We asked our Book Club contributors to send in their favorite books of the year. Not all of the books came out in 2013, but they were all read in the past 12 months. Here’s what our contributors selected as the books they loved in 2013.
“Just One Day”/”Just One Year” by Gayle Forman
First, props to the publishers for giving us a 6-month wait between stories — it really helped curb my insane theorizing and publishing-house heist plots. Second, please make this into a movie. Now. Third, more of the last scene… pretty please. The first 10 minutes would do.
“Enchanted” by Althea Kontis
I’ve read fairy-tale mashups before but this is my favorite, by far. Sunday, her prince and her impressive family were all so well imagined I was pulled right in and through the story. I recently found out this is a series, with Saturday’s story being next. I’m in!
“Days of Blood and Starlight” by Laini Taylor
Sometimes, when you’re such a fan of the author, you get worried about their new book. Will it be as good? And this is the second of a three-part series, traditionally the boring filler between to big books. But this really held up on its own and Laini’s fantastic wordsmithing was in full-effect. Zusana’s mini-story just came out, and I’m hoping that will satisfy me until the finale in 2014.
“Seraphina” by Rachel Hartman
This is a tremendously well-crafted story about a girl in a land where humans and dragons clash, complete with a swoon-worthy prince, rational dragons and a murder plot afoot that only court musician Seraphina can foil. I loved it so much I bought the book while listening to the audiobook, just so I could refer back to favorite scenes and dialogue.
“Double Crossed” by Ally Carter
I’m a hug fan of both of Ally’s series: Gallagher Girls and Heist Society … so imagine my glee when I learned she’d created a crossover novella! Macey (of the Gallagher Academy) and Hale (he’s Kat’s!) join forces when bad guys take over a charity event they are both attending. My one complaint? It’s too short! (Note: Haven’t brought myself to read the final Gallagher Girls book. No more Cammie? I’m not ready!)
“Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell
Friends freaked out about Eleanor & Park, but that got too dark for me, so I jumped on this story which sounded more fun than tragic. I was shocked how closely it matched my freshman year experience and finally “got” why everyone was riding the Rainbow bandwagon. Cath? You’re awesome. Reagan? Fantastic. Levi? More please!
Amanda’s Favorite Book of 2013:
“Winger” by Andrew Smith
Cassie’s Favorite Books of 2013:
2. “Scarlet” by Marissa Meyer
Keely’s Favorite Books of 2013:
1.” Navigating Early” by Clare Vanderpool
2. “Just One Day”/”Just One Year” by Gayle Forman
3. “Eleanor and Park” by Rainbow Rowell
Sabre’s Favorite Books of 2013: