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Top Reads for 2013 & International Giveaway – 3 winners
December 31st, 2013 by Liza Wiemer

My 2013 Top Reads & International Giveaway

(For international entries, winner must be from a country that The Book Depository services. 3 winners will get to choose 1 book.)

I read and reviewed on Goodreads 176 books during 2013. Click here to see MY LIST

So, it’s not easy to pick favorites or top reads. Every book has something special – perhaps a character, the setting, an experience, the cadence, the prose, an ending. And what I love most about being a reader, writer, and author is knowing there is a book for everyone. I’m going to share books that resonated with me based on my own categories, in no particular order:

Best Contemporary YA Novels:

WHERE THE STARS STILL SHINE by Trish Doller

DARE YOU TO and CRASH INTO YOU by Katie McGarry

THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY by Katja Millay

Contemporary YA Series <3:

JUST ONE DAY and JUST ONE YEAR by Gayle Forman

YA Novel that Blew Me Away:

RECLAIMED by Sarah Guillory

Biggest Surprise Favorite:

THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN by Holly Black

Best Historical YA Novel:

CODE NAME VERITY by Elizabeth Wein

Best YA Novel for Reluctant Readers:

BOY NOBODY by Allen Zadoff 

Best YA Novel Dealing with Serious Issues:

CHASING SHADOWS by Swati Avasthi

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT by Colleen Clayton

Best YA Novel Dealing with Family Issues:

THE BOOK OF BROKEN HEARTS by Sarah Ockler 

Favorite YA Series for Time Travel:

TIME BETWEEN US & TIME AFTER TIME by Tamara Ireland Stone

Favorite YA Fantasy Series (Finished):

Covenant Series by Jennifer Armentrout

Favorite YA Fantasy Series (Unfinished):

DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE Laini Taylor

SHADOW AND BONE 

Favorite YA Dystopian Series (Finished):

LEGEND, PRODIGY, and CHAMPION by Marie Lu

Favorite YA Dystopian Series (Unfinished):

UNDER THE NEVER SKY and THROUGH THE EVER NIGHT by Veronica Rossi 

Favorite YA Summer Reads:

FROM WHAT I REMEMBER by Stacy Kramer and Valerie Thomas

CAMP BOYFRIEND by JK Rock

Favorite YA Endings:

HOW TO LOVE by Katie Cotugna

THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY by Katja Millay

Other YA Greats:

FANGIRL and ELEANOR AND PARK by Rainbow Rowell

YA Series I’m Excited to See What Happens Next:

UNBREAKABLE (Legion Series) by Kami Garcia

CRASH (Visions Series) by Lisa McMann

Best Adult Novels:

THE GIRL YOU LEFT BEHIND by Jojo Moyes

LOOKING FOR ME by Beth Hoffman

Best Memoir:

MASTERING THE ART OF FRENCH EATING by Ann Mah

A Surprise Like – Adult Novel:

HOW TO KILL A ROCK STAR by Tiffanie DeBartolo

Favorite NA Contemporary Novels:

TRUST IN ME by Jennifer Armentrout 

SLAMMED by Colleen Hoover

Best MG Novel:

DOLL BONES by Holly Black

Best YA Audiobook:

BEAUTY QUEENS by Libba Bray

Best YA Audiobook Series:

DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE by Laini Taylor

SHADOW AND BONE by 

Best Adult Audiobook:

THE THINKING WOMAN’S GUIDE TO REAL MAGIC by Emily Croy Barker

 

Must read books for 2014 (ARCs I read in 2013)

YA – BETTER OFF FRIENDS by Elizabeth Eulberg (February)

YA – WHAT I THOUGHT WAS TRUE by Huntley Fitzpatrick (April)

MG – WHAT THE MOON SAID by Gayle Rosengren (February)

ADULT – THE YELLOW EYES OF CROCODILES by Katherine Pancol (December 31, 2013)

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4 Responses  
Beth Hoffman writes:
December 31st, 2013 at 2:15 pm

What a wonderful surprise! Thank you so much for selecting my novel for your list. I’m incredibly honored and grateful. Happy New Year to you and yours!

Donna @ A Happy Booker writes:
January 1st, 2014 at 3:10 pm

Great list! I agree w/ so many of them, especially the Shadow & Bone series & Through the Ever Night series. I also have Doll Bones and Where the Stars Still Shine on my best of 2013 list.

Ann Mah writes:
January 2nd, 2014 at 10:44 am

I’m honored to be included here — thank you, Liza! And I’m also excited to find so many wonderful book suggestions!

Misti writes:
January 2nd, 2014 at 6:28 pm

That’s is a great list if books you’ve read this year. I’m kinda jealous. I did love The Sea of Tranquility, How to Love, The Crash series. Just so many great ones. I would like to own The Sea of Tranquility so I could read it again. Thank you for sharing your list and the giveaway. Happy New Year!

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