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Top Ten Tuesday (#40) (12/31/13)


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Top Ten Books I Read In 2013

So this list is pretty much the same as it was when I wrote my mid-year post.  It makes me sad.  I don't know if I was just in a huge reading slump, or if I didn't like anything because I was pregnant and cranky.  I have also read very few books in the last 6 weeks.  Where it used to take me a few days to read a book, it now takes me weeks.  I am hoping as the baby gets older, I will have more time to read.

Eleanor & Park by
I knew any book would have a hard time beating this as my favorite of the year, and I was right.  It stayed number one easily.
The Moon and More by
Although not my favorite Sarah Dessen book, I did love it.  It earned this spot.
This Is What Happy Looks Like by
I can't wait for her next book to come out.  If it's anything like the last two, I know I'll love it.  This easily earned it's spot.

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3) by
I stayed away from all reviews and spoilers for the entire Hunger Game series, so I went into this with a really open mind.  I was shocked to find out later how many people hated this book.  I have read the criticism, and I get what people didn't like, but I thought the changes in Katniss were organic and realistic, yes she changed, but so did her world.
Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin #2) by
This lived up to all my expectations, I loved it. 
Everbound (Everneath #2) by
I really need the final book in the series NOW.  It will probably be one of the first books I read next year.

Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2) by
I liked this one better than the first book.  I can't wait to find out how it ends.
Looking for Alaska by
I have actually started to push this book on people who don't normally read YA.  Months after reading it, it has totally stuck with me.
Dirty Little Secret by

 Alice in Zombieland (White Rabbit Chronicles #1) by
I loved this book, and the 2nd book was right up there too.  It landed at #19 on my list of books I read this year.  I am really liking this series, and I can't wait to see what happens next.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 12/30/13


This weekly recap is hosted by Shelia of Book Journeys and the kidlit version is hosted by Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee from Unleashing Readers. Each week we recap what we’ve read and look at what’s coming up this week.

Finished Reading:
The Deepest Night (The Sweetest Dark #2) by


Currently Reading:
Antigoddess (Goddess War #1) by


What I'm Reading Next:

Ashes on the Waves by

Top Ten Tuesday (#39) (12/17/13)


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Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2013

Confession:  I am totally behind in reading debut authors.  I had planned to read all debut authors all the time in Dec. but I just don't see it happening.  I will try to get to my 12 author minimum though.  So here are the top 5 debut authors I read, and the top 5 authors that were new to me this year.  Not their debut year, but just new to me.

Top Debut Authors:

April Genevieve Tucholke

.  I enjoyed this book.  I look forward to the next book in the series.

Jessica Verdi

My Life After Now.  This book was a bit predictable, however, I thought it was a very important book.

Kasie West

is technically her debut book this year, but I read The Distance Between Us.  I thought it was a promising debut for contemporary.  I need to read Pivot Point though.
Lindsay Ribar

The Art of Wishing.  I thought this was a really clever book.  I look forward to the next one in the series.

Rainbow Rowell

I've made absolutely no secret about the fact that Eleanor & Park was my favorite book in 2013.  I still have some books to read, but it will be hard to top it.  Then I read Fangirl.  Wow.  I can't wait to see what she comes up with next in YA.

Top Authors New to Me:

Alexandra Bracken

I read The Darkest Minds a little late in the game.  I thought it was awesome, and I really need to read the next one in the series.  It's sitting on my shelf just waiting for me.


Cassandra Clare

I can't believe I'm admitting to never having read a Cassandra Clare book.  I am so late to the game on this one.  But I read two of them!  I need to catch up on the series as a whole.


Gena Showalter

Another very prolific author that I never got around to reading until this year.  I need to go back and read her past series, but I am kind of loving the White Rabbit Chronicles series.

Jessi Kirby

I never got around to reading In Honor or Moonglass, but I really enjoyed  Golden, which I did get around to this year.  I will read In Honor at some point in time.

Lili Peloquin

I read the first two book in her The Innocents series.  It's good soapy fun.  A true guilty pleasure. 

Top Ten Tuesday (#38) (12/10/13)


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Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR

There are a lot that I mentioned in my previous posts.  So if a book ended up on both of those lists, ahem Evertrue and Ignite Me, it won't end up on this one.  As ever, I am also limiting this to books that are scheduled to be published during the winter solstice:  December 21, 2013-March 19, 2014.
Killer Frost (Mythos Academy #6) by
Cress (Lunar Chronicles #3) by

I have the ARC, I just have to read it.  I love this series.
Enders (Starters #2) by
Fragile Spirits (Souls #2) by
Heartbeat by
Me Since You by

Another ARC just waiting to be read.  I love a good contemporary, and I hope this lives up to my expectations.
Panic by

I was disappointed how the Delirium series ended, but I look forward to reading this one.  I have the ARC, not I just have to read it.
The Shadow Prince (Into the Dark #1) by
Wayfarer (Tales of Beauty & Madness #2) by

I found the first book in this series to be very interesting.  I didn't love it, so I hope this book ends up being better.
Kissing in Italian (Flirting in Italian #2) by

Top Ten Tuesday (#37) (12/03/13)


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Top Ten 2014 Release I'm Dying To Read

There will be a lot of duplication from my list of sequels I can't wait to get my hands on, but there are many that are new as well.
Evertrue (Everneath #3) by
Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss #3) by
What I Thought Was True by

The Geography of You and Me by
Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by
Rebel Belle (Untitled Series #1) by

I love Rachel Hawkins, and I can't wait to read her new series.
The Retribution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #3) by

I know why this was delayed until 2014, but I REALLY need to be reading this right now.  I can't wait to see how it ends.
Cress (Lunar Chronicles #3) by
The Impossible Knife of Memory by
Since You've Been Gone by

I love a good contemporary, and I can't wait to read the newest from this author.  I enjoyed her first book more than her second, but they were both excellent. I hope I get my hands on this soon.