Top Picks of 2013

So I know I already took part in this for another blog, but I also wanted to make a best of post for my own blog. So look at my choices for books that were published & that I read this year. In the comment section, let me know what you think of my choices.

Best debut novel(s)
OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu was in my opinion one of the best debut novels. It was written wonderfully and the characterization of OCD and it’s variables was quite accurate.Splintered was also one of the best debut novels. It was definitely a “dark” book but so, SO good.
Best start of series
The Program by Suzanne Young. I adored this book more than I ever expected to. It was beautifully written and the characters were amazing.
Best series finale/ Continuation.
So I haven’t read any series finales this year so I decided to pick the best 2nd book in a series. For that, I go with Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi. It was amazing and left me desperate for the final book in the trilogy.
Best standalone
There are not enough words in my vocabulary to accurately describe my love for If You Find Me. It was beautifully written and the characters were wonderful and enjoyable. It had all of those feelings that are so important to the enjoyment of the book.
Best unexpected favorite
My Life After Now by Jessica Verdi. It was one of my favorite YA contemporaries of the year. I bought this one after a friend recommended it to me. I had no clue how much I would love it.
Best all around
The Program by Suzanne Young. I had heard some iffy things about it prior to purchasing it but I went ahead in purchased it anyway. It had romance, action and all the feels that a reader could ever want.
Most anticipated 2014 book
My most anticipated 2014 book is definitely Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi. I am dying to see what happens to all of the characters.
Cover Love
The cover of Splintered is absolutely gorgeous. I drooled over the cover for ages after I unwrapped it on Christmas morning. The pictures absolutely do not do it justice.

Friday Musings #4

So today I am going to talk about some of the book blogs that I love and make a point to visit & comment as much as I can without overtaxing myself.

A Reader of Fictions
The Perpetual Page Turner
Once Upon a Prologue
Xpresso Reads
Ramblings of a Daydreamer
Nose Graze

These are the blogs that I visit & comment on most often. These ladies have been so welcoming to me from the beginning. Christina is my rant & snark buddy. Giselle & Ashley are my sensible book buddies. Jamie could really be my twin as we think so much alike on SO many things. Molli & Marie are where I go when I need to fangirl over stuff. Plus Marie has been a HUGE support to me as I begin to write my first novel.

I worried when I started this book blogging thing that I wouldn’t fit in. That it would feel like I was the new girl in school where everyone had their own cliques & friends. I needn’t have worried about that. I have been welcomed big time and not just by the ladies I mentioned in this post but by basically everyone. It’s like this awesome little community where we can talk our heads off about books and no one CARES because it’s a shared interest.

Even if we don’t all have the same tastes in books,it’s STILL fun.Besides the world would be quite boring if we all had the same tastes in books.So thanks to those awesome ladies that have made me feel so at home in the past 3 months.