Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Top Ten Books I Plan to Read Before 2013 Is Over

How, you guys?  How is it September 17th already?  This year has gone by so quickly.  I know some people will be posting their Fall TBRs today, and I'm sharing the books I really want to read before 2013 is over.  There's a couple of these I'm ashamed not to have read, and some that have been recommended to me so many times that I can't bear to put them off any longer.

I've had an okay year for reading.  While I'm on track with my goal, I've only found three books I know will be on my favorites list by the end of this year.  I've read a lot of good stuff, but not a lot that I'm totally freaking out about.  This is very different from 2012 where I spent the whole year wondering how I would ever make a favorites list because I'd read so much good stuff.  A lot of titles I picked up that year made it onto my all time favorites shelf.  I'm hoping if I can get through everything on this list I posted, I'll find some new favorites.
1.) Winger by Andrew Smith

So many librarians I know have absolutely adored this book, plus it's gotten a significant amount of Printz buzz.  I'm so excited to give it a shot.

2.) Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

I had never heard of this book before last January when it took home a Printz honor and the Pura Belpre Author Award.  Since then, many people have confirmed that it is an awesome book, including Allison at The Allure of Books.  I'm very much hoping to read this one and find a beautiful love story  with stunning writing.

3.) Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Krstin Cronn-Mills

While there are YA books out there that deal with transgender characters, it's definitely an area that could use more titles, and Beautiful Music for Ugly Children is supposedly a book that not only adds  to that list, but is also very good.  Also, let's not discuss the fact that I got this one at ALA in 2012 and still haven't read it.

4.) American Gods by Neil Gaiman

I need more Gaiman in my life, and since American Gods is going to be a t.v. show, it seems like a reasonable place to go next.

5.) Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

I believe I put this one on my fall TBR last year.  I loved the Great Illustrated Classics version of it as a child, so I really want to read the whole thing.

6.) The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Every time a new Maggie book comes out I think, "Well, I'm really not sure about this synopsis, but it's Maggie so I'd better give it as hot."  This is followed by me crying while reading the book, fangirling, adding it to my favorites shelf, etc.  The Raven Boys sounds better to me than The Scorpio Races did when it came out.  Really, the main reason I haven't gotten to this one yet is because there's so much out there that I want to read.  Since the sequel, The Dream Thieves, is out today (and I've already pre-ordered it), I think it's time I read this series.

7.) The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Who hasn't raved about the awesomeness of this series?   I need to shut up and read it.  Oh, and look!  This one was also on last year's fall TBR.  Friends, this would be a really great time to heckle me until I read this series. 

8.) Crank by Ellen Hopkins

A librarian who works with teens and has read zero Ellen Hopkins?  I'm a little ashamed of myself for this one.  Thankfully, I always pick a banned book to read during banned books week, and I plan to make this my selection for 2013.

9.) Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

A.S. King is another author I'm ashamed not to have read. She's award winning and I have heard nothing but fabulous things about her.  I do have an ARC of Reality Boy, but since this is the story I anticipate feeling the strongest connection to, I plan to stat here.

10.) The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily Danforth

Tons of my librarian friends have adored this one and it was a Morris finalist last year.  I'd love to fit it in before 2013 is over.

So there you have it.  Those are the books I'm really going to try to get to this fall.  What books are topping your TBR list right now?


  1. I am SO excited for you to read Aristotle & Dante! You're going to love it.

  2. I've never read any Gaiman, but I think that starting with American Gods might be a good place... yes? no?
    Also very keen to read The Miseducation of Cameron Post, soon!

  3. Nice list, I think there's a few I'll have to add to my own :)

    I hope you enjoy American Gods, it's a great book!

  4. Good list, I want to read Crank as well although it's because I'm a huge Ellen Hopkins fan not that I haven't read anything by her.

  5. Oh my gosh, Ellen Hopkins is amazing! I've read most of her books and they're all fantastic. I'm actually meeting her this weekend which is crazy exciting. I'm planning on reading Winger, too. I've got it out from the library so hopefully I get to it soon. I hope you enjoy all of these books!

  6. Aristotle and Dante is really rather brilliant. I hope you get to it, as I can't recommend it enough!

  7. I've heard a lot of good things about Winger, I'm very interested in it. I'll have to come back to see how you like it:)

    Emily from Blue-Eyed Bibliophile

  8. AS King is SO. GOOD. You will luff her!

  9. Just read this amazing new YA fiction on Ganesha - Part 1 of the Temple Wars series - I think everyone should check it out! Temple Wars



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