Monday, December 30, 2013

Best Books I Read in 2013...

For 2013, I set a goal to read 113 books. I did it! 

When I shared my achievement on Facebook, I had many friends asking for my top ten. I'm not sure how to come up with this list. There are so many different kinds of books...

My list isn't a top ten. I've divided my list into genres and listed my top...3, 5, 7...(I can't narrow it down anymore, I'm sorry!) 

Here are my lists:

Young Adult Fiction

      1.  Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the    Universe, Benjamin Alire Saenz
2.  The Fault in Our Stars (audiobook read by the author), John Green
3. Eleanor & ParkRainbow Rowell
4. Last Night I Sang to the MonsterBenjamin Alire Saenz
5. Winger, Andrew Smith

Middle Grade Fiction

1   1.    Hold FastBlue Balliett
2.     Almost Home, Joan Bauer
3.     False PrinceJennifer Nielsen
4.     Runaway King, Jennifer Nielsen
5.     Counting by SevensHolly Goldberg Sloan
6.     Hattie Big SkyKirby Larson
7.     A Monster Calls, Patrick Neff

Adult Fiction

1   1. Me Before You, Jojo Moyes
2.  A Simple Thing, Kathleen McCleary
3.  The Supreme Macaroni Company, Adriana Trigiani

Nonfiction Adult

1    1.  Still WritingDani Shapiro
2.  The Reason I JumpNaoki Higashida & KA Yoshida
3.  Falling in Love with Close Reading, Kate Roberts & Chris Lehman
4.  Energize Research Reading & WritingChris Lehman
5.  Let’s Pretend this Never Happened, Jenny Lawson

Picture Books

    1.     Day the Crayons Quit, Drew Daywalt
  2.     Exclamation Point, Any Krouse Rosenthal
  3.     Carnivores, Aaron Reynolds & Dan Santat
  4.     Crankee Doodle, Tom Angleberger
  5.     Chloe & the Lion, Mac Barnett & Adam Rex
  6.     Little Red Writing, Joan Houlb & Melissa Sweet
  7.     Battle Bunny, Jon Scieszka & Mac Barnett
  8.     I’m a Frog!, Mo Willems

  As 2014 begins, I already have books lined up to start the year: 

Books to start 2014:

Book Thief, Markus Zusak
Reading in the Wild, Donalyn Miller
Real Boy, Anne Ursu
Reality Boy, A.S. King
The Giver, Lois Lowry


  1. Fun! Of course, I'm not quite done for the year, yet...but here is my best of:

    Best Picture Book: Battle Bunny, Scieszka (my kindergartener's favorite: Room on the Broom)

    Best Middle Grade: Far North, Will Hobbs (an old one, but new to me!)

    Best YA: The Fifth Wave, Rick Yancey

    Best Graphic Novel: March, Book One, Lewis and Aydin

    Best Nonfiction: The Trouble with Boys, Peg Tyre

    Best Speculative Fiction for Adults: The Lies of Locke Lamora, Scott Lynch

    Best Mystery for Adults: Until Thy Wrath Be Past, Asa Larsson

    I'm going to crosspost this on Facebook...hope others add their favorites so I can get some more suggestions for the coming year!

  2. My two favorite books this year were Divergent and Under the Overpass. Under the Overpass is a story about two college guys who decided to become homeless for 5 months and wrote about their experience. Pretty interesting!


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