Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Top 10 Books of 2013

Alright guys as the year ends, it's time to go over the best reads of this year.

10. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Coming in at number 10: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. I promise, this book isn't as girly as it seems. It's more than a book about romance. It's a book about the struggles of fitting in, friendships, getting over stupid jerks who kiss you then date your best friend. Even though she is going through all these struggles, I'd love to have her life. A boarding school in Paris with a British boy. Sign me up! Watching her and Étienne's relationship grow and develop is fun and completely infuriating. Overall, a very enjoyable book to read.

9. Wait for You by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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 Number 9: Wait For You by Jennifer L. Armentrout. This book is really nice light reading featuring some great main characters. The mysterious Avery Morgansten who refuses to open herself up to anyone and the swoon-worthy Cam Hamilton, the seemingly typical jock who is the known "player". When their worlds collide we have a front row seat through all the ups and downs of their relationship (and there are a lot). 

8. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell 

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Number 8 is Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. This book is the epitome of love stories. It doesn't feature any exaggerated over-the-top characters, but real people. People who seem to have more flaws than strengths. As these two misfits fall in love, they find strength in each other. A classic reminder of the reality of love, not just hearts and happiness but immense amounts of awkwardness and self-consciousness. 

7. The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle 

At number 7: The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle. People may think that this shouldn't be rated as high because it's "just another romance novel", but I was really able to relate personally to Wren. The way her life is going at the beginning is extremely parallel to mine, which really made me question certain parts of my life that I never had before. The character development of Wren and her family was done really well and really allowed me to join the book on a more personal level. 

6. Looking for Alaska by John Green 

Number 6 is Looking for Alaska by John Green. One of the most well-written books of all time. Not only does it incorporate regular teenage themes like fitting in and finding oneself, but it also does a great job of incorporating extremely controversial topics like suicide. It can't be passed off as frivolous fiction and I recommend it for anyone who can attempt to comprehend the abundant messages this book sends. 

5. The Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout

                                   Shadows      Obsidian        Onyx            Opal           Origin

Now for the top 5! At number 5 comes the Lux Series. I was contemplating just putting my favorite one, but a single one doesn't do the series justice. This was really really fun to read. It is extremely parallel to Twilight, but so much better. As someone who doesn't enjoy Twilight, I really liked this book. The female character, Katy, is an avid book blogger who is completely bad-ass and independent. And Daemon is the hot alien boy next door. But it's not love at first sight, more like hate at first sight, which, in my opinion, is much more fun to read about. It has everything that completes a good series: romance, action, cliffhangers, etc. 

4. Allegiant by Veronica Roth

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Number 4, the thrilling conclusion to the Divergent trilogy: Allegiant by Veronica Roth. This book is the roller coaster of all roller coasters. Readers who have read it will agree with me, while people who haven't should go and pick up this book. It is a dystopian novel like no other, even though it does parallel slightly with The Hunger Games. This book features very strong characters like Tris Prior and Tobias Eaton along with an array of admirable minor characters. Really really worth reading. 

3. House of Hades by Rick Riordan

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Number 3 is the second to last book of the beloved Percy Jackson world. I've been emotionally invested in this series since I was in sixth grade (which is a lot of years) so everytime a book comes out with Percy Jackson in it, I pounce. Out of the entire Heroes of Olympus series, this one was by far the best. It contained the loving relationship between Percy and Annabeth, along with a terrain we have never seen before: Tartarus. This book really sets the bar high for Blood of Olympus, the final installment in the Heroes of Olympus Series *sniff* 

2. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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Fangirl is a story all of us book lovers can relate to on some level. We all have that one book/series that we love so much we practically refuse to leave that world, that one book/series that drives us just a little insane. Cath gives us all hope. She starts out as a shy, awkward college freshman who refuses to leave her room and interact with anyone, but throughout the book she develops into someone who's more willing to take risks, more willing to put herself out there. It makes for brilliant character development and an entertaining book. 

1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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Number 1 is The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Literally one of the best books I have ever read. The characters were human and relatable, personality-wise, and the writing was so beautiful. Literally there was no sentence in that book worth skipping; everything had some meaning to it. Yes, the relationship was cliché but it was written so beautifully that it didn't matter. Even though I don't have cancer, I was able to become Hazel Grace. I was able to understand how she thinks and why. And I cried. I cried for her, for Augustus, for her parents, for Isaac, and pretty much everyone else in the book. This book is really so wonderful, I recommend everyone to pick it up and read it. 

Now that we wrap up 2013, I'm excited to find out what 2014 has in store for us.

Did you guys agree with me? Disagree? Let me know in the comments!