Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, where you can list any kind of top 10 that is related to books, authors, and reading in general.
Coincidentally this is my 13th Top Ten Tuesday, and on the last day of 2013 no less! This week’s topic is: Top Ten Books I Read In 2013. Unfortunately I didn’t manage to complete my Goodreads reading challenge for this year, but I did read some great books so it’s difficult to pick just 10 that I loved most. But here they are, in no particular order.
The Casual Vacancy – J.K. Rowling
This is a book I never expected to love as much as I did. It wasn’t to everyone’s liking, and some people were really disappointed, but I loved it!
The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafón
I can safely say that this is one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read.
Fast Times in Palestine – Pamela J. Olson
Definitely one of the best non-ficion books I’ve read this year. A wonderful personal account of a backpacking adventure through the Middle East that resulted in years of living in Palestine.
Honour – Elif Shafak
Quite a depressing book centred around an honour killing, but beautifully written.
The God Delusion – Richard Dawkins
This one was an eye-opener for me.
And The Mountains Echoed – Khaled Hosseini
I think this is the most beautiful book I’ve read this year.
The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
This is one of those books I started reading because everyone was talking about it, and I’m so glad I did. It’s a beautiful book and one I definitely want to read again someday.
The Summer Queen – Elizabeth Chadwick
I’ve several of Elizabeth Chadwick’s books on my tbr-list, but this was the first of her novels that I’ve read. Eleanor of Aquitaine is one of my favourite historical characters, and this is by far the best (fictional) account of her life that I’ve read. I was so happy to find out that this is the first part of a trilogy, so I’ve got two more wonderful books to look forward to!
Blackberry Wine – Joanne Harris
My first Joanne Harris book that wasn’t part of the Chocolat trilogy, but it did take place in the “Chocolat-verse”.
Allegiant – Veronica Roth
The final part of the Divergent trilogy, and I have to say it did not disappoint. Perhaps it wasn’t as thrilling as the first two books, but still a pretty decent read.
So there we have it, my favourite books of 2013. What were your favourite reads this year?