Top 5 Books of 2013

*looks warily at the calendar*

I was doing what normal people with semi-crippling OCD do, reading through my old blog drafts to delete the chaff, and I realized I never posted my list of Top 5 Books I Happened to Read in 2013. Nor did I write it! The draft was just 5 titles, double spaced, eagerly awaiting me to fill in the blanks and craft it into the post it yearned to be. I can only assume what happened next was some January browser crash that also wiped *my* memory, and so it went to the big draft folder in the sky. Luckily, much like Willow Rosenberg, I have snatched the draft back from heaven into our cold and unforgiving human realm.

So without further ado, here are the top 5 books I happened to read in 2013. Not that were written in 2013. That’s just when I read them. I mean, maybe they were written then, I don’t know.

“Where’d You Go, Bernadette” by Maria Semple
Previously a writer for “Arrested Development” and a ton of other funny shows, Semple’s second book had me laughing out loud, which is rare feat. If you like “Silicon Valley” or LA or hipsters or Real Housewives (the horrible people, not the horrible show necessarily), you’ll enjoy this book. It has a unique voice and narrative style and is just all-around fun. Tyler bought me this book for Christmas, and while I don’t usually gravitate towards contemporary fiction, this one set the bar very high. I would love to write like she does. *sigh* Good books always be making me jealous.

“The Fault In Our Stars” by John Green
John Green is winning all sorts of awards for being a fresh new voice, a young adult visionary, a crazy vlogger, an African-American haberdasher (sorry, 15-year-old “Family Guy” reference, apologies again). For what it’s worth, this book lives up to the hype. I can’t stand the actress who will be playing the main character in the upcoming movie, but Horrible Female Role Models aside, I am looking forward to the film. The story follows a girl named Hazel Grace who has a form of terminal cancer, and it’s all about what that means in this day and age, and how she interacts with her group of friends, also teens with some form of cancer. So it’s a real cheerful book. Don’t read it on the plane. I think I cried for the last third of the book nonstop. I looked like a real weirdo.

“Tragedy Paper” by Elizabeth Laban
I don’t often read contemporary novels, even less often ones that aren’t murder mysteries, but this one was a non-stop page turner. Told by two different narrators, the story unfolds journal-style about a boarding school in the northeast, young love, and a final paper that gets all too personal. I don’t want to say too much about it because the beauty is in the language and watching the characters unfold, but read the first chapter in a bookshop or online, and I’m pretty sure you’ll be hooked.

“Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn
Do not read the back of the book. Do not read reviews of the book. Watch the trailer for the movie MAYBE. I don’t know, maybe there are bad trailers. Send it to me and I will approve it first. On the morning of Nick and Amy’s 5th wedding anniversary, Amy disappears. A story told in alternating chapters from Nick’s POV and Amy’s diary takes shape to show us that not everything in their marriage is as perfect as Nick tells police, when they question the man closest to her. Nick is a smarmy, unlikeable yuppie, and Batfleck was absolutely perfect casting. No offense, Batfleck.

“Days of Blood and Starlight” by Laini Taylor
Sequel to “Daughter of Smoke and Bone,” which kicked off an epic battle between Seraphim and Chimaera, this book picks up with the worst happening, and I’m not even going to tell you what that is, but trust me, it’s the worst. This book takes place in the present day with some of the most vibrant, funny, brave, evil, and heart-wrenching characters you’ll ever meet. (Those were all different characters, by the way. There’s not just one really confused weirdo.) The prose is just so perfect and lyrical, you’ll be reeled in from the start. I need to read the third book, and you do too.

All right, guys, now go forth and READ! I hope to bring you 2014’s in about 7 months, for realsies this time.