2013 felt like my first official blogging year. I started blogging in September 2012 so 2103 was the first full year of blogging and it was so much fun and stress, I am compelled to keep going at it! It was a year of serious changes for me, I started school again which has hit my posting hard (I am sorry for this and it is part of my New Year’s resolutions to keep at it by posting at least once a week) and it’s been an emotional and fun upheaval. I’ve made amazing friends, amazing, seriously, and I’ve come to terms with some stuff in the blogosphere that I didn’t like. 2013 was a blast!
My FAVE Five
I loved these books! These 5 grabbed my attention the fastest, hands down. I ate these up and cried when finished. Some were special for different reasons.
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
This girl wrote this book while as an undergrad at Oxford, what the hell is she, superwoman? I follow her blog and she updates about becoming published and what it’s been like. The Bone Season is a great book that everyone should pick up, plus, come on, it’s about Oxford.
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
I work in the visual arts field and to find a book where one’s social status is determined by one’s ability to perceive certain colors, and therefore derive a certain amount of pleasure from this sight is fascinating. I hope the second one comes out soon.
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Dragon books always make me smile, but Hartman writes with such emotion I cried at a couple of points. There is a major plot bit that I really want to spoil but won’t, but let’s just say that I can relate to the main character quite well.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
There is something sensual and artistic about this book. Taylor skillfully blends darkness, art and quirky characters into a seamless romance that is both captivating and breathtaking.
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Ugh, I love, love The Help. It’s become a classic in a way but when I had my surgery, I started this book at 10pm and stayed up all night till the sun came up at 6am to complete it. And I didn’t regret a darn thing.
Honorable Mention Five
These books were almost perfect but I enjoyed them a heck ton!
Cracked by Eliza Crewe
A protagonist that’s an antagonist? An anti-heroine? Whatever she is, Eliza makes this book so damn worth it, you’ll have to read it. Thanks to Strange Chemistry for letting me read this via NetGalley from Strange Chemistry, an awesome fantasy/sci-fi/ya publisher!
Black Dog by Rachel Neumeier
Strange Chemistry yet again. First of all, I fall to my knees with joy for the diversity in this book. Biracial characters? Check. Non-White protagonists? Check. Inclusion of diverse cultures? Check. Awesome, awesome take on werewolf lore? Hells yeah!
Between Two Thorns by Emma Newman
Newman’s book is an interesting take on faerie lore and human interaction with the fae. First of all, faeries are not your friends in this one, screw the happy image in your head, this book proves Tinkerbell had issues.
The Holders by Julianna Scott
Another Strange Chemistry production, I love, love, loved this book! It’s based on Irish folklore which I found to be fascinating. Characters are balanced, it’s just brilliant. You have your eye-roll moment, but I liked it overall quite a bit.
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Cinder was great, but I really, really enjoyed Scarlet! I’m not sure who’d with the smackdown, Cinder or Scarlet but I have a thing for red-heads so I’m going to assume that Scarlet’s awesome kick-butt attitude would win. I normally take an ambiguous stance on sci-fi but Meyer knows how to write an excellent book!
I Didn’t Last 10 Pages Five
Not all of these are bad. Some I couldn’t stand but some were just victims on a bad day when I was in an intolerable mood.
Inferno by Dan Brown
DNR. I just couldn’t have been bothered, it was a good book but I couldn’t get into it. Nothing against Dan Brown though, I love his other stuff.
The Book of Paul by Richard Long
Where to begin with this one? I’m not one for graphic descriptions of genital organs, or sex scenes (graphic ones anyway) or pointless violence and this book had it all, complete with sadistic sociopath with a habit of stabbing people in the hand. For fun?
Insomnia by J. R. Johansson
I don’t have much to say about this book, I know it garnered a bit of a fan base but I found it uninteresting and unyielding. I’m sure it’s a great book but not my style.
I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes
200 pages into this book, I was maybe 20% done with it and lost as sin. I was misinformed when I read this, it really isn’t my type. Sorry boo, this relationship wouldn’t have lasted.
Broken Angels by Harambee K. Grey-Sun
No words. I truly didn’t enjoy this book. I initially gave it a shot, it seemed like a cool take on a dystopian world but everything became twisted and obsessive so quickly, that I failed to grasp the deeper point of the book. It left me feeling confused and a tiny bit creeped out.