My Favorite Books of 2013 (So Far)


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish

For today’s Top Ten Tuesday post, we’re supposed to compose a list of our favorite books of 2013 (so far).  This was a harder list to create than I thought it would be; it would probably be easier to create at the end of the summer after I’ve been able to catch up on my reading.  Some of these titles will remain on the list at the end of the year, but I know many will be replaced by even better titles.  It will be fun to find discover those books!

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (Goodreads) (My mini review)–This will remain a favorite at the end of the year.  I hope many of my students will read this in the future.

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell (Goodreads) (My review)–Not only will this definitely be a favorite at the end of the year, Rainbow Rowell is a new favorite author.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the UniverseEleanor & Park

I’m With Stupid by Geoff Herbach (Goodreads) (My review)–What a way to end a truly wonderful trilogy.

One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt (Goodreads) (Review posts on Friday)–I just finished reading this and can’t stop thinking about Carley and the Murphys.  Plus, I’m still sniffling.

I'm With Stupid new coverOne for the Murphys

Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith (Goodreads) (My review)–I love the characters in this 2013 debut, but I think the writing is what really won me over.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett (Goodreads)–So I’m definitely cheating here because I haven’t finished this yet, but I’m loving the audio and the story way too much not to include it on this list.  It’s fabulous.

Wild AwakeThe Help

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys (Goodreads) (My review)–I liked this more than Between Shades of Gray.

Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt (Goodreads)–This is another fantastic audiobook that I thoroughly enjoyed.  It’s middle grade, historical fiction, and full of well-developed characters.  Listening to the audio meant I missed out on seeing the different birds from Audobon’s Birds of America, however.

Out of the EasyOkay for Now

Game by Barry Lyga (Goodreads) (My review)–This was even better than I Hunt Killers and it has a crazy cliffhanger!

Dead Silence by Kimberly Derting (Goodreads) (My review)–This is one of my absolute favorite series, and even though I haven’t heard of a fifth book in the series, I’m still holding out hope that this isn’t the last book!

GameDead Silence


  1. While weeding and organizing in my school library I came across The Body Finder, and I grabbed it to read this summer because I remembered seeing a review/mention of how great it was!
    I haven’t read a lot on your list, but they’re all on my list to read…eventually 🙂
    I’m glad you loved One For the Murphys! Such a touching story.

  2. Wild Awake looks interesting. 2013 is shaping up to be a great year of debuts. I have I’m with Stupid on the tbr. Can’t wait. Loved One for the Murphys and Okay for Now. Sniffle, sniffle.

    Great bunch o’ books.


  3. Great choices! You have some of my favorites too: Aristotle and Dante, Out of the Easy. I haven’t read One for the Murphys yet but I really need to!

  4. I’m seeing Eleanor and Park on SO MANY CONSECUTIVE LISTS!!! 😀 I was still hesitant about reading it for a Debut-a-Thon later this week but now you guys have me convinced, can’t wait for that sweet first love feeling that everyone promises 🙂

    Alicia @ Summer Next Top Story

  5. I had Eleanor and Park on my shelf!! I can’t wait to start it! Great TTT(:

  6. I can’t wait to read Eleanor and Park. Glad to see it made your list!

  7. I haven’t read most of these yet, but I have heard great things about them. I am on the first Jasper Dent book and really enjoying it so far. It’s a shame you didn’t like Cinder, but not everybody is going to. I am not a big sci-fi person, but it was definitely a favorite. Great list and thanks for stopping by 🙂

    Vyki @ On The Shelf

  8. The Help is a really good book. I think you are safe there for adding it.

  9. I loved Eleanor and Park as well! I still need to read Out of the Easy!

  10. I loved The Help and Out of the Easy. I have heard many good things about Eleanor and Park also. You have a great list here!

  11. The Help is wonderful! And I definitely want to read Eleanor and Park – I’ve heard a lot of good things about it 😀

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