Blackout by Mira Grant is by far MY FAVORITE BOOK OF THE YEAR! I've adored this zombie trilogy from the very beginning with Feed so it was almost a given that Blackout would make this list. Almost, because there was that possibility that the book could have fallen short for me (and thankfully it didn't). I reread both Feed and Deadline before moving on to Blackout which made my reading experience even better. I just cannot even convey how much I loved all of these books (but it does explain my love for The Walking Dead)! I'm just sad that it is all over now. Thank you Mira Grant for pushing the boundaries with each of these books and for making me love these characters. BEST ZOMBIE BOOKS EVER!
Nightfall by Ellen Connor was one of those books that sucked me in and then just wouldn't let me go. Out of all of the romances I read this year (and I feel like I read a lot) this one was definitely the best. And the funny thing is that there were times when I was completely frustrated with the book/main characters but in the end I just could not get enough. Considering that I read this one pretty early on in the year and it has still stuck with me says a lot! I cannot wait to read the next book in this trilogy and will definitely be doing just that in 2014!
The Tale of Halcyon Crane by Wendy Webb wins the prize for me kicking myself for waiting so long to read it! I have had this book on my TBR list for years, and I am so glad that I finally took the time to read it. A creepy house, ghostly encounters, and all kinds of other gothic elements made this one a surefire winner in my book. It left me very anxious to read more by this author and thankfully I have two other of her books to look forward to. Webb is yet another author that I found this year that will go on my automatically to be read list.
Joyland by Stephen King was my last read of 2013 but one of the best. It also wins the award for best cover because seriously, how can you not love it? I haven't taken the time to read (and finish) a book by King in years and this one showed me that I've been missing out. I loved the carny feel to this book, and King is AMAZING when it comes to really making the reader feel like they are in the pages of the story. 2014 will be a year with me reading more by King!
Lost by S.J. Bolton was a book that took my high expectations and shattered them! I love how each book in this series seems to get better and better! And I just cannot imagine how Bolton is going to top this one. This was yet another book that I couldn't put down and kept trying to read as fast as I could. I just cannot wait for the next book in this series to release! 2014 shall be an amazing year in books! And Bolton gets added as one of my very favorite authors! I love her books!
Full Blooded by Amanda Carlson is hands down my favorite urban fantasy read for the year. And oh my goodness but that ending...I cannot believe that I've held off on reading the second book. I definitely won't be resisting in 2014! This one was action packed and tense with a potential romance that knocked my socks off. I NEED to see what is going to happen next! This is definitely an author that I will be reading more of!
Stranger in the Room by Amanda Kyle Williams makes this the second time this author has graced my best of lists. This is the follow up to The Stranger You Seek which easily made my best of 2013 list. This one was even better! I couldn't get enough of this book and stayed up way too late reading. I'm sensing a trend of authors here where I will basically read anything that they write (and this author is definitely on that list!). I cannot recommend this series highly enough!
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn wins the award for most unlikeable characters while STILL being one of those books that you just cannot put down! (I seem to be on a random awards kick this year, don't I?) I'm not sure how Flynn does it but she writes some of the most compelling books even when you don't want to actually be reading them. As much as I hated the characters I loved the book and this one easily made my top reads of 2013 list. I will continue to adore this author even if I cringe when thinking about what she comes up with next.
The House Next Door by Anne Rivers Siddons takes the final spot on my top ten reads for 2013. This book was easily the creepiest one that I read this year without being over the top. Instead I found myself immersed within the pages even knowing that there might not be a happy ending. I cannot wait to find out what else this author has written. Thank goodness that I snatched this one up on a visit to my local used bookstore. I loved this one and highly recommend it!
Honorable mentions this year go to a variety of other books that should have/could have made this list including:
Sleigh Bells in the Snow by Sarah Morgan (so cute!)
How To Be a Good Wife by Emma Chapman (a great debut from this new author)
Bronze Gods by A.A. Aguirre (fantastic series debut)
The Black Dudley Murder by Margery Allingham (I loved this one too!)and so many more!
I didn't even bother including books that I've already read and reread this year because I just couldn't. I cannot wait to see what 2014 will be like! I can tell you that I've got lots of reading plans and goals...maybe I should get to working on that post :) If you feel like sharing then tell me which book is your favorite read of 2013. I'm working my library holds list like crazy thanks to this time of year. And I can always use a few more recommendations!
I hope that you all have a wonderful New Year and a FANTASTIC reading year in 2014! Thank you for taking the time to visit me here, to comment, or to just share in my love of books. I can't tell you guys enough how much I love the friendships that I have made thanks to blogging :)