Top 10 books of 2013

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Happy New Year’s all!!! As we enter 2014 I’m going to try (note:try) to use this blog more. Especially as I travel the world (Scotland here I come!!) and consume lots and lots of media. In 2013 I read a total of 55 books. I got past my goal of 50 but I did read a lot of graphic novels and plays which are shorter, so that helped. But anyway, with tons of amazing reads these, in order, were my favorites.

10. Divergent – Veronica Roth
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Set in a dystopian Chicago, Divergent is a YA book packed with action, adventure, mystery, romance, and thrill. For me, it was the definition of a page-turner and is a fun book with some good things to say about bravery and selfishness. Avoid the sequels if you can but join Tris for this one book at least!

9. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
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I don’t read many classics. The language can be hard for me to get into and the pacing is a little slow but Jane got to me, granted slowly but surely. About halfway through the book I found myself in tears because I wanted everything to work out for plain little Jane. A feminist book that’s way before it’s time, Jane is worth it.

8. Ready Player One – Ernest Cline
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  In this vision of the future social media has turned into more of a virtual reality that you can log into and go to school, or get a job, or explore made up planets. It seems completely plausible but I’d also crazy imaginative and epic. Is packed with tons of fun pop culture references and doesn’t get too dystopian. It’s crazy addictive – just like the world it describes.

7. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
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Join Pi, religion lover and animal lover, as he tries to survive months lost art sea in a small lifeboat with a giant Bengal tiger. It’s captivating and the ending gave me all the chills.

6. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
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I’m late to the game with this one but this book is just as good as it got talked up to be in my head. It’s both dark and light, ridiculously silly and somehow very thought-provoking. If you’ve ever questioned the meaning of life, the universe, and everything read this.

5. Princess Bride – William Goldman
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This classic tale of true love and high adventure is perfect. If you love the movie you’ll love the book. If you love the book you’ll love the movie. How often does that happen?? That says something about the power of this epic story.

4. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
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This world war 2 story is told from the perspective of death. That’s right. The narrator is death. And through him we hear the story of young Leisl and her love of books, as well as the power of words to hurt and to heal. I needed some tissues for this one but I’ll never forget it.

3. Scott Pilgrim series- Bryan Lee O’Malley
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  I’m even surprising myself that this is so high up the list but this series of brilliant graphic novels is storytelling genius. With amazing characters, fight scenes, songs, and hilarity, books don’t get much more fun to read than this. I tore through all of them in the span of a week and I’d do it again in a heartbeat.

2. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
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This is one of those books that I didn’t know as I was reading how memorable it would be. It’s the simple story of an English Butler whose work spanned two world wars. He takes a road trip across the English countryside reflecting on his career: the good memories, the bad, missed opportunities, regrets. I didn’t get it until the end. Then everything clicked and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since. Remarkable read.

1. Dandelion Wine – Ray Bradbury
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We all have one of those books that is so precious to us. Each page is a treasure. Each sentence perfectly worded. Capturing your feelings on life so perfectly that you return to it again and again just to feel a little more full. That is Dandelion Wine to me. It’s one summer in a young boy’s life – each chapter a different anecdote, a different memory. But somehow, it captures summer perfectly – feeling free, wanting to stay in a moment forever, searching for happiness, growing up too fast. The fleeting summer is our fleeting life. If you can’t tell this is my favorite book. Absolute perfection.

Check out all 55 books on my goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user_challenges/599918

And finally!
My reading resolutions for 2014.
1. Read for at least10 minutes a day.
2. Read 50 books. (again)
3. Challenge myself to read longer and more difficult books (even if that means it’s harder to complete number 2)

Happy New Year’s all!
Read any of these?
Any suggested reads for 2014?
Let me know! Dftba!

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