11 January 2014

Best Of 2013 - Books


As far as reading goes, I didn't have the best year. I lost count near the end but I think I read about 20 books, many of which I didn't enjoy all that much. There were, however, a few stand-out books that have easily made it into my all-time favourites, which I'm going to share with you lovely people. ^_^ These are in a rough order going from 5th favourite to my 1st favourite, but number 1 and 2 are equal favourites. I should also mention that these aren't my favourite 2013 releases; they're the top 5 books that I read for the first time in 2013. If you want to see a list of all the books I read in 2013, you can see them on my Goodreads - here

5. Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
This was one of my most highly anticipated reads of the year as it had been on my book wishlist for several months before I got it in July. I remember when it came in the post and now happy I was when I saw the cover....it really is a beautiful book. It went with me to the Highlands when I went on holiday and I got it read in the first few days. It didn't actually meet my insanely high expectations, but I still really enjoyed it. Daniel Handler has a very unique writing style because he really doesn't rely on characterisation. You get to know the characters very subtly and gradually throughout the book, but I still didn't feel like I knew them all that well by the end. Normally this would annoy me but, for some reason, I liked that kind of mystery in this book. My favourite thing about Why We Broke Up is actually is the design, which is just flawless.

4. Nothing by Janne Teller
This was my last read of 2013 as well as being my last book purchase of the year. I bought it on the 27th and finished it on the 30th. I'd never heard of Nothing or Janne Teller but the cover and reviews caught my attention in Waterstones. It was described as being bold and terrifying, and I'm happy to say that it was both. It's not terrifying as being jumpy or a horror, it's more subtle and it's the whole concept that makes it scary. Nothing made me realise just how destructive peer-pressure and that whole mob-mentality can be, and was a really chilling read.

3. The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks
Ohh I love this book. I read this on recommendation but I was slightly reluctant because it's really not the kind of thing I would normally read. I'm a fan of lighter novels, and The Wasp Factory is anything but light. It's impeccably written, the characters are built up fantastically and it is absolutely horrific. I won't give any spoilers, but I found myself literally gasping as I read parts and I cried multiple times.... I love books that makes me physically respond and leave a real impact, and The Wasp Factory definitely does. I really wouldn't recommend reading this if you are upset easily or are under the 16-ish age bracket.

2. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins 
I got this book for Christmas and had it finished by the 27th...Needless to say, I absolutely loved it. I think it may actually be one of my all-time favourite books and maybe even my favourite book in that genre. It's too late because the photos are taken but I might actually like it more than Eleanor and Park. Stephanie Perkins is an amazing author: she has real flair, a unique writing style and a serious talent for building characters and setting. Anna and the French Kiss is set in Paris and you're really aware of at as you read it. The setting was so vivid and realistic. My favourite thing about it was easily the characters, though. Can I just marry St Clair, please?

1. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
This was another highly anticipated read for me but, unlike Why We Broke Up, I wasn't at all let down. I read this in two days in August when I was ill and it took my mind off of feeling sick as I was completely sucked in. You get so invested in the character's lives and relationships; I felt like I was their friend, sitting behind them on the school bus and witnessing their lives unfold, so when something happened, I felt like I was part of it. This is such a funny, heart-warming and emotional book and I just know that I'll be re-reading it in the future. 

Have you read any of these? If you have, tell me what you thought! What were your favourite reads from 2013?
Lots of love, Cat
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14 comments:

  1. I read Eleanor & Park over christmas and I loved it too! I really want to read Anna & The French Kiss but I have so many books on my shelf to read already! I think I will read it soon though :) Lovely post x

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    1. Anna & The French Kiss is unbelievably good! I wanted to re-read it as soon as I had finished it....:'D xx

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  2. Like Helena I read Eleanor & Park during the Christmas Holidays and was left in shock at how brilliant it was. Rainbow Rowell is amazing! Why We Broke Up sounds great.
    I just won Anna & the French Kiss in a goodreads giveaway on Friday so I can't wait to read that :)
    Holly xx

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    1. Anna and the French Kiss is amazing; I think you'll really like it! xx

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  3. I just read Anna and the French Kiss and Eleanor and Park and loved them BOTH! I was thinking of buying Why We Broke Up, mainly because of the illustrations - I'm a bit confused as to whether you liked it or not..you said it was really good and stayed with you, but then with the Eleanor and Park review, you said it disappointed you! I don't know what to do! Do I buy it now?!

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    1. In my opinion, the best part of Why We Broke Up is the illustrations. It did let me down slightly because I had very high expectations for it. Despite this, I did still enjoy it and would recommend it. ^_^ Sorry for the confusion! xx

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  4. I've heard about Eleanor and Park, in a magazine I read that it was the must have read for Summer.
    Out of curiosity have you read the Pretty Little Liars series?

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    1. I've read the first PLL book and I did enjoy it but I felt that it was quite poorly written... I might read the others in the future. :) xx

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  5. I have been wanting to read something - ANYTHING - by Rainbow Rowell for such a long time now! I'm so glad you enjoyed. I just ordered 'Anna and the French Kiss' so, I'm now super-glad I did.

    Hope 2014 is filled with as good books!

    -Sophie :)
    http://a-day-dreamers-world.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Anna and the French Kiss is wonderful; I think you'll like it! ^_^ xx

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  6. I want to read them all now! Specially 'Anna and the French Kiss' and 'Eleanor and Park'.

    Monica x
    The Total Opposite

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    1. They're amazing! You should definitely give them a go. :D xx

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  7. I just read Anna & The French Kiss - omg it's amazing. I'm already re-reading parts of it! I was slightly disappointed with Eleanor & Park. I mean it was good just not... special. The cover is pretty though!

    xxx

    niamhsdream.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I was tempted to re-read Anna & The French Kiss as soon as I'd finished it; it really is amazing! It's a shame that you weren't as keen on Eleanor & Park, though. xx

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