Top Ten Books I Read in 2013

Top Ten Books I Read in 2013

This is a little late, but better late than never! I wanted to share with you my top ten books for 2013. This weekly meme is hosted by The Broke and Bookish—check out their wonderful blog if you haven’t yet. I have already written reviews for a handful of these books—they are a mixture of YA, children’s, and adult. These books are fabulous and I have high hopes for new discoveries in 2014.

All Our Yesterdays
by Cristin Terrill yesterdays

I had been highly anticipating this time-travel YA novel, and got it the day it came out. Review here. A fun and exciting read!

 The Girl of Fire and Thorns
by Rae Carson

rae carson

You may have read my recent review of this amazing first installment in a trilogy. Love this fantasy.

 The Meaning of Night: A Confession
by Michael Cox


If you like Charles Dickens or Wilkie Collins, this mystery will be the perfect read. A wonderful page turner and there is a sequel.

Citadel: A Novel (Languedoc Trilogy)
by Kate Mosse index

I read this while I was traveling this past summer, and finished it while on holiday for one month in Israel. Love historical fiction and love Kate Mosse’s other books.

 The Map of Time: A Novel
by Felix J. Palma

The Map of Time UK Another fun time travel read that also has a sequel!

Divergent (Divergent Series)
by Veronica Roth


I didn’t start Roth’s trilogy until this past year and I was definitely sucked in. I think the fantasy contains multiple spiritual aspects that make for great discussion.

The One and Only Ivan
by Katherine Applegate

9780061992254_p0_v4_s260x420 Read this animal fantasy on my own, and then used it as a read-aloud in with my 8th graders. Surprisingly, they loved it!

by Lois Lowry


The conclusion to Lowry’s Giver series was stunning. I won’t say anything more.

The Friendship Doll
by Kirby Larson

friendship-doll See my review of this luminous toy fantasy!

The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child
by Donalyn Miller

book whisperer

One of my favorite nonfiction reads of all times, perhaps, this book is a must read for all parents and teachers!

Happy Reading for 2014 and hope you pick up some of these titles, if you have not read them already!


2 thoughts on “Top Ten Books I Read in 2013

  1. I love The Book Whisperer so much! (And her new book, Reading in the Wild, just as much, I think.) I added One & Only Ivan to my syllabus for Children’s Lit this spring. I am so glad it went over well with your 8th graders! It’s really a book that can appeal to all ages, I think. Several of the books on your list are new to me–off to add to Good Reads!

    • I am really excited about reading her new book, Reading in the Wild! I agree about how Ivan can appeal to all ages. You will have to keep me updated on how it works out using that book in your children’s lit class. I’m actually working on my syllabus for spring at the moment too! So glad you found some new titles to add! 🙂

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