Thursday, January 2, 2014

Kimberly's Top 10 Reads of 2013

How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous by Georgia Bragg
A hilarious and irreverent look at the cause of death of famous people throughout history. Slightly morbid, yes, but so much fun to read! Warning: Don’t read while eating (because, ew) or drinking (because, laughter).

The Diviners by Libba BrayBray has such a talent for bringing historical time periods to life and creating mythologies that seamlessly inhabit those eras. This book, in all it’s spine-tingling, nail-biting glory, is no exception. I can’t wait for the sequel! (Bonus: This also gets my vote for best audio of the year.)

United We Spy by Ally CarterThis was my most anticipated book of 2013, and it definitely lived up to expectations.  What an absolutely explosive and satisfying conclusion to one of my favorite series!

The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen by Susin NielsenHenry’s path to healing after tragedy rocks his carefully ordered world is one that we can all relate to, no matter our circumstances. By turns comical, brutally honest and heartbreaking, this book, more than any other I read this year, stayed with me long after I finished.

Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire SáenzA quiet novel about the freedoms of summer, friendship, and self-discovery. The lyrical prose brings beauty to the often harsh and difficult moments Aristotle faces on the road to understanding his own heart and mind.

The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
My first foray into Sanderson’s works was this rollicking blend of fantasy, adventure and alternate history. An original premise, exciting plot and great characters made this one of my favorite reads this year.

Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan SonnenblickWhat happens when the person Peter thinks he is, the thing he loves the most, is lost? His attempt to redefine his purpose and shape his future, all while navigating high school, romance, and family drama is universally recognizable.

Reboot by Amy TinteraI don’t usually seek out dystopian novels, but this one was a pleasant surprise. I was so engrossed in the world Tintera created and Wren and Callum’s story that I couldn’t put the book down. The sequel is another of my anticipated reads of 2014.

Navigating Early by Clare VanderpoolA lovely book with language as lush and rhythmic as the Appalachian Trail the boys are travelling. I learned as much from Early as Jack did during his journey. My favorite book club discovery this year.

Pivot Point by Kasie WestWhat could have been a repetitive storyline, parallel futures told in alternating chapters,was skillfully executed. An exciting blend of science fiction, mystery and high school romance.

Honorable Mentions:
Skinny by Donna Cooner
Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt
Every Day by David Levithan
The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan (Because I am always late to the party.)