Top Ten Tuesday #5: Top Ten Books I've Read So Far In 2013


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 Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far In 2013



Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

I love Sophie’s attitude and snarkiness. There’s something about a character that just makes you grip the pages and keep reading until it’s done. She is fierce, loyal, intelligent, brave and one of the most sarcastic and wittiest characters I have ever read.



Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Having loved Shadow and Bone, I knew I was going to enjoy this one. This one had a lot more character development than the other one, but it also had a ton of action at the end that I gave it a higher rating.



Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay

By loving all things Shakespeare, I knew that I had to read this one, and I’m glad I did because this is one read that I couldn’t put down. If the star crossed lovers turned out to be enemies, what would happen? I loved this brilliant story and I hope everyone gets a chance to read this one.



The Beautiful and the Cursed by Page Morgan

Page writes Ingrid’s story with her beautiful storytelling, the violent murders, and the mysterious secrets that surrounds The Beautiful and the Cursed‘s world. Highly recommended for fans looking for a supernatural read.



Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff

 I wanted it to move along with the wonderful character development but it was sorely lacking. It finally appeared at least around the 166th page, so yay! I didn’t mind for the wait because the relationship between Hannah and Finny, and Hannah’s friendship with Lillian surface to further distract me until then.



Sever by Lauren DeStefano

Lauren has a way of writing that makes you stay in the character’s life and not think about anything or anyone else. She has this keen ability to write about the human mind and all its wonders. Her writing is on point and this one was a little longer than the others but it was still a fabulous read.



Out of The Easy by Ruta Sepetys

The writing is fluid, humorous, infectious and downright entertaining! I couldn’t stop reading until the very end. Mind you, there were some very predictable parts but that’s probably just me unraveling the mystery as I read along.




Don’t Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon

Don’t Turn Around is written in dual perspectives and I’ve always loved different point of views because it adds so much more dimension to the storyline. So fast-paced, I couldn’t stop reading. And there were just so many questions I needed to answer that my mind itself was racing to figure it all out. This book is for any techy geek or anyone interested in a mystery or even conspiracy.



Shades of Earth by Beth Revis

This had a ton of plot development and so much history between the characters. I couldn’t stop reading it. What a wonderful ending to a beautifully written trilogy!


The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

This one book that will put the Hunger Games to shame for its sheer emotional character development, fast-paced action and a simple but true plot that I’m highly recommending this to everyone I know. Seriously.


  1. Anne Consolacion

    December 15, 2013 at 3:54 AM

    I have to read your top 1, The 5th Wave. I have to!

    • Giselle

      December 15, 2013 at 7:55 PM

      YES!! Please do!

  2. casey

    September 29, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    I reaaally wanna read The Chemical Garden and The 5th wave!

  3. Sarah

    August 31, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    I’m glad you loved Siege and Storm; I just finished Shadow and Bone and loved it and was hoping the next one would be awesome as well 😀

  4. Rachel Spring

    August 28, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    I loved Hex Hall too! The whole series was pretty great. I still haven’t read The 5th Wave even though I had it preordered, but I need to read it very soon. Great list!!

  5. fatma shahin

    August 26, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    I absolutely love this top ten. I love your choices and ive read a couple of them – siege and storm was amazing! i still wanna read Dont turn Around because it sounds amazing and the cover is so gripping. also, im reading the 5th wave now and it’s so darn good i cant stop reading!

  6. Trix

    August 23, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    They all sound very intriguing!

  7. fatma shahin

    August 20, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    Such GREAT book choices! the 5th wave was AMAZING! by far best book i’ve read in 2013 so far <3

  8. Diana Grace

    August 20, 2013 at 7:30 AM

    Great list! 🙂

  9. Maggie

    August 15, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    I haven’t read any of those but I think I might like ‘Out Of The Easy’.

  10. Maida @ Literary Love Affair

    July 22, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    I have yet to read any of these books but I am most excited for Siege and Storm, Hex Hall and The Beautiful and the Cursed. They all sound fantastic and I have heard nothing but great things about them! Awesome list so far! 😀

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair 

  11. Stacy Renee @ LazyDayLiterature

    June 30, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    This is a really great list and the majority of these are on my TBR list but I’ve only read The 5th Wave. I loved how fast-paced it was and how sarcastic Cassie was. I couldn’t help but think it would make a great movie while reading it! 🙂

  12. Krystianna

    June 29, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    I’ve seen the Hex Hall series around so much though I still haven’t purchased the first book! I’m glad to hear that the main character has a snarky attitude though; that makes me want to purchase a copy right now.

  13. Ratri Anugrah

    June 28, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    “This one book that will put the Hunger Games to shame” i like this

  14. roro

    June 26, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    shades of earth has an amazing conclusion

    i’m green you read siege and storm, juliet immortal, 5th wave and out and easy

    have agr8 remainder of the year

  15. Jaime Lester

    June 25, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    The Beautiful and the Cursed and The 5th Wave are the 2 out of this list that I am seriously looking forward to. The 5th Wave will be read soon Yay! Now I just have to get my hands on The B & C!

  16. Lola @ Reading by Lamplight

    June 25, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    Shades of Earth was a great book! I really, really need to read Paper Valentine! 🙂

  17. Lauren

    June 25, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    I’m so happy you liked Hex Hall! I adored that series, and Demonglass & Spirit Bound were even better for me! I also loved The Beautiful and the Cursed, her writing is phenomenal but it’s SO LONG till the second book 😛

  18. Adriana C

    June 25, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    Nice list! I haven´t read any of those books, but I want to read The 5th Wave. thanks for sharing.
    Here is My Top 10 Tuesday

  19. Natalie @ Browsing Bookshelves

    June 25, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    I LOVED Shades of Earth! So sad that series is done now though 🙁 I need to read The 5th Wave soon !

  20. Jamie

    June 25, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    The Beautiful and the Cursed is one I want to read! Ruta Sepetys wrote anyother book?! How did I miss this? Must go find now….
    Great list.
    Here is my top ten.

  21. bn100

    June 25, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Haven’t read any of these books. They sound interesting.

  22. Carmen B.

    June 25, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Great top ten! You just reminded me that I have to get Paper Valentine and The Beautiful and the Cursed already >.<
    I really loved Wither but didn't like Fever all that much, so I feel a bit hesitant about Sever. I agree about DeStefano's writing though, so I'll definitely check it out at some point! Also, of course I have to see how it all ends 😉

    My TTT

  23. Nikki H @ Take Me Away...

    June 25, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    I still need to read The Beautiful and the Cursed! I’ve heard nothing but great things about it! Great list!

    Here’s my TTT

  24. Leeanna

    June 25, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    I am so with you on Hex Hall and Siege and Storm! The others I haven’t read yet so I don’t know, but I sure miss Sophie from Hex Hall.

  25. Olena

    June 25, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    The Beautiful and the Cursed was an intriguing read for me. I am a big fan of the supernatural 🙂 I loved the Gargoyles and the Angels. The 5th Wave, Juliet Immortal,Sever and Siege and Storm are on my TBR pile. Great selection!

  26. Alyssa Susanna

    June 25, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    … I must read The Fifth Wave. ASAP. And I have Siege and Storm – need to star that one as well!

    Hope you read more good ones! I recommend Altered by Jennifer Rush, one of my favorite books of the year so far! 🙂

  27. Cali W.

    June 25, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    I love all those books and I still need to read a few of those to catch up; like Siege and Storm and Sever. <3

  28. Andi

    June 25, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    I read Juliet Immortal last year I think. Excellent book. And I really need to get to The 5th Wave. I have it at home waiting for me.

    Great list.

    My TTT List

  29. Lisa (Lost in Literature)

    June 25, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Wow!! Awesome list!!! I totally have to agree with The 5th Wave… just amazing!!! And I have so many of the others on my shelf and/or wishlist… it looks like we have very simliar reading taste. 🙂 Great list!

  30. Molli

    June 25, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    Siege and Storm was glorious! I still need to get a copy of The 5th Wave and give it a try, since so many people liked it.

  31. may

    June 25, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    I love Hex Hall series. I heard a lot of good things about 5th wave but haven’t read it yet because it seems a bit grim to me…

  32. Christa

    June 25, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    I really enjoyed The 5th Wave and Paper Valentine but I still need to check out the rest of this list!

  33. Suz Reads

    June 25, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    I loved Sever too and can’t wait to read Siege & Storm and The 5th Wave! Your list has given me some great books to add to my TBR list!

  34. Jessica R

    June 25, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    Lots on this list that I’ve been meaning to get to, so this is good reassurance that they’re worth the time. The 5th Wave, The Beautiful and the Cursed, Out of the Easy, Juliet Immortal, Siege and Storm… they all sound great! Good to know they were all top-ten worthy! 🙂

  35. Jenna

    June 25, 2013 at 7:41 AM

    Nice list.

    I really want to read Out of the Easy, but haven’t got around to it yet.

  36. Liza @ Reading with ABC

    June 25, 2013 at 7:14 AM

    I have a lot of reading to do, but I did like the end of the Chemical Garden series (it was the best book of the lot). I’m reading The 5th Wake soon too 🙂

    Liza’s TTT

  37. Zino

    June 25, 2013 at 4:47 AM

    Great list! I’ve read so many raving reviews of the 5th Wave and I’m so excited to read it, I’ll definitely be starting it soon 🙂

  38. Rebecca

    June 25, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    I still need to read Sever so I can finish up the Chemical Garden series! Siege and Storm is on my list, too (and almost everyone else’s this week, lol). Happy reading!

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