Last year, I wrote in my 2012 book report:
In all I read 40 books this year. Short of my goal, but more than last year. … I shall strive to best this goal in 2013… if I can ever finish the two books I’ve started.
Well, 2013 has come and gone and I failed. Miserably. My book count was only 30 for the past year, and six of those were gorgeous picture books (in my defense, they were for adults). For some reason, between August and December, I simply… stopped reading.
I have no idea why! It wasn’t for lack of good books. I had seven new releases of series I follow come out in October alone. I can’t even blame the television, as I stopped watching several of my “regular” (read: crappy) shows. So why I stopped reading for 3+ months remains a mystery.
Therefore, I am determined — determined — to read more than 30 books in 2014. I set my goal at a modest 32, so I don’t disappoint myself as badly as I did this year, should I fail for some reason.
With that goal in mind, I take a look back at what I read last year, and choose, in no particular order, the top 5 reads of 2013.
1. Jumper by Steven Gould
I think I’ve read this one about 100 times now. OK, maybe not quite that many, but my copy is old and worn. I discovered it when I was a teenager and have devoured it many, many times in the long years since. Forget the movie. The movie has little in common with this marvelous book about a teenager who finds he can somehow teleport, or “jump.” It’s a wonderful coming of age tale with a sci-fi twist.
2. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
My only 5-star book of the year, I couldn’t put this one down. I don’t know what it is about young adult dystopian novels that have so captured my interest, but this is right up there with my favorite, The Hunger Games. The book follows teenage survivors of an alien invasion. But who can you trust? Can’t wait for the sequel!
3. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Told from the unique perspective of a girl in a coma, the story centers around 17-year-old Mia who must decide whether to stay or let go after she loses everything in one fateful, tragic accident. Made me tear up a time or two.
4. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
I found this one when Amazon recommended it after I purchases If I Stay. I hadn’t heard of it before, and was therefore unaware of the big following it had when I started reading it. Hoo-boy. This one was… difficult to get through, though not in a bad way. I would have given it 5 stars if it hadn’t been so damn sad. Although what else did I expect when I picked up a book about two teenagers with cancer? Heartbreaking and beautiful at the same time.
5. Bastion by Mercedes Lackey
The fifth and final book of Lackey’s Collegium Chronicles was really hard to put down. Finally, all was answered in this long-awaited sequel to last year’s Redoubt. I’ve heard rumors that Mags’ story will continue on in a new series perhaps (or maybe this wasn’t the final book after all), so I’m really hoping it will. I’m not ready to say goodbye to these characters yet.
Speaking of saying goodbye, I would be remiss if I didn’t talk about this year’s honorable mention, Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris. It was the final book in the Sookie Stackhouse series. And while it didn’t end the way I hoped it would, it was a good sendoff for one of my favorite heroines of all time. Farewell, Sookie. It was great getting to know you.