Friday, July 5, 2013

The Long in Coming Top Ten of 2013 (So Far)

Some years are better reading years than others. 

For instance, last year, 2012, was a fabulous reading year! 



I found myself wanting to update my top ten almost monthly, but held off, and went with every three months.

This year, however, has stalled in comparison. It has taken me half of 2013 to come up with a Top Ten list I am passionate about. 

It could be my picking fingers aren't quite as en feugo as they were in 2012, or perhaps it's a rather lull year in publishing. Or maybe the big, awesome books of the year aren't really up my alley. Whatever the case, I'm happy to share my top ten with you now, even if it took a while to compile, these reads are ridiculously brilliant:



The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

Why:

This is the one I keep recommending to anyone and everyone. The sort of children's book that is meant for one and all to utterly consume.



The School For Good and Evil by Soman Chanini

Why:

A male wrote a feminist fairytale that includes princes, princesses and witches, true love, philosophy on what it is and isn't to be good and evil, rotting dorms and pink frilly frocks, commentary on inner and outer beauty and a very climactic, very emotional conclusion, for young readers and pulled it off! 

Can you ask for a better reason to love a book?



Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

Why:

A Lust-List favorite, this one is so brilliantly different from anything else on the shelves of YA right now while still appealing to fans of the paranormal romance genre. Pick it up and devour!



The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

Why:

I read this like a devotional and it helped more than anything.



Daughters of the Nile by Stephanie Dray

Why:

I beta read one of the original drafts of this book and trust me when I tell you it may end up being the best of the series!



Operation Beautiful by Caitlin Boyle

Why:

Because this project is important, because the message is daring, even when it shouldn't be, and because the narrative was surprising and necessary for this non-fiction piece about a blog project run beautifully wild!



Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Why:

Because this should be the New Adult book standard every other NA is held to.



The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

Why:

This one is almost an adult counter-part to Between up there! Different from anything else in the adult aisles, I think the crossover potential is being seriously overlooked. 



Wanted by Heidi Ayarbe

Why:

What a great contemporary. A comtemp that is more than simply a contemp. It was great and refreshing to read something that dared to be more!

3 comments:

Keturah Ollie-Hayes said...

I totally agree with Just One Day! I loved it and can't wait for Just One Year!

Book Swoon said...

Okay, you have several that I want to read, but are still trying to get too. Especially:Between The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea and The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making. (I loved In the Night Garden.)
Great choices Gabrielle. :)

Cricket said...

Great list! I want to read Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea and Just One Day, hopefully I'll get a chance soon.
Cricket@ Little Library Muse