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This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic has made me realize that I have absolutely no idea how I'm going to be able to pick a top ten for the year like I did for 2012. It was already tough for me to make this list with only 10 books and we're only just over halfway through the year. The end-of-year list will be a little torturous for me. But at least that can wait for later. For right now, here are my Top Ten Books I've read (*and reviewed*) in 2013 so far.
Note: The Archived by Victoria Schwab and Belladonna by Fiona Paul would totally be on this list, but I haven't yet reviewed them, so I'm making it easier for myself and limiting it to those I've reviewed.
Code Name Verity
by Elizabeth Wein.
A heart-wrenchingly beautiful story about friendship set during World War II?
Read it, loved it, cried over it.
by Cat Winters.
A gothic ghost story does not really seem like my kind of thing, but I was absolutely captivated by this one set during WWI and the Spanish Influenza.
by Katherine Longshore.
I love my Anne Boleyn stories but this one totally blew me away and gave me a totally new view on the girl behind all the legends.
by Dianne Salerni.
Exactly what about this one really made me love it, I'm not sure. Maybe the way the author took a love triangle and showed us how it's done. Maybe the beautifully developed character relationships. Maybe everything.
17 & Gone
by Nova Ren Suma.
Another one that is generally totally not my thing, but it seems that going out of my comfort zone is really paying off so far this year! This was eerie and mysterious and absolutely beautifully written.
by Una LaMarche.
The contemporary novel that got me interested in contemporary again. Wouldn't be fair to leave this one off the list! The friendships that tie this story together were amazing in their honesty.
Born of Illusion
by Teri Brown.
Magic (real and fake), mystery, 1920's, good-looking guys, and a compelling but painful mother-daughter relationship. Where's the bad?
by Megan Shepherd.
Another gothic tale, this time a retelling of The Island of Dr. Moreau. Definitely had the creep factor, but the emotions the characters brought out in me are what really made this book a winner.
by Robin LaFevers.
A lot of people raved about this one, so I knew I had to read it and luckily it was definitely worth it! No way could I turn down assassin nuns.
by Jennifer McGowan.
I was so lucky to be on the blog tour for this one and loved the girls and the story of Meg becoming a spy for a fabulously portrayed queen.
Let's just take a minute to note how EIGHT of my top ten so far are historical fiction in some sense. That's crazy. Clearly I love the genre. Didn't hurt that I spent a whole month reading and reviewing them for my Into the Archives April event, but still. I'm expecting to have a very hard time narrowing down my top ten of the whole year, so I'll just enjoy the minimal struggle that was this list.
What's on your "Best of 2013 So Far" list?