Best of 2013

Here’s a compiled list of the best books I read in 2013. Which yes, is a few years ago but I try to do so at the end of each year. It gives me a chance to review and look back on my reading. I’ll discuss authors I came across as well as pick a BOOK OF THE YEAR. 🙂
Warm Bodies by Issac Marion 

Cute zombie love story. I don’t know how else to describe it. The movie was just as good. So if you need a good, undead pick me up post apocalyptic love story, I recommend this one.
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruene

This is another one I quite liked. This one takes place during the Great Depression and is a love story set in a circus. It is based on a true story and if you can get past Robert Pattison having played Edward, you can also watch the movie.
One Day by David Nicholls 

This one is a tear jerker. And totally not Nicolas Sparks. It’s a love story that takes 20 years to come together. 2 best friends meet once a year as their lives fall apart and in the end…well, spoilers. Just know it’s amazing, and tragic and the movie stars the brilliant Anne Hathaway. 
The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher

I can not recommend this series ENOUGH. It’s amazing. Hilarious. Funny. Sad. Roller coaster crazy and has something for everybody. P.I. Harry Dresden is Chicago’s resident Wizard. He battles the paranormal and usually leaves a path of complete and utter destruction in his wake. He’s a Star Wars junkie, has a beat up cat named Mister, and a vampire for a brother. It’s one of my go to series when I need a pick me up. 

Also, Mister.

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

This is another series I highly recommend. Clare pretty much ensured I would buy all of her books. Ever. Forever. I got started late but was able to enjoy the preorder of Heavenly Fire and even won a signed copy. Her universe building is extroidinary. Her characters are relatable. And I was rooting for Jace and Clary through the whole thing. And still am. Be sure to check out her cross series, The Dark Artifice and her Clockwork series. It all ties in together and is sure enough to make your Fangirl heart squee in pure joy. The movie was terrible. I haven’t seen the show yet.
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

Usually I conquer one big book a year. Or I try to. This one was definitely a challenge to end all challenges. I ended up abandoning the book about a quarter of the way through and getting the audio book from the library. It helped. I listened while I worked and fell I’m love with the redemption of Jean Valjean, sobbed for Javert, and rooted for Marius and Collette. Hugo has a fondness for going off the beaten track and clearly they didn’t have editors in that time frame. *I laugh* Buy if your up to it, I recommend it. And then go watch the movie. All of them.
This is a list I pulled off Goodreads based on my ratings and what I remeber about the books from when I read them. Happy reading folks!