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A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

#1: A Game of Thrones (et al.) by George R. R. Martin There are a number of reasons why I shouldn’t like Game of Thrones. There are also a number of reasons why I shouldn’t be putting Game of Thrones on the top of my personal book pile this year. But I’m afraid I cannot […]

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

#2: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline The year is 2044. Various political, economic, environmental disasters have left America and the rest of the world in a generic dystopian scenario, where the rich get richer and the poor live in towering stacks of mobile homes rife with poverty and crime. Wade Watts – a seventeen-year-old […]

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

#3: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell I thought long and hard about how to place these last three books, my favorite three reads of the crazy year that was 2013. If I could rank them all equally, I would. I mean, I guess technically I *could* rank them all equally. I run this rodeo. I can […]

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

  #4: Seraphina by Rachel Hartman So. Dragons. Not a dragon person. So, so not a dragon person. Unless the dragons in question are those three little handheld dragons from the Goblet of Fire movie, of course; prior to 2013, those little babies were the only dragons I’d ever had a passing affection toward. Not […]

Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

#5: Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed I’ve talked a bit about readability. I’ve talked a bit about Your Own Personal Canon. Let me tell you about a new bit of personal jargon I’ve caught myself using from time to time: Required Reading for the Human Condition. Tiny Beautiful Things is the book that inspired […]

The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg

#6: The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg Well, since I already opened the door into weird, barely interesting meta-criticism back when I was talking about my favorite YA books, allow me a few words on readability. For me, as a reader, readability is about language – straightforward, not-too-much prose. The language can be lyrical, it can […]

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

#7: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart Well, this is going to be an obnoxious review. I feel like I can’t say much about Lockhart’s hotly anticipated latest because it doesn’t come out until May. MAY!! We got a foot of snow this weekend – May is not a thing. I can’t even say for […]

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

#8: Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King I decided to read Please Ignore Vera Dietz this year because I needed an audiobook. Well, I guess I didn’t need an audiobook, but I have this thing called An Addictive Personality. Fall of 2013 was all about Overdrive and whatever books Overdrive made available to me […]

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

#9: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell Sometimes a book is all over the media, the awards, the end-of-year lists, and I just can’t muster up any cynicism. Because the book is just so damn good. It might not be the most complex or the most literary. The grittiest, the riskiest, or the most surprising. […]

Ask the Passengers by A.S. King

#10: Ask the Passengers by A. S. King Hi! Hello! The big show has begun! My 10th favorite read of 2013 is A. S. King’s Ask the Passengers. For me, 2013 was a good year for discovering new authors. I especially like discovering new authors who aren’t really new. Who have a few books under […]