Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is, appropriately, my top books for the year.
Instead of just listing ten books, I decided to combine today’s topic with Jamie’s 2013 End-of-Year Survey from The Perpetual Page-Turner, to give my list a little variety and avoid the redundancy of having multiple “best of” posts… and maybe a little to get out of answering questions on Jamie’s survey that are just too hard! (I’m crafty like that.)
I give you… the Cheapy Awards!
Best 2013 Debut:
Chain of Command, by Colby Marshall
This is the only book on this list with a 3-star rating. But really, it was a very strong debut, and my reasons for rating it lower were personal preference more than anything else. It’s definitely deserving of a spot on this list.
Best Book From An Author I’ve Read Previously:
The Eye of God, by James Rollins
James Rollins is almost always going to win this category; how can I resist the continuing adventures of Sigma?
Best Book From A New-To-Me Author:
Feed, by Mira Grant
I added this category myself since between debut and previously-read author, it seemed like there was something missing. Mira Grant was the only new-to-me author this year who I read more than one book from, and my first is still my favorite.
Best Book Based Solely On A Recommendation From Somebody Else:
The Eyes of the Dragon, by Stephen King
I probably would have gotten around to this one eventually, but it was sj‘s recommendation (and now I can’t even remember what specifically we were discussing when it came up) that pushed it to the top of my King pile.
Best Book That Was Out Of My Comfort Zone:
Divergent, by Veronica Roth
I don’t read much YA, but I really enjoyed this one. Even if the rest of the series fell flat.
Book I Can’t Believe I Waited Until 2013 To Finally Read:
The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde
I don’t even remember how long I’d been hearing about the Thursday Next books. Glad I finally got to it (even if I haven’t read any others in the series yet).
Book I Think Got Overlooked When It Came Out:
Blood of the Lamb, by Sam Cabot
Maybe I shouldn’t be, but I was a little surprised that a religious thriller involving vampires didn’t get more buzz. I guess it came out just a little too late to cash in on either of those trends.
Book That Was The Most Fun To Read:
Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline
This book is pretty much the definition of a “fun read.”
Book That Made Me Cry:
The Green Mile, by Stephen King
I cried so many ugly tears for this book. It’s my only 5-star book to date that I honestly don’t know if I’ll ever re-read.
Most Thrilling, Unputdownable Book:
Eye of the Needle, by Ken Follett
This was one of my ITW Must-Reads, and it definitely lived up to the hype. The more I think on it, the more I think I might be short-changing it with my 4-star rating… but I’ll wait for a re-read – and this one will definitely get a re-read – to reevaluate.
And that’s ten, but I’ll give you a bonus; this book had both my favorite cover and my favorite quote: Doctor Sleep, by Stephen King.
“There came a time when you realized that moving on was pointless.
That you took yourself with you wherever you went.”
Which books were your favorites this year?