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I must confess, I feel a little underwhelmed this year.
I didn't read as much as I had in 2012. I fell short of my Goodreads Reading Challenge goal by 29 books (71/100 books). My reviews and posts were sporadic and off schedule. I guess real life got in the way.
Nevertheless, just scrolling through the list of books I did read in 2013 brought back a lot of memories: from characters that popped out of the page, the most intense book moments ever to real-life events intimately tied to the book I was reading at that time. I had a really hard time narrowing it down to the
THE BEST TEN BOOKS I READ IN 2013
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell [REVIEW]
I cannot believe this book has been around for so long and I almost didn't read it. Rainbow Rowell is an incredible writer and you will know this if you read Attachments as it has this amazing setting (the Y2K speculation), characters I could relate to, fun movie references and hilarity in every second page. I read this book twice this year and both times, it bowled me over with its depth and warmth!
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
I never got around to reviewing Me Before You because by the time I was done with it, there. were. no. words. left.
Me Before You was poignant... so much so that I ditched everything I had going on at that moment to root for these characters... engrossed in their struggles and triumphs. It tackles some difficult issues but above everything, it is a love story; one that is earnest and tearful and one that matters.
Maybe I Will by Laurie Gray [REVIEW]
A game-changing narrative that breaks barriers related to perception of sexual assault and its consequences. This book felt real, raw and eye-opening. I cannot forget the day I read it and how I was left quieter, kind of awestruck... with a lump in my throat.
Confessions of an Almost Girlfriend (Confessions, #2) by Louise Rozett [REVIEW]
Confessions of an Almost Girlfriend is book #2 in the Confessions series that renewed my faith in series set in high school that were defined by... well, ordinary high school stuff. A mix of happy, sad, angry, relevant and interesting is what this book was.
Pivot Point (Pivot Point, #1) by Kasie West
This one was high school with
The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1) by Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) [MINI-REVIEW]
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell [REVIEW]
Another Rainbow Rowell novel... and this one is set in college! From fangirling, fanfiction, writing fiction that isn't fanfiction, being a social recluse, making those first friends to charming, polite, smiling Levi, Fangirl will slowly steal your heart and bring back any fandom-related nostalgia!
The Angry Woman Suite by Lee Fullbright [REVIEW]
Vivid, thorough and mind-numbingly heartwrenching. While The Angry Woman Suite can get really heavy... definitely not something you can read at any time... it is because of the intricacy of the narratives as a result of which the characters stay with you. A surprise favourite that blew me away!
Finding Cinderella (Hopeless #2.5) by Colleen Hoover
A novella that was... spunky, I guess.
NOT your average love story where the Boy and Girl play way too many mind games and create issues out of nothing.
Has a twist that comes out of nowhere and that will definitely shock you... even more if you've read Hopeless.
Contains straight-up brazenness... so much of it... that saves so much time and makes the main characters your heroes in every way.
The Homing Pigeons by Sid Bahri [REVIEW]
A beautifully written love story set during the 2008 recession. More than the love story itself, it's the writing and characterisation that makes this Indian contemporary novel shine.
1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Utterly. Captivating. And dreamy.
2. The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan
Neat. Well written. Layered. A pretty awesome addition to the Young Adult boarding-school genre with enough suspense, intrigue and drama to keep it engaging.
3. Just One Day (Just One Day, #1) by Gayle Forman
The one fateful encounter and that one magical day that sets this story rolling captured enough of my imagination that the succeeding detatchment and misery felt real... and the changes that followed in the protagonist's character inevitable. I still haven't stopped wondering about the cliffhanger ending.
4. You Deserve Nothing by Alexander Maksik
Despite the controversy surrounding the author and book, the prose was stunning... haunting, almost.
Happy new year, everybody! :)