Today is Day 6 of Parajunkee’s Book Blogger New Year’s Challenge. And if you saw my post yesterday you’ll know just how tough it was for me to pick a worst book. Well, as I mentioned in that post, it’s just as challenging for me to call one book the best book.
I’m just as much a chicken about choosing a favorite read. I feel just as guilty for labeling a book as the “best” when there are so many books I adore. And it’s even harder for me to narrow down the long list of books I love the best to single one out as the best of the best.
Arrrrggh! I soooo wish it was tomorrow. Peeves are way easier than favorite reads.
For those of you who might want to participate but haven’t yet heard about this challenge, just click on the link above for more details. But here is the schedule of posts…
Day Two – YOUR PROS & CONS OF BLOGGING LIST
Day Three – THE BOOKS OF 2013 YOU ARE SAD YOU MISSED
Day Four – THE BOOKS OF 2014 YOU WON’T MISS
Day Five – WORST BOOK OF 2013
Day Six – BEST BOOK OF 2013
Day Seven – TOP TEN BOOK BLOGGER PET PEEVES
Day Eight – YOUR FAVORITE BOOK BLOGGER MOMENT
Day Nine – CONS OR EVENTS YOU HOPE TO ATTEND
Day Ten – NEW THINGS YOU WILL BE DOING THIS YEAR
Day Eleven – TBR SHELF: HOW MANY?
Day Twelve – HOW DO YOU PLAN ON GETTING MORE FOLLOWERS THIS YEAR?
Day Thirteen – SHARE A BLOGGER HORROR STORY
Day Fourteen – BLOGGING WISH LIST OF 2014
Best Book of 2013
I am so tempted to totally cheat on this post and list as my favorite read of 2013 a book that has absolutely nothing to do with book blogging.
SAILING MADE EASY by The American Sailing Association was an incredibly helpful and interesting book and one of my favorite reads of 2013. Of course it wasn’t released in 2013, I just read it in 2013. And it doesn’t have anything to do with my blog, so calling this my favorite read of 2013 wouldn’t be fair.
I also fell madly and passionately in love with Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series. But the two books in that series that were my favorites were also not released in 2013 and so I don’t feel right choosing either of those books.
After much internal debate and self-flaggellation, I sort of narrowed it down to two books. One was Rachel Vincent’s WITH ALL MY SOUL which was my favorite read of the first half of the year.
And the other was Kresley Cole’s ENDLESS KNIGHT which was my favorite read for the second half of the year.
Why they were favorites?
WITH ALL MY SOUL was an epic finish to an amazing series. It was filled with heartbreak and nerve-wracking suspense. It introduced a brand new character that was so interesting and exciting and is worthy of his very own series. It put me on a roller coaster that did not quit. And it didn’t rush the ending nor did it didn’t tie things up so perfectly that it felt saccharine sweet.
And then there was that whole thing with time. That was a total mind eff. It turned me completely upside down and inside out and left me reeling for days. Then, once I recovered from that I had to recover from all the awesome that was, is and always will be, Tod.
ENDLESS KNIGHT was a sequel to an amazing, sexy, dark and imaginative book that not only met the challenge of being as good as its predecessor, but was able to surpass my wildest expectations for it. It was darker, so much sexier, even more interesting, exciting, amazing, and the cliffhanger ending was even more of a killer than the first.
I had hoped, wished and hoped, that I would love Death as much as I wanted to. I also hoped that my love for Jack wouldn’t fade. Well, I adored Death more than I thought I could. And Jackson was every bit as stubborn and sexy and lovable as he was in book one. Oh, and the game was even deadlier, Evie was even more fiercely awesome, and the world was even more intriguing.
Well, even though I took the plunge and listed a couple of “best” books, they are by no means all of the books I consider to be the best of the year. There were so many authors whose books wowed and amazed me, whose characters I shed tears over, whose writing made me a fan for life.
Most every book I read in its entirety in 2013 was at some point during the read a “best” book for me. So it sucks – big time – that I had to choose just two. And there is no way I can choose between those two I picked to label one as better than the other. I don’t compare books to one another. I can only hope to judge them by my emotional reaction to the read, how long the book clings to me after I read it, and how desperate I am to re-read it.
Right now, for example, I’m currently fighting the urge to ditch my TBR pile and just go back and re-read all the books in the Fever series.
But what about you?
Were you able to select just one book as your favorite? Did you think about skipping Day 6 of the challenge so you wouldn’t have to?
Like me, were you able to pare down your list of favorite reads, but could not limit your “best” book to just one? Or were you able to unequivocally pinpoint one book as the “best of the best” for 2013?
If not (or if so) I’d love to know!