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My Top Picks

By Alaska. Posted in Alaska | 2 Comments »

Here are my favorite books I read last year. These didn’t necessarily come out this past year, that’s just when I read them. I decided that would be a less constrictive way to rate them. I had kind of a rough reading year and I didn’t want to focus on only books with a 2013 publication date. Can’t nobody hold me down, oh no, I’ve got to keep on… Oh, sorry. Anyways, in no particular order, here are my favorites from 2013!

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell- I love this book so much I don’t even know what to say about it. My boyfriend John Green wrote a glowing review of it, so I figured I’d check it out. I’m so glad I did. This is easily my favorite book of the year, and her latest Fangirl is great as well. This is an unlikely love story with beautiful characters, it’s an amazing read.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer- This is the first in a series called the Lunar Chronicles and I’ve read the 2nd book Scarlet as well, which is just as good.  These are retellings of fairy tales with a sci-fi twist, which I wouldn’t think I’d be into. This book has the word cyborg in it and I still love it! Crazy, I know. Trust me, you’ll love them!

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys- This one is set in New Orleans in the 1950s and it is an exciting read. I loved the setting and the story was great. The main character is Josie and her mom works in a brothel. There is a death in the French Quarter and Josie is working hard to solve it. Ooh, there are also gangsters in this one, how could you go wrong?

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz- If I could be friends with the characters in the books I read, I’d start with these two. Ari and Dante meet at the beginning of the summer and form an amazing friendship.  I loved them both and loved their families.

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey- This book gave me nightmares! Aliens have arrived on Earth and are taking everyone out in waves. Each wave brings a new terror.  The first wave gave me panic attacks even thinking about it. I believe this is getting turned into a movie as well! I blogged about it already, read it here.

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick- This one is a little intense. It all takes place on one day, Leonard Peacock’s 18th Birthday, which is also the day he takes a gun to school and plans to kill someone. The book follows this journey and Leonard’s goodbye’s to those closest to him. My favorite character is Leonard’s neighbor Walt.

The Diviners by Libba Bray- I listened to this on audio and it was super creepy. It’s a creepy book anyways, but hearing a serial killer singing “Naughty John, Naughty John, does his work with his apron on” really took me over the edge. It’s set in the 20s which is always fun, and Evie has been sent to New York City to stay with her uncle after she finds herself in some trouble back home in Ohio. Unfortunately for Evie, she’s there the same time as a serial killer that terrorizes the city.

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater- This is the second book in the Raven Cycle; the first is The Raven Boys. After Scorpio Races which I’m completely obsessed with, Maggie Stiefvater has become one of my favorite authors. The series centers around 4 boys from a private school and Blue, a local girl. All are interested in ley lines and Cabeswater.  These things sound boring, but they’re not, trust me! Have I ever lied to you?


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2 Responses to “My Top Picks”

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    Sliwka Says:

    I agree with most of these. Eleanor and Park–love! Fifth Wave–LOVE. Leonard Peacock–LOVE THE MOST! Couldn’t make it through The Diviners, though. I’ve tried twice. Maybe third time is the charm? Cinder was just okay; I liked the sequel Scarlet better. The others on your list were very good. What new titles are you recommending?

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    Alaska Says:

    I’m not sure about new titles yet. I know I have a lot I’m looking forward to. I just finished Every Day by David Levithan and loved that one. I am excited to read The Living by Matt de la Pena and am hearing a lot of good things about Far, Far Away by Tom McNeal. And I can’t wait for Cress, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles.


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