Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books So Far in 2013

the broke and the bookish

Good morning ya’ll! It’s Tuesdayyyy, so time for Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Since June is ALMOST OVER, the topic today is Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far In 2013. Holy crap on a cracker, I can’t believe we’re halfway through this year… Anyways, I love this topic because I’ve read 59 books so far this year and I have SO many good ones to fangirl about!

TTT try 3

1. Retribution Falls (Tales of the Ketty Jay #1) by Chris Wooding – This is WITHOUT A DOUBT the best book/series I’ve read so far this year. Awesome, fantastic book about the crew of the airship Ketty Jay, with some steampunk elements. There’s adventure, piracy, gun fights, daemonism, golems, and a fun interesting cast of characters. Totally gave me book hangover because I wanted to read the second book ASAP. It’s funny, action-packed, and reminds me just a little bit of Firefly. LOVE IT.

2. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray – I read Vanity Fair with a readalong group and it was a good time. Definitely one of my favorite classic reads of the year, as I really enjoyed watching the cruel and calculating Becky Sharp try to make her way through high society. I STILL hear “Ladykiller” by Maroon 5 play in my head whenever I think about this book.

3. My Beloved Brontosaurus by Brian Switek – Honestly, I wanted to put almost ALL the non-fiction I’ve read this year on this list but I narrowed it down to this and one other. I was so pleasantly surprised that this book about dinosaurs was as interesting, funny, and engaging as it was. Did you know that evidence points to most dinosaurs having feathers? And that scientists are still debating about just how exactly giant dinosaurs like T-Rexes managed to get their groove on? Yeah, you should read this.

4. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan – I read this book alllll the way back in January and it was SUCH a delight! Whimsical, nerdy, full of mystery and at the core a celebration of books and book lovers.

5. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell – If you haven’t read anything by Rowell yet, you need to get on that immediately. The unlikely romance between chubby, outcast Eleanor and quiet, nerdy Park set against the backdrop of high school in the 80’s was tenderly sweet, heart-wrenching, and just SO GOOD. Read it in one day.

6. The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu – You might have seen my review for this one recently, but let me say it again – this book was so full of awesome! Overweight, middle-aged Roen’s life is going nowhere… until he wakes up one day hearing the voice of ancient alien Tao in his head. Tao needs Roen to get in shape and learn to be a secret agent in order to save humanity and help Tao’s race find a way back to their own planet. WIN.

7. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion – A book about a zombie and a human falling in love might seem silly, but Marion executes this perfectly. R is a zombie, and he’s lonely – he doesn’t remember who he used to be, and he can’t communicate with the other zombies because none of them can really talk. But when R sets his eyes on Julie something awakens inside of him that changes him and leads to changes among the entire zombie population. The writing was absolutely beautiful at times, and I’m already looking forward to re-reading this in the future.

8. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier – This is another classic that I’ve read this year and it was so great! Gloomy, mysterious, and wonderfully written. The author is a MASTER at setting up the scene, and I can see the estate of Manderley so vividly in my mind. I flew through reading this one.

9. Space Chronicles by Neil deGrasse Tyson – This is my other non-fiction pick. Astrophysicist Tyson puts together his interviews, articles, essays, and even poems about space and why continued human exploration of it is so important. With wit, facts, and insight he puts together an impassioned plea to give NASA the funding it so desperately needs, and it was just a fantastic read.

10. George’s Secret Key to the Universe by Lucy and Stephen Hawking – This is DEFINITELY the best kid’s book I’ve read in a long time. George has new next-door neighbors – Annie, and her scientist dad Eric. They have a special computer that can show George the wonders of the universe – in person. I’m so surprised by how much I enjoyed this – the story was fun and interesting and the book is sprinkled with factoids about space and full-color images of planets, asteroids, and more. My 8-year old nephew is reading it with his mom now and I hear he’s really enjoying it so far 🙂


BOOM! There we have it. I am just so excited to see what great reads the rest of this year has in store for me.

Any of these that you’re familiar with? What were some of your favorite reads of this year so far?




  1. Gah! If I don’t read Rebecca soon I’m afraid I’ll have to turn in my book lover membership card!


  2. You’ve got me wanting to read Rebecca soon. Like yesterday! I definitely need to fit it in soon, but when? It looks like I need to quit my job and hole up in a cabin for a few years and just read.


  3. I was pondering if your Top Ten will be full of non-fiction 🙂 I’ve only read Vanity Fair out of your list and it was last year, but not sure it would have been in my list even then, I liked the book overall but so many characters really rubbed me the wrong way :p. Although that was, no doubt, the intention of Thackeray.


    1. It was tough to leave some of the non-fiction out, lol.

      I really enjoyed Vanity Fair, and I think part of the reason I feel SO fondly for it is that I enjoyed how crazy bad Becky was and how SUPER sweet Captain Dobbin was.


  4. I love that this is the second list I’ve seen that has included Rebecca! I have so much love for that book! I’ve heard good things about Warm Bodies but haven’t decided if I want to read it. Zombies aren’t generally my thing. But I might make an exception for this one. 🙂


  5. Rebecca is on my TBR list, and has been for far too long! I kind of want to read that dinosaur book too… Mostly because I like adding “saurus” to things. Fearful feathered lizards! Rawr!


  6. I want to read sooo many from your list! I recently started reading Retribution Falls though based on your raving about it. And I got The Lives of Tao on the Kindle and am excited to read that one too soon. Great list! 🙂


  7. Great list! I haven’t read any of the ones you’ve mentioned above but I absolutely need to check out Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, Warm Bodies, Eleanor and Park, and Rebecca.


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