June 25, 2013

Top Ten Books I've read so far this year

I don't know about you guys, but I certainly cannot believe half of the year is already over. So much has happened, but the time flew by like nothing!!!

I decided to make this Top Ten Tuesday a bit more personal by reminiscing over everything that happened as I was reading these new absolute favorites of mine:

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares

This was towards the end of my Christmas vacation and while I didn't really get all Christmas-y as I was reading it, it certainly has a very special place in my heart, because it featured such unique and amazing characters who I probably won't ever forget...

Vortex (Tempest, #2)

Tempest and Vortex will probably always remind me of those last few quiet days of my Christmas vacation. I literally spend hours on my bed without moving an inch, as I was immersing myself into the story. Both of them were fast reads, but the second book was one of the most entertaining books I've ever read.

Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky, #2)

This one I started as school started again in January. Rossi's world and characters never ceased to keep me entertained during the long and harsh days of school and winter :)

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles, #2)

Just like Veronica Rossi's books, the Lunar Chronicles are fantastical and mind blowing. The kinds of stories you do. not. want. to. put. down. Exactly what I needed at the time! Something that lets you completely forget the world you live in!

Geek Girl

We had a looong winter this year. It was still snowing in April - and that lead me spiral into a seriously depressing mood. To accompany that, this was also my last year of school and during those cold month, the pressure to do well one last time and secure the grades that would let me into Uni, had me doubting myself and made for the most terrible time of my school -life (so far). Geek Girl was the perfect book to help me out of that depressed state of mind. Funny, witty and full of enthusiasm for life, it had me laughing even when I thought I couldn't do it anymore.

How to Save a Life

This was one of the first books I read after I had finished all of my final exams - and it was perfect! Though dealing with loss and grief a whole lot, How To Save a Life really also had  an aspect to it that applied to my situation and state of mind at that time.

Between Shades of Gray

History was one of my core subjects during the previous two years so I highly doubted that, after I'd taken my exam, that I would pick a historical fiction book ever again. I didn't really want to, either, but this one was still sitting on my shelf. Apart from it turning out to be mind blowing in the end, it also came to the most perfect of all times. Now I know how much I still enjoy history - when I don't have to study it :)

Dare You To (Pushing the Limits, #2)

With Dare You To, I saw a change in me happening for the first time. I think it's been going on for a while, but as I was reading this book I realized that now, about 15 months since I started blogging and so close to my 18th Birthday, I am losing interest in the kinds of books I used to read.
It's not about abandoning YA or something. It's more that I loved fluffy and happy high school stories before, but now, I really crave something deeper, something more mature. Not that I myself matured. It's just that not going to school anymore and looking at all the perspectives in front of me, I realize now how small high school and my horizon still is. And how much more there is to explore.

The Rules (Project Paper Doll, #1)

Actually, there is no real story to the rules. It was just an amazing read that I completely underestimated in the beginning. I guess I'll see what my personal story to it is in a few months, though....


  1. I loved Cinder and Scarlet and really enjoyed the Rules. I seriously need to read Through the Ever Night!!

  2. I want to read a bunch of these! Under the Never Sky, The Rules, Between Shades of Gray...Great list! And thanks for stopping by!

    Rachel @ Beauty and the Bookshelf

  3. Seriously, you have SUCH good books on this list!! Dash and Lily's Book of Dares was one of the most adorable books that I've ever read. <3 I've read Tempest, yet haven't had the chance to pick up Vortex, which I really should! I really enjoyed both Cinder and Scarlet. They were SO addicting. I had problems putting both of them down. Through the Ever Night was superb, Rossi's characterization is like no other. And I'm so glad you loved Between Shades of Gray! I'm not the biggest historical fan out there, but this book really was beautiful.

    Lovely list! <3 <3

  4. Vortex looks great and Cinder and Scarlet were awesome. I have yet to read Rossi's books.
    Happy reading!

  5. Cool list. I loved Cinnder and have Scarlet on my shelf hope to get to it soon. I've read some amazing books this year so far too, actually lately I've read some great books. I've been craving those books you get totally into and forget the world around you. Starcrossed was like that, I just finished it, now I'm onto Sea of Tranquility.

    Dee @ Dee's Reads

  6. I still have to read Under the Never Sky!!

    My TTT- http://angelica-2009.blogspot.com/2013/06/top-ten-tuesday-10.html

  7. "through the ever night" and "between shades of grey" are on my TO READ list! didn't like cinder :(


  8. Dare You To was soooooo good! I loved Cinder too. :)

  9. Though I read the book ages ago, I absolutely adore Dash and Lily's Book of Dares. Cinder and Scarlet are two of my favorites as well (dying to read Cress), and I've been wanting to read How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr forever. Great list!

  10. Dare You To and Cinder were SO good! Great list!

  11. I think I have been realizing similar things about myself too. And Dare You To was one of the books that got me thinking about that as well. Don't get me wrong, I am super excited for the third oneI guess I am trying to say that I want to push myself to read more things outside my norm.

    Great List.

    Jen @ Book Beats

  12. I haven't read Between Shades of Grey, it sounds too sad, but I'm reading Out of the Easy right now. I'm really enjoying it. :-)


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