It's that time of year again!  I love looking back at the year, remembering all of the favorites that the year has brought into my life, whether it be moments, music, movies or books.  Today, on book chat day, I'm sharing my favorite reads of 2013.

Sadly, with all that this year held for us, (you know, moving to Europe and all), I did not even come close to reaching my reading goal.  And what's more…I found that I read a lot of okay books and not many really blew me away.  What a major bummer.  In fact, it's sort of left me with this blasé reading appetite lately.
Enough with the melancholy.  Today is about the good stuff.  So, here are the best books I read this year.  I do have to say though…the few that did blow me away…really f*&%ing blew me away.

In no particular order…

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
This was the last great book I've read.  If you've ever thought Paranormal YA was all frivolous, this puts that idea to rest.  It was so heart-ripping and gut-crunchingly romantic -- and not all boy/girl romantic, but that all-encompasing romantic.   I loved the writing, the setting, the fantasy, the chemistry, the romance.  In sequel, she changed the setting and split up the couple, so it was less lovable, but I'm still looking forward to the final book.  It's really a great series.
See the playlist I created for the book here.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
What a book.  This was the book I was hurling at people insistently this year.  What, you know how to read? Here: read this.
See my full review here.

My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares
Look here.  This Brashares lady should be behind bars for the soul-crushing she did with this book.  No, really though.  We have the potential for a real mutiny here and a few of have even stalked her down on Twitter for a sequel.  She told us that the publishers put the halt down on the next book, so you know…we're gonna burn that mother down.  I see picket signs and chanting.  I'd lay down in front of a bulldozer if that's what it's going to take.  We need more of Daniel and Lucy.
This book did things to me.

Lover At Last by J.R. Ward
I was SO (I mean SO) excited about this book.  These two characters have played on the sidelines for so long that we were able to watch them grow up and fall in love and I feared the debate of writing a m/m love story in a mainstream series would never happen.  I couldn't care less that they were both dudes…one of them could have been a toaster for all I cared.  I love these characters and this story and this world and all of it.  This is the only cheesy-romance series I read, and it's my major guilty pleasure so just leave me alone about it.

The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes
A beautiful two-part love story, written by a new favorite author of mine.  Parts were set in a small French village during WWI and having just moved over here, I felt like this book just came to life for me.
See my full review here.

So, those are my favorites of the year.  These were the books that kept me up at night and bursting into tears for no reason during the day.  I wish there had been more, but I guess I prefer quality over quantity.  I hope this next year will be more settled and I will be able to get more reading done.  I also wish I had read more of the buzz books of the year.  There were so many great new releases that I didn't even have a chance to read yet.  There's always next year.

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