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At the end of each year, I put together a list of the best books I read from January to December. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic has me doing the same thing, but at the halfway point. I am listing my favorite reads of the year, irrespective of their actual publication date. The only requirement is that I read (and reviewed!) them in 2013. Oh, and I couldn’t keep it to *just* ten, so there’s one honorable mention. So many choices!
Top Ten Books I’ve Read (so far) in 2013
1. Written in Red by Anne Bishop – I’ve read this book twice already. There’s just something about it…the fantastic world-building, the atmosphere of danger, premonitions, engaging characters, an intriguing paranormal milieu, and tension that may (or may not) lead to something in the next book. I want to read it again, just writing this paragraph. Book crack!
2. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein – All of the feels EVAR! I wept (messily) on my couch for a good 45 minutes, and I then tried to tell everyone I know how wonderful this book was.
3. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman – Another book that featured magnificent world-building and a unique political situation and relationships.
4. Relish by Lucy Knisley – Food, a coming-of-age memoir, lovely drawings, and a quirky-funny sensibility made this little volume an absolute pleasure to read.
5. Under My Hat edited by Jonathan Strahan – This collection of stories focused on everything witchy, and magical, and the result was a truly enchanting anthology.
6. Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman – A brief middle grade book with heart, mythology, and story to spare.
7. A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff – Graff mingles cakes, Talents, and several narrators to create a gentle fantasy narrative that weaves together generations, stories and life callings.
8. The Silvered by Tanya Huff – This one is an epic fantasy with a steampunk-ish edge, a journey into enemy territory, and a heroine growing into her power. Also contains: werewolves, family expectations, and an evil megalomaniac.
9. Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold – Sci-fi on a grand stage and a no-win situation for an unlikely couple are the hallmarks of this chronological first book in the Vorkosigan saga.
10. Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger – Carriger brings her trademark banter, adventure and unique fantastical steampunk world to YA readers. Heroine Sophronia is a character, and her first year at finishing school is FUN.
A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent by Marie Brennan – I couldn’t help but hear Maggie Smith (the Dowager Countess/Professor McGonagall) narrating this book in my head – it’s a memoir of dragon-related adventures and mishaps, set in an alternate 19th century. Singular and fantastic.
What books would make your ‘best books from the first half of 2013’ list?