So like everyone else, we decided to round up ten of our favorite titles of 2013!
Top Ten Tuesday is a feature by the awesome ladies at the Broke & the Bookish!
-J & T
Top 10 titles of 2013:
Coming up with this list was a lot harder than it looked, and there are a ton of titles that we loved, which we had to leave off this particular list.
(But we're definitely adding them to other ones!)
Now, in no particular order...
10. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan (Doubleday)
He understands the stereotypes involved, and absolutely skewers them in brilliant fashion. This is basically Gossip Girl for the Singapore crowd.
9. Born of Illusion by Teri Brown (Balzer & Bray)
Read this if you want a brilliant historical fiction.
(Seriously, I can't say more because - spoilers!)
8. Since You Asked by Maurene Goo (Scholastic)
Since You Asked is hilariously funny, but it also offers a very insightful look at what it is to grow up and feel caught between two very different cultures.
I really loved the relationship struggles that Holly had with her mom - not just because they were humorously depicted, but because Goo deftly covers the growing pains that mothers and daughters will often experience.
This is the perfect book to reassure both parent and child that yes, there is a light at the end of the tunnel for that relationship.
Also, Maurene owns the world's most badass cat, so. You know. More awesome.
7. Dualed by Elsie Chapman (Random House)
It's a book that actually plays on one of the oldest fears in human existence: the idea of the double or the doppelganger. It's the psychological fear that seeing your double = your death that's existed since the Egyptians, and Elsie plays with that psychosis beautifully.
Also, in a completely unrelated note, this is the one book that I talk about/get asked about the most at political functions. Whenever I talk about Dualed, people get into really interesting debates on how they would deal with their Alt.
6. Cinders & Sapphires by Leila Rasheed (Disney Hyperion)
Leila Rasheed has created a fantastic cast of characters to root for, all of whom have their own rich, creative (and occasionally) conniving backstories.
Also, I stand by what I said in my original review: Charlotte is totally the Emily Throne of Downton.
5. Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross (Random House)
(Heck - I think I'm going to email my professor and recommend it.)
Elizabeth Ross's book beautifully, wonderfully depicts a girl's coming-of-age in the most unusual of circumstances. This book is why people write (and read) historical fiction.
4. Geek Girl by Holly Smale (HarperCollins UK)
It's smart, it's clever and I would totally want to hang out with Harriet and exchange random facts with her any day.
Also, I love the fact that Harriet literally stumbles into her modeling career - it's such a hilarious, funny change from the trend of characters who are either super shy or super gifted.
Bottom line: Holly Smale can write. And write darned well at that.
3. The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan (Touchstone)
Denise Kiernan brilliantly covers the individual stories of a group of women who were brought together to help the war effort. Her research is flawless, and she brings their stories to life in a way that will live on for generations to come.
2. Before I Met You by Lisa Jewell (Atria)
Lisa Jewell does the same for London in Before I Met You, offering two heartbreaking but beautiful stories about a granddaughter and grandmother growing up in two very different periods.
I generally don't get emotional while reading, but this story just blew me away.
1. Famous Last Words by Jennifer Doktorski
Jennifer Doktorski gets the passion that journalists have for the news - regardless of whether they're working at The New York Times or in a small town paper.
Jennifer also wrote one of the the most realistic contemporary YA relationships I've seen in awhile - I don't think I've shipped two characters like this in awhile.