Best Books I’ve Read in 2013

Posted December 23, 2013 by Carmel in Miscellaneous / 16 Comments

Top 10 of 2013

Another year has come and gone which means that it’s time to participate in Two Chicks On Books, Fiktshun and Magical Urban Fantasy Reads annual TOP 10 OF 2013 week long meme. Not only do I love lists but these posts are easy to put together and schedule during the holidays so that I can spend time with my family. These books weren’t necessarily published this year just read. Enjoy!

*Click on the book cover to read my review.*

WhiteTrashZombie 10. My Life As A White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland

I loved everything about this book from the snarky heroine, to the zombie story line to the awesome narration by Allison McLemore. The second installment wasn’t quite as good as this one; but if you’ve yet to try a zombie novel, this is definitely a good place to start!
OathBound 09. Oath Bound by Rachel Vincence

The conclusion to Rachel Vincent’s UNBOUND series was absolutely stellar. I’ve been a fan of this author’s ever since I read her debut book, STRAY, back in 2007. She has a knack for writing Urban Fantasy with detailed world-building and badass protagonists.
KissOfSteel 08. Kiss of Steel by Bec McMaster

This was my first ever Steampunk read and I absolutely adored it. I love McMaster’s romanticized writing style and, the gadgets and fashions that make up her LONDON STEAMPUNK universe are incredibly unique. I quickly devoured all three installments in this series and have since added this author to my auto-buy list.
ChasingMagic 07. Chasing Magic by Stacia Kane

Chess Putnam and I didn’t exactly hit it off right away but Kane’s heroine slowly grew on me until I found myself utterly and irrevocably addicted to this series. I’ve listened to all of these books in audio and am anxiously counting down the days ’til the next installment. DOWNSIDE GHOSTS is a must for Urban Fantasy lovers.
CraveTheDarkness 06. Crave the Darkness by Amanda Bonilla

It’s worth mentioning that this was my first read of the year and that this book stuck with me throughout all of 2013 to wind up on my top 10 list. I love Darian and Ty and, the SHAEDE ASSASSIN universe. Bonilla’s talent for writing action-packed story lines and kickass chicks is undeniable. I highly recommend this series!
Winterblaze 05. Winterblaze by Kristen Callihan

This one was a toss up between WINTERBLAZE and SHADOWDANCE; both books deserve to be on this list but I forced myself to pick just one. I have yet to rate a DARKEST LONDON book under 5 stars. Callihan’s novels rock. Period. If you haven’t discovered this series yet, then you’re seriously missing out!
BindingTheShadows 04. Binding the Shadows by Jenn Bennett

No “best books I’ve read” list would be complete without Jenn Bennett. She’s one of my all-time favourite authors; the ARCADIA BELL series is packed full of awesome magic, phenomenal characters and engaging plot lines. And, with a new series on the way, I have a feeling that next year I’ll have a hard time picking just one to feature in my top 10.
Hounded 03. Hounded by Kevin Hearne

I was a late comer to the IRON DRUID CHRONICLES but I more than made up for that by inhaling the first 3 installments back-to-back. I like that it’s written from a male POV and listening to Luke Daniels narrate for Oberon, the Irish Wolfhound, is just pure awesomeness.
TheSpider 02. The Spider by Jennifer Estep

I only discovered this series late last year but within 6 months I’d listened to 7 ELEMENTAL ASSASSIN audiobooks. Gin Blanco is one of my all-time favourite heroines and Lauren Fortgang is perfectly suited to narrate for her. If ever Estep stops writing these novels, I just might cry. I ♥ them so much!
MagicRises 01. Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews

This one’s a no-brainer and probably on at least every other top 10 list of 2013. This book needs no justification or introduction and, if you haven’t discovered the KATE DANIELS series yet… shame on you!

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16 responses to “Best Books I’ve Read in 2013

  1. Amazing list! To be honest, I’ve read only Winterblaze & I liked it, but I’ve heard great things about all of these series, but I’m yet to try them.
    The only other series I’ve read & totally love is Downside Ghosts, but I’m yet to read Sacrificial Magic & Chasing Magic, I’m hoping to re-read books 1-3 in 2014, and then finally read these two. I’m also hoping to finally get to most of these in 2014 🙂

    My Top 10 of 2013 List

    Happy holidays!

    • Hehe yeah, I figured that when I saw your list. I still can’t believe that you only gave MAGIC RISES an honorable mention. WTH is wrong with you??? That book kicked ass!

  2. I haven’t read any of the books on your list, but I will definitely be looking some of them up. I do have book 1 in the Unbound series by Rachel Vincent on my bookshelf! Guess I really need to read it huh!