Sunday, December 29, 2013

Favourites of 2013

I can't believe 2013 is over! Where the heck did it go?? I don't want to reveal how many books I actually read this year *hides* but I'm sure if you click around on the blog you can find the list... but still, I wanted to make a best-of list. It's similar in topics to the one from last year, and includes a mix of things (from 2011 and 2012) from around the blogosphere, from year-end events hosted by the lovely Nomes at Inkcrush, and the popular 2012 survey hosted by Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner.


BOOKS


1. favourite book read in 2013!!!


Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

I had only rated this a 9/10, but it's stuck out as the one that gave me such intense feels. I read a lot of more action-y or world-building books (by choice) this year to escape from studying, but this one felt so intimate and beautifully written.



2. book you were excited about but didn't live up to your expectations

Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano. I really adore her writing and her wildly imaginative Wither series, but this new book was just unmemorable across the board.




3. best ache-y, heart-breaking, tear-jerker read

ache-y:
The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp
there's just something about Sutter that prods at my heart... (read my review)

heart-breaking:
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
after so much, so so much, Rowell chose to end the book that way... oh how my heart hurts

tearjerker:
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
I read this because I wanted a good cry, and I was not disappointed



4. delicious, rainy day comfort read

Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund
Last year, my pick for this category was For Darkness Shows the Stars (by Diana Peterfreund). I dunno, this author just has the magical ability to write books that sweep my off my feet right when I need it most. Love love loved it.





5. adrenalin-filled, unputdownable read

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey, because that is some killer action in that third act.




6. the beautiful prose award

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
The words are delectable. 




7. most atmospheric and vivid setting

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
I was debating putting this book as "best book of 2013" because it's kind of the whole-package. This was an easy choice for this category though, I mean, any book that can make me use a big chunk of my spare time thinking about the currency of the world deserves to win. The world created by Rothfuss is crazy imaginative, thoughtful, and ridiculously engaging.



8. best under-appreciated, hidden-gem book

Vortex by S.J. Kincaid
Guys, I LOVE this series. I consistently call it "fast-paced escapism fun" and it's kind of like Harry Potter with a technology twist. It's so good! 


9. i-had-no-idea-i-would-love-this-so award
Champion by Marie Lu
It's funny, because I didn't really remember much from book 2 so I was a bit reluctant to try this one... but guys, I needed a whole day to recover. It was such a stunning conclusion, and a billion kudos to Marie Lu-- I was thinking about this for days.



10. outside my comfort zone but gosh how i loved it

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
It's not super well known in the YA world (to my knowledge) but damn, I see what the big deal is now. 




11. an unfinished series that i'm loving 

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer 
Same as last year! I just finished Cress.. it was fantastic. Marissa Meyer, you are incredible.

Honourable Mention: Insignia by SJ Kincaid (Can't wait for book 3, Catalyst!) The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss definitely deserves a mention, and of course, the Dustlands trilogy by Moira Young.





12. can't believe i waited so long to read this

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Spurred by the movie trailer, I read this one (finally) and loved it. Read this while you're young is my advice. But it kind of ruined the movie for me.. (books are always better)






13. book that lived up to (or superseded) the hype

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
I didn't think it would be as good as people said it would be. I've never been more wrong in all my life. (quoting Thorin from The Hobbit movie)







14. want to re-read already

Cress by Marissa Meyer
Okay, so this gets released next year but guys it is SO GOOD, I adored it so much. Please start reading this series if you haven't already.




MOMENTS


1. best plot-twist (no spoilers!)

More Than This by Patrick Ness
This ENTIRE book. I never knew where it was going, apart from vaguely towards the town of "holy shit what is happening" whilst passing through "Patrick Ness is such a genius".

Honourable Mention: Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson-- pretty cool twist ending you got there, kid. 


2. best swoon-worthy moment

"Hi," he says. "I'm Daniel." 
"Hi," I reply. "I'm June." 

-Champion by Marie Lu
I just remember letting out a little happy sigh. I think you've heard me rave enough about this book, yeah.





3. best cliffhanger

Cress by Marissa Meyer
Okay, again, unfair because this is released in 2014, but stillllllllll.




4. best ending for a stand-alone

The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp
Far, far, far from the happily ever after... so of course I liked it. (If you're curious about my thoughts on the movie, you can click here).





5. best ending for a series

Champion by Marie Lu (The Legend trilogy) because ahhhhhh if you haven't figured it out, I just loved it so darned much. And once again, I feel the need to sing Marie Lu some praises because it was a brave ending, but the perfect one that I didn't know I wanted.
It should be noted, though, I didn't finish that many series this year...




CHARACTERS

1. most memorable female character

Persis Blake - Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund
I HAVE A HUGE GIRL-CRUSH ON YOU.


2. most memorable male character

Kvothe - The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (also, The Wise Man's Fear)
This one goes out to the over-confident, clever, adventurous character who gets into too much trouble and understands that to tell a story correctly, you have a lie a little. 


3. favourite friendship

Cath and Reagan - Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. 
They were pretty awesome, weren't they?


4. favourite relationship 

Day and June - Champion by Marie Lu
These two are just perfect. gah. 

Honourable Mention: Persis and Justen from Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund, as well as Scarlet and Wolf from Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (tortured love interests ftw)

5. new literary crush

Second year in a row where nobody fills this role... 


6. favourite sibling relationship

none! what? why! :(


7. best villain

The Chandrian - The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Honestly, just cause they make this series possible and my life would be worse without this series in my life.



OTHER

1. favourite cover (of a book i read)



I adore the colour scheme and the illustration, it's so eye-catching! Rainbow Rowell definitely has had some excellent luck with her covers.

Honourable mentions include Champion by Marie Lu, More Than This by Patrick ness, and Scarlet by Marissa Meyer.



2. book you're looking forward to the most in 2014

This year's list: The Howling Boy by Cath Crowley, Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins, Raging Star by Moira Young, Catalyst by S.J. Kincaid, The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey.

And to Markus Zusak, WHEN DOES THE BRIDGE OF CLAY COME OUT?!?!??!??!! (just kidding, take your time)


Last year's list (strike-outs means I read them): Just One Day by Gayle FormanIsla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins, The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen, More Than This by Patrick NessThe Crane Wife by Patrick Ness, The Howling Boy by Cath Crowley, Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter, and Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan.

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And that's it! A long list, a slightly repetitive one, but I tried to spread out my choices and not give all the awards to a select few. I'll be really excited if you choose to read a book based on this post :-)

Once again, a huge thank you to all of you who have stuck around the blog for this year, I really appreciate it and your comments brighten up my day. I hope you have read wonderful, wonderful books and explored fantasy lands and fell in love with characters like I did, there's so many beautiful books out there waiting for us readers. Please let me know what your favourite read was this year in the comments below, I'd LOVE to know!!


Have a fabulous new year, and I love you all! xx

-Audrey

12.29.2014

13 comments:

  1. I love how often Eleanor & Park features here, I just adore that book! I can't choose it though, as it came out here in 2012 :) Fangirl isn't out till next year though *sob*
    I think my favourite was probably Tge Dream Thieves.
    Read Untold and then Angela and Rusty can be your favourite sibling relationship :)
    Have a fantastic 2014!

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    1. I STILL remember how they were #1 on your Christmas Countdown last year, and it just made me need to read the book anymore. I hope you enjoy Fangirl, it's a great read!
      And I feel terrible that I haven't read Untold yet.. can't wait, especially since I'm pretty sure I'm going to ADORE Rusty.
      Thanks, and you too!! xx

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  2. Awww.... Thanks so much....

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    1. You'll never see this reply but in the (never) chance that you do, just know that I'm grinning like a maniac and internally squealing-- thank you SO MUCH for stopping by my little blog, you have just made my day. I LOVE your books and the charity work you do online. :) :) :)

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  3. The biggest thing I get from this is that I need to read Elanor & Park! And that I'm totally excited to read Champion. Wow. And I totally agree that Vortex is under-appreciated. Love that series.

    -P.E. @ The Sirenic Codex

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    1. YES YES YES YOU DO!!! *shoves book in your face*

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  4. Eleanor & Park!! That book is seriously amazing and its prose is gorgeous. Love Fangirl's cover and Reagan and Cath's friendship. It's so realistic. I can't wait for Isla, either.

    Happy New Year!

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    1. YESSS adore it so much. Happy New Year to you too!

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  5. I love your list! It's so much better than mine, lol. I didn't really read too many books this year because of school, but my favorite read of this year...it's a tie between Rachel Hartman's SERAPHINA and Deanna Raybourn's SILENT IN THE GRAVE.

    Anyway, I hope you have a happy and healthy new year and that 2014 gives you a lot of great books to read! :)

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    1. Ooh I remember seeing Seraphina when it first came out and I have wanted to read it for a while. Off to check out your list.. :)
      Here's to a lovely 2014 for you too! xx

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  7. Ok ok. Favorite books must be: Eleanor & Park, Looking for Alibrandi, Insignia, Twenties Girsl (Sophie Kinsella), Graffiti Moon. :)
    I can't wait to read Cress! The Lunar Chronicles is favorite serie.
    Goodreads recommendation always tells me to read Me before you.
    And everything by Patrick Ness is definetely on my radar.

    Happy New Year Audrey! :)))

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  8. Is the howling boy really actually going to happen this year? !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    i also loved champion and june and day. the ending was amazing.

    awesome list -- i havent even made one yet. but i def will ;)

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