A Year in Books

I need to be editing my manuscript right now, so of course, I am here sharing with you some of my favorite books and authors of 2013 (and life). I have linked my Goodreads account over in the “Fun Stuff” section of this website, but I also wanted to highlight some authors who inspire me and keep me reading their stuff. I hadn’t intended to make a whole blog post about this, but once I got the ball rolling on books, I couldn’t stop, and who doesn't want to learn about fantastic books?

In no particular order, here goes.

Cuckoos Calling by Robert Galbraith: Great pulp noir type read. Of course I knew who the writer was when I sought it out, but I would have enjoyed it regardless. I enjoy the relationship between Cormoran Strike and Robin, his woud-be temporary assistant, so much that I hope there is a lot more to come from this series.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt: I read this in an attempt to class myself up a bit and heard that this book won numerous awards, I think my review accurately conveys my thoughts.

Eleanor and Park, by Rainbow Rowell: Sigh… this book spoke to me. It is so rare for me to find a book that really makes me feel the way this one did. It was not another sappy teenage love story. I think John Greene’s review for the New York Times does it more justice than I can. I adore Rainbow Rowell and aspire to create the way she does. I have read Fangirl and enjoyed it as well, and plan on reading Attachments asap, as well as anything she writes ever. Even on twitter.

Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead: I keep saying "no more teen vampire books" and they just keep pulling me back in. Truthfully, this series is fun and sexy and not at all like other books that shall not be named. I know they all say that, but I have been pleasantly surprised with this series and just keep reading, so that must mean something.

The Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning: I stumbled upon the first of this series scrolling through the library and decided to give it a shot. While the first book reads like so many in the Urban Fantasy genre, it doesn’t take long to realize the heroine matures into so much more. Such a fun series and I am looking forward to the seventh book in the series, Burned, that releases this year. I was afraid I wouldn't love the changes that started at the last book (trying really hard not to give out spoilers here) but I was so wrong. Such fun, along with her Highlander Series romances. You can not go wrong with Moning for a little fun.

The Black Dagger Brotherhood Series by J.R. Ward: I devoured this series in a few short months. These books are so fun to read and Ward has a way of making each one unique in it’s own way so you do feel like you are reading formulaic romances. If you haven't read this series....well maybe it's just not for you, but DAMN it is so fun. The newest book, The King, number 12 in the series, comes out this year and I cannot wait.

Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris: Charlaine Harris is my idol. The Sookie series, finished up in 2013 with Dead Ever After, book 13. A lot of long time fans had their complaints, but I absolutely adored this series from beginning to end. I cannot imagine the amount of skill it takes to continue to keep one character’s life interesting for that many books. She is the writer I think of when people ask, "who inspires you?" I have read all her series, but Sookie is my favorite thus far.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn: So technically I read this book in 2012, but I read her other two novels Sharp Objects and Dark Places in 2013, and I even blogged about her. Flynn is a brilliant writer. All her novels leave you feeling ... well, they leave you feeling something and isn’t that the point?  Not the fun stuff I tend to read, but all the more inspiring.

Tenth of December by George Saunders: Saunders is another one of my go to “favorite authors.” I first read him in college and it was love at first read. He is brilliant and his satire and essays truly inspire me to endeavor for more than just fluff. I am currently reading this, his newest, critically acclaimed book, but own his entire catalog. I highly recommend Saunders for anybody that reads.

Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris: Along with Harris and Saunders, Sedaris is in the "favorite author" category. All his essays are hilarious and if you haven’t listened to him read his own stuff, go now. I’ll wait here. I haven’t cracked into this book yet, though I do own it, along with his entire catalog, but only because I’m afraid it will be over too fast.

 

Okay I didn’t mean to go on so long and I’m still afraid that I missed something, but that’s what Goodreads is for. I’ll keep posting the best!