09 Dec 2013

Best Reads of 2013

HAPPY END OF 2013!! You guys, this is my first full, calendar year without grad school since 2008. Holy goodness. One whole year without weekly require reading, without a syllabus.

I’ve done a lot of really fun reading this year. I read during storms and rain days and snow days. I read on airplanes and European high-speed rail and the T. I read books entirely on my phone and my Kindle. I reviewed a crap-ton, re-upped for the Cybils, had an audiobook renaissance. It’s been a good year.

Even if I never read that 5th romance.


Beginning tomorrow, allow me to share with you the best of what I’ve read. I consider all books I’ve read in 2013 and a few from the end of last December; not just books published in 2013.  “Best,” of course, is ridiculously subjective, based entirely on my own enjoyment while reading. I mean, I do enjoy good books, well-written, well-crafted books but I also enjoy some complete crap. But I don’t need to tell you this… this is Jessica 101 stuff. I just feel like I need to remind you, you know, in case you’ve started to take me seriously.

Behold, a schedule of events to come:


Tuesday, December 10thBest Adult Reads

Wednesday,  December 11thBest Young Adult Reads

Thursday, December 12thBest Re-reads


Friday, December 13th through Saturday, December 21stTop 10 Best Reads!

10. Ask the Passengers by A. S. King

9. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

8. Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A. S. King

7. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

6. The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg

5. Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

4. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

3. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

2. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

1. A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

Hold onto your horses, hang onto your hats, verb onto some other nouns and otherwise get excited.

See you tomorrow!

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