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Today is the first of five days of Top 10 of 2013.

A week of Looking Back…

…and Looking Forward.

And I am thrilled to be able to co-host this event for the third year in a row with Jaime from Two Chicks on Books and for a second year with Mindy from Magical Urban Fantasy Reads.

If you haven’t yet heard of this week-long event, it’s where we share our favorite bookish lists and invite you to share yours each day for the next five days by leaving your post links in the daily Linky Lists.

This year’s event giveaway is shared via a common Rafflecopter on all three of our blogs. Leaving a comment each day on each host’s blog will give you extra entries, so be sure to check out each of our Top 10 lists for more chances to win.

It’s not too late to sign up for this event. Just check out the Sign-up Post for all the details – HERE.

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Today’s topic is…

Best Books I’ve Read in 2013

I read a ton of awesome books this year. Many from the same series by the same author. But as I was trying so very hard to keep my list to just ten, I decided to choose only one book from each series, even if I read multiple books in a particular series that I thought were amazing.

And I couldn’t list all my favorite reads this year since one or two of them were a secret. Nor could I list all the 2013 releases I love, love, loved since I read some of them in 2012. But I’m not too sad about that, because reading them last year made creating this list just a little bit easier.

There were also a few books I loved in 2013 that were not YA. But in keeping with my typical YA only “best” list, I didn’t include them in this post. Though I plan on posting my non-YA favorites on The Annex. Yes, I’m cheating just a little… as usual. But I just can’t seem to help myself.

Anyway…

It took me ages to narrow my list down from my original picks and to keep my “honorable mentions” to only four titles, just like last year. But after much hair pulling and nail-biting I was able to get it done.

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The Best I’ve Read in 2013

1.

With All My Soul

WITH ALL MY SOUL by Rachel Vincent

(GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

As sad as I was to see this series end, I still couldn’t help falling madly in love with this last installment. It was heartbreaking and nerve-wracking and exciting and heartwarming and I loved every single minute of the read.

I especially loved the fact that I was able to become intrigued by a brand new character, that the story wasn’t rushed and that the ending didn’t leave me feeling like something was missing. It was the perfect ending to an amazing series and I couldn’t have loved it any more than I did.

2.

Endless Knight

ENDLESS KNIGHT by Kresley Cole

(GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

Kresley Cole’s Arcana Chronicles are completely and totally amazing. They are so my kind of books. From beginning to end in both books in this series I was utterly riveted.

And while I didn’t think it was possible, this second book in the series was even more exciting than the first. It was darker, it was hotter, it was all sorts of sexy. The lore was fascinating. And it made me fall head-over-heels in love with Death just like I hoped it would.

To say that I am dying for the next installment in this series would be a major understatement.

3.

Through the Zombie Glass

THROUGH THE ZOMBIE GLASS by Gena Showalter

(GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

I read both books in this series in 2013 and absolutely loved both of them. They were unputdownable reads and I couldn’t have been more surprised by the fact that I fell so completely in love with zombie books that gave a nod to Alice in Wonderland.

Gena Showalter was incredibly creative with her stories. She did not skimp on the action. It was edge-of-your-seat exciting. And the love story was angst-filled and twisty-turny to the max.

And as I opted to choose just one of the two books in this series as a favorite, I had to select the one that absolutely killed me in the best possible way.

4.

The Eternity Cure

THE ETERNITY CURE by Julie Kagawa

(GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

I did not expect to love the Blood of Eden series more than I loved the author’s faerie books. But oh my gosh I couldn’t help myself. Dystopia and vampires are an unexpected combination but one that the author made work so amazingly well.

The characters, the epic journey, the killer cliffhanger all worked together to make this one of my favorite books and not simply a 2013 favorite. I’m talking all-time favorite.

5.

Crash Into You

(GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

I fell under Katie McGarry’s spell in 2013. She is a fan-freaking-tastic writer and her Pushing the Limits series is one of my very most favorite contemporary YA series.

I read all three books in this series, plus the novella, in 2013, which made it very hard to choose only one of the books for my top ten list. But I had to choose Isaiah and Rachel’s story, even though I adored Noah and Echo’s story so, so much.

Perhaps it was getting to know and love Isaiah before reading his story that made me love it that much more. Or perhaps it’s simply just that Isaiah is amazing. But whatever the reason, it is my favorite of the series and it’s definitely one of my favorite reads from 2013.

6.

Afterglow

AFTERGLOW by Karsten Knight

(GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

I was devastated to see this series end. The world that Karsten Knight created was so unique and fascinating and exciting. The characters were lovable and detestable and completely and totally kick-a**. And this final installment in the series was just as phenomenal as its predecessors.

And that ending. Oh. My. Gosh. That ending. While I can’t talk about that ending, I will just say that it gives me hope. For a certain character. Oh the possibilities.

7.

Star Cursed Cover

STAR CURSED by Jessica Spotswood

(GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

I was so glad that I got the chance to read both books in The Cahill Witch Chronicles this year. I was completely surprised by how much I loved each of the books. They are not stories in my typical go-to genre and yet both books are among my most favorites.

I couldn’t help but fall in love with the story, the setting, the characters. It’s a totally addictive read and one that’s definitely re-read worthy. Though even after a re-read, it’s no easier to have to wait for the next installment in the series. This I know all too well.

8.

The Beautiful and the Cursed

THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSED by Page Morgan

(GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

Yet another unexpected favorite on my list is Page Morgan’s THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSED. If someone told me that I could fall in love with a gargoyle I would have totally rolled my eyes at them. I might have even told them that they were crazy. I would have definitely thought it.

Well, this author made me not only fall in love with a gargoyle, but her story about them. The sequel is one of my most anticipated reads for 2014. And the wait is killing me.

9.

While You're Away

WHILE YOU’RE AWAY by Jessa Holbrook

(GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

I read this book in its serialized format, with just a few chapters available to read in one sitting. It was exquisite torture. This story was tantalizing and nerve-wracking and beautiful and nerve-wracking – yes I said it twice, but it needed to be said two times… if not more.

I was made to root for a love story that I never would have thought I’d cheer for. I was made to wish and hope for a happily ever after for two characters who, at first, I didn’t think deserved one. I was anxious, I was fearful, I was tentatively hopeful and at times I was even sad. But I was keeping my fingers crossed the entire time for the slim chance that things would work out.

10.

A Touch Menacing

A TOUCH MENACING by Leah Clifford

(GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

Leah Clifford’s Touch Trilogy is one of my favorite series of all time. It’s so very different from anything I’ve ever read. It’s very dark. It is full of surprises. Shocking surprises. Devastating surprises. But it is wicked, wicked awesome.

The end of this final installment in the series left me in tears. And, no, I won’t say whether they’re happy or sad tears. But if you have read this book or you’ve read any of the books in this series by this author I think you will know exactly what kind of tears there were.

This last book was non-stop action, with more than a few punches to the face. I couldn’t devour it fast enough. It was that epic. And if I didn’t think it could get any better, the unpublished epilogue made this book that much more off-the-charts amazing for me. Holy-freaking-wow.

Other Books I Love, Love, Loved

SweetPeril

SWEET PERIL by Wendy Higgins

Exciting. Sexy as heck. Captivating from start to finish. Delicious. An absolute must.

The Testing

THE TESTING by Joelle Charbonneau

Gripping. Surprising. Totally addictive. A total stand-out.

The Burning Sky

THE BURNING SKY by Sherry Thomas

Magical. Enchanting. Captivating. Epic. Fan-freaking-tastically good.

Pivot Point

PIVOT POINT by Kasie West

Intriguing. Nerve-wracking. Unputdownable. Amazing.

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I tried to keep my rambling to a minimum when it came to my top ten picks for 2013. But I may have gone on just a little longer than I’d planned. Oh well…

But I just couldn’t help myself. They are my favorite reads this year… well, most of them. There are a few others…

I will try to be a lot less wordy in the rest of the posts this week, but when it comes to favorite reads I always feel the need to go on… and on… and on.

But now that I’m done I can’t wait to check out what your favorite reads are, so be sure to leave a link to your posts or Goodreads shelf in the Linky List that follows just below the giveaways.

The Giveaways

We have decided to combine the giveaways into one Rafflecopter form that is shared on all three host blogs and will be posted in each of the Top 10 posts this week.

There is a box of 2014 ARCs, a box of books, two books of your choice, and a book from one of the host’s top ten lists up for grabs. Just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter.

Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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46 Responses to “Top 10 Books I’ve Read in 2013”

  1. Brea says:

    I love how most of your favourites aren’t huge, hyped up books. I will definitely be taking a look at these!

  2. I don’t know how I missed the Eternity Cure . I better add this to my tbr list because I loved Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa. Anyway it’s nice to see everyone’s list but it just reminds me of the so many books I need to read ha!

    My Top 10 Reads of 2013

  3. Jenelle Riane says:

    I am sooo ashamed that of all the books you listed, I’ve only read WAMS. But anyway, most of them are already on my bookshelf, just waiting to be picked up. :) I am soo behind- I’ve only read WIldefire, Born Wicked, Sweet Evil and The Immortal Rules- need to pick up the sequels, ASAP!

  4. You just reminded me that I need to read Crash Into You. I see that we both listed The Beautiful and The Cursed and The Eternity Cure as part of our top ten list. Good list.

    Grace

  5. We have Sweet Peril in common, I didn’t add Crash Into You because I was still reading it when I scheduled my post, but I totally agree! Great list, obviously I have a lot of books to catch on!

  6. Loved The Eternity Cure, although not as much as The Immortal Rules. Crash Into You was AMAZING! I love that series. Each book gets better. Funny that so many people loved The Testing and I was unimpressed with it. I liked the second book much better, tho. Great list!

  7. Yeah, after Endless Knight I definitely need the next book. I have no idea which direction it will take us! I can’t believe I haven’t read my copy of Sweet Peril yet. Must make the time soon! Thanks for sharing your list! :)

  8. Jennifer K says:

    I couldn’t decide how to do my Best of 2013. Because like you I read some really good books in the same series. And I wasn’t sure if I should just list all the books in the series or try to be diverse in the books I chose.

    I ended up deciding to pick from the 5 star reviews I gave in 2013 (only maybe 11 books not including novellas). There ended up being 6 from the same author. I had quite a few 4.5/5 stars that I will include in other day’s posts. But I decided to just pick from the books that really moved me.

  9. NatashaMay says:

    All th covers are just amazing! I would get those books for covers alone. :)

  10. With All My Soul made my list too! It was just such a perfect ending to that series! Great picks!

  11. I have to admit that I’m not surprised by most of your picks, because you’ve talked about how much you love them before :)

    With All My Soul was great conclusion to the series, although it didn’t made on my list. I also enjoyed Poison Princess (I loved the world), though I still haven’t gotten Endless Knight. And I love the White Rabbit Chronicles, too :) Gena’s books are always so addictive, and I actually read Alice in Zombieland this year, too, and I’m reading Through the Zombie Glass right now, and I love it. I hope to finish it today :)

    The rest books/series I’m yet to try, but hopefully I’ll get to them in 2014.

    Thanks for sharing & for hosting this event once again, Rachel, and happy holidays!

  12. Jen Strand says:

    I’m with you Rachel–I think With All My Soul was a beautiful ending to that series. I’ve got THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSED sitting on my bookshelf and it looks like I’ve got to move it up on the pile. I’ve seen it on a couple lists now.

  13. There is actually a bit of overlap on our lists! I absolutely loved Star Cursed and cannot wait for the last book! I’ve had Alice in Zombieland sitting on my shelf for a while, so maybe I should get to that one over the holidays!

  14. Julie S. says:

    Great list! Yay some of ours overlap!

  15. I have not read one book on your list. But there are several on there that are on my wish list.

  16. Samantha Newbury says:

    Cool list. I’ll have to add some of them to my to read list.

  17. I completely agree about Endless Knight, I also thought it was better then the first! And I have heard only good thing about The Beautiful and the Cursed. I am going to add it to my wishlist!

  18. Endless Knight and Poison Princess made it to my list is saying a lot since I’m not a big YA reader.

  19. kimberlyfaye says:

    Crash Into You missed my list by [~] this much. I’m glad to see someone else who enjoyed the While You Were Away books. I’ve only read half the series, but because of time constraints alone. I absolutely adore the series. I hope to finish the rest of them later this week.

  20. erinf1 says:

    thems some awesome books! I have’t read any but they were on my wishlist :) Thanks for sharing!

  21. Carmen Brack says:

    I also really loved The Eternity Cure, With All My Soul, and The Beautiful and the Cursed! In the end though, they just didn’t make the cut. I read over 150 books this year and most of those I loved!
    Pivot Point and Leah Clifford’s series are among the books I really want to get to in 2014 :) Great list! And thanks so much for organizing the event & for the giveaway!

  22. Kelsey Ketch says:

    You’re the second person to have praise for THROUGH THE ZOMBIE GLASS, so I should totally check this this series out. I’ve also been eyeing THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSED. Awesome list! And thank you for hosting this wonderful event! :)

  23. barbed1951 says:

    I’ve only got one of those books on my TBR shelf to read, but there are quite a few I need to pick up. Great list.

  24. bn100 says:

    Haven’t read all these on your list

  25. Crap now I want to add most of these to my list!!!! Great picks <3333

  26. I loved Endless Knight, Crash Into You, and Sweet Peril too! What an awesome list Rachel. I bought the whole Soul Screamers series, and plan on starting it soon.

  27. Liliana says:

    With All My Soul… I still have not read this one! I love the Soul Screamers series and I think I’ve been putting off this last book because I don’t want it to end! But at the same time I want to know what happens! Soon I’ll get to it…

    Great list!!

  28. Violet says:

    I loved Sweet Peril! And when I first saw the Wildefire trilogy on your blog I wanted to read it- I’m definitely checking it out in 2014!
    Violet

  29. I love your list b/c it’s such a reflection of your tastes but you also gave us all a mini review on each of them! Dang, the effort!! Thanks!!

    It didn’t quite make my list but Crash into You was also my favorite out of the entire series, too! I hadn’t fallen for Isaiah as much as everyone else had yet but I just fell for the purity of his heart and intentions.

    I can’t believe I forgot to link up this morning (doh!!)…

  30. tiffnanny says:

    I am new to reading Katie McGarry’s books this year too. I finished Pushing the Limits and loved it! Reading Dare You To now and just year this author is amazing!

  31. I’m ashamed, but I haven’t read a single book on your list! ;( I desperately want to read a bunch of them, though, and am working on the series for some! I think I’ll run away in shame now…

  32. Kaitlin says:

    Oh, that ending to The Eternity Cure . . . Julie Kagawa can really pull off a mean cliffhanger. We don’t have any books in common on our lists, but I loved Crash Into You. :)

  33. Vivien says:

    Excellent list! I really liked The Eternity Cure as well. Katie McGarry’s series is also one of my favorites.

  34. I haven’t read any books on your list, but I really would like to read Pivot Point.

  35. Erin P says:

    All those sound amazing! I just finish Alice in Zombieland and I’m hoping to pick up Through the Zombie Glass soon.

  36. Alexandra says:

    Great chocies! I really want to read the Testing and Crash Into You!

  37. I haven’t read With All My Soul yet, but I did did read the first omnibus of the soul screamers series and loved it! I haven’t gotten a chance to read the second and third omnibuses yet, but I really need to get on that – especially since the last one is coming out soon :)

  38. Fallon Vaughn says:

    Shatter Me – Tahereh Mafi
    Divergent – Vaeronica Rossi
    Power Of Six – Pittacus Lore
    Defiance – .J. Redwine
    Of Triton – Anna Banks
    Waterproof – Amber Garr
    Promise – Amber Garr
    Splintered – A.G. Howard
    The Testing – Joelle Charbonneau
    Scorched – Mari Mancusi

  39. Ashfa Anwer says:

    I really need to read the Burning Sky, sounds amazing!!!
    I loved the 5ht Wave, Siege and Storm, Crown of Midnight and Dark Triumph.

  40. Christina T says:

    I love With All My Soul,it sad that it’s over but I’m happy with the ending and how the story played out. I really loved Of Triton by Anna Banks, I think Emma really came out of her shell and really grew I can’t wait for the last installment.

  41. Morgan says:

    Origin by Jennifer Armentrout
    Obsession by Jennifer Armentrout
    Waterproof by Amber Garr
    Prodigy by Marie Lu
    Champion by Marie Lu
    Requiem by Lauren Oliver
    The Elite by Kiera Cass
    Splintered by A.G. Howard
    Of Triton by Anna Banks
    Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

  42. Lynn K. says:

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts! Don’t ever cut down the ‘rambling’. :)
    I REALLY need to pick up the Arcana books. I enjoyed Kresley Cole’s Mortals After Dark series so I’m curious to see what she has up her sleeve for YA.

  43. Lea Krnjeta says:

    I love your list, With all my soul and The Eternity cure have made onto mine as well. But my definite favorites have been Fifth grave past the light by Darynda Jones, Thief by Tarryn Fisher and A Cursed embrace by Cecy Robson.

  44. Chelsea B. says:

    ALL of these are on my list! I am so excited to read them!

  45. Pivot Point was phenomenal! I see a lot of people raving over Kresley Cole’s books, but I haven’t read them yet. It’s on my TBR list! :)

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