The Best Books of 2013

I’ve been thinking about this post for a while, trying to determine how I would narrow all the books I’ve read this year into my favorites. I’m going to challenge myself and limit the number to five, otherwise this list would go on forever.

My Favorite Books Published in 2013

This is not by order of my affection

 World After (Penryn & the End of Days, #2)Siege and StormIn the Shadow of Blackbirds

World After by Susan Ee-I loved this book so much because Ee’s writing is evocative, lush and just heartbreaking. Every scene between Raffe and Penryn was absolutely perfect. This book impacted me to my core as did Angelfall.

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo-Bardugo knows how to weave a story that is gripping and rich in world-building without any information dump. I love her cast of characters.

In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters- Winters about broke my heart with this story. I was nearly traumatized but I loved it so deeply. I had to sit my husband down to tell him in detail about the characters and story. Not only that it gave me an interest in this time period.

 In the AfterThese Broken StarsThe Bone Season

In the After by Demitria Lunetta- While reading this I actually had a few nightmares. This rarely happens to me but Lunetta’s writing and depiction of how it would feel to be alone and in fear really crept into my mind.

These Broken Stars by Meagan Spooner and Amie Kaufman– I immediately knew I wanted to read this based on the cover. I feared that the cover would betray me as so many of the lovely ones do. Turns out the content of the book was able to exceed the beautiful cover. I loved this story start to finish.

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon- Shannon created such an in-depth world that quickly mesmerized me. Warden’s character was incredibly interesting and I needed to read more to find out about him. Paige was a main character I could stand behind.

Ok, that’s 6 books. I couldn’t narrow it down any further than that.

Favorites that don’t release until early 2014:

 The Winner's Curse Cress (Lunar Chronicles, #3)

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski- This book. I instantly fell in love with Rutkoski’s writing style, characters and this story swept me off my feet. It was everything and more I wanted it to be. So. Much. Love.

Cress by Marissa Meyer- Meyer’s story gets better with each book. I absolutely adore her characters and she is capable of creating unique personalities and dialog.

Closer to the new year I’ll be posting my Blogger Resolutions.


  1. says

    Imagine how much tougher it would be if you tried to rank them! That might be torturous. My # 1 is no problem, but ranking the next nine would be very hard. Siege and Storm, TWC, and TBS would likely make my top 10. And as fantastic as ITSOB and In the After were, they might not make my top 10.

    Know what this means? I must make a list!

    • says

      You’ve got to read the Angelfall series. It was very difficult to limit it though it helped only because my list was getting so long. I can’t wait to read your list.

  2. says

    Except for Siege & Storm that for some reason wasn’t that good for me, all the other books I agree 100%!! I couldn’t do a job as good as yours! I just couldn’t narrow it down so much!
    Happy Holidays & Merry Christmas!! <3

    • says

      I really enjoyed Siege and Storm. Do you think you’ll read the last one? It was difficult to narrow it down but sort of went with those that were easy to think of. Figured if I could think of them quickly they impacted me pretty deeply.

      • says

        Oh yeah, Siege & Storm still was a 4 star read for me, even if not as mind blowing as I was hoping, but I’m truly excited to get my hands on Ruin & Rising!

  3. Thao Nguyen says

    In the After by Demitria Lunetta was amazing! Totally left everyone on a cliffhanger! I can’t wait to pick up the second book.

  4. says

    I’ve been wanting to read In the Shadow of Blackbirds for ages, I got it a while ago and I’ve flipped through it–Love the pictures/illustrations! And yes! TBS is absolutely brilliant *heart eyes* I need the next instalment NOW

    Great list! <33

    • says

      Oh! I can’t wait until you read In the Shadow of Blackbirds…I really want to read your thoughts on it. Such a great book. So heart eyes for TBS (both These Broken Stars and The Bone Season)

  5. says

    Yay 😀 Many of these are on my list as well. <3 Sigh. The Winner's Curse! I will re-read it. Just, not as an ebook.. *fingers crossed for that gorgeous ARC* or just waiting for my hardcover to arrive 🙂 Anyway. Amazing list Kristen 😀 Thank you for sharing. <3

    • says

      Thank you Carina! I started to reread TWC and it was even better the second time though I had to put it aside to catch up on review books. I will again before I write my review for it.

  6. says

    We enjoyed a lot of the same books this year, Kristen! The only three here that didn’t make my own top choices (In the After, Cress and The Winner’s Curse) were ones that I haven’t even read! I’m so glad to see we have such similar tastes in books. 🙂 I hope 2014 will be another great year for reading.

    Happy holidays!

    • says

      I can’t wait to see your thoughts on The Winner’s Curse. I reread it last night and loved it as much the second time around. Read it soon okay? haha I can’t wait to see what 2014 has in store. Thank you Sam for being so supportive this last year 🙂 Happy New Year!

  7. says

    Oooo, I am so with you on your first three picks for 2013 faves, as well as These Broken Stars (obviously). I also liked In the After, though maybe a little more mixed on that one than you–and I need to read Bone Season! So many people raved about it, but for some reason I just kept putting it off.

    I’m diving into Winner’s Curse and Cress soon, can’t wait! ‘ve been trying to be good about the 2014s, but now I can release the hounds and enjoy them alllllll. 😀 Cheers to a bookish 2014, Kristen!

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

    • says

      I can’t wait to see what you think of The Bone Season. For me, once a book has been raved about it’s harder to pick it up because of all the hype and expectations.

      I can’t believe it’s 2014 and all these books we’ve been looking forward to are releasing sooner than later. Crazy! I hope 2014 treats you well and I can’t wait to see what your thoughts on the Winner’s Curse will be. Thanks for stopping by Wendy 🙂

  8. says

    Wow, I am thoroughly impressed that you managed to whittle your list down to 5, er 6. 🙂 And of those, I’ve read four and I think I have both of the others on my Kindle. (Hopefully they’re not on the dead Nook. Wahwahwah.) I borrowed a copy of The Winner’s Curse and am about halfway through now…so good. I tried not to let the hype affect me, but it’s hard not to. Still, it was legitimate. Great picks!

    • says

      Oh no to the dead Nook (RIP Nook). Let me know when you finish The Winner’s Curse. I want to hear your feels! I forgot so many books on my small list but I think it works. So many amazing books came out last year and 2014 has so many I’m looking forward to. Yay to ALL the books!

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