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Best Books of 2013

Want to know what my favourite reads have been this year? Look no further than the list below. I have read some amazing (and some not so amazing!) books this year, but these ones are the cream of the crop. What have been your best books of 2013?

1. The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker  - REVIEW

Out and out my favourite book of the year! It's the one I've been recommending over and over again to anyone who will listen. It's a little bit sci-fi, it's a little bit deep and philosophical, it's a little bit coming-of-age, it's a little bit sweet and at the same time a little bit deadly! The writing was superb, the characters were adorable and I wouldn't hesitate to drop it onto a desert island book list!
Seriously guys, grab a copy.

2. Bellman and Black by Diane Setterfield - REVIEW

This was probably my most highly anticipated book of the year and it did not disappoint. It was so atmospheric and spooky, and a worthy follow-up to Setterfield's debut, The Thirteenth Tale. Not quite an all-out ghost story in the traditional sense, it still had a good haunting and lavish gothic influences. I know a second reading will have me enjoying the book even more!

3. The Boy Who Could See Demons by Carolyn Jess-Cooke - REVIEW

OK, so I may not have loved the ending of this book (putting it mildly!) but every step of the journey towards it was excellent. I loved the sense of mystery, the modern and often-unexplored setting, the characters... all of it was utterly great.

4. The Language of Dying by Sarah Pinborough - REVIEW

Just making it into the 2013 list by a hair (as it is released on the 5th of December)! This short story had me remembering just why I love reading so much. Beautiful prose, tense atmosphere, interesting and dark characters, a little bit of the impossible... Perfect :)

5. Allegiant by Veronica Roth - REVIEW

I actually read the entire Divergent series in 2013, but I think Allegiant was the only one released this year. I had highly anticipated the ending to Tris and Four's story and although some readers were left feeling betrayed(!) I absolutely loved the conclusion. I thought it stayed true to the characters, and delivered the endings they had kind of always been destined for.

6. The Panopticon by Jenni Fagan - REVIEW

It took me a little while to get into the swing of this book, but once I did I was rewarded greatly. It is quite a brutal book in many ways, but it was also fragile, honest and beautiful. If you come away with anything other than love for the main character Anais, I would be seriously surprised!

7. The Humans by Matt Haig - REVIEW

This was probably my most unexpected top ten book of the year, as I wasn't much of a fan of Haig's previous book, The Radleys. The Humans, however, is a complete departure from everything I felt towards the previous book. It is unique, touching, philosophical and, maybe just a little bit... genious ;) It's aliens, but it isn't really an alien story.

8 & 9 Angelfall by Susan Ee and The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. (REVIEWS COMING SOON)

Ok, so I haven't actually finished these books yet, but some life stuff has cropped up which means I may not reach the final pages before the end of the year. The fact is, I'm enjoying both of these books SO MUCH, I really feel they need to be on this list! I'm putting my faith in the fact these books have good endings, so I hope they prove me right!

What were your favourite books of the year?!


  1. Claireabellemakes12 December 2013 at 15:22

    I have to confess, the only books I read all year were Stargirl (thank you), 2 migraine books and a Pinterest marketing book. I have just downloaded The Bone Season for my tablet as I've heard it's a good one! That will be my Christmas read I think! x

  2. I've seen sooo many good reviews for The Bone Season! I have it myself but will probably get round to it in the New Year. Would love to know what you think of it when you do read it :) x

  3. Claireabellemakes12 December 2013 at 15:55

    It is actually our book for my Migraine Book Club as the author is a sufferer too. We are having an event with her to discuss it in context of our book club :-) I'll let you know what I think as it's not my usual genre!