dinsdag 31 december 2013

Looking back at a bookish 2013.

I have read some amazing books in 2013, and discovered some new to me series and authors I fell wholeheartedly in love with. In 2012 I read 233 books and 17 short stories/novella’s, in 2013 I read 268 books and 17 short stories/novella’s. I really thought it would be less than last year, but I read 35 books more! I am very happy with this score, and don’t plan on adding up how many books I have bought in 2013 …

The books I loved the most in 2013, and now I just scroll through my list of reviews looking for those 10 star reviews (or higher) and not counting the re-reads is amazing. Here it is, in reading order:

Suzanne Johnson – River Road
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Alyssa Day – Heart of Atlantis
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Ellery Adams – Peach Pies and Alibis
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Sierra Dean – Grave Secret
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Anne Bishop – Written in Red
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Jenn Bennett – Binding the Shadows
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Leann Sweeney –The Cat, the Mill and the Murder
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Nalini Singh – Heart of Obsidian
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Laurell K. Hamilton – Affliction
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Jean Johnson – Hellfire
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Ilona Andrews – Magic rises
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Heather Webber – Perfectly Matched
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Faith Hunter – Jane Yellowrock series almost all 10 star reviews.
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J.D. Robb – Taken in Death
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Sierra Dean – Secret Unleashed
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Jenn Bennett – Bitter Spirits
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Thea Harrison – Kinked
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Nora Roberts – Bed of roses
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Gini Koch – Alien Research
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If I have to choose from all those books, which book I loved the most, without hesitation, as I have already read it 5 times: Written in Red by Anne Bishop. This also means that the book I am most highly anticipating for next year, is the second book in this new series, Murder of Crows. And second place is for Damnation by Jean Johnson, the fourth and perhaps final book in the Theirs not to reason why series.
Of course I always long for new books by my favourite authors! And the more authors on my autobuy list, the more books to read each year.

I have also compiled a list of new authors I discovered this year and who have landed firmly on my autobuy list. It is a nice mix of paranormal and cozy mystery authors. I don’t think I have tried new historical romance authors this year at all.

Faith Hunter
Julie Hyzy
Heather Webber
Amanda Bonilla
Cecy Robson
Dakota Banks
Duffy Brown
Erin McCarthy
J.F. Lewis, although I am not sure about his series other than Void City
Lucy Arlington
Susannah Sandlin

And last but certainly not least, I am very happy with the contributions of three of my bookish friends, Maia, Karin and Peggy, who add their monthly recommendations to my blog. Thank you for your efforts ladies, and I do hope you will keep doing this in 2014. I do enjoy your posts, and I hope many of my readers do as well.

© 2013 Reviews by Aurian

17 opmerkingen:

  1. I second practically every UF / PNR title on your list except the ones I haven't read, speaking of which... I need to start Suzanne Johnson's series!

    1. Hi Carmel, yes I do love Suzanne Johnson's series a lot!

  2. Wow! You read a lot this year.
    And I'm looking forward to my preordered paperback version of Written in Red.

    1. If it gets read as often as I have read the ebook, I will need multiple copies ...

  3. I have Bitter Spirits to read for January and I love the River Road series!!

    1. Bitter Spirits is amazing Kimba, I hope you will love it.

  4. I hope I will love written as much as you did :D

  5. Oh I love your list! Those that I haven't read are on my wishlist!

    Have a happy booking new year! :D

    1. Thanks Melissa, I wish you many great reads for 2014 as well. And yes, our never ending wishlists will only get longer ...

  6. Just have 2 of your books on my favorites list but still it's a great one! Happy New Year!

  7. yay! many wonderful books and many are on my list too! I need to read the others though. great choice! Happy New Year darling!

    1. We sure read a lot alike Melliane! Happy 2014 to you as well!

  8. If you ever read them I hope you will love them as much as I did Felicia!

  9. Great list! Apparently I am missing out by not having read Jean Johnson. Must check that out! :)