This week's topic from The Broke and The Bookish is the Top Ten Books You've Read in 2013 So Far.
Oh goodness, this is a tough one for two main reasons! A) I've loved so many of them and B) You're gonna know exactly which ones I've picked before you even scroll down through them. Because, really? I cannot shut up about some of these books! Oh well, here we go anyways!
1. Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy #2) by Deborah Harkness - My (potentially) favorite author a) writes the books I wish I had written, and b) studies & teaches at a university level exactly what I want to study & teach at a university level. That aside, though, this book and the series it's a part of is amazing. If haven't convinced you by now to read it, I'm not sure what more I can do.
2. Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close - This book, as I have said many times, is my life written down on paper and sold to the world. Close perfectly captures the life of a twenty-something.
3. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn - I have never had a book screw with my brain this much. I loved and hated all of the characters. I could not put it down even when I was severely pissed off at all the characters. I needed to know what was going to happen. And Flynn kept me guessing and jaw-dropping at every other page. Bravo.
4. Life of Pi by Yann Martel - Such a beautifully written book that can be understood on so many different levels. From a pure and exciting story to a deeply philosophical one - this book was just wonderful. A pleasure to read.
5. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee - I know, I know. I can't believe I just read this book for the first time this year. But I loved it and was so moved by the story. I think I got it and appreciated it more as an adult than I would have back in High School. It's a classic for a reason.
6. Looking for Alaska by John Green - My first foray into the writings of John Green was not a disappointment. Green seems to have a knack for writing about people so well. All of the characters in this novel acted, sounded, and felt like they could just walk out of the book and into my life for real. That, in itself, is impressive.
7. Divergent (Divergent #1) by Veronica Roth - I couldn't help but be swept away by this book. People told me that once you hit a certain spot you wouldn't be able to put it down - and they were totally right. I cannot wait to read more!
8. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher - It takes a talented author to take a topic like teenage suicide and make it a) not clichéd b) moving without being corny and c) a good read. I cannot praise this book enough.
9. Reached (Matched #3) by Ally Condie - After really, really not liking Crossed at all I was apprehensive about finishing this series. I was impressed by what Condie was able to do with this book, thankful for the multiple perspectives, and pleased with how it ended.
10. The Mark of Athena (Heros of Olympus #3) by Rick Riordan - I CANNOT WAIT FOR HOUSE OF HADES. Holy cliffhanger, Batman!
What about you? What are the best books you've read so far this year? What books of yours should I add to my 2013 TBR?