Over the course of 2013, I read a total of 25 books, or 8,108 pages. Of those 25, I gained several new favorites, including The Great Gatsby, and Between Shades of Gray - novels that I feel have made an important impact on my life.
Several books were also made into movies during 2013, including Gatsby, Catching Fire, The Host, and Safe Haven. The film industry has seem to found a new jackpot in YA novels! 2014 promises to be a year of more books-turned movies as well. I am looking forward to Divergent in March, The Fault in Our Stars in June, and Mockingjay Part 1 in November!
Not only was 2013 a year of great books, but a year of some of my best accomplishments. I was published in my school's literary arts magazine and became Literary Editor of the magazine for the 2013-14 school year a few days later. My travels took me to Cape Cod, Sugarbush, VT, Columbia University, and Strand Books.
I do not plan on posting for the rest of the week, so I would just like to say that I hope everyone has a very, merry Christmas, and a happy New Year! I hope your holiday is filled with family, friends, and good food. And of course, if the time yields, a good books as well! C.S Lewis once said, “Eating and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably."
Best wishes to you as the year comes to a close, and I will see you in the new year!
2014 will be the first year of fully integrating my rating system, so my "Best of" list next year will be based on mathematical reasoning rather than recollection. But for now, here are my top fiction novels of the 2013!
Top Fiction Novels of 2013
10. Will Grayson, Will Grayson, John Green and David Levithan
9. Pivot Point , Kasie West
8. Safe Haven, Nicholas Sparks
7. Just One Day, Gayle Forman
6. This is What Happy Looks Like, Jennifer E. Smith
5. Such a Rush, Jennifer Echols
4. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
3. Allegiant, Veronica Roth
2. Out of the Easy, Ruta Sepetys
1. Divergent, Veronica Roth
Divergent, the first novel in another dystopian trilogy, had me hooked at the first page. With its chapters of danger and self-discovery, as well as hints of romance and interpretations of humanity, it was a read sure worth my time. Both suspenseful and epic, Veronica Roth did a fantastic job in adding another series of books to the list of novels not to be forgotten. The trailer and movie clip are here!