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Time for the traditional wrap up the year with talking about my favourite books I’ve read this year.  According to Goodreads I’ve only read 102 books this year between new and re-reads which is down a lot from last year. Plus another 15 or so audiobooks though those are mostly “re-reads” and I’ve listened to many of them more than once. There are various reasons and I’m sure I’ve left some off but still hopefully (she says very optimistically) there may be more books read in 2013 (if only because my TBR pile is getting large in both e and paper). But still, there were some awesome books amongst those 100…and here are my favourites.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein  Beautifully written, scary, funny and heartbreaking. Need to steal my copy back from my Mum so I can re-read with extra tissues. Not many books make me cry but this one did.

Rock Chick by Kristen Ashley  I think it was Angela James tweeting about Motorcycle Man that got me on to Ashley. Slightly crazy, slight madcap a la Evanovich but seriously addictive. With bonus very alpha males who aren’t dickheads. I’ve probably read seven or so of her books this year.

Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan Lovely funny but angsty gothic YA with a set of very kick butt characters. Looking forward to the sequel thanks to the torturous cliff hanger ending.

About Last Night by Ruthie Knox (also Ride With Me) Witty, sexy, awesome contemporary romance that is just my cup of tea.

More Than One Night by Sarah Mayberry. Have loved all of Sarah’s books that I’ve read this year but I think was my fave for dealing with an accidental baby in a believable and making me all sniffly. Though special honourable mention to Suddenly You because Harry is the hawtness. And Her Best Worst Mistake because it was also made of win.

The Siren/The Angel/The Prince by Tiffany Reisz Hot. Damned hot. But it’s the intriguing characters that have sucked me into this world.

The Garden of Happy Endings by Barbara O’Neal Her books make me happy and hungry.

Team Human by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan Another YA with vampires and romance and an interesting look at what it means to be a friend.

How the Marquess was Won by Julie Anne Long JAL is consistently one of my favourite historical romance writers and this book was gorgeous.

Blackout by Mira Grant Fantastic conclusion to a fantastic trilogy. I don’t particularly like zombies, so anyone who can get me to love a zombie series is doing pretty darn well.

The Iron Wyrm Affair by Lilith Saintcrow Another intriguing and different world from Lilith. Looking forward to more Bannon and Clare adventures.

Cracking the Dating Code by Kelly Hunter My other favourite contemporary romance author. Her books always rock.

What Goes Around by Carol Marinelli Women’s fiction full of difficult and very real characters which sucked me right in about two nights ago.

There.  Some darn good books by darn good authors.  Here’s to 2013 bring more of the same plus darn good things all round!



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