I decided this event would be really cool to join. I like lists and I like seeing other people's lists! Also, it's nice to take part in at least one end-of-year event, right?
This event is hosted by Two Chicks on Books, Magical Urban Fantasy, and Fiktshun. Thank you for hosting. :)
Today's topic is . . .
Best Books I've Read in 2013 (Doesn't have to be released in 2013, just a book you've read in 2013)
MY TOP NINE BOOKS OF THE YEAR
From right to left, this is pretty much the order of my favorite books of the year (with The Kite Runner being my second favorite and Sweet Evil being my tenth). It was actually pretty easy to come up with this list, which is . . . odd.
Each of these books is fantastic in its own way. It's a mixture of some amazing romances, some beautiful, tearjerking storylines, and just plain awesomeness. I won't explain why I put each one on the list, but you can read my reviews of some of them:
MY FAVORITE BOOK OF THE YEAR
It was remarkably easy to pick my number one book of the year. It was the third book I finished and, now that I think of it, maybe the first full book I read this year. I never got around to posting a review of it online, and I didn't realize it was my favorite until recently. While I was going through the books I read this year to pick out favorites, though, this one stood out as the obvious best—partly because I have a memory attached to it.
Have you ever watched a part of a movie where everything going scarily silent and you know—you just know—that some loud noise or some sudden movement is coming? You know it will startle you really badly and, although you are expecting it, you still jump anyway?
Well, something like that happened in this book. I was reading and suddenly, my eyes latched on to a short sentence in a book where there was a sudden, loud noise, and I actually jumped—it was like I had heard it happening. It was just so vivid and unexpected . . . and it's one of the most memorable reactions I've ever had to a book. I can't remember any other book scene startling as much a moment in a movie. Ever.
Partly because of that memory and mostly because it's an amazing book, Hopeless by Colleen Hoover is my obvious favorite book of the year!