Tuesday, December 31, 2013

My Favorite Books of 2013

I couldn’t let the year end with the same number of posts I made in 2012, so here’s one more for 2013 (and posted later than usual at that).

I’ve seen people post about their top ten lists of favorite books, but I couldn’t reduce my list of 92 read books (yes, 92!!) to only the best ten, especially when I ranked 39 of those books with 5 stars. So, here is the list of books I gave the highest rank to. The number associated with it is the number of book I read this year (so #3 would be the third book I read in 2013).

3. "Rapture" by J.R. Ward
9. "Wolf Tales V" by Kate Douglas
10. "Love Me To Death" by Allison Brennan
12. "Love is Murder" by Allison Brennan
13. "Kiss Me, Kill Me" by Allison Brennan
14. "If I Should Die" by Allison Brennan
18. "Silenced" by Allison Brennan
19. "Stalked" by Allison Brennan
21. "Hangar 18: Legacy" by Jennette Marie Powell
23. "The Temperate Warrior" by Renee Vincent
24. "Absolution" by Susannah Sandlin
25. "Water for Elephants" by Sara Gruen
26. "Three Wishes" by Paula Millhouse
27. "Reckless" by Allison Brennan
28. "Lover at Last" by J.R. Ward
36. "Immortal Ever After" by Lynsay Sands
37. "Omega" by Susannah Sandlin
42. "Deliver Me From Temptation" by Tes Hilaire
45. "The Destroyed" by Brett Battles
46. "How Hard Can it Be?" by Robyn Peterman
47. "Pirate Dave & His Randy Adventures" by Robyn Peterman
48. "Dragonstone-A Kingdom of Chalvaren Romance" by Paula Millhouse
49. "The Shadow Tracer" by Meg Gardiner
50. "Consumed" by Rebecca Zanetti
54. "Becoming Quinn" by Brett Battles
56. "Stolen" by Allison Brennan
58. "The Collected" by Brett Battles
62. "Mistress of the Stone" by Maria Zannini
63. "Fifth Grave Past the Light" by Darynda Jones.
64. "Blood Entangled" by Amber Belldene
65. "The Enraged" by Brett Battles
70. "The Vampire with the Dragon Tattoo" by Kerrelyn Sparks
74. "One Lucky Vampire" by Lynsay Sands
75. "Wishing for a Highlander" by Jessi Gage
79. "Animal Attraction" by Lori Foster, Maisey Yates, Heidi Betts, and Jules Bennett
80. "Possession" by J.R. Ward
84. "Dracula" by Bram Stoker
87. "Cold Snap" by Allison Brennan
88. "Provoked" by Rebecca Zanetti

Overall, it was a good reading year. Were any of your favorites on this list?

I’m debating on whether to make my goal in 2014 the same as I made for 2013, bump it up to what I actually read in 2013, or lower it (in the hopes my life becomes busier with my writing). I hate to put undue pressure on me for something I clearly LOVE to do, but writing will come first. It must if I hope to be successful at it!

Are you making any reading goals for 2014?





The Happy Whisk said...

Very well done on all your posts and wow, what an exciting 2013 it's been here on your blog. Super excited for you and looking forward to seeing what you do with 2014.

No reading goals for me. Though lots more bakes in my future.

The Happy Whisk said...

And if I'm not careful, more pounds as well.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Ivy - We must always be fearful of the extra poundage, right? I fear I'll be starting 2014 way too heavy, but there's all this food in the house...

If only reading burned MORE calories. What a win-win that would be, huh?

Maria Zannini said...

Wow. That's a pretty good show for the year.

(Glad I was on the list too.)

Jen B said...

Congrats on 157 posts!! Awesome!

Also 39 5-star books is fantastic. Glad you read so many great books this year!

I'm keeping my reading goal around the same, between 25-30. Reading 2-3 books a month is about my speed. :)

Wishing you an amazing New Year! Cheers!

The Happy Whisk said...

Yes, that would be a win win.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Maria - You deserved to be!

Jen - Glad to hear you're making a reading goal. It's kind of addicting, isn't it?

Ivy - Have fun baking!

Jennette Marie Powell said...

Wow! I'm honored to see Hangar 18 on the list with the likes of Allison Brennan, JR Ward, and Darynda Jones! I don't make reading goals, because I always unexpectedly wind up with the odd book that takes me a month to read. Maybe my goal will simply be to keep a list of what I read this year. Happy New Year!

Stacy McKitrick said...

Jennette - I loved your book, so not a surprise it would be one of my favorites! Happy 2014!