Hello, hello! *waves excitedly* It’s now 2014, you guys! I can’t believe  it…where has the time went? I’m still writing 2013 on my papers! Anyways, with the beginning of 2013, comes all of the ‘best of’ lists. Being a voracious reader myself, our very own Stewie asked me to come up with a list of my five favorite books of 2013. Simple rules: these are books that I read in 2013, not just books that were published in 2013, and they’re not in any particular order. Got it? Okay, let’s go! *starts up 8 bit music*  I’m also going to include some of my fellow IGGPPC Book Club members picks at the end.

 

1.  Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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Out of all the IGGPPC picks we read last year, Cinder was my favorite. Cyborgs, New Beijing, gutsy heroines, and Moon people? Sign me up. Cinder reminded me of myself quite a bit, and I liked how she wasn’t an extremely mindless protagonist.  It also reminded me of Sailor Moon. While a bit predictable at times, it was still a fun read, and I can’t  wait to read the rest of the series.

2. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

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Yes, I realize this came out about….7 years ago. Just bear with me, I’m behind on most things.  This is a fascinating, and horrifying, look into Afghanistan’s recent pass, through the eyes of two women, Mariam and Laila.  It shows the unbreakable bonds of friendship, and how it helps a person break through the shackles of oppression, hate, and misery. The ending made me cry. This is a must read for everyone.

3. Endangered by Eliot Schrefer

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I picked this up because it was my sister’s summer reading, and I’m super glad. This was a book I had never heard of before; it details Sophie’s terrifying experience after a summer vacation at her mom’s bonobo sanctuary in  Congo turns into a escape into the forest when a revolution breaks out. I knew virtually nothing about Congo, and this book taught me a lot. The author did his fair share of research on the subject, even spending time in Congo, and it shows. Sophie’s bravery, and relationship with an infant bonobo, Otto, were great points in this book.

4. Babylon Steel by Gaie Sebold

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This is a hidden gem that I found one day while snooping through Felicia Day’s favorites shelf on Goodreads(love her, love her book taste). I preceded to buy this, knowing it would be either a hit or miss, and am glad to say it was a definite hit. The main character, Babylon, is definitely a lady I would love to have as a friend.  She kicks ass. Set in a mesmerizing fantasy world full of interesting characters(and species), Babylon is an ex-sword-for-hire who runs one of the best brothels on Scalentine, a very interesting place. When trouble comes up involving Babylon’s tricky past, lots of bad things start happening.

5.  Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?(And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

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I will admit: I have a huuuuge girl crush on Mindy Kaling now, because of reading this book. I hadn’t really kept an eye on her until after reading this book, and it is HILARIOUS. I was snorting durting many parts, and nodding in agreement at others. This is basically a group of essays, on Kaling’s life, viewpoints, and just general funny. Read this if you enjoy her show, The Mindy Project( I marathoned the first season in about 3 days).

Honorable Mentions: The Queen of Water by Laura Resau ,  Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson, Paper Towns by John Green, Life of Pi by Yann Martel, Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo, and  Eon by Alison Goodman

Fellow Book Club Members Picks:

Badschnoodles– “Well, I read all the ASOIAF books in 2013, they weren’t new but were some of the best I’ve ever read. My favourite book of the year, and one I’ve recommended a lot was Mechanique by Genevieve Valentine. “

Jessica– “Under The Dome by Stephen King and everything by Brent Weeks! “

Cortney– “I vote Fault in Our Stars! Hands-down one of (if not THE) best book of 2013.”

Katie– “Definitely Fangirl, since it speaks to the geek in all of us.”

HowPeculeah– “Finally got around to reading some Salinger and I adored Franny & Zooey. One of my 2013 reading highlights without a doubt. “

That’s all for today, folks! I hope everyone has an even better year of reading and books in 2014! I plan on reading all the books I own…I’m a terrible book hoarder.

Hugs  & Kisses,

Lizzie