Favorite Books of 2013

December 31, 2013 discussion post, Uncategorized, yearly favorites 123

2013 favoritesEvery year brings new discoveries. Whether we’re finding new authors to love or learning to embrace a new genre or category, it’s always fun to look back to see which books have left a lasting impression.

To come up with these lists of our favorite books, The Midnight Garden girls read 739 books this year. (THIS IS WHY WE’RE ALWAYS EXHAUSTED.) While there’s never enough time to get to everything we want to read, below you’ll find the ones published in 2013 that we think represent some of the most outstanding work in their respective genres.

Get your shopping carts ready, because here are our 2013 favorites! What were yours?

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I love doing these year in review posts; I’d been thinking 2013 had been quite an off year for me, but as I looked back over the year I found that I had too many favorites to fit in one list! Though there were more misses than hits in my paltry 75 books (so far), and I struggled to connect with more than I care to count, there were many that will become the kind of favorites that earn worn spines and pages that fall open to my favorite passages.


Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta
Coda by Emma Trevayne
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell


I’ve been called a person of extremes before, and I think my reading tastes this year have reflected that description–fantasy and contemporary, sweet romance and gnawing angst. Whether through laughter, tears, or frustration, or swoon (and some all at once) these books have left their mark on me and I’m so grateful to the people who wrote them.
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Kate’s Favorite 2013 Books


2013 has been a weird year for me, personally and professionally.  I had a lot of emotional ups and downs, so I read a lot of romance novels.  My 2013 Favorites list on Goodreads is a pretty good representation of everything I read and loved this past year, although I also chainsmoked several romance and fantasy series that were published pre-2013.

I’ve narrowed my favorites list down to five books that really stood out to me:

Six-Gun Snow White by Catherynne M. Valente
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Just One Day by Gail Forman
Unseen by Karin Slaughter

I also thought it was a pretty good year for New Adult romance.  It’s a fledgling genre chock-full of absolute garbage, but if you take the time to dig, you can find some real gems.  My favorites of those were:

Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
Finding It by Cora Carmack
Faking It by Cora Carmack
Unteachable by Leah Raeder


One last thing: this year I spent a lot of time driving around, and I got really into listening to audiobooks while in the car (and while shopping and cooking).  I’ve become obsessed with them (Tonya and I are both listening to Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series right now), and two 2013 releases in particular really stood out to me:


The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, narrated by the author
Heirs and Graces by Rhys Bowen, narrated by Katherine Kellgren (this is book 7 in the lovely Her Royal Spyness series)
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K’s Favorite 2013 Books


This was not a good reading year for K. No, not at all. But I did, as usual, find some book gems. Gems I now pass to you, dear friends. So, read and take your picks. Buy and enjoy!

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo — The second book in The Grisha Trilogy. This book both gave me exactly what I wanted and withheld everything I’d been wishing for. Her writing is exceptional and I am breathless in anticipation for the third. Breathless.

Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan — The highly anticipated second book in The Lynburn Legacy trilogy. Ok, so this was quite a mixed bag. I rate it highly because I am emotionally invested in the characters. I think a patient and dedicated fan wouldn’t have a problem.

And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini — A story about family and loss. Harrowing and painful on the heart but told with such gentleness and sincerity that your wounds are cradled and healed.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell — O. M. G. I am sold. Such a cute contemporary story about a girl dealing with introvertedness, family dysfunctionalities, growing up, first love and college. All the fluff with all the heart.


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Wendy’s Favorite 2013 Books

After an admittedly rocky start and the odd annoying kerfuffle here and there, this was a much better year for the blog and for me as a reader than 2012. As I look back over the past 12 months, I think I’ve become resigned to accepting that there are always going to be behaviors in this community that are disappointing, but all we can do as bloggers is to review and interact with as much curiosity and heart and open-mindedness as we know how. I’m just tremendously grateful that we’ve made a happy place here at The Midnight Garden, and that Kate and Kim and K and Tonya and I have such fantastic readers who never fail to get excited about books with us.


As always, my very favorite books of the year are the ones that make me feel the most intensely. Here are the stories that made me jump out of bed because I couldn’t contain my excitement, or made me cry horrible ugly tears because they hurt my heart so much. I’m still not over some of the wrenching emotion that a few of these books have caused, and I know I’ll be reading each one of them again for years to come.

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
Under the Light by Laura Whitcomb
Quicksilver by R.J. Anderson
Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo


Since I read 300 books this year, I think it’s fair that I also tip my hat to some additional notables that I’ve listed among my overall list of 2013 favorites. This was the year I finally read new-to-me authors that have gone on my favorites list, was blown away by some crazy good first novels, and discovered New Adult books could be great.


Fantastic Debuts: Wild Awake, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, Another Little Piece, Sea of Tranquility, Sex & Violence, Charm & Strange, In the Shadow of the Blackbirds, If You Find Me

More Great YA: All the Truth That’s In Me, Blythewood, Across a Star-Swept Sea, These Broken Stars, 17 & Gone, More Than This, This Song Will Save Your Life, The Outside, Dangerous Girls, Kinslayer, Fractured, World After, Horde, WildlifeBlack Helicopters, Prodigy, The New Hunger, The Fifth Wave, And All the Stars, Unfed

Excellent Adult Fiction: Tampa, The Other Typist, Exhumed, Parasite, Let Me Go, The Husband’s Secret, Written in Red, Fortune’s Pawn, Unseen

New Adult Worth Your Time: Unteachable, One & Only, Foreplay, Faking It, Sea of Tranquility

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So there you have it. Did any of our 2013 favorites make it onto your favorites list, too? Here’s hoping for many more amazing books to come in 2014!


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123 Responses to “Favorite Books of 2013”

  1. Amanda @ Book Badger

    Some great books in the list there, and I’m ashamed that I haven’t read very many of them yet, but I’m working on it. I hope 2014 is better for all of you, and have a great time reading :)
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  2. Jéssica Maciel

    Thaaaank gods, i was crazy after a list like this! Thanks Kate, K. and Wendy, now i have lots of new books to try, this days it was difficult to choose one book or look forward to reading one, now i have lots to choose from, you girls rock =D

    • Wendy Darling

      Hooray, I’m glad we could help! I love year-end lists so I can shop from them, too. :) Let us know if you end up liking any of them.

      • Jéssica Maciel

        Well, from your lists i already read and loved Scarlet, Siege and Storm, Clockwork Princess, The Fifth Wae and Written in Red, but yesterday I already purchased and read The Hallowed Ones and loved it too just as I am sure I will love a lot of the other books I added to my list thanks to you guys 

        • Wendy Darling

          Nice! We have a lot of overlaps then. :) I just started reading SCARLET today and I don’t know why I put it off for so long, it’s so much fun. :) I’m so glad you liked THE HALLOWED ONES, too–that was fast work, my friend.

          • Jéssica Maciel

            i’m a little compulsive when i like a book, hope you like scarlet as much as i did, i thought it really fun too.

            • Wendy Darling

              Thorne and Wolf were BOTH so dreamy! I am looking forward to more of them in CRESS. Kate’s reviewing that one for us so I probably will wait a bit to read it, though…it is soooo long.

              • Jéssica Maciel

                Can’t wait for her review, i hope the books keep with this quality ^^

  3. Jessica

    I haven’t read any of the books you all have listed here… I feel like I definitely need to try a few of these this year! I want to know what everyone is talking about! :)

    • Wendy Darling

      Oh wow, you’d better get busy, then! :D :D :D Those should keep you occupied for awhile, hah. I hope you end up enjoying some of them.

  4. Christina (A Reader of Fictions)

    Okay, I’m learning that I need to especially follow Tonya’s reviews, because I loved all of those books that I’ve read. Of course, all of you ladies have great taste.

    Wendy, your favorite book list is sort of like mine. Out of 300, how can you just have a handful? YOU CAN’T. Don’t try to limit my love. (It’s funny because I think I have a reputation for being picky, but really I want to love on so many books that it’s ridiculous.)
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    • Wendy Darling

      Well, you’ve discovered that just in time for her to stop posting reviews, hah.

      I only had 7 on my top tier, but I had a second tier of almost 60 overall faves as well, many of which I listed above. And yeah, it’s funny how disgruntled people with axes to grind can make out critical reviewers to being unreasonably picky, but discount all the seething love for other books.

  5. Rachel

    So many great books here in this post! It’s so hard to narrow it all down! The Dream Thieves, The 5th Wave, Quintana, Sea of Tranquility. I also loved Faking It! Great post here, ladies! :)
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    • Wendy Darling

      Yay, I’m glad you loved some of the same books we did! And yeah, Cora Carmack took me by surprise. I’d previously read EASY and liked it, but I think it was CC that really cemented the “hey, there really might be something in this NA category after all” feeling.

  6. Meg

    One of the many reasons why I love you guys: you all have excellent taste. The Dream Thieves, Quintana, Unteachable, Fangirl hello some of my favorite books ever. And then Dangerous Girls, Charm & Strange and Sex & Violence are on the top of my TBR.

    Happy new year Midnight Gardeners and here’s to some amazing 2014 releases!
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    • Wendy Darling

      We DO, don’t we? *preens*

      I love that you are a fellow UNTEACHABLE fan. I’m anxious to hear what you think of those three books on your TBR, too, definitely off the beaten path as far as YA is concerned. Glad we got to know you in 2013, Meg! Here’s to many more bookish conversations.

  7. Stephanie Garcia

    Some of these are on my TRL so I’m excited to get to them since they seem like really great books :)

  8. Vivien

    For months now I’ve heard about Midwinterblood. I even got a copy because I kept hearing you mention how great it was. I just haven’t read it yet :p The series that I ended up enjoying the sequel more than the first book was Siege & Storm and The Dream Thieves. Now I’m hooked on them. I’m behind on Rainbow Rowell and still need to read Fangirl and The Attachments. I’ve also really wanted to read Tampa. I feel like I’ve slacked on the adult fiction lately. I’ve really really struggled with NA in general. I find myself not wanting to read any of the new releases because I’ve struggled so. Not sure what 2014 will bring and whether I read much NA this year. I look forward to finding the hidden gems!!!

    • Wendy Darling

      Yessssssssss. I’m so glad you have a copy of MIDWINTERBLOOD, he doesn’t seem to be as well known here and that is a crying shame.

      I absolutely agree with you–I thought S&S and DT were both better than the first books in their series, too! And I’d love to hear what you think of TAMPA. Not a book for everyone, but I thought it was exceptionally well done.

    • Kate Bond

      A thing I keep hitting with NA is that the first book or two in a series will be good, but the quality suddenly drops way off as you get into the series. I don’t know if it’s a rush to meet publication deadlines or what, but it really bums me out.

      And Midwinterblood is lovely. I hope you love it. It is DAAAAAARK.
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  9. Jessica Cooley

    Love these lists – there are a number of books on my TRL that you guys mentioned so they now move up the roster. I’m in awe of the number of books you guys read – 300?! I’m going to look at Ivy Book Bindings post to see the secret but I fear I need more sleep than is allowed in order to read that many books. Sigh, such is life I guess. Happy reading in 2014!
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    • Wendy Darling

      It would help tremendously if there were an extra 6 hours in the day that we could just devote to reading. That doesn’t seem unreasonable, does it? :P

      Happy new year, Jessica! Thanks for stopping by.

    • Kate Bond

      Sleep is the key–I would rather read than sleep. So there you go. You could read nearly a book a day, too, if you weren’t so worried about being a functional human.
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  10. KG

    I’ve heard amazing things about Rainbow Rowell’s books and now own Eleanor and Park and Fangirl and am super stoked to get to reading them. All of these books look super epic! Congrats on reading these ladies. Thanks for sharing, I’ll be adding some of these to my TBR for sure.

    Best xoxo,
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    • Wendy Darling

      Oh good, I’m glad you’re going to check out Rainbow Rowell! I have to admit, I owned both those books for months before I finally got around to reading them. I have to admit, I was kind of wary because those books are so praised, and I was a teeny bit suspicious of the too-cute covers, hah. But I ended up liking both of them, and I hope you do, too! Obviously favorites for K and Tonya.

  11. Kelly

    Awesome favourites, some I’ve read, but most I haven’t had the pleasure yet, but will be adding them to see what you’re all fussing over.

    And well done Wendy, 300 books? Crap lady, that’s one nasty case of eye strain.
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    • Wendy Darling

      Excellent, I’m glad we could help fill your cart and lighten your wallet. :D

      And hey, my 309 is nothing…Kate outpaced me by about 20 books.

  12. Kara @ Great Imaginations

    You guys have some amazing picks here. Though most of them did not make my own list, most I rated 4 stars and above. Many of the ones I HAVEN’T read are on my list to read for 2014. I can’t wait!
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    • Wendy Darling

      It’s fun to compare lists with everyone, isn’t it? SO much diversity even within our own blog! Happy 2014 to you, Kara.

  13. Tanja

    These are some amazing picks and I’m so happy to see The Sea of Tranquility picked by two of you! It’s such an amazing book. Also Quintana of Charyn which was beyond amazing. I mean I loved that series so much. I need to grab my Shadow and Bone sometime soon. I mean it hurts to admit that I still haven’t read it.
    Great list, ladies :)
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    • Wendy Darling

      Aw, thank you, Jen! Wishing you a wonderfully bookish 2014 as well, we’re so glad to have you as a bloggy friend. I can’t wait to see what this year brings to us both.

    • Wendy Darling

      That book is so special–it really wrung so much feeling out of everyone here. And we got a couple of people to read it because it was on all our lists, so yay! I’m glad you loved it, too. I’m finding such great recs on everyone else’s lists.

    • Wendy Darling

      Such a beautiful, beautiful book, I still can’t stop thinking about it. Hope you get to read wonderful books in the coming year, Deyse!

  14. Alise

    Fantastic list, guys! The books I have read from this post I can totally agree that they are made of pure awesome. Siege and Storm should be on any “best” list along with Fangirl. I’ll have to check out the rest of the titles that are new to me.
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  15. Rashika

    I see Ocean at the End of the Lane on Kate’s list. I read that as well and while it wasn’t a favorite, it was so refreshingly unique that it’s going to stay with me for a long time. It was also my first Neil Gaiman read so there is that too :D

    The whole goodreads thing was rather depressing but honestly, because of it, I met many new amazing people so it wasn’t all that bad for me. I guess everything cannot be perfect but I agree with Wendy, as long as we support each other, it’ll be all right, or as good as it can be.

    All of you guys chose wonderful books (quite a bit that I still have to read…eek).

    I hope you guys have a great 2014 and read tons of amazing books (because Books FTW). HAPPY NEW YEAR Ladies

    • Wendy Darling

      I still haven’t read Gaiman! I’m so ashamed. I’m now armed with 3 books from friends pushing them on me, though (including STARDUST from the lovely K for Christmas), so this is the year when all that changes.

      And yeah, the small mercy of dumb things like the GoodReads debacle is that you do find people who are like-minded in what they believe in. I’m glad we met online this year! To a happier 2014.

  16. Mary @ BookSwarm

    Awesome lists, y’all! It was kind of a weird reading year for me — more slumps than I’d hoped for, fewer awesome books than I hoped for and a lot of genre-hopping (not that that’s a bad thing!). I’d definitely have to include The Coldest Girl in Coldtown and Fangirl on my list. Happy New Year, ladies!! Here’s to a fantastic reading (and other) year!
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    • Wendy Darling

      I…actually agree with you on that. There were books I really loved and a lot I really liked, but I think compared to previous years, not as many books have really wowed me in a big way, if that makes sense.

      I liked FANGIRL too, though for some reason I always want something more from her (I read E&P as well) towards the end of her books. I love reading them and the narrative voice is awesome, but I don’t know, I feel like I’m waiting for a big thing that never happens. But clearly I’m in the minority on that, hah. I’m totally interested in reading her other books, though.

      Happy bookish 2014 to you!

    • Wendy Darling

      Duuuude. Read QUICKSILVER! That was the book that had me hopping out of bed with excitement.

      Happy 2014 to you! Can’t wait to see what you and Jenni get up to.

  17. Sam @ Realm of Fiction

    I’m so glad to see many of my own favourites make it onto your lists! I loved Siege and Storm, Quintana, Night of Cake and Puppets, and Fangirl. The Dream Thieves was my favourite books of the year, so I’m thrilled to see it in your top choices, Wendy. It’s the one book that I simply can’t get out of my head. I’m ridiculously excited for the third installment this year. :) There are a few here that I haven’t read and hope to get around to soon: Eleanor & Park, All the Truth That’s In Me, Across a Star-Swept Sea. I’m also hoping to finally try something by Catherynne M. Valente this year. I’ve heard nothing but good things.

    Thanks so much for sharing, and I hope you all have an amazing 2014. Happy New Year!
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    • Wendy Darling

      Your list was AWESOME–I told you we had a lot of overlap! *dances*

      And what will Maggie do to us in book three, Sam? And then there’s a fourth book after that! My heart may not be able to take it.

      I can’t wait to hear what you think of ALL THE TRUTH THAT’S IN ME–that’s not a title that gets a lot of attention (let’s face it, it’s just weird), but it’s a fantastic book. And this was the year I finally read Peterfreund too, and I thought STAR-SWEPT SEA was just exquisite.

  18. Pili

    Sooo many awesome books this year! Quite a few of my favourites from this year are in one of those lists at least, and some have been added to my evergrowing TBR list. I feel like I’d need to quit my job and just read read read to be able to eventually watch up with everything published on the TBR list!
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    • Wendy Darling

      Oh good, I’m glad some of our faves made your list, too! TBR lists are scary, aren’t they? I was just updating mine on GoodReads last night and I have 2600 titles listed. @_@ I go in and cull sometimes, but I can’t help adding interesting titles when I come across them.

  19. Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    Happy New Year! I loved the books you ladies picked as your favorites this past year. The Dream Thieves, These Broken Stars, and Forman’s Just One Day duology easily made it to the top of my list. I also discovered both Rainbow Rowell and Neil Gaiman this past year and am HOOKED. I’m waiting for Rowell’s upcoming adult book this year and have plans to listen to more of Gaiman’s work this year for sure. An absolutely lovely post, my friends! I hope you have a fantastic year ahead!(:
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    • Wendy Darling

      I read Rainbow Rowell for the first time in 2013 too, and she’s definitely extremely readable–I read both E&P and Fangirl in two days, I couldn’t put them down! I have to jump on the Gaiman bandwagon this year, I cannot remain ignorant any longer.

      Here’s to wonderful books for us both in the coming year!

  20. Danielle

    Oh, some great books here! My TBR pile has just grown again!

    Thank for all the work you do in the blogging/YA community – the whole Midnight Garden crew are lovely and this site is a delight.

    Happy 2014 you gorgeous bookish gals :)
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    • Wendy Darling

      Aww, Danielle! <3 <3 <3 We love you too, so much. Thanks for being such a wonderful force in the blogosphere yourself, my friend, we're happy we get to hang out with you even though we're so far apart.

  21. lyane mora

    I agree FINDING IT & FAKING IT by Cora Carmack are both one of my favorites from this year!!

    • Wendy Darling

      Weren’t they fun?! I liked FAKING IT better than the first book, and I hear the third one is good as well. She’s just a lot of fun to read.

  22. Tabitha the Pabkins

    @Tonya – I loved Scarlet also! I swear this is one of my fav YA series right now!

    @Kate – Yes yes yes! to These Broken Stars! It was just amazing and I don’t even normally like a lot of romance in my YA. Oh I picked up a signed limited edition of Six-Gun Snow White from Valente when I was at WorldCon – I’m so excited to read it! She does such lovely readings in person!

    @Wendy – I really do love The Raven Cycle books thus far. I can’t wait to read more – undoubtedly Ronan is my favorite character thus far.
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    • Wendy Darling

      I love all those boys, but there’s definitely something special about Ronan. Also, I know this is one long series so it’s not like these are companion novels where one character’s story arc gets completed in each book, but I still felt bad for him at the end of Dream Thieves! Just as I felt bad (and still feel bad) for Adam at the end of Raven Boys. And I feel bad for Noah. I just feel bad for everybody, hah.

        • Wendy Darling

          I know. He’s hurting so much, though, and everything you learn about his past makes me bawl. It IS going to be interesting to see if one of the boys succumbs and becomes a not-heroic figure, don’t you think? We don’t see too much of that in YA, and she will have written a very interesting potential situation if that’s the case.

          And I’ve discovered spoiler tags do not work in comments, so never mind the specifics, hah.

          • Tabitha the Pabkins

            Haha – yeah I wouldn’t think spoiler tags would work in the comments! LOL I hope she does do something crazy like that! Man Adam really seems to get to you a lot! If something like that were to happen my money is so on him – what with the tree telling him you know….
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    • Wendy Darling

      Oh man, I keep meaning to read Jojo Moyes, I don’t think I’ve read a single negative review of ME BEFORE YOU. Maybe this year. :)

  23. starryeyedjen

    I see so many of my own favorites spread among your lists, ladies, and it makes me so happy to see them there! But I can also expect to be adding a lot more to my TBR list based on some of your favorites…I know y’all would never steer me wrong. :) Oh, and that quote from The Dream Thieves, Wendy…MY HEART! There’s no question that that novel would be on my favorites list. Happy New Year, ladies!
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    • Wendy Darling

      Ugggh, I have reread those lines so many times and it kills me EVERY time, Jen. Maggie will be the death of us.

      Hope your 2014 has been great so far! Thanks for stopping by.

  24. Sunny

    So many books that I’ve read on all of ya’ll’s lists, but so many more that I haven’t and am dying to read! I need to read The Reece Malcolm List and Dream Thieves asap, I think. You ladies had a fantastic reading year and I hope you have an even better one in 2014. But wow, over 700 books?!
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    • Wendy Darling

      III know, it’s crazy how much we plowed through to come up with these lists! And yes, please read Dream Thieves. It’s so lovely and heartbreaking and full of adventure.

    • Wendy Darling

      Isn’t it crazy how that happens? I felt the same way as I was reading other people’s lists. These darned people keep publishing new shiny things, so we will never be caught up. Good problem to have, I guess!

    • Wendy Darling

      I need to read SCARLET, too–I’m so embarrassed that CRESS is almost here and I still haven’t discovered this glorious Thorne person yet! And I loved SANCTUM, too. Such a fabulous book.

  25. Lucy

    This is a fantastic list that I’ll be bookmarking to see what I missed this year. Never got to Midwinterblood, The Dream Thieves, or Siege and Storm..next year for sure!

    I wholeheartedly agree with all of your NA picks, and like Kate said- there is good stuff out there to be found.

    I especially love your Adult recs- I have a few of these on audio to catch up on like The Other Typist, Written in Red, The Husband’s Secret, and And the Mountains Echoed.

    Happy New Year! Looking forward to seeing what’s in store for The Midnight Garden in 2014.
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    • Wendy Darling

      Luuuuucccccy. You must read those three books! I am eyeing you sternly.

      It was an amazing year for NA, wasn’t it? I’m really excited about the possibilities in this genre now. Hope the new year is treating you well!

  26. Candace

    Too many books I’m still dying to read! These favorites lists are really doing me in. I’m feeling a strong urge to rush to the bookstore and buy more BOOKS! The thing is, several of these I own, so I really can just get busy reading them first. But you know how it goes, not happy until I own ALL THE GOOD BOOKS! I’m actually thinking Untold might be perfect for my next read because the characters are so dang fun.

    I also got into audiobooks a lot more this year. I don’t listen a lot, but it helps for when cleaning house and working out. I’m listening to Written in Red and it is WONDERFUL. So wonderful I may lose patience and just get the book so I can read it!
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    • Wendy Darling

      I know, these lists are so hard on the wallet! I’ve added literally dozens of books in December because I’ve been shopping other people’s lists, too.

      I like audiobooks a lot, but I’m so picky about narrators that it’s hard to find ones I want to listen to. Also, for some reason we also haven’t been on as many road trips recently, so we’re literally in the middle of a couple of them that we started and never finished. Hoping to do more of those next year.

      And yay, I’m glad you’re enjoying WRITTEN IN RED! Soooo good.

    • Wendy Darling

      WRITTEN IN RED fan for life! Can’t wait for the new one in 2014. :) I’m so glad you liked so many of the same books that we did, Julie–happy new year to you!

  27. Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    It’s so strange that 2013 is almost over already! And all of you have some excellent books on your favorite lists, some I’ve read, some are on my TBR, and some I haven’t heard of before and think I really need to check out.

    Wendy, you asked me about Historical Romance novels on my blog today, so I thought I’d just point out Sabrina Jeffries – I love her The Duke’s Men series, awesome heroines, and even one who works. Yup, I love that! Also, the Spindle Cove series by Tessa Dare is great.

    I wish all of you a Healthy, Happy 2014, and hope the new year will be filled with love, laughter, joy, happiness and excellent books as well as more bookish friends :)
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday #22 – Top Ten 2013 Reads

    • Wendy Darling

      I haven’t read either of those authors, Lexxie, so thank you for the recs! It’s been awhile since I’ve read historical romance, but I’m in the MOOD lately. I just reread one of my old favorites and it got all kinds of itches going.

      Happy happy to you, too! Can’t wait to see what the new year brings for us both. <3

  28. Melliane

    oh so many books I haven’t read but many great choices I’m sure. I really need to start the Marissa Meyer series. I wish you a lot of wonderful reads for 2014!

  29. LizF

    I’ve been looking forward to your end of year list and it does not disappoint! I see a few of my favorites from this year and some that I will have to check out.

    Wishing you all a happy and healthy and BOOKWORTHY 2014! xo

    • Wendy Darling

      Which were your faves for this year, Liz? I want to see how ours stack up!

      And thank you so much, I hope you have a lovely book-filled year, too. Always so good to chat with you. <3

      • Liz

        *hugs* Okay..let’s see.

        In no particular order:
        The Trouble with Fate by Leigh Evans, Under the Empyrean Sky by Chuck Wendig,
        Written In Red by Anne Bishop, Fractured by Sarah Fine,
        Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews, Bone Rider by J. Fally,
        The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker and The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna.

        Plus The Grisha series by Leigh Bardugo, The Infernal Devices wrap up, and the books that continued Black Dagger Brotherhood, Kate Daniels, Arcadia Bell and Mercy Thompson and October Daye! Whew!!

        I read a personal best of 228 books this year and it was divine!! Looking forward to reading even more in 2014..I hope it’s possible! :D

        • Wendy Darling

          Ahh, this is great! The perfect amount of “yes yes, me too!” (Written in Red and ID and Fractured especially) combined with new-to-me titles. I will have to look into the Evans and Wendig and Fally books in particular. I also need to get caught up on Ilona Andrews and read the Toby Dayes.

          Have you read Larissa Ione’s Demonica series, btw? Kate got me hooked on those and now I. Can’t. Stop. She sold me on them by saying they were like the BDB books, but better, and it’s so true! They’re like crack. Sex demons + awesome heroines.

          • Liz

            I think you’d really like those 3, especially Under the Empyrean Sky.

            I have not read the Demonica series but I have the Lords of Deliverance on my TBR. Even though I love BDB and the soul mates angle I hesitate to read another series like that. All that ‘meant to be’ stuff starts to bore me (I sound so snobby, I don’t mean it that way!!). But since it’s a rec from you I will give it a try!

            • Wendy Darling

              Okay, here’s where I confess that I wasn’t all that into BDB–I liked the idea more than the execution. I know what you mean about the soul mates thing, and like all romance books, there are a lot of things in Demonica that are very…convenient, hah. Like the rules in this universe are pretty much always set up to ensure that the two protags MUST have sex or else they will DIE. It makes me laugh, it’s so silly! And it’s true that the books are very testosterone-fueled and, as Kate says, there’s a little too much joking around (but is it really?) about homosexuality. BUT the action is really well done, the characters are memorable, the world is original, and the sex is super steamy.

              Try it when you’re in the mood for some brain candy! But yeah, maybe a little break since you recently finished BDB. :)

              • Liz

                Will do. And you know? BDB is really a guilty pleasure. No matter how popular it is I still read it with a laugh because some of it is soooo silly!! Verily!!

  30. Dahlia Adler

    Great lists! I definitely share the love of UNTEACHABLE, ONE & ONLY, FAKING IT, and FINDING IT, and I need to get my hands on SEA OF TRANQUILITY in 2014! Also excited to finally start Leigh Bardugo’s trilogy next year; I see books from it on every freaking list, and I think it’s about time!
    Dahlia Adler recently posted…Top Ten Books I Read in 2013

    • Wendy Darling

      Oh jeeeez, you haven’t read SOT yet, Dahlia? It’s so beautifully written and emotional, you will love it. And omg, Grisha, too! Both of those were the only books all four of us read and loved. IT IS TIME.

      • Dahlia Adler

        I know, I know – I feel like I’m an embarrassment to…something. I got rejected for it on NetGalley and sort of lost my steam for reading it, but now I’ve had a ton of trusted people rec it, and, yeah, 2014! It will happen! I actually bought SHADOW AND BONE this year; it’s just a matter of making the time to read it!
        Dahlia Adler recently posted…Top Ten Books I Read in 2013

        • Wendy Darling

          It’s weird because the protagonist is still in HS, so some people get their panties in a twist when they hear me refer to it as NA, but you’ll see why when you get to it; the themes, topics, emotional maturity, etc are all geared towards an older age group. Plus her BF is late teens or early twenties, I think.

          I’m glad you already have S&B! But hands off the dashing privateer in book two, okay? I laid claim a long time ago.

            • Wendy Darling

              Omg, YES. I sometimes get panicky when I see people who are less open-minded or more conservative reading UNTEACHABLE, and I make anxious noises while thinking “You know this isn’t YA, right?” But there’s sex all over the blurb, so it’s hard to understand why people get confused, hah.

              And hmph. Watch yourself, I have fended off many other ladies before you.

    • Wendy Darling

      Hooray! I really liked Raven Boys, but I LOVED Dream Thieves, so…I hope you do, too. Hope you have an amazing bookish 2014 as well.

  31. Lisa Farhana

    Great lists there, ladies! I see many of my favorite books on them too.

    Anyway, happy New Year, and here’s hoping to another great year of reading! ;D
    Lisa Farhana recently posted…2013 Top Reads

    • Wendy Darling

      Happy new year, Lisa! I’m glad some of our favorite books overlapped with yours. You’re being so cryptic though, so I’m glad there’s a direct link to your post so I can check out your list.

  32. Thomas

    So many fabulous books, I need to read more of everyone’s reviews here! Siege and Storm seems like an all-around favorite, so I’ll try to get on that series soon. Hope you all have a wonderful new year. (:
    Thomas recently posted…Find Time to Read? No, Make Time

    • Wendy Darling

      Thomas!! <3 <3 <3 I miss seeing you around, but I know you are off doing wonderful things at college. I'd love to hear what you think of the Grisha trilogy--for some reason I kept putting SHADOW AND BONE off when it first came out, but I am a die-hard fan now. But I warn you...Sturmhond is MINE.

      Happy new year, dear Thomas.

  33. bethany

    my TO READ list just got quite a bit lengthier… and am seriously considering the importance of sleep vs. getting in one more really good book for 2013… (SEA OF TRANQUILITY, anyone?)
    bethany recently posted…What I’m Reading

    • Wendy Darling

      I love that you stayed up until 5 am to read our list, hah. That is dedication! And yes, definitely read SOT. I think that and S&S are the only ones all four of us read and enjoyed.

      • bethany

        Yes indeed! TBH I almost slept at 4:30 and thought, “what’s another 30 minutes?”

        Will def read SoT and am pretty dang confident I’ll love it, given it got a 4way stamp of approval.

        Happy new year!
        bethany recently posted…What I’m Reading

        • Wendy Darling

          Hee, 4 way approval! That and SIEGE AND STORM are certified as such this year. Though I feel like DREAM THIEVES might’ve made it too, if Tonya and K had had a chance to get to them.