To be perfectly honest, I’m not quite sure where 2013 went. Last time I checked, it was April. But then, I started a book group at work (which is still kind of struggling), organized my birthday party, sent a daughter to India, served on another Cybils panel, went to KidlitCon, and a saw a whole bunch of authors. It was a busy year! And, in between all that, I managed to read a bunch of books.
By the Numbers:
Middle Grade Fiction: 67
YA Fiction: 53
Graphic Novels: 9
Adult Fiction: 25
(Number of those that were sci-fi/fantasy books: 80)
(Number of those that were audiobooks: 19)
(Number of those that were rereads: 15)
Grand Total: 169
Not bad, for someone who doesn’t have time. Then again, I don’t watch too much TV or movies anymore.
And now this year’s awards:
Best Adult Fiction: The Golem and the Jinni
Best YA book: The Lucy Variations
Best Middle-grade book: The Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
Best MG Fantasy: You’ll see what we come up with on our shortlist tomorrow!
Best YA Fantasy: Quintana of Charyn
Best Sci-Fi/Distopian: The 5th Wave
Best Graphic Novel: Boxers & Saints
Best Non-Fiction: The Telling Room
Best MG/YA Non-Fiction: Bomb
Best Romance: Just One Day/Just One Year
Best Mystery: There really wasn’t one this year.
Best Audiobook: Fragile Things
And in other categories…
Cover love: Anna Dressed in Blood
Don’t judge a book by its cover: The Screaming Staircase
*Swoon*: Perfect Scoundrels (HALE!)
I could have written it (but not as well): The Book of Mormon Girl
Long Title, Great Book: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore (Also: Google!)
Best in-person book group book: The Golem and the Jinni
Best YAckers book: The Blue Sword
Favorite reread: The Blue Sword (followed closely by Emma)
Rocking Retellings: Tiger Lily, The Madman’s Daughter, Dodger,
Third Best Cancer Book Ever: Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl
Yes, I am a Janeite: A Jane Austen Education, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Northanger Abbey, Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion, Longbourn
Dickensian London, Represent!: How to Catch a Bogle, Rose, The Reluctant Assassin, Dodger, The Madman’s Daughter
Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic isn’t overdone (yet): Parched, The Rithmatist
Begs to be Read Aloud: True Blue Scouts of Sugarman Swamp
Fine. I cried: One for the Murphys, The Running Dream
Hippies at Heart: Eva of the Farm
The polar bear is real, I swear: Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made
Oh the 80s!: Eleanor & Park, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Tell the Wolves I’m Home
Best Unreliable Narrator: The Unchangeable Spots of Lepoards
I *heart* Musicians: The Lucy Variations, The Year of Shadows
Books I should have read AGES ago: Blankets, The Castle of Otranto
Give it up for the Awesome Heroines: Dark Triumph, The Boneshaker, Rose Under Fire, Quintana of Charyn, Untold, Scarlet, Out of the Easy, Magic Marks the Spot, All the Truth That’s In Me, Giants Beware, The Blue Sword
Guys rock: Guys Read: Other Worlds; Winger; An Abundance of Katherines; The Beginning of Everything
Mean Girls FTW: Confessions of a Hater
Evil Incarnate: The Homecoming of Samuel Lake
Author Events I dragged the girls to: Rick Riordan, Melissa de la Cruz, Shannon Messenger, Marissa Meyer, Eoin Colfer, Claire M. Caterer, Lenore Applehans, Kahled Hosseini
Snorting milk outta my nose award: Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle
Series I devoured: Mortal Instruments (City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls); Infernal Devices (Clockwork Angel; Clockwork Prince; Clockwork Princess), The Grisha (Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm)
Odd isn’t a strong enough word: Teen Boat!
Honorary Dude Award: Dude and the Zen Master, OCD, the Dude, and Me
Ghosts!: Ghost Hawk, The Screaming Staircase, Ghost Prison, Beholding Bee, The Year of Shadows, How I Became a Ghost, Anna Dressed in Blood, The Dream Thieves, The Madness Underneath, Paper Valentine
Woo-hoo, they’re back!: Perfect Scoundrels, Amulet: Prince of the Elves, The Runaway King, House of Hades, Wednesdays at the Tower
Waaaah, it’s OVER: Quintana of Charyn
Loved it, but can’t seem to sell it: Counting By 7s, The Different Girl, Just One Day/Just One Year,
Can we have the sequel NOW?: The Screaming Staircase; The Madness Underneath; The Dream Thieves
Indulging in my desire to carry around a photo of Nathan Fillion: Deadly Heat
|It kind of called for a picture of Nathan Fillion.|
Books I finished but didn’t feel the love for: Far, Far Away; Confessions of a Hater; The Lost Art of Mixing; Rebel Spirits; Blue Plate Special, What Would Barbara Do, A Tangle of Knots, Flora & Ulysses
Disappointing book by an author I respect: A Grimm Conclusion, Panic
Author everyone else loves that I discovered I liked: Maeve Binchy (Tara Road), Cassandra Clare, Rainbow Rowell (Eleanor & Park)
First-time authors I’d love to see more from: Claire M. Caterer (The Key & the Flame), Peggy Eddleman (Sky Jumpers), Kristopher Jansma (The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards), Helene Wecker (The Golem and the Jinni)
What are some of your bests this past year?
8 thoughts on “My Best Of 2013”
You are a reading machine! Looks like you had a rollicking good time this year.
I just received an unsolicited copy of the Golem and the Jinni for its paperback release. I might actually read it now.
I asked my 9 1/2 year old son to read Counting by 7s which I also loved, and he liked it a lot! I was so glad/proud and will make sure to put other emotionally resonant books like that in his hands.
Great choices! Boxers and Saints made my list as well!
I love this! 🙂 You had an awesome reading year. 🙂
I absolutely loved The Golem and the Jinni too, and also Rose Under Fire. Those would probably be my favorite overall books of the year; I also loved The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards too!
Yes…how DO you find the time anyway? 🙂 LOL. And how did I not know you were a fan of the Finnikin Froi Quintana books? We need to gush together. It doesn't seem like anyone else is reading those and it makes me crazy.
Suey: Audiobooks in the car, and reading on the elliptical. And honestly: not terribly many movies/TV. AND YES we need to gush. It's such an awesome series.
Jennifer: I'm glad! I can't wait to see what your panel picked for Middle Grade books.
First of all you know Suey!?! I used to go to book events with her. 🙂 Very fun. Secondly, incredible!! I was just working on my year wrap up and love the layout of this post. Very fun to look at your year review!