Every 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?
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:
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:
Heirs and Graces by Rhys Bowen, narrated by Katherine Kellgren (this is book 7 in the lovely Her Royal Spyness series)
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.
Wendy’s Favorite 2013 Books
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.
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, Wildlife, Black Helicopters, Prodigy, The New Hunger, The Fifth Wave, And All the Stars, Unfed
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!