their story shouldn't be exceptional. BUT IT IS. If you haven't read it, you really should. Because it was completely and utterly beautiful.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
I know a couple of people who've had serious issues with this book, but I thought it was magnificent. It took me quite a while to get into it, but once I did, I loved it. The power of the narrator was fabulous, and the ending made me ugly cry like an idiot.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
ADORABLE FROM START TO FINISH. It's pretty much Tumblr in book form. I related to Cath a liiiiiittle too much at times, but I think that her roommate, Reagan, was my favourite character. If you've ever had any interest in fandom, you should read this.

The Wilfair series by Alysia Gray Painter
I've mentioned these books a lot in recent months, but with good reason. They're so adorably squee-tastic that I can't help but recommend them non-stop. I enjoyed Wilfair, but Redwoodian and its massive levels of swoon were where things took off for me. Plus, Stay Awhile features the magical sentence "Love triangles are a tired cinematic device that add predictable drama where there is none." ACCURATE.

Newt's Emerald by Garth Nix
I read this over the weekend and absolutely loved it. If you mixed Jane Austen with a dash of modernised language, a touch of magic, a wee bit of swoon, hilarious antics, and some totally understandable cross dressing, you would get this book. It was fun and exciting and basically just a completely enjoyable read from start to finish.

So. What have your favourite books been this year?

K xx

11 comments:

  1. FANGIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Honestly- I liked it more than Elanor and Park. I liked E&P a lot, but it was different than I was expecting. But I still really liked it. And I'm working on a book wrap-up video/blog post like I did last year. I'm going to try and have it up sometime next week. Maybe on the Friday after Christmas. But anyways, it'll have my favorite books of the year as well as other stuff about books. YAY BOOKS!

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    1. I think I liked Eleanor & Park so much BECAUSE it wasn't what I was expecting. You know?

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  2. Are there people besides me who have issues with The Book Thief?

    I finished Fangirl last night but I was expecting a bit more, IDK, I was underwhelmed with it. The story is cute and everything but sth was missing for me to be honest, not sure what though. I loved Reagan, she is fabulous.

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    1. Man, I should just stop recommending books to you. Because clearly, it doesn't end well and then I feel bad for recommending books that you had problems with... And yeah, I know a few other people on Goodreads who had problems with The Book Thief, so it's not just you.

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    2. Nonono, don't feel bad. Also, it wasn't just you recommending the books, the whole internet was raving about them and I can understand why but I'm a difficult case apparently.

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  3. I HAVE SO MANY UGLY CRYING FEELS ABOUT THE BOOK THIEF. I'm rereading it right now, and might need to have to share feeling soon, because I'm about to cry just thinking about it.

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    1. YOU SHOULD SHARE THE FEELS. Just be aware that it may end up like when you shared the feels about Allegiant and I was all "Eh, whatevs." ;)

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  4. I've got the first in the Chaos Walking trilogy waiting on my shelf. I REALLY want to read it but I know it will make me cry till I can cry no more so I have to be really prepared for that. I need to go back and have a think before I can name any favourites (apart from Wilkie, of course). I seem to have forgotten everything so a memory refresher is needed!

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    1. I reread The Woman in White last week, and it was magical. Thank you for reintroducing Wilkie into my life!! And Chaos Walking was SO. GOOD. It was feelsy but not Cry All The Cries-y, if that makes sense. I think I cried/teared up a few times, but it wasn't The Fault in Our Stars levels of ugly cry or anything.

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  5. My favorite books this year were "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" and "Mr. Penumbra's 24 hour Bookstore." They were just both so whimsical.

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  6. Lady, as always, thanks for the sweetness. Much, much, MUCH appreciated. Also, "Fangirl" happens to be next on my list, ohhhh yeah. xo

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