I know I haven’t posted in awhile. I’m sure you all have missed the google translated terrible Telugu paragraphs. I know, stop crying. It’ll come back eventually. Things have been rough lately – language and personally – so I just haven’t been focused as much. But, we’ll get back to that.
Until then though, something much more fun! A friend of mine, Katie O’Shea, an aspiring lawyer and writer, wrote a blog post about the best books she read in 2013 and I thought, hey!, what a great idea! So, I’m going to do my own. Unfortunately, though I have a Good Reads account and my own pages to keep track of what books I’ve read, I have a terrible time actually marking down the books I’ve read. My records seem to indicate that I haven’t read many – but I feel like I read a fairly good amount. Maybe 2013 was just slower than usual. Well, slower than 2012. I really read a LOT of books in 2012. Then again, I read three “Song of Ice and Fire” (aka Game of Thrones) which are generally 900+ pages each. Anyway, here are some top picks! I’ll try to give decent reviews with no spoliers.
I’m still so sad there’s so few! Anyway, on to the reviews.
The Fault in Our Stars
I think almost everyone has the same reaction to this book: gross, unadulterated blubbering. The book teaches you a lot about the fear of dying and the fear – and joy – of loving. A friend recommended this to me when I was in Italy that I bought finally when I was back in DC and it was totally worth it. Missed a dinner party because I couldn’t stop reading it and became a completely hot disaster mess. But it’s so worth it and I cannot wait for the movie. If you haven’t seen the trailer, watch it now!
Game of Thrones/Clash of Kings
I read this because I wanted to watch the HBO show, but I wanted to read the books first. I always try to read the books first. It was really hard with this one because I knew I could get 2-3 seasons on HBO anytime that I was reading it. ALSO, it was pretty much impossible to avoid spoilers. I knew what was going to happen at the end of the book one (just as I knew what was going to happen in book 3) but it’s still so much fun READING how it happens. It’s much more intricate. He writes all the characters so well that even though the books are like 900 pages, it’s an easy read. Seeing how everything is interwoven is phenomenal. And even though I constantly ruin everything for myself on Wikipedia, I still enjoy the books. I technically read Book 3, “Storm of Swords” in 2013, but I finished it in the beginning of 2014, so I didn’t count it. Womp womp.
Discovery of Witches
The absolute coolest thing about this book is the fact that I studied in Oxford, England which is where about half of the book takes place. I literally could visualize many of the scenes, and I had sat where the main character sat in Duke Humfrey’s library. Pretty awesome. It’s a bit slow at parts – it’s a fairly long book too – that I almost wanted to skip ahead, but it’s intriguing none the less. I need to pick up the next one.
My best friend read this in high school and loved it (and she doesn’t much care for reading), but I finally picked it up because, yes, the movie. I didn’t see it, but still read the book. It was a really quick read, and I loved watching the development of Ender. I don’t think I had had it spoiled for me, so I was still surprised at the ending. The idea of modeling children into warriors is always a scary concept (hello, Hunger Games). And children can be vicious!
Insurgent is definitely better than Allegiant. Divergent was the best of the all (also finished just at the tail end of 2012), but Insurgent pulls up the intrigue and deals with a lot of internal, difficult struggles. Allegiant took a long time to get through honestly – mostly because of the switch between the narrators (Four and Tris) that I didn’t like. Four sounded a little too girly for me and not how I had pictured him at all mentally sounding. BUT, the ending certainly makes up for it. The mixture of biology/psychology/race into it all is certainly a different spin than usual YA books.
Well, now that I see how few books I’ve read in 2013, I definitely have to get on it in 2014! There’s my new New Year’s Resolution. Any recommended books out there? Read anything good in 2013?