Best Books of 2013…and a giveaway!

Bestof2013I know, I know. I’m a little late in getting out my Best of 2013 List, but wanted to wait until I finished out the year, so here it is, finally. Since we focus on the positive here at MBW, I read a LOT of great stuff last year, and narrowing it down was nearly impossible, and might have broken my brain just a bit (also, my reading is kind of all over the place, genre-wise), so I kind of broke things up, hoping it would make things easier. It sort of did, sort of. So, without further ado…the books, and also a cover gallery to feast your eyes on!

What were your favorite books of 2013??

**Also, if you’d like to win one of these titles, check out the giveaway details below!

Best Debuts:

Best YA:

Best new series debuts (these authors aren’t new to 2013, yet they continue being awesome):

Best SF/Fantasy

Best Books in a series:

Best Fiction/Suspense:

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  2. Its never too late to talk about books we loved. Great list. I really enjoyed The Lives of Tao. Not sure I’d consider The Mad Scientist’s Daughter YA, but it was certainly a great book. I have Burn Zone, Joyland and The Explorer on my shelf (one virtual) waiting to be read.

    Really enjoy seeing these categorized this way, you had a great reading year!

    • Hey Carl! Mad Scientist was released by Strange Chemistry, which is technically Angry Robot’s YA imprint, so figured I ought to put it in that category for that reason, but I do see what you mean:) It did have some mature themes, so definitely for the upper teen range, yes?

      Glad you liked the format! I had a terrible time *narrowing* them down :-/

      • Hmmm…I only see Angry Robot listed as the publisher on Amazon and in the ebook copy I own. Don’t see a Strange Chemistry label anywhere. Not that it matters, of course. I learn something new every day, hadn’t realized Strange Chemistry was a part of Angry Robot!

        Yes, it is hard to narrow down books anyway, and I imagine the categorization can be a double-edged sword, making it easier (because you can pick more books) and more difficult because of deciding where they fall.

        • Heh! You are indeed right, my friend! I think I assumed since all of her other books were under Strange Chem, that MSD was, as well. I’m a dork so had to go grab my copy and check to make sure I wasn’t going insane, lol. I think also, I’m used to AR titles being mass market and Srange Chem are usually trade, and MSD is trade, so that all fed into my Strange Chem delusion. But yes, it is indeed listed under Angry Robot on the site. So yeah, after all that rambling…:-D

          • I was wondering if I got some rouge copy of the book. 🙂 More than anything it didn’t strike me as the kind of novel whose tone was YA/Teen. Yes, it had some mature subject matter but that isn’t entirely uncommon for the YA/Teen classification, but to me there was a maturity to the overall ideas in the book which made me think the message was directed more towards those of us who have had a longer life experience, if that makes any sense.

          • That makes total sense, actually!

  3. So hard to choose a book! Thank you!

  4. I loved Kinslayer, it was one of my favorite YA books. Magic Rises and long Live the Queen were my other two favorites.

  5. Impressive list of books. I spotted a few I’d love to read.
    I can’t ever choose a favorite. It’s usually the one I’m reading at the moment.

  6. Monsters- the final book in the Ashes trilogy was a fav of mine.

  7. I read a lot of really good boods this past year and at the top of the list has to be Ever After by Kim Harrison and on the more YA front I really loved Paradigm by Helen Stringer. Thank you for your generosity and fun sharing 🙂

  8. thanks for an awesome list! Ummm… for me… I’m counting cuz I finally read it in 2013 was Allegiant.

  9. The Goldfinch was something special, as was N0S4A2–but everything else I read this year was not published in 2013.

  10. I really liked The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and Divergent & Insurgent by Veronica Roth.

  11. Ooooh, tough call with this batch. Did just finish Joyland and it was terrific.

  12. My favorites of 2013 were


    plus one that is not a 2013 book, but I read it in 2013


  13. I loved the Demon Hunter series by Jana Oliver. Also, Vengeance Borne by Amanda Bonilla was awesome!

  14. Keep ’em comin’ guys and gals! This is fun!!

  15. My favorite book of 2013 was “Hild” by Nicola Griffith. It’s a bit hard to classify since it’s not quite fantasy — just a wonderful story told well.

  16. My favorite books last year were Written in Red by Anne Bishop, NOS4A2 by Joe Hill and Dr. Sleep by Stephen King.

    • I haven’t gotten around to Dr. Sleep yet (I know!!), but I have no doubt it would have been on the list if I had been able to fit it in!

  17. Chris Holm’s THE BIG REAP

  18. Great round up list!

  19. I read a lot of fantastic books this last year, and discovered a few new authors. I loved Jennifer Estep’s Heart of Venom, Kevin Hearne’s Hunted, Emma Jane Holloway’s A Study in Silks, Anne Aguirre’s Perdition, A.A. Aguirre’s Bronze Gods, Jenn Bennett’s Binding the Shadows, Cassie Alexander’s Shapeshifted, and Richard Ellis Preston Jr’s Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders.

  20. Clearly I need to quit my job so I can catch up. I’ve only scratched the surface of this list with Under The Empyrean Sky, but definitely have my eye on The Darwin Elevator, Trickster and American Elsewhere. Thanks for the list!

    • Aaaand, my faves from 2013 include none that were actually published in 2013. Little Big, by John Crowley, Pandora’s Star by Peter F. Hamilton, The Judging Eye by R. Scott Bakker.

  21. Thanks for the opportunity!! So hard to pick a book. Luckily, I’ve already read several of them. I have to say, The Shining Girls was one of my favorite books I read in 2013 , as well as Lexiicon, Night Film and a The Goldfinch all ranked pretty high for me. Would love to win Joyland. I have been wanting to read that.

  22. My favorite of 2013 was probably Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

  23. My faves this year were Chimes at Midnight by Seanan McGuire, Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo, and Horde by Ann Aguirre.

  24. too far series by Abbi Glines

  25. Great list. Shining Girls was fantastic and deprived me of sleep! (In a good, terrifying book kind of way)

  26. Man, I can’t wait. I’ll read them all!

  27. Cannot believe I’ve never read Joyland by King, yet!!

  28. I loved Lexicon and Joyland and The Orchardist

  29. My ab fav. from 2013 was N0S4A2. I remember you telling me it was good on Twitter. I loved it. I’m going to check out these books on your list as well.

  30. Some of my favorites:

    American Elsewhere
    Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles (read them all last year)
    MLN Hanover’s The Black Sun’s Daughter (read them all last year)

  31. Excellent list! I can’t believe I missed that Max Barry has a new book out!

  32. Looks like some new authors that I need to try out.

  33. I enjoyed The watcher (lisa Voisin)

  34. Kinslayer was my favorite of 2013

  35. Not everything I read in 2013 was published in 2013, but of the ones that were, I like Ancillary Justice by Ann Lecke, The Detainee by Peter Liney, The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo & River of Stars by Guy Gavriel Kay. I have several more TBR, esp. Hild & The Golem and the Jinni. On your list I really want to read the Darwin Elevator, The Shining Girls, The Lives of Tao & Kinslayer. My choice above was Random.

  36. My favorite book this year was Shining Girls. I’m partway through Hild, which is amazing, too. Really want to read the new Donna Tartt, and also the Golem and the Jinni.

  37. Two of my favs from this year were yours too: Lexicon and The Shining Girls. I also loved Dr Sleep, by Stephen King; the Silo series, by Hugh Howey; and The Hunan Division by John Scalzi. Hoping to win Night Film. I’ve heard great things.

  38. I really loved 10th of December.

  39. So many great books, some I’ve read, most I haven’t. Thank you for hosting this. 🙂

  40. Darynda Jones has a series about a grim reaper, Charley Davidson. She is my absolute favorite author. 🙂

  41. I picked up The Explorer for free at Worldcon but hadn’t heard anyone talk about it until now! It did sound really fascinating.

    I think my favorite book from 2013 was Chuck Wendig’s The Blue Blazes. Such vibrant language.

  42. These are all predictable, but: The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Ancillary Justice, and Shattered Pillars.

  43. Nos4a2 joe hill. Too good

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