Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Top Ten Books of 2013 (so far)

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic is Top Ten Books of 2013 (so far), and I decided to participate and share some my favourites since January! Some of these are 2013 releases, but for the most part they're just my top reads.

1. Life In Outer Space - Melissa Keil
Quirky Australian YA with a great, believable trio of teenage boys at its centre.

(The US edition of this book looks to be currently 'Read Now' on Netgalley, if you're interested!)

2. The Dinner - Herman Koch
Dutch novel that busies itself skewering the middle classes over appetisers.

3. Steal My Sunshine - Emily Gale
More Australian YA, this time focusing on an uncertain teenage girl and the secrets of her grandmother.

4. Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn
Twisty, genuinely gripping thriller that everyone and their aunt seems to have read by now!

5. Lola and the Boy Next Door - Stephanie Perkins
A worthy follow up to Anna, and another YA novel from Perkins with real, heart-warming characters and one of the coolest protagonists I've met in a while.

6. Speechless - Hannah Harrington
This one totally exceeded my expectations - bratty girl is transformed by her pledge to remain silent after a horrifying incident.

7. Geek Girl - Holly Smale
Fun British YA - smart and daft and highly recommended.

8. Nemesis - Philip Roth
Roth's final novel, and a poignant one at that, focusing on the polio epidemic in New Jersey in 1944.

9. Be Awesome - Hadley Freeman (review coming soon!)
Friends with kids, terrible dating advice, magazines that do nothing but tear women's bodies apart - and how to deal with it all. Extremely funny.

10. My Mad, Fat Teenage Diary - Rae Earl
It's 1989, and 17 year old Rae is writing her diary in the depths of Lincolnshire, agonising over boys, analysing shitty friendships and writing bad poetry. A wonderful, hilarious book.


  1. Yay for Lola! I love that book! Steal My Sunshine looks like a great read too! Great list :)

    Here's my Top Ten!

  2. Life in Outer Space!! I am going to tweet about the Netgalley copy - yay!

    And just added Be Awesome to my to-read list!

  3. I need to read something by Stephanie Perkins, everyone I know loves her so much and I can't wait to see what she is all about. Great list!

    1. She's definitely worth it - I've loved both her books and am waiting (im)patiently for the third!

  4. I skipped Speechless because I was on the fence with her first book but maybe I'll give it a go (probably when it appears in The Works).

  5. I saw be awesome a couple of months ago and was going to pick it up for my boyfriend but never got around to buying it in the end. Definitely must get it now :)

  6. I loved Lola and the Boy Next Door. I want to read Speechless eventually. Nice list!

    ~Sydney@Pika Pages

  7. Speechless really exceeded my expectations as well. :) The protagonist grows so much over the course of the book and even at the beginning, she is bratty in a love-to-hate-you way rather than an annoying one.

    I hope you find even more lovely books in the second half of 2013!

  8. ooh yes I want to read LIfe From Outer Space because of the title. plus, Aussie YA hasn't disappointed me yet!

  9. I loved Gone Girl and Lola, I wish I could have added them to my list, but I read them last year :( Steal My Sunshine looks like a beautiful read, so I know I must check that out soon!

  10. I'm a bit embarassed you've read The Dinner and I haven't, seeing as I'm Dutch... Oh well :)
    I really enjoyed Geek Girl as well!

  11. Oh. My. Word! I LOVE Lola! I love both of Stephanie Perkins' books. I'm even re-reading Anna right now!

    As for the others, I haven't heard of any of them! This is a good thing... means I have some checking out to do. :P

    Thanks for sharing and for visiting my blog! I'm a new follower, too!

    Litza @ She Dreams in Fiction


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