It’s time for my annual “Keepers and Stinkers” list! I’ve been a bookworm for as long as I can remember and I’ll admit that a Kindle was probably one of the best gifts I’ve ever been given because it makes getting a new book so easy(a Kindle is just one of the amazing prizes you can win in the Comforts of Home giveaway!).
Each year, I share with you the best(and worst) books that I read that year. Books were not necessarily published in that year, but are listed by when I read them. See other years’ lists for more ideas for your to-read lists:
- Keepers and Stinkers 2009
- Best and Worst Books 2010
- More Keepers and Stinkers 2011
- Best and Worst Reads 2012
For the most part, I look at books as entertainment. I want to be swept along by a story. I don’t look for great literature, but an enjoyable read. Romance, the occasional suspense, and lots of YA lit are my go-to’s. If your tastes are like mine, here are some books for you to read and to avoid.
Keepers of 2013
Books making me impatient for the sequels:
The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater: Blue’s family has powers and she’s been warned her whole life that she’ll cause her true love to die. When she sees that one of the Aglionby boys will die within the next year and gets caught up in their world, she knows it could have deathly consequences. There are two more books coming out in this series.
The Selection and The Elite by Kiera Cass: Combine a futuristic dystopian society with The Bachelor(only with much more interesting characters than the reality show) and you have this series. The final book comes out in the spring.
Gameboard of the Gods (Age of X #1) by Richelle Mead: This is not a story that is clearly laid out for the reader. You have to keep going to figure out what is going on(so I won’t ruin it for you).
Read them before they’re out in theaters:
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: A heartbreaking and thoughtful book. Smart humor mixed with an underlying knowledge that it can’t possibly end well for the main characters, who meet at a kids’ cancer support group.
Significance by Shelly Crane: While this takes the idea of “imprinting” that we’ve heard elsewhere, there are thankfully no vampires or werewolves to be seen.
Series Worth Reading:
Divergent trilogy by Veronia Roth: I read books 1 & 2 previously. Divergent completely sucked me in. I’ll admit that the second didn’t do quite as much for me and I have extremely mixed feelings about the final book in the trilogy, but it’s still worth a read, especially before the movie comes out in March 2014.
Breathing trilogy by Rebecca Donovan: The first book is the most powerful- it’s a story of abuse that was so heartbreaking and anxiety-inducing that I could not put it down and read it straight through into the night. The other two lose a little bit of this power, but it’s still an amazing series.
Starcrossed trilogy by Josephine Angelini: The first two books were on my keepers lists in previous years and the final book was a fitting ending to the trilogy. If you love mythology, this tale set in modern times is for you.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and The Storyteller by Jodi Piccoult: Both set during the Holocaust, though completely different tales. Couldn’t put either down. Tissues required.
Romances that made me smile:
The Fortune Quilt by Lani Diane Rich: “Accept the book with the amber spine. Return the frog. Take the cab. What the hell kind of advice is that?”
The Swimmer’s Assistant by Amber Myers: I’ve read Amber’s blog for years and her witty style carried right over into this fun book.
Stinkers of 2013
These were either too silly or boring or just not my taste and I wouldn’t recommend them.
Fallen by Lauren Kate, The Accidental Honeymoon by Alice Toby, Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer, Timeless by Pamela Diane King, The Bull Years by Phil Stern, and To Kill an Armchair Husband by Terri Weeding.
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