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Top 13 books of 2013 by Laura Delve

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Today, Laura Delve will be telling us her Top 13 Books of 2013!

Are any of them on your list?

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These are in no particular order, as it was difficult enough choosing my top 13, I couldn’t possibly rank them 

TLL1. The Life List by Lori Nelson Spielman
I honestly think everyone should read this. It makes you look at life a little differently. It shows you how you shouldn’t be afraid to do what you really want to. Don’t just do something or stay with something because you think it’s the safe or correct thing to do. It is definitely a feel good book.

2. Fractured by Dani AtkinsF
This debut novel has caused quite a stir in the blogging community and I was so glad I got a chance to read it. I don’t even want to say anymore as don’t want to give a single thing away, just that this should definitely be on your TBR pile!

TKA3. The Keepers:Archer by Rae Rivers
I absolutely love fantasy novels and this was one of the first review copies I got the chance to read when I started by blog. It is about one witch, her three keepers (protectors) and two warlocks that want to ruin everything good that magic stands for. This is the first in a three-part series, with a prequella and cannot wait for the next one!

TMB4. The Memory Box by Sarah Webb
This was the first book I have ever read by Sarah Webb and needless to say I loved it. Sarah’s writing style is really lovely and she just makes you love all the characters in her story.

tcm5. The Cinderella Moment by Jennifer Kloester
I love fairytales with a modern day twist and this one was just that. I was completely swept away by this tale. The way Jennifer describes every scene has you truly feeling like you are there in the story with the characters. At one point we are whisked away to Paris and I am now craving a visit purely from reading this!

WUAS6. Wish Upon A Star by Trisha Ashley
Trisha Ashley is one of my favourite authors. I have read nearly all her books and I was waiting for this one to come out for practically a whole year. I enjoy how some of her novels take us back to the town of Sticklepond and we get to meet up with old characters again, but the novel is still stand-alone. This one introduces us to Cally and her daughter Stella and was just another great story from Trisha.

A-Cinderella-Christmas-by-Holly-Kingston-Hi-Res7. A Cinderella Christmas by Holly Kingston
I was so excited that I was asked to be a part of the blog tour for this wonderful novella. Not only is the cover great, but it completely matches the story. It had me laughing in places, but wanting things to turn out OK for the main character Lucy. A definite read around Christmas time.

PR8. Perfect Ruin by Lauren Defestano
Having read The Chemical Garden series by Lauren, I was extremely keen to get my hands on her new series The Internment Chronicles. Lauren did not disappoint! This series tells us of a world where the people live in the sky and they are told they must never go towards the edge. But the people of Internment are beginning to question this; what is it that the rulers are hiding from them.

DH4C9. Driving Home for Christmas by Emma Hannigan
This was an incredibly festive read and has gone up there with my favourite Christmas books of ALL time! The pretext of this was about a family all coming home for Christmas to the lovely Huntersbrook House. Emma writes beautifully and I fell hopelessly in love with all the characters. I was also especially pleased as quite a few books I have picked up this year with Christmas covers have not been Christmassy at all! But this one was not hiding anything unchristmassy 

Soul Taken Cover10. Soul Taken by Katlyn Duncan
This was another fantasy series that had a brilliantly unique story. This one was about the Afterlife and focused on Maggie who was a soul collector. She had had her memories taken away from her when she died as the people of the Afterlife did not want her to remember what she had done in her previous life. Maggie wants to be promoted to The Guard but her wish won’t be granted. However she is soon sent on a mission where more truths come to light. This is the first in a trilogy and recently finished the second books and now cannot wait for the final in the series!

TUPHR11. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
I thought this was an absolutely beautiful book. It is about a man called Harold who goes out to post a letter to his old friend Queenie who is dying of cancer. He ends up walking from one end of the country to the other in a bid to save her life. Harold meets all sorts of people on the way, each with their own troubles and we learn a few truths about Harold’s life as well.

Jo-Carnegie-Party-Games-191x30012. Party Games by Joe Carnegie

This was brilliant! So much happens in this story that you just cannot put it down as I was desperate to find out what would happen next. This story focuses on three very different women and how their lives interlink and everything that goes on in their small knit community. There is lots of scandal and drama with some brilliant twists and turns.

TMB13. The Language of Spells by Sarah Painter
When I started my blog this year, this was the first ever request I had to review a book from an author and I was incredibly excited. Magical Realism in stories is my absolutely favourite focus in a story. It’s where magic happens but it blends in with the goings on in the village. There was also an element of mystery in this and I genuinely loved it 

So there’s my Top 13 Books of 2013! Phew what a year! Thank you very much to Zoe for having me 

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Top 13 Books of 2013 by Michelle Russ

women-bookslllToday is the first day of guest posts from some awesome friends sharing their Top 13 books of 2013.

To kick things off is the lovely Michelle!

Are any of these books on your list?

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Hi all!

When Zoe asked me to take part in this feature I thought “eek! That’s going to be tough to narrow down!” So after trawling through my goodreads account to see what I have actually read, here it is. In no particular order. My top 13 books read in 2013!

  1. Perfect – Rachel Joyce

I read this in the summer when I was on holiday in Rhodes and absolutely loved it! It’s the story of two boys lives mapped out by one moment in history. I wasn’t a fan of Rachel Joyce’s first book, but wanted to start again when I finished this one!

  1. A Cottage by the Sea – Carole Matthews

I actually bought this book to go on holiday, but didn’t get around to reading it until later in the year. It was my first Carole Matthews book and was set in one of my favourite places in the world in Pembrokeshire. A fab book, and I can’t wait to read more of Carole’s back catalogue!

  1. Afterlife Academy – Jaimie Admans

I’m not generally a fan of books with a supernatural element, but this book was an exception for me! A young adult story where even dying doesn’t get you out of going to high school. Written by an exceptionally talented indie author (and my friend!) who has published a mammoth amount of books over the last 18 months.

  1. Geek Girl – Holly Smales

Another YA book, this time about a geeky young girl who gets picked up by a model scout and gets into all sorts of trouble following her new career. Brilliantly witty and funny, and closely followed up by the sequel, Model Misfit.

  1. Falling Angels – Tracy Chevalier

A little bit different to the rest of my list, this book is a fantastically dark piece of historical fiction. I only discovered Tracy Chevalier this year and am reading my way through her work, and loving every second !

  1. Party Games – Jo Carnegie

This book is the first in a new series by Jo Carnegie, following characters in the village of Beeversham and their antics. Just as good as the earlier Churchminister series, and I can’t wait to read the next instalment!

  1. Cupcakes at Carrington’s – Alexandra Brown

This book is the first in the wonderful Carrington’s series and really hooked me in. Fantastic characters, a department store setting that reminds me of my childhood, romance and lots and lots of cake!!

  1. The Life List – Lori Nelson Spielman

This is without a doubt one of my favourite books of the year. The protagonist’s mother dies and makes her inheritance conditional on completing the life list she wrote as a teenager. Brilliantly written and both happy and sad at the same time. I shed a few tears to this one!!

  1. How to Fall in Love – Cecilia Ahern

I received this as an ARC earlier this year and absolutely devoured it. A brilliant storyline that literally left me feeling a bit light-headed from holding my breath! I absolutely loved this book and the characters in it.

  1. About a Girl – Lindsey Kelk

This was my first Lindsey Kelk book and I thought that it was absolutely genius! Funny, a great, original storyline and a HUGE cliffhanger involving hot men. I WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!!!!!!!!

  1. It’s Raining Men – Milly Johnson

Three friends go on holiday and end up in the wrong place because of a misunderstanding with the booking. Each gets to know herself and really understand the village they are staying in. I love a book set in a village with a good twist. This has both!

  1. The House We Grew Up In – Lisa Jewell

Another holiday read, this was a fantastic piece of women’s fiction. It unravelled the secrets embedded in a family and their family home before coming to a shocking conclusion without leaving you feeling like you had missed something. A really good story.

  1. The Wish List – Jane Costello

Yet another holiday read! This time by the fantastic Jane Costello. I love all of her books and this one certainly didn’t disappoint. Witty and extremely funny, I was even relaying the story of this one to my boyfriend whilst lying on sun loungers by the pool!

That was a very whistle-stop tour of my favourite reads of the year! I’ve read some great books and have discovered some new authors. I think my TBR will get even more out of hand in 2014!!!

Thank you for having me Zoe! x

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