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Best books of 2013

So with the end of 2013 almost upon us it is time for me to think about which of the numerous books I have read this year (total currently stands at 225 at time of writing this post) I loved the best. What follows, in no particular order are my best books of 2013. I deliberately am not going to include books with a 2014 release date as I'll deal with them in another blog post.

Follow Me Down by Tanya Byrne

I loved this book entirely and devoured it in one sitting. It's set at a boarding school, it's twisty and turny and once I'd done it spent a long time thinking about it afterwards. Just fab.

More Than This by Patrick Ness

Another thinker. I couldn't review at the time apart from saying "wow buy this" because I didn't have the words to do it justice. Just Brilliant YA fiction

Battlelines by Will Hill

I don't read much horror and barely anything supernatural but I do love this series. It is action packed and gory and keeps you on your edge of your seat throughout. The series keeps getting stronger and I am dying for the next instalment.

Where the stars still shine by Trish Doller

A beautiful story which hooked me in. I loved Alex in this and had to keep reading to know what happened next.

Hurt by Tabitha Suzuma 

This book is utterly heartbreaking and leaves you wanting to curl up in the corner and rock back and forth while you get over it.

Every Day by David Levithan

One book definitely worth all the hype that was around it. Really clever and a real thinker. I loved it.

Weirdos vs Quimboids by Natasha Desborough

Without a doubt the funniest book I have read this year. So funny and brilliant. Cannot wait for the sequel.

Heroic by Phil Earle

Another really moving book looking at post traumatic stress disorder and the long term effect going to war can have on some young soldiers. Every word is perfect.

Cruel Summer by James Dawson

A perfect beach read. Very point horror and kept me guessing right through to the end. Begs to be made into a teen horror film.

Rose under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

Loved this book. The history geek in me was over the moon at it. Utterly harrowing and stays with you for a long time after.

If you want to see a wider range of books I loved this year check out the vlog below I did for BookishBrits zooming through my 5 star reads of 2013.


I just bought More Than This and I'm umming and ahhing over getting Where the Stars Still Shine as I just read and loved Something Like Normal. Loved Every Day and Follow Me Down though!
I almost picked up More Than This the other week - so need to buy a copy of this soon and I still have Battlefields to read - will get to it soon! :)
I'm really intrigued to read Where the Stars Still Shine! Sounds interesting.