Tabitha's Best Books of 2013

January 3, 2014 About Me 14

There were so many awesome books that I read in 2013 that of course I have to spotlight them! These are my Top Spot picks for what I read in 2013.  I can’t promise all of them were actually published in 2013 but I do believe most of them were! I have to be COMPLETELY honest in that I’m a lazy bugger tonight and that there would be way more on this list and in this post if I weren’t too lazy to add them to the list and graphic. So uhhh yeah…you can just look at my 5 star ratings instead. *evil lazy laughter*

Adult books


Love Minus Eighty by Will McIntosh| Review | Goodreads | Author Guest Post – I have to tell you this was my favorite book of the year! Frozen Bridesicle dating farms, and how technology effects the way we interact. I guess you could consider this a Sci-Fi romantic drama but it really is not heavy on romance. Trust me just read it. I’ve gotten like 10 people to read this book this year and they have all seriously enjoyed it!

Vicious by V.E. Schwab| Review | Goodreads – The best villains you will ever read! This will boggle your mind and twist your insides!

The Scroll of Years by Chris Wilrich | Review | Goodreads |Author Interview – Such amazing and beautiful prose matched with spot on world building and character depth that can’t be beat!

Omens by Kelley Armstrong | Review | Goodreads | Author Interview – Mystery Thriller series opener with an urban fantasy twist (light on the fantasy) – I really love the direction this new series is taking!

Charming by Elliott James | Review | Goodreads | Author Interview – A new kick ass urban fantasy series opener!

Wonders of the Invisible World by Patricia A. McKillip | Review | Goodreads – A short story collection by this author that is all over the board. From fantasy to sci fi, to historical this covers a little bit of everything in fiction and was an amazing sampling of what she is capable of.

Three by Jay Posey | Review | Goodreads | Author Guest Post – Post Apocalyptic bounty hunting, crazy screeching once-humans that attach in the night…you seriously do NOT want to miss this debut!

Ever After by Kim Harrison | Review | Goodreads – A great continuation of this awesome urban fantasy – we are getting close to the end game here folks. I was so pleased with this especially after my disappointment with A Perfect Blood.

Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone | Review | Goodreads | Author Interview – Amazing freaking worldbuilding

Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl by David Barnett | Review | Goodreads | Author Guest Post – Steampunk, mystery, mischief and mayhem – oh yes and wild non stop adventure – this pretty much has it all! It’s alternate history and it was like reading an Indiana Jones movie. An extremely good time – I can’t recommend it enough.

YA or Middle Grade Books


The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani | Review | Goodreads – I became so obsessed the month I read this book that I even made a playlist on spotify of 100 songs. I adored it. It didn’t even feel like middle grade to me and I can’t even begin to describe again just how much I loved this one. Read my review or hell skip that and just go read the book it’s on sale too!

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meaghan Spooner | Review | Goodreads – An amazing sci-fi romance and I don’t even usually like romance. But the setting, the characters, the slow build. It was just what I needed at that time. I can’t wait for the next two in the trilogy which are going to feature a different couple and planet each book!

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson | Review | Goodreads – What happens in a world full of supers that are all villains and no heroes? read it here!

Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton | Review | Goodreads – She can see emotions and they are people…but she can’t feel them. I loved this…seriously.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black | Review | Goodreads – The vampire plaque pretty much hit and now all vampires are rounded up into ‘coldtowns’ – course that’s just how the USA treats them. This is the interesting look at one girls journey into a coldtown after she has been infected.

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When I'm in the zone I can flip book pages faster than the eye can see - screaming "More Input!" I'm a book, yarn, & art supply hoarding goblin who loves to draw, make toys and craft all sorts of creepy cute things. My current habit is to listen to audio books while I'm arting it up!
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14 Responses to “Tabitha's Best Books of 2013”

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Yes! McKillip was so amazing! Wonders of the Invisible World is actually the first and only book I’ve read by her so far. She is amazing – so I picked up her riddlemaster omnibus I believe. Hopefully I can fit it in this year. This collection she wrote was just so awesome all over the board but really good.

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Yes! You will so gush over LOVE MINUS EIGHTY – I daresay it’ll get your awesomeness award. I really got lucky on some great YA titles this year too. For some reason my first 4 months of the year seem to be YA heavy – I need to find some more adult SFF books for 2014 to request!

  1. Katherine

    How did I miss Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl? I have a thing for trains and that is a seriously awesome cover. And also…mummies?

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Mummies! and steampunk and a mechanical girl and vampires and and Stoker!! How can you not be picking this up to read right now? I loved it seriously.

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Hooray! It’s always nice knowing your picks are also on someone else’s list. You should make a list so I can see what on your list I must read!!

  2. Pamela D

    I kept meaning to read Love Minus Eighty but then I would get distracted and forget about it. I am glad to hear that you enjoyed it so much. I will have to find time to read it.
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    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      You seriously do need to read this one – it is right up your alley. My stylist is reading my copy I loaned her right now haha. And she’s like, how is another book you recommend going to even top this?