Top Ten Books of 2013

Beyond Grace's Rainbow - Carmel Harrington How to Fall in Love - Cecelia Ahern Tampa - Alissa Nutting
Amity & Sorrow - Peggy Riley Wicked Ambition - Victoria Fox Before I Met You - Lisa Jewell
A Passionate Love Affair with a Total Stranger - Lucy Robinson Me Before You - Jojo Moyes The First Last Kiss - Ali Harris
Charlotte Street - Danny Wallace

It seems like all of the cool kids are doing lists of their top whatever books of 2013 so I thought I’d do the same.  These are in absolutely no particular order but they are all books that I’ve read this year and fallen head over heels for.  Click on each cover for a review or Goodreads link.

1.  Beyond Grace’s Rainbow – Carmel Harrington

The first of many books which made me “ugly cry,” Beyond Grace’s Rainbow had me openly sobbing on the bus as I finished it.  Read with a fistful of tissues.  You’ve been warned.

The Queen of the 'ugly cry', Claire Danes!
The Queen of the ‘ugly cry’, Claire Danes!

2.  How to Fall in Love – Cecelia Ahern

I loved this book so much.  It was sweet and a total feel good novel with, of course, a happy ending.

3.  Tampa – Alissa Nutting

This book was nothing but total scandal… and despite the controversial subject material I loved it!

4.  Amity & Sorrow – Peggy Riley

Riley’s debut novel was a definite winner.  Dark and brooding, this novel had me flipping pages frantically, all while not wanting the story to end.

5.  Wicked Ambition – Victoria Fox

2013 was “The Year of the Fox” for me… I devoured Wicked Ambition as well as Fox’s Glittering Fortunes and the rest of her previously published novels.  Thanks to her, I’ve fallen hard for bonkbusters.

6.  Before I Met You – Lisa Jewell

I’m not usually one for time shifting novels but Before I Met You was so gorgeously written I didn’t have a problem keeping up with the story.  I love the 1920s and I love London, so this was a brilliant mix for me.

7.   A Passionate Love Affair with a Total Stranger – Lucy Robinson

I read this one just shy of the new year so technically I read it in 2012… however I did reread it this year!  It’s no mystery that I pretty much love Lucy and her books but I have a soft spot for A Passionate Love Affair as it was my first ever book review which led on to so many amazing opportunities.  Plus this book is Hilarious.  With a capital ‘H’, people.

8.  Me Before You – Jojo Moyes

I was a bit late to the party on this one.  Everyone on the tube/bus/street was reading this book.  I resisted until a client at work gave me her copy because she’d finished it on her way in to meet me and she knew I read a lot.  Another “ugly cry” book, I finished this one in the bath and was sobbing so hard N had to come in and make sure I was ok.

9.  The First Last Kiss – Ali Harris

I honestly can’t even talk about this book without “ugly crying.”  Just… just go read it.  And buy stock in tissue.  Seriously.  All I could think about while reading this book was my husband and our relationship.

10.  Charlotte Street – Danny Wallace

This book was a bit of fun and I loved how sweet and kooky it was!

Check back tomorrow for a final count of the books I’ve read in 2013!



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