I didn’t do one last week, because in Norway we celebrate Christmas on the 24th
and honestly I’m extremely lazy. Anyway, I’m writing this on the 30th
so it’ll be done hopefully and I can just pop it in. This week’s topic was top
ten books I read in 2013 (not that were published in 2013, but read in 2013). I
am a cheater though, so there are 13 books. Yeah. Sue me. Top Ten Tuesday is
hosted by the Broke and the bookish.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone & Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor. They are
the first two books in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy and oh my fucking
God. They are so beautiful. I think the first came out in 2012, but I read it
this year, so there. It’s about a young woman named Karou who lives in two
worlds, Prague in the 21st century, and the world of Chimera where
she brings teeth to a big monster named Brimstone. Then an angel steps into her
life and he shares a history with her that Karou doesn’t remember. In the
second book she has her memories back basically and she’s gearing for war. The
story is gorgeous, the characters are amazing and the language is amazing,
gorgeous, beautiful. I cannot wait for the last book. They are too awesome to
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. It was amazing basically. The book
is about a young boy named Todd who lives in Prentisstown, and he is the last
boy, the others are all men. The women all died from a weird disease. In
Prentisstown, as in the rest of New World, people can hear each other’s
thoughts and there is never quiet. Then Todd finds a hole in the noise and it
is delightful. My aim for 2014 is to finish the trilogy.
The Troupe by Robert Jackson Bennett. He is a magician of language, and awesome. I
am going to read more of his books. The Troupe is set in the early 1900s and is
about a pianist, George, looking for his dad. He joins a vaudeville troupe led
by Hieronomo Silenus. And it’s just amazing. I couldn’t stop reading it. It was
by Kurt Vonnegut. He is amazing. Kurt Vonnegut it cool, and awesome.
Slaughterhouse-Five is about a soldier in World War 2, leading up to the
bombing of Dresden. He is travelling in time, but it’s very hard to explain it
to other people. And it seems a bit like Vonnegut just wrote it sort of
randomly. He just thought of a new scene he wanted in it, and just thought,
yeah, I’ll put it there. It probably wasn’t like that, but it’s awesome.
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jennifer Lawson. It is
broadly what it says on the tin; a memoir. It is interesting because Jennifer
Lawson has lived a sort of interesting life with trials and trouble, and her
way of writing and getting over it, is just amazing. She is hilarious, she has
the ability to laugh at herself, she is serious when she needs to be, she is
laugh-out-loud funny. I loved it, yes.
by Neil Gaiman. Neil Gaiman is awesome. I think I’d sort of forgotten a little,
and then I read three Gaiman books this year, and Neverwhere is delightful. Well,
delightful might not be the word, awesome, maybe. It’s about Richard Mayhew,
who lives in London and meets a young girl named Door, who is from London
below. He then sort of disappears in the normal London and goes to London below
so he can get his life back. It’s amazing, and spooky, the characters are
The Handmaid’s tale by Margaret Atwood. It’s one of those books you’re supposed to
read, and I’m really glad I did. It has to do a little with the fact that the
content matter made me feel sorta sick, the way they treat women. A lot of it
has to do with Atwood’s writing. She’s a wonderful writer and I’m gonna make it
an aim to read more Atwood.
Pride and prejudice by Jane Austen. I’m not sure I have anything to say about Pride
and Prejudice. It is amazing. The love story is beautiful. Lizzie is amazing. She’s
proud and sort of prejudiced. Austen is wonderful, and funny and hilarious and
I love her.
and Fractured by Teri Terry. Again, we can’t split these bad boys up. Slated
and Fractured are about Kyla who has had her memory wiped. She has done
something horrible, and instead of sending her to prison they slate her (wipe
her memory) and she can start over. It’s really interesting though. I’m looking
forward to the last one. Whoop whoop.