The Best (and Most Disappointing) Books of 2013

When I decided to do a year-end roundup, I thought I’d have a bunch of books to pick through for my best and most disappointing reads of 2013. I felt like all I’ve done this year is read and review. Imagine my surprise when I counted up my book reviews to find only 16 posts. That’s all I read this year: 16 books. Man, I need to step up my game in 2014.

So here are the top five best and most disappointing books I read this year.

Best Reads of 2013

1. Thrown by Colette Auclair
2. Once Upon a Lie by Maggie Barbieri
3. Nightfall by Anne Stuart
4. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
5. Malicious Mischief by Marianne Harding

Most Disappointing Reads of 2013

1. Dream Student by J. J. DiBenedetto
2. Plague by Lisa Hinsley
3. Confessions of a Hostie by Danielle Hugh
4. Time Release by Martin J. Smith
5. Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill

I ended up reading a lot of new books written by authors I’d never heard of, and I’m glad that I picked them up. Even the ones that I didn’t end up enjoying taught me about writing. The biggest lesson I learned this year was don’t judge a book by its summary. I now hold off on forming an opinion until after I’ve finished the last page.

What are some of the best books you read this year? Which ones left you wanting? Any recommendations or must reads that I should put on my list for next year?

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