2013 has been a wonderful reading and blogging year again, so firstly, a huge ‘thank you’ to all the readers, authors and publishers who I’ve had so much fun discussing books with this year – it has been my best blogging year yet.
This year through blogging and reading I made an advert, met one of my all time favourite authors (the absolutely lovely Maggie O’Farrell), became part of the Romance Revolution and was quoted on a book for the first time! I read 113 books, novellas and short stories – according to Goodreads that’s 28,376 wonderful pages! It’s the most I’ve ever read in a single year. On top of that I published 279 blog posts.
As ever when I come to picking my favourite books of the year, I had trouble narrowing the list down so this year I have chosen 13 for ’13, listed in the order I read them. Do let me know what your favourites were.
Published by Simon and Schuster in January
Beautifully written, poignant and heart-breaking – a wonderful second novel from Ali Harris.
Published by Tinder Press in February
Tinder’s debut title and another huge hit for Maggie O’Farrell – her books just get better and better!
Published in February by Allison & Busby
This was the first book I read by Kate Forsyth and the combination of history, fairytale and romance blew me away. Kate’s second release of the year, The Wild Girl was also brilliant and highly recommended.
Published by Harper in April
2013 has been the year that New Adult really took off and I’ve loved reading this new genre with Wait for You being my favourite New Adult title of 2013.
Published by Arrow in May
Gill Paul turns her attentions to 1960s Rome and the Taylor/Burton affair on the set of Cleopatra. I loved the glamour and behind the scenes detail of this novel.
Published by Bloomsbury in June
My absolute favourite book of the year – I can’t recommend it highly enough!
Published by Harper in May
A brilliantly gripping debut from Lucy Clarke – I couldn’t put it down.
Published by Arrow in August
An excellent life-affirming debut.
Published by Harper Collins Children’s Books in September
This and the original Geek Girl (published in February) are credited with making me laugh the most this year. My favourite young adult book of 2013.
Published by Penguin in September
I’ve been a fan of Jane Green for many years and this book reminded me just how good she is at writing believable characters and complex relationships.
The Lost Boys by Lilian Carmine
Published in October by Ebury
I haven’t had chance to review this yet but it’s my favourite paranormal of 2013
Published by Quercus in November
A beautifully told story of love, loss and adventure.
Love, Nina by Nina Stibbe
Published by Penguin in November
The first time a non-fiction book has appeared in my end of year round up. The book that made me crave Toffos – a funny, sweet, brilliant, nostaligic read.
As I wish you all a happy New Year tonight I have only one book related resolution for 2014; to keep enjoying both reading and blogging. I’ll admit that there have been times this year when blogging and reading have felt more like a second full time job than my amazing hobby and I’ve felt quite stressed about what I have or haven’t read and posted. So 2014 is all about going back to basics for me and reading and blogging for the love of it and I hope you’ll all be there with me to share a love of both!
Happy New Year!!