Top Ten Books I Read in 2013

This is a little late, but better late than never! I wanted to share with you my top ten books for 2013. This weekly meme is hosted by The Broke and Bookish—check out their wonderful blog if you haven’t yet. I have already written reviews for a handful of these books—they are a mixture of YA, children’s, and adult. These books are fabulous and I have high hopes for new discoveries in 2014.

All Our Yesterdays
by Cristin Terrill yesterdays

I had been highly anticipating this time-travel YA novel, and got it the day it came out. Review here. A fun and exciting read!

 The Girl of Fire and Thorns
by Rae Carson

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You may have read my recent review of this amazing first installment in a trilogy. Love this fantasy.

 The Meaning of Night: A Confession
by Michael Cox


If you like Charles Dickens or Wilkie Collins, this mystery will be the perfect read. A wonderful page turner and there is a sequel.

Citadel: A Novel (Languedoc Trilogy)
by Kate Mosse index

I read this while I was traveling this past summer, and finished it while on holiday for one month in Israel. Love historical fiction and love Kate Mosse’s other books.

 The Map of Time: A Novel
by Felix J. Palma

The Map of Time UK Another fun time travel read that also has a sequel!

Divergent (Divergent Series)
by Veronica Roth


I didn’t start Roth’s trilogy until this past year and I was definitely sucked in. I think the fantasy contains multiple spiritual aspects that make for great discussion.

The One and Only Ivan
by Katherine Applegate

9780061992254_p0_v4_s260x420 Read this animal fantasy on my own, and then used it as a read-aloud in with my 8th graders. Surprisingly, they loved it!

by Lois Lowry


The conclusion to Lowry’s Giver series was stunning. I won’t say anything more.

The Friendship Doll
by Kirby Larson

friendship-doll See my review of this luminous toy fantasy!

The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child
by Donalyn Miller

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One of my favorite nonfiction reads of all times, perhaps, this book is a must read for all parents and teachers!

Happy Reading for 2014 and hope you pick up some of these titles, if you have not read them already!

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