So. I got jealous of everyone’s end of year books lists and got inspired to do my own. The rules are a little fast and loose over here. These are books I personally read in 2013, which does not mean they are actually 2013 releases, although a lot of them are. But this is about my year of reading and what stuck with me. Also, these are books that moved me. This doesn’t mean they’re my all time number ones reads, so I try to note why the book made the list. Sometimes I’m impressed with something in particular that an author nailed, sometimes I’m in love with the book itself, often it’s a combination of the two. These books aren’t for everyone. I included YA, MG and adult on this list, although only realistic fiction since I read almost exclusively realistic fiction, and usually of the darker variety.
In the case of this list, these are authors I’m not friends with. Of course my very favorite books are by some of my very favorite author friends– Caela Carter’s ME, HIM, THEM, and IT; Jess Verdi’s MY LIFE AFTER NOW; Alison Cherry’s RED; Lindsay Ribar’s THE ART OF WISHING; Mindy Raf’s THE SYMPTOMS OF MY INSANITY and KRISTEN KITTSCHER’s THE WIG IN THE WINDOW to name a few. Those are all fabulous books, but for the purpose of this list, I chose not to gush about my talented friends. 🙂 [Read more…]