Best New-to-Me Books of 2013 (so far!)

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10. Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach | The voice in this one is so great, and it’s not super often I read YA aimed at male readers, and I can appreciate that.  It’s about Felton Reinstein the summer he went “from a joke to a jock,” but it’s really about a family falling apart and about friendship in unlikely places and about keeping things together when everything is falling apart.

9. Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos | This was a brilliant debut book by Roskos, and again, great voice!  The main character is an ultra-self-aware high schooler who understands that he is depressed and needs help, only his parents aren’t willing to get him that help.  This is his story of stumbling toward something like healing.

8. Shatter Me by Taheri Mafi | Although I didn’t love the sequel to this book, the first one was riveting.  Juliette’s touch is lethal– to most people, that is.

7. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi | While I didn’t adore the superfastcramthingsin ending, I was very much drawn to this story about Aria, who lives in a biosphere, and what happens to her outside of it in the “Death Shop.”  I mean, come on.  How can you not want to read a book that has a “Death Shop” in it?  (The sequel– Through the Ever Night— is waiting impatiently on my bedroom floor to be my next read.)

6. The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker | What happens when the rotation of the earth begins to slow?  Beautiful writing.


5. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell | I think Rainbow Rowell is my best author find of the year so far.  She has the funniest, cleverest voice I’ve read in a long while.  I really liked Attachments, which is about a computer IT man who falls in love with a woman through secretly reading her emails to her friend.  Awkward.

4. Every Day by David Levithan | Gender-bender!  “A” inhabits a different body every day– but loves the same girl every day.

3. Fire by Kristin Cashore | This is the companion book to Graceling, but I actually liked the characters even more than the first book (I liked them too!).  Gosh, how to describe this book?  Fire is a “monster” with red-orange-pink-gold hair, and she can control most people’s minds– but not Prince Brigan’s.  Swoon-worthy.

2. The Knife of Never Letting Go & The Ask and the Answer, both by Patrick Ness | Okay, so I am loving the Chaos Walking trilogy (I’m on the third book right now, so be prepared for a big review!), which takes places on another planet– “New Earth”– where you can hear men’s thoughts– their noise.  Book one was great– book two was incredible.  

1. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell | This book was brilliant.  I love so much about it– the characters and the writing.  Oh my gosh, the writing is unreal.  I am a total sucker for any YA writer whose words are like lyrics.  This book is about two teenagers who are young enough to know that first love almost never lasts … but willing to try anyway.  I am so excited for her next novel (Fangirl) to be released later this year!

16 thoughts on “Best New-to-Me Books of 2013 (so far!)

  1. I was intrigued by The Knife of Never Letting Go when I saw it in the bookstore and read the first four pages. I’ll have a closer look next time. I’ll also check out Shatter Me. I remember dismissing it quite early on but if it’s #8 on your list it might be worth a second impression. Thanks for sharing!

    • I’m reviewing the Chaos Walking trilogy (of which TKoNLG is the first book) on my blog on Thursday! I ADORED it. Shatter Me was a good and quick read, but the writing wasn’t as good as The Knife. Shatter Me’s sexual energy was quite riveting though, LOL!

    • Yes, I think I need to give Neil Gaiman another try. I read “The Graveyard Book” by him and only liked it OKAY. Then his creeptastic short story about Narnia left a bad taste in my mouth, so I haven’t re-visited him.

  2. I have Through the Ever Night on my list, and I feel it’s even better than Under the Never Sky! Heard amazing things about Eleanor and Park, I’m going to read it for a Debut-a-Thon this week, hope I’ll enjoy it as much as you did 🙂

    Alicia @ Summer Next Top Story

  3. I LOVE so many of these books! I’ll definitely have to check out the ones I haven’t read. I still stand by my Gayle Forman recommendation. I think you’d love her. Her writing is beautiful and heart-wrenching. I cried listening to If I Stay in Costco…

    Scorpio Races is also one of my favorite reads this year.

    • I bought the Scorpio Races at your recommendation– just haven’t started it yet! I DO need to read Gayle Forman– so many people adore her. SO MANY BOOKS, SO LITTLE TIME! I was looking at some of my book blogs and seeing how many books they have read already this year, but I realized: I’m a writer FIRST, so while that automatically makes me a READER too, my attentions are just going to be split, and that’s okay. Sigh. 🙂

  4. Great books…you definitely got me hooked on Rainbow Rowell…loved Eleanor and Park and have been trying to get a hold of Attachments. I recommend to you the author Rita Septrys she is lovely and wrote Between Shades of Gray, but her new novel I just loved is called Out of Easy-it is historical YA lit about a brothel in New Orleans in the 1950s. Also, the best book I’ve read this year is a book called The Milk of Birds by Sylvia Whitman about a girl in the Sudan that writes to a sponsor in America. It was wonderful-the characters are so full of depth. I love reading your book recommendations as you are a fellow YA lit. lover.

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