Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Read In 2013

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week bloggers post a top ten list related to a specific theme. This week's theme is Top Ten Books I Read In 2013. These books are all SF&F. I did a non-genre list of the top ten books I read in 2013 previously. All links lead to GoodReads.

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken


1. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
This is a great post-apocalyptic/dystopian YA story about kids with psychic abilities.

His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik

2. His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik
There are talking dragons that fight in the Napoleonic Wars! The later books are fun, but none are as good as the first book in this series.

Doomsday Book by Connie Willis

3. Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
Oxford student Kivrin decides to go back in time to study how people celebrated Christmas in the Middle Ages. Things go horribly wrong.

Among Others by Jo Walton

4. Among Others by Jo Walton
One can argue that this book is not a fantasy story. In any matter, the protagonist is a teenager girl who reads a lot of SF&F books that she gets from interlibrary loan.

Feed by Mira Grant

5. Feed by Mira Grant
Zombies done right. 

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

6. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
Although I enjoyed all three of the Gentleman Bastards series, I loved the first book the most.

The Curse of Chalion by Lois Bujold Masters

7. The Curse of Chalion by Lois Bujold Masters
This is a great political intrigue story set in a fantasy realm. This story is far less confusing than A Game of Thrones.

A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent by Marie Brennan

8. A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent by Marie Brennan
This is a great memoir of a woman who studies dragons.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

9. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
A great book for a child of the 80s who loves video games and SF&F.

Leviathan Wakes by James SA Corey

10. Leviathan Wakes by James SA Corey
This is space opera at its best.

48 comments:

Tara @ The Librarian Who Doesn't Say Shhh! said...
December 31, 2013 at 12:25 AM

READY PLAYER ONE! You know, that might be one of the rare books that I go back and reread. Will Wheaton reads the audiobook, so I'm thinking of giving that a whirl. And your single sentence about The Darkest Mind has me intrigued....

My anxious life said...
December 31, 2013 at 2:23 AM

I love Ready Player One sooo much!

Crini said...
December 31, 2013 at 2:55 AM

I LOVED Ready Player One. I want to reread it in 2014.
I ordered The Lies of Locke Lamora recently and am currently waiting for it to get in the mail. Very excited about that one,
I bet The Darkest Minds made a lot of lists which makes me want to get it even more. But I wanted to wait until next year when the last book comes out.

Lexxie Lin said...
December 31, 2013 at 6:33 AM

I haven't read any of the books on your list - but I have The Lies of Locke Lamora on my TBR, as I have read the third book in the series, and I really loved it. If the first book is the best, I'm in for a real treat.

Happy New Year Pamela :)

Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

abby @abbbzandbookz said...
December 31, 2013 at 8:27 AM

The Darkest Minds also made it to my list. I am not quite familiar with the other books but I hope to check them out :) Happy New Year, Pam! :D

Anne @ Lovely Literature said...
December 31, 2013 at 10:29 AM

The Lies of Locke Lamora is on my kindle, waiting to be read. I've seen His Majesty's Dragon before, I might have to give it a shot!

Great list!

Angel Reader said...
December 31, 2013 at 10:32 AM

I really want to read The Darkest Minds but I dislike the Australian cover so I need to get it online and every time I order some books I forget about it.
My Top Ten Tuesday

Miss Inga Page said...
December 31, 2013 at 1:05 PM

I have got The Darkest Minds and Ready Player One on my Amazon Wishlist. I think I will need to pick these up in the new year!

Happy New Year, Pamela!

My Thoughts.... Literally! said...
December 31, 2013 at 2:23 PM

I love seeing Ready Player One on people's lists! It's so fantastic! I also like that you enjoyed The Darkest Minds, I'm planning to read it this winter.

Happy New Year!
Cassi

stacybuckeye said...
December 31, 2013 at 2:33 PM

So many of these are on my wish list but I haven't read a one!

Greg said...
December 31, 2013 at 4:40 PM

Ready Player One was fun, I didn't put it on my top ten but I almost did. Doomsday Book sounds like a very interesting premise, and I'm not familiar with it at all. Will check it out.

Have a great New Year!

Pabkins said...
December 31, 2013 at 5:18 PM

You can beat me now with a wet noodle I still haven't read - Ready Player One.

Tressa S said...
December 31, 2013 at 7:25 PM

The Darkest Minds is the only one I've read or heard of. I'll have to check these others out!

Tressa @ Tressa's Wishful Endings

Ula (Blog of Erised) said...
December 31, 2013 at 8:05 PM

I have not read any of these but majority are on my TBR pile, like Bracken, Novik, Grant, Lynch, Brennan and Cline. :)
Great list!
Happy new year!

kimbacaffeinate said...
December 31, 2013 at 8:31 PM

Awesome list, Darkest Minds made my 2012 list. I adore Grant, ooh and the second book in that series is my favorite :) Happy New Year :)

Tanya Patrice said...
December 31, 2013 at 9:17 PM

Ooh I loved Feed and Ready Player One too. I'm probably one of the few who didn't care for Among Others though.

Pamela D said...
December 31, 2013 at 10:24 PM

You should read The Darkest Minds. It is so amazing. I think The Darkest Minds blows Divergent out of the water. :)

Pamela D said...
December 31, 2013 at 10:25 PM

It was such a fun a book! I was surprised to see so much love for this book on Top Ten Tuesday.

Pamela D said...
December 31, 2013 at 10:28 PM

I hope you enjoy The Lies of Locke Lamora. It is such a fun book. You should go read The Darkest Minds right now. Once you start reading the books, you will want to consume them all at once. :)

Pamela D said...
December 31, 2013 at 10:30 PM

That's right! I remember your review of The Republic of Thieves. You should go read The Lies of Locke Lamora right now. It is such a fun ride and a bit heart breaking at times too.

Pamela D said...
December 31, 2013 at 10:31 PM

Happy New Year to you too Abby! The Darkest Minds is such a fantastic book. I am anxiously waiting to get my hands on Never Fade. I am next in line to get a book from the library.

Pamela D said...
December 31, 2013 at 10:33 PM

The Lies of Locke Lamora is so much fun. You should read it. :) His Majesty's Dragon is an adorable book too. It is the first in a long series, but the first book is the strongest. You can just read that one and be done.

Pamela D said...
December 31, 2013 at 10:33 PM

LOL. A book cover can definitely make or break a person's interest in a book. You should try to look past it though, because the book is amazing.

Pamela D said...
December 31, 2013 at 10:34 PM

You should. They are both so much fun! Happy New Year to you too. :)

Pamela D said...
December 31, 2013 at 10:34 PM

Happy New Year Cassi! I hope that you enjoy The Darkest Minds.

Pamela D said...
December 31, 2013 at 10:36 PM

LOL. No worries. My TBR list is quite long too.

Pamela D said...
December 31, 2013 at 10:37 PM

Doomsday Book was so good. The second book in the series is To Say Nothing of the Dog, which is supposed to be amazing. It is also a more upbeat book than Doomsday Book.

Pamela D said...
December 31, 2013 at 10:40 PM

LOL. Yes! I read something that Tabitha hasn't yet! ;) Ready Player One is a fun book though. :)

Pamela D said...
December 31, 2013 at 10:41 PM

But if you only heard of one, The Darkest Minds isn't a bad one to recognize. :)

Pamela D said...
December 31, 2013 at 10:41 PM

You should find time to read them in the new year, they are all a lot of fun. :)

Pamela D said...
December 31, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Mira Grant is such a great writer. I need to find time to read some more of her books and novellas.

Pamela D said...
December 31, 2013 at 10:43 PM

Among Others is definitely a controversial read. People either love it or hate it. I have fond memories of using interlibrary loan, so it holds a special place in my heart.

Leigh @ Little Book Star said...
December 31, 2013 at 11:27 PM

Among Others looks really cool! I've never heard of this book before. I heard Feed is a really great zombie book. I have Ready Player One, but I still need to read it. The Darkest Minds sounds like a great read. I heard the plot is really complex? but I heard it's an amazing read.

Pamela D said...
December 31, 2013 at 11:39 PM

The Darkest Minds plot (at least the first book, I haven't read the second book) isn't very complex at all. Among Others, Feed, Ready Player One, and The Darkest Minds are all really fantastic. :)

Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard said...
December 31, 2013 at 11:40 PM

So many books I need to read! And I agree: His Majesty's Dragon is (to quote my daughter) "freakin' awesome!" It made my TTT list, and I would have included the next four books if I'd had room.

Pamela D said...
December 31, 2013 at 11:47 PM

LOL. I agree that His Majesty's Dragon is freakin' awesome. :) If you like audio books, you should give these books a listen. Simon Vance reads the books, and his Temeraire voice is the only voice I hear when I think of Temeraire.

Nathan (@reviewbarn) said...
December 31, 2013 at 11:51 PM

Bujold, Cline, AND Lynch? You had a very good year indeed. My favorite of your list would be the Bujold outing. Such a great book.

Pamela D said...
January 1, 2014 at 12:19 AM

I read it for Sword & Laser, an online book club. It was so fantastic.

Reviews from a Bookworm said...
January 1, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Great picks! I really want to read The Darkest Minds, have heard so many great things about that book :)

Pamela D said...
January 1, 2014 at 11:30 AM

You really should! It is a fantastic and fast read.

Lexxie Lin said...
January 2, 2014 at 2:51 AM

I don't own that book yet, and I can't get English books at the library... I also have far too many books already on my kindle, and I should try to make a good dent in those first.

Pamela D said...
January 2, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Ah yes, the dreaded TBR pile of purchased books. Good luck with your reading! :)

Jessica @ Books: A true story said...
January 2, 2014 at 9:18 PM

Ok Darkest Minds sounds awesome. I’ve never heard of a book that mixes psychic abilities and dystopian. I love the cover of A Natural History of Dragons and it makes me want to read it so bad. Cool list. You have great taste in fantasy and sci-fi.

Pamela D said...
January 2, 2014 at 11:34 PM

Thanks! :) The Darkest Minds was so much fun. If you are in the mood for an action-packed YA book, it is perfect. If you are more in the mood for a fun fantasy memoir with a bit of a mystery thrown in, A Natural History of Dragons is perfect. They are both fantastic, but very different books. :)

kimberlybuggie said...
January 6, 2014 at 10:21 AM

I've always been curious about the natural history of dragons....

Pamela D said...
January 6, 2014 at 6:01 PM

It is really good, and so much fun! The sequel comes out in early March, so the e-book may go on sale soon too.

Alysia @ My Little Pocketbooks said...
January 21, 2014 at 7:41 PM

I love READY PLAYER ONE!!!! Loved it! Rumor has it they are going to do a movie version.

Pamela D said...
January 22, 2014 at 1:49 PM

This book was so good! I hope that they can get all the copyrights that they need to make this movie!

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