In the spirit of Casey Kasem and his Rockin’ New Year’s Eve Countdown (and okay, for those of you born more recently, Ryan Seacrest), the YA Buccaneers decided we needed to do a 2013 Rewind post! It’s our own Top 10 list of our favourite books of 2013 (both MG & YA), and the music that inspired us. I must admit, some of the books I read this year weren’t from 2013, but they were new to me. And the music? To me, a music playlist is all about the mood I’m trying to create, especially when writing, so I’ve drawn outside the lines a bit on this one, too.
I feel like with every book I read this year, I’d finish and say, “That was my favourite book this year!”. Then, I’d start a new book, and end up feeling the same way. Could it be because I read a lot of Rainbow Rowell, and well, the woman is a genius? Could it be that so many great books came out this year? I have no idea. I just know that I had trouble picking my “top” choice. Let’s just say, this is my Top 10 list….with a #1, and 9 runners-up.
My Top 10 Books of 2013
#1. THE TRAGEDY PAPER by Elizabeth LaBan
#2 – #10 (in no particular order):
THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green
DUALED by Elsie Chapman
THE SPECTACULAR NOW by Tim Tharp
BEFORE I FALL by Lauren Oliver
FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell
ELEANOR & Park by Rainbow Rowell
ALLEGIANT by Veronica Roth
And my music picks? An eclectic bunch of songs (I chose 8, only because I would have had a list of 35 if I hadn’t). Each one either sets a tone or feels right for a scene in my current WIP. But most are just great songs (one I even got to hear live this year).
You can pop over to the YA Buccaneers to see what everyone else picked. Take a few minutes to sail to each blog….you might find a few great books you haven’t read, or some new music to inspire you on these cold nights ahead!
Looking forward to starting fresh with new books, new music and lots of new writing in 2014! What are YOU looking forward to most?