Hey everyone! It’s Lacey again 🙂 2013 is finally over, and I wanted to share with you all my favorite reads of the year. I have my top ten (which was SO FREAKING HARD TO CHOOSE) and then my other favorites of the year! All the book links go to their Goodreads page.
TOP TEN FAVORITES
Colleen Hoover makes my number one spot of the year again? Well, duh, I can’t believe you expected any different! Colleen’s releases this year are golden. Her books reach and grab right onto your heart and never let go (not that you’d want them to). I cried buckets for Losing Hope, I laughed so hard for Finding Cinderella, and I smiled and awwwed so much for This Girl. If you’re a romance fan, then you must read her books, and even if you aren’t, read them anyway!
I wonder if it’s possible for people to fall in love with a person one characteristic at a time, or if you fall for the entire person at once.
“You talk to him about the fact that we haven’t had sex?” Six says, completely embarrassed.
My father shakes his head. “No, he doesn’t have to. I know because every night he comes home he goes straight to his bedroom and takes a thirty-minute shower. I was eighteen once.”
Six covers her face with her hands. “Oh, my God.” She peeks through her hands at my dad. “I guess I know who Daniel gets his personality from.”
My father nods. “Tell me about it. His mother is terribly inappropriate.”
She deserves to be kissed by someone who loves her. Someone who spends every waking moment trying to do everything right by her. Someone who would rather die than see her hurt. She doesn’t deserve to be kissed by anyone other than me.
2. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
This is the most adorable book I’ve ever read. E&P is in my top ten favorite books of all-time, with its beautiful writing, simple yet unique story, and oh god, the characters. Eleanor and Park made me feel so much for them–they made me smile and laugh and tear up and hurt for them. They are one of my favorite book couples ever. If the cover doesn’t already hook you in, read it anyways! It’s sweet and cute and funny and adorable and so, so heartfelt.
What are the chances you’d ever meet someone like that? he wondered. Someone you could love forever, someone who would forever love you back? And what did you do when that person was born half a world away? The math seemed impossible.
Favorite, favorite, favorite historical romance series ever! Sarah Maclean has made me fall in love again and again with each story and hero in her Rules of Scoundrels series. I can’t even begin to explain how much I love this series, and Cross and Temple. I even think I’ve written the longest reviews I ever have for these two books. Because I just had so much to gush about! I really recommend you try this series, even if you’re not a historical romance lover. The story sucks you right in, and the romance–swoon!
“My whole life . . . two and two has made four.”
He nodded, utterly focused on her, and she loved him all over again for paying attention . . . for understanding her.
“But now . . . it’s all gone wrong.” She shook her head. “It doesn’t make four anymore. It makes you.”
–One Good Earl Deserves a Lover
“I love your laugh. I want to hear it every day. I want to be through all this darkness and devastation. I want happiness now. I want our due. I want what we’ve deserved from the beginning.” He paused and stared deep into her eyes, willing her to understand how much he loved her. “I want you.”
–No Good Duke Goes Unpunished
Jared! Oh my gosh, I love this boy! I don’t know how he (or Penelope Douglas) did it, but I fell in love with this bully. I can’t even think about Jared Trent without wanting to fan myself. He’s just so undeniable sexy. And Tate? She’s the perfect heroine who matches head to head with Jared. And then with Until You, with Jared’s POV? Perfection.
“I want to touch you.” His words were against my lips now. “I want to feel what’s mine. What’s always been mine.”
Totally and completely A D D I C T I V E. I had no idea what a wild ride I’d be in for with this series, but my god am I glad I read it. You’ll fall in love with Lily and Lo, you’ll root for these two to overcome their addictions, and then the best part? You’ll fall in love with every other character as well. I can’t think of another series that makes me so crazy about the secondary characters too (but thank god they’re getting their own books too!).
“I love you,” he says again, “and no other man will ever say those words and mean them the way I do.”
6. Wallbanger (Cocktail #1) by Alice Clayton
This freaking book KILLED me by making myself laugh to death. And I loved it! I loved every single part of this book, from the feisty heroine to the sweet and sexy hero to the adorable cat to the laugh-out-loud humor. This is literally the funniest book I’ve ever read, and one of my all-time favorite books ever!
He was wooing me. And I was letting him woo. I wanted the woo. I deserved the woo. I needed the wow that would surely follow the woo, but for now, the woo? It was whoa.
My review: Untold
I literally just curse and hug these books. Sarah Rees Brennan is a master at torturing her readers. I freaking LOVE and hate this series. Love because it’s so freaking gooood, and it’s funny and badass and awesome, and hate because every single ending kills me. Okay, honestly, I really do love this series, and recommend it to everyone! Jared ❤ (Jareds are always awesome in books–see above at #4)
“I don’t think you’re weak,” Jared said. “I want to guard you because you are important to me. Because you are – God, this is going to sound so stupid, I can never think of a way to say it – you are precious. I can never think of how to describe the value you have to me, because all the words for value suggest that you belong to me, and you don’t.”
Katie McGarry is a goddess at writing YA contemporary romance! The Pushing the Limits series is my all-time favorite of that genre, and each book is just as good as the one before. The stories are incredibly written, and the characters are have depth and heart and you’ll love every single one. And don’t even get me started on the boys. Noah, Ryan, and Isaiah make me melt and swoon and sigh all at once.
That must be love: when everything else in the world could implode and you wouldn’t care as long as you had that one person standing beside you.
–Dare You To
My review: Beautiful Player
I freaking love Beautiful Stranger and Beautiful Player. The first book was meh, but then these books came out and it was like they were sent from heaven (yes, I love them that much). Max and Will are perfection. Max is probably my favorite Brit (wait no–I still love Etienne too!) and BP is my favorite older brother’s best friend/best friend’s younger sister story. These books will make you laugh (BP especially) and swoon so damn hard for the heroes. And these two books have my favorite heroines too. Can’t have these men without the perfect women to challenge them, right?
“When I say ‘I love you’ I don’t mean that I love what being with you does for my career, or I love how often you’re willing to shag. I mean I love you. I love making you laugh, and seeing how you react to things, and getting to know the little things about you. I love who I am with you, and I’m trusting you not to hurt me.”
It wasn’t only just about knowing her for so many years. It was wanting to know her, like this, for so many more.
I’m grouping these together because they’re all the last books in a series and I had to have them on my top ten list! The Bitter Kingdom ended my favorite fantasy series of all-time (*tears up*), United We Spy ended my freaking childhood (*tears up again*), and Clockwork Princess was absolute perfection. And yeah, I bawled like a baby at the end of that book. THESE books are how you end awesome series. (Serieses? What the hell is the plural of series?)
“You look beautiful,” Alodia says.
I startle at the compliment. Then I smile. “I’m beautiful to the one person who matters.”
She nods. “Hector’s mouth is going to drop open when he sees you.”
“I hope so. But I meant me. I’m beautiful to me.”
–The Bitter Kingdom
“What is a Gallagher Girl?
She’s a genius, a scientist, a heroine, a spy… a Gallagher Girl is whatever she wants to be.”
–United We Spy
“Life is a book and there are a thousand pages I have not yet read.”
My review: Prodigy
Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2) by Tahereh Mafi
With All My Soul (Soul Screamers #7) by Rachel Vincent
World After (Penryn and the End of Days #2) by Susan Ee
Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer
The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2) by Maggie Stiefvater
Left Drowning by Jessica Park
My review: Trust in Me
Sempre (Forever Series #1) by J.M. Darhower
Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changeling #1), Mine to Possess (#4), Branded by Fire (#6), Blaze of Memory (#7), Bonds of Justice (#8), Play of Passion (#9), Kiss of Snow (#10), Tangle of Need (#11), Heart of Obsidian (#12) by Nalini Singh
Magic Rises (Kate Daniels #6) by Ilona Andrews
Kiss an Angel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson #7) by Patricia Briggs
Lover At Last (Black Dagger Brotherhood #11) by J.R. Ward
Wethering the Storm (The Storm #2) by Samantha Towle
Twice Tempted (Night Prince #2) by Jeaniene Frost