Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That I've Read So Far in 2013

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I just want to start off shouting/exclaiming/shockingly gasping out saying that it's already the end of June. The end. That means it's already partway through the summer, partway through the year, and more than partway to the anniversary of this blog. Ridiculous is what I say. So far, I have read some amazing books in 2013 and hopefully I don't forget the important ones.

In no particular order: 

The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Okay, it's no particular order except for THIS ONE. This one is probably the best book I've read this year and probably will remain that way for the rest of the year (except for United We Spy). I had high expectations for it and the outcome smashed through those expectations and kept on-a-going. My review will come soon, but I'm testing my patience by holding it off until closer to the release date. 

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Mal. The Darkling. Strong Alana. The fantasy world. The writing. The whole book is just amazing and is why fantasy comes from fantastic. I have the sequel waiting for me on my shelf and am dying to book binge on it. So it's very probable that next week or so, Siege and Storm will also mentally be on this list. 


No, I didn't put this on here because I am absolute BFFS with the author (it's true, it's so true), but because this was so much fun to read. I'm not a fan of the title (I love my daddy), but I am a fan of the characters and the plot. I love finding and reading books that aren't complete fluff books, but aren't serious either. It was all-around enjoyable. 

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

I can't remember if I read this late December or early January, but since I posted a review on it in early January, I'll go with that. Nun assassins, romance, GREAT secondary characters, lovely writing, and just look at that cover. My only regret is that I waited so long. 


Adding one of these books and not the other seems like a no-no to me. Once again, I posted this in early January and don't know when I actually read and finished these so I'll just go by the post date. Both of these are fun and light and made me sleep deprived. All those qualities are what I love in books, especially the last one. 

Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter

The third book in the amazing series by my favorite author so it was already made to be awesome. The plotting, the story, the writing, the characters...I had love for it all. 

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

The Lunar Chronicles is a great series, not only because of the characters, but because I love the dystopian world. I love the plots, I love the different main characters, and I love the retellings!

The Rules by Stacey Kade

While it had a couple flaws (what books doesn't?), I ultimately really liked this one. It hooked me. I stayed up late reading it, gasped nearly every five seconds at the end, and wanted the sequel in my hands right away. 

Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay

It's more adult than YA, I know. But it really was one of the best books I've read so far. I knew it'd be good (it involves pen-paling, an orphan, and a guy who calls himself Mr. Knightley, come on), but it exceeded my expectations. I book binged. Of course, you know the "mystery" (even though I think it was meant to be obvious), but this book was so enjoyable that I still stayed up way later than I should have to finish it. Thank you, Mom. 


I thought I would have a bigger list, but I'm drawing up blanks, so unfortunately I'll stop there. However, I do know that I cannot wait until this post comes up again at the end of the year because this summer and fall, I have so many WONDERFUL books on my list to read. I'm giddy at the prospect. 

What are some books you've read so far in 2013?

24 comments:

  1. Scarlet is on my list as well. Shadow and Bone is on everyone's list but I haven't read it!

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  2. SCARLET! And had I read S&B and Grave Mercy, they'd both be on my hypothetical list, too. This list would be immensely hard later in the year. But these lists always are. ;0) Great picks, Sunny. I'm going to have to check out Dear Mr. Knightley!

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    1. You should! It has Christian tones, but so worth it :)

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  3. Shadow and Bone is one of my all-time favorites!! The Darkling...THE DARKLING!!! I adore him.

    I still have to read Perfect Scoundrels, but it's on the list for the summer. Scarlet was fabulous, Grave Mercy is AMAZING, and I'm totally shocked that you haven't read Dark Triumph yet...are you or are you not related to Shelver?! :D

    Fantastic list, my friend!

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    1. I can't wait for the sequel. I just...I'm losing my willpower.

      I AM...but life. STUPID LIFE.

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  4. Added the Naturals to my TBR :) Shadow and Bone, of course, is one of my favorites too :) I still need to read the second and third Heist Society books, I liked the first. Great picks! Thanks for stopping by my list.

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  5. Grave Mercy was wonderful but I loved Dark Triumph even more! The Naturals sounds beyond amazing, Sunny!! I have Shadow and Bone (finally) on audio book and I may start it after I'm done with my current audio book. Nice list here! :)

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    1. Ooh yay, I'm even more excited then! Thank you!

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  6. Dear Mr. Knightley looks wonderful! Thanks for putting it on my radar. The Naturals looks really cool too.

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  7. This is great list Sunny! Shadow and Bone made it to my list too, and now that I've seen 52 Reasons to Hate My Father and the Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June on your list, I'm even more eager to read them!

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  8. 52 Reasons to Hate My Father is on my list too, thanks to you! It finds the perfect balance between serious and fun and it does help that you and the author are best friends. :)

    Ally Carter and Robin Benway are great as well, although it is too bad you couldn't include Also Known As. That one is not nearly as good as her first two. :(

    I really should read Scarlet, Grave Mercy, and Shadow and Bone. Everyone seems to love them!

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    1. It really is :) I'm happy to have helped and it really is.... :)

      Yeah, it really is too bad, I was expecting so much!

      YOU DO.

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  9. Ohmygosh!! I haven't read a single one of these yet, though several are on my TBR list! I better get going on these beauties!! :) Great list!

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  10. Scarlet made my list too, and hooray for Robin Benway, Jessica Brody, and Ally Carter! You're making me curious about The Naturals now! :) Thanks for stopping by my TTT list!

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

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  11. YES to Scarlet and Perfect Scoundrels! I NEED to get my hands on Naturals and Dear Mr. Knightly. I'm going to have to write the publisher for the second one. Love Shadow and Bone, Grave Mercy and I want to read Audrey, Wait! Great list.

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    1. PLEASE PLEASE DO. Then tell me how you liked it.

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  12. Shadow and Bone, Grave Mercy, Cinder/Scarlet... I need to read all of those! I've been meaning too for so long. So happy to see them on your list. :)

    Thanks for stopping by my post!

    ~Sara @ Forever 17 Books

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  13. Wooo, Shadow and Bone! Love that one. And the sequel is quite fantastic, too. Have also heard great things about Audrey, Wait! And haven't heard the greatest things about The Rules, but I'm glad to see that it's made your favorite books that you've read so far this year.

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