Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far In 2013

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme of The Broke and the Bookish
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme of The Broke and the Bookish

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Catching up! It’s still Tuesday in some parts of the world, right? πŸ˜‰

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is something that I really want to do (I skipped some topics because they’re just too difficult or uninteresting, hee). At the beginning of the year, I set a goal of 30 books, and so far I’ve already read 27 that Goodreads has been prompting me to increase my goal, haha! Ah, but I’ll stick to that goal. Who knows I might experience a slump later in the year especially after I give birth. πŸ˜€

So, as of yet, here are the Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far In 2013, in no particular order, and some links to my thoughts about the book:

  1. Vaclav & Lena by Haley Tanner. A wonderful book about magic and friendship and love.
  2. This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen. Ahh, lovely lovely book. Dexter is adorably funny!
  3. A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly. Such lovely prose. Makes you fall in love with words and writing.
  4. The Sense of An Ending by Julian Barnes. My first Barnes, and I loved it even if I wasn’t able to make much sense of the ending. Hee. πŸ˜€
  5. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. Squee! I have found my ultimate bookish crush here! β™₯
  6. Hunger by Knut Hamsun. Finally, a classic that I truly loved. Such misery! Such despair!
  7. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson. Deeply melancholic but insightful, this is one beautiful book which you will want to read again and again. I will definitely read this again when I have the time.
  8. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke. A chunkster which does not actually feel like one. Magic, fairies, enchantment, friendship, love. I still have to find time to write my thoughts on this one, though.
  9. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. It’s been a while since I’ve read a thriller, and this one delivered. How well do we really know our spouse? I’m readying myself to read another Gillian Flynn book sometime soon.
  10. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. A lovely book about books, book clubs, and letters. The characters, especially Julie, are easily to fall in love with.

Runners-up:

  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon. Comics, superheroes, and war.
  • Queen of the Clueless by Mina V. Esguerra. The much-awaited sequel to Interim Goddess of Love. Filipino folklore, anyone?
  • Flipped by Wendelin van Draanen. A cute coming-of-age story about Juli and Bryce. And I just love the minimalist cover.

That’s only for the first half of the year. I’m totally looking forward to reading more awesome reads before the year ends. πŸ™‚

3 thoughts on “Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far In 2013

  1. Yay, your list is up! Haha. 2,3,8,9 and Kav & Clay are all awesome! And Vaclav and Lena looks mighty interesting. Even the name Vaclav sounds pretty cool. πŸ™‚ And is Gilead the heavy (depressing) sort of sad?

    1. Vaclav & Lena has mixed reviews, but I personally liked it. You might like it too considering that you like books about magic. πŸ˜‰

      Gilead is not depressing. It’s actually very insightful, making you heave deep sighs of contentment after you’re done. You must savor every page, though, and not hurry along, to better appreciate the book. πŸ™‚

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