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Best of 2013: Books I Read

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And here’s my fourth list, a bit late but it’s still here, again about books. This time the books I’ve read that were released in previous years, but that I didn’t read until this year. I have read a lot of awesome books this year, but these were the books that I enjoyed the most! I’ve sorted them in alphabetical order.

01. A Million Suns – Beth Revis | Published in 2012 | ★★★★☆ | Review
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Though I loved Across the Universe, it took me a while to start reading the second book in the series, but when I found out that there was going to be a third, and last, part, I finally got myself to read A Million Suns. And though I will always find Across the Universe my favourite book in this series, I loved this book a lot. I loved reading more about the spaceship, about its secrets, and about the characters of course. If you want to read a nice story about space, you should definitely read Across the Universe, and the rest of the series!

02. Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour – Morgan Matson | Published in 2010 | ★★★★☆ | Review
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Normally, I wouldn’t read a book like this, because I am not a big fan of romance/contemporary books, but I mainly wanted to read this book because of the roadtrip part. I love reading books about roadtrips. This book is even better because of all the pictures, receipts and cards they get on their trip! It’s just amazing!

03. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak | Published in 2005 | ★★★★★ | Review
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I can’t believe I waited so long to read this book, because it is a-ma-zing! It’s the first second world war story that I’ve read that has German people as main characters, and also the first story narrated by Death, which is just perfect. Though I didn’t like the fact that the ending was spoiled somewhere before already, but that didn’t make this book less awesome!

04. Dollhouse – Anya Allyn | Published in 2012 | ★★★★☆ | Review
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This book was creepy! In a good way, of course, but oh my god, I was so scared while reading it! I got this book through Amazon, as a free ebook, and it turned out to be a hidden treasure (I downloaded a lot of books for free from Amazon, and I haven’t really read any of them apart from this one of course). If you ever want to read a nice thrilling book, I suggest you try Dollhouse!

05. Life As We Knew It – Susan Beth Pfeffer | Published in 2006 | ★★★★☆ | Review
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I loved this book so much, I finished it within a day. I loved the fact that the story was written like the entries of a diary, and the fact that the big event happened on my birthday (18 May), though of course the event wasn’t that awesome. I really liked reading about how Miranda’s family coped with the changes, and I just loved the entire book. I bought the rest of the series quickly and I enjoyed it a lot!

06. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs | Published in 2011 | ★★★★☆ | Review
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This book was just perfect! It was a scary story, though not as scary as I had hoped; but the pictures made it even better. I just love these special books with pictures and that kind of stuff, and I can’t wait for the second book, which comes out in January!

07. The Name of the Star – Maureen Johnson | Published in 2011 | ★★★★☆ | Review
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I think I had read the first chapter of this book somewhere right after or before this book came out, and I loved it so much. Still it took me a long time to actually buy the book to read the rest. I loved the ghosts, the Jack the Ripper copycat, I just loved this story! The book only ended in a bit of a cliffhanger, which made me want to read the second book really badly! And the second book had a cliffhanger as well! Ugh!

08. Shatter Me – Tahereh Mafi | Published in 2011 | ★★★★☆ | Review
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I had heard a lot about this book, but I hadn’t picked it up until I just decided to go for it and buy it. It turned out to be an awesome story, like everyone said, and I am very curious for the second and third book. I just love stories about people with powers and though Juliette’s power isn’t really that nice, it’s still nice to read about it. Unravel Me is on my to-read in 2014 list!

09. The Silent Stars Go By – Dan Abnett | Published in 2011 | ★★★★☆ | Review
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Doctor Who celebrated its 50th anniversary this year, and they’ve brought out eleven old books in a new jacket. I really wanted to read one of these books, but I had no idea which one, until Tanja bought me this book for my birthday. This story is about the Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory; and the Ice Warriors, which are an Old!Who monster which hadn’t been in New!Who, until Cold War happened. This story was really awesome, and I’m planning on reading more books in this 50th Anniversary edition.

10. Ten – Gretchen McNeil | Published in 2012 | ★★★★☆ | Review
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When I read the summary for this book, I got very curious, mainly because it was based on a book by Agatha Cristie, though I have never read any of her books (I have seen the Doctor Who episode about her though). It ended up being an awesome book, with the most surprising ending ever! I had never expected it to end like that, and that made me like it even more, because I don’t like predictable books; and this book was just perfect!

And that was list number four! Stay tuned for list number five tomorrow, this one will be about movies released this year! And I want to wish you all a Happy Christmas!