Top Ten Tuesday (13): Books I’ve Read So Far In 2013

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish to facilitate list sharing. My lists, as usual, are in no real order. This week’s topic:

Top 10 Books I’ve Read So Far In 2013:

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1. The Diviners by Libba Bray
2. Just One Day by Gayle Forman
3. Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield
4. Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
5. Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
6. Pivot Point by Kasie West
7. Golden by Jessi Kirby
8. In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
9. Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender
10. Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

I had such a hard time choosing just ten books to feature on this list. 2013 has been a really good year for me, I think. I’ve had a lot of books I like, some I didn’t like, and books I LOVED. All the books not on The List are still on par with the ones on it. I just love them all. Ugh.

On the list but not on “The List”:
Stealing Henry by Carolyn MacCullough
Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill
Unremembered by Jessica Brody
Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt
52 Reasons to Hate My Father by Jessica Brody

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In My Mailbox (17) / Stacking the Shelves (11)

In My Mailbox (hosted by The Story Siren, temporarily at The Mod Podge Bookshelf) and Stacking the Shelves (hosted by Tynga’s Reviews) are weekly memes in which bloggers share the books they buy, borrow, and receive.

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Borrowed:

Fruits Basket, Vol. 6 by Natsuki Takaya

Fruits Basket, Vol. 7 by Natsuki Takaya — I love Fruits Basket so much. I actually watched the anime before I started the manga. It’s good. And Hatori is on the cover of this volume. He’s my favorite. Does anyone else like Fruits Basket?

What If… Everyone Knew Your Name by Liz Ruckdeschel and Sarah James — Asti posted this on her blog, A Bookish Heart, and I almost died. I’ve been trying to find a grown up Choose Your Own Adventure type thing for sooo long. 😀

Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt — Already started this one. I’m not too far in, but it’s good so far.

Being Henry David by Cal Armistead

This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

I Suck at Girls by Justin Halpern

Led Zeppelin: The Oral History of the World’s Greatest Rock Band by Barney Hoskyns — I know this has basically nothing to do with my blog, but I love Led Zeppelin, so I thought I’d include it in the post. Anyone else like Zeppelin? Let’s chat.

Won:

Life After Theft by Aprilynne Pike (via Epic Reads) — I’ve already started this one as well. I think I’m about half way through right now. I’m not, like,  in love with it, but I like it.

Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson (via smartfolksread)

Rebel Heart by Moira Young (via smartfolksread)– I haven’t read the first book of this series. Oops.

Bought:

The Diviners by Libba Bray — I read this book in December and January (review) and loved it. I also fell in love with the book design. Not just the cover design, but the type and formatting and the pages… et cetera. I’m a total sucker for book art/design.

Sorry for the poor quality photos. I had originally recorded a video and changed my mind, so I just used my computer to take photos real quick.

Review: The Diviners – Libba Bray

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Title: The Diviners
Author: Libba Bray
Series: The Diviners #1
Published: September 18, 2012
Opening Sentence: “In a town house at a fashionable address on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, every lamp blazes.”
Author Website | Goodreads | Amazon

Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City–and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets.The only catch is that she has to live with her Uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult.

Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Willis called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.

As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho hides a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened….

I don’t know that I’ve ever come across a book like The Diviners before. It’s a mix of paranormal, romance, and mystery with all sorts of historical, occult, and religious aspects. Hearing that, it doesn’t seem like the book would be good at all, but everything works together so well and makes an extremely interesting and worthwhile read.

The main character, Evie, was so wonderful to follow around. In a book with a bunch of lovable characters it’s hard to single just one out, but if I had to it would be Evie. She’s fresh, fun, and extremely deep and so easy to like. Evie’s growth throughout the book is difficult not to notice. She went from a party-loving teenager who saw moving to New York as a “coming out”, to an almost-adult dealing with events that the strongest of people would hesitate to face. And she did it with unwavering courage and bravery. In the midst of a fight, Evangeline O’Neill is definitely someone you want on your team.

Evie, of course, is just one of several main characters. We also see the novel through the eyes of Memphis–a boy from Harlem with a special power of his own–and other select people throughout the story. Sometimes the points-of-view are a little sporadic and, if you’re not paying attention, confusing, but the story never suffered because of it. Every point-of-view was relevant and important to the plot.

Libba Bray has written a very thorough, engaging, and historically accurate (based in 1926, whoop whoop!) novel that will keep you reading until the very end. Admittedly it did take me nearly a month to get through the book, but I can’t blame the reading time on Bray’s writing at all. I loved everything about this novel and I’m very anxiously awaiting the arrival of the second book in the series. I definitely, definitely recommend you give The Diviners a try. You won’t regret it.

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Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Top Ten Tuesday (3): Woo for Book Design!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish to facilitate list sharing. My lists, as usual, are in no real order. This week’s topic:

Top 10 Book Covers I Liked in 2012:

The covers chosen are from books I read in 2012, not necessarily books that were published in this year.

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  1. Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
  2. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ranson Riggs
  3. Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
  4. Hold Still by Nina LaCour
  5. Body of Water by Sarah Dooley
  6. This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
  7. The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour
  8. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green – I’m really stretching this one. Because this cover was just recently revealed.
  9. The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien
  10. The Diviners by Libba Bray – Okay, so I’m not done with this book and it’s not so much the cover I like as it is all the art inside. Oh, well.