Favorite Books & Reading Summary–2013

Reading Summary

I read 88 books or novellas in 2013–way down from my 2012 total (118 books). I think the main reason for this is that I started my blog which took quite a bit of my reading time. I would like to’ve read at least 100 books which I’ve done for the last several years, but I’m enjoying blogging so I’m going to accept my reading speed plus I read some great books! When I’m reading a book I love I sometimes so down my reading so I can enjoy the happiness and joy of a great book!

Over half the books I read (60 books or 68%) were fantasy or science fiction. This includes paranormal and fantasy romance as well as young adult fantasies and science fiction. Most of the books I read were fantasies–either urban fantasies or just fantasies.

In 2012, I read many more historical romances than fantasies. This year I read 29 romances–including contemporary romance, historical romance and paranormal and fantasy romance. Most of the novellas I read were romances.

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Without further ado…in the order I read the books…

My favorites of 2013:

God Save the Queen by Kate Locke

Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs

Terms of Enlistment by Marko Kloos

Faefever by Karen Marie Moning

Written in Red by Anne Bishop

Cinder by Marissa Meyer (Cinder started me reading more young adult books the latter part of the year)

Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews

The Enchantment Emporium by Tanya Huff

Stray & Lab Rat One by Andrea K. Höst (I’m counting this as one book even though it’s a trilogy, because the books are really just one continuous wonderful book!)

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

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Honorable Mention

Really any of these books could be in my top ten. I loved them, too!

A Hint of Frost by Hailey Edwards

Death Masks by Jim Butcher

Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman

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I could continue with a number of other books…I had a great reading year! The above books aren’t always my highest rated books, but these are books which stayed with me through the year. Sometimes after I read a book I can’t even remember exactly what it was about by the next week! The above books are books are really remember and enjoy remembering…lol…not books I hated so much I remember them.

All my favorites are fantasy/science fiction. I’m loving fantasy and don’t see that changing anytime soon!

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What about you? What have you been reading? Have you done a “Best of…” post?

Author: Jan

I love to read--especially mysteries, science fiction and fantasy. I also love blogging, photography, gardening, playing Mah Jonng, reading with a cat on my lap, throwing a ball for a dog, creating cards to send to family and friends, reading book blogs, using my computer.

7 thoughts on “Favorite Books & Reading Summary–2013”

  1. Happy New Year, Jan!

    I totally get the reading v. blogging time dilemma – but both are enjoyable 🙂

    I’m so pleased to see Andrea Host’s Touchstone books on your list. *happy dance* Have you read the final book yet? Agree it’s really a very long story – I had the omnibus version myself, so it was literally one book.

    Also Marko Kloos and Tanya Huff! I can’t remember now, but have you read Huff’s THE SILVERED? I loved that one.

    The Anne Bishop appears to be getting a lot of love on the Best Of lists, I think it hit the right spot for a lot of people.



    1. Happy New Year to you, too, Li! I’m almost done with the last book–so I’ve been reading like mad instead of blogging or doing much else…lol.

      I have The Silvered in my TBR books, but haven’t read it yet. Now, that you’ve jogged my memory maybe it will be next!

      The Anne Bishop is great. The second book is coming out in March so I’m happy about that.


  2. Happy New Year Jan!!

    How have you been doing? Blogging always takes time away from reading, but as Li said, both are enjoyable 🙂 and if blogging is the only thing that takes your time away from reading, well you’re lucky LOL

    Very nice list that you have. I’ve only read 3 out of the 10, but I do recognize quite a few covers 😛 Guess it means I should get to read them.

    Yay that Death Masks made it in your Honorable Mentions. That’s not one I usually re-read, but it was a good one for Thomas! Wondering, how far are you up to in the series? 😛


    1. Good to hear from you, nath–happy new year to you!

      You’re right–blogging and reading are both so much fun…and unfortunately not the only things I have to do…lol. Though I treat them that way though sometimes.

      I haven’t read any Harry Dresden books since last summer…have to get back to them. I think I’m up to the sixth perhaps. Another series to read more of!


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