Thursday, January 2, 2014

FF - Top Reads of 2013

Wow!  I haven't done one of these in quite some time, and it is one of my intentions for 2014 - to do more bookish things!

Parajunkee and Alison Can Read are our hostesses!

This year wasn't the best as far as reading went.  Too many 'non-fiction' books and not nearly enough fun ones.  But I did get a chance to read a few and here are the top books I read in 2013.



Austensibly Ordinary by Alyssa Goodnight - This was a fun book written by the author of Austentatious, which I absolutely adored!  It was fun, light and love having my Dear Jane as a ghost!

Never Sit Down in a Hoop Skirt – and other things I learned in Southern Belle Hell by Crickett Rumley - I laughed...a LOT...while reading this book.  What makes it even more humorous is that I was once an Ambassador of my small hometown, dressed up as a princess - so I had even more vested in this!  Really enjoyed it!

Emma by Jane Austen - I read this decades ago (sad I can say that!) and glad that I re-read it!  Absolutely loved it and it has pushed P&P out of its second spot in my Jane Austen hierarchy! It was nice to see that the movie (with Gweneth Paltrow) did a good job of following the story.

Finding Colin Firth by Mia March - This book had a lot of heart, and very little Colin Firth!  I enjoyed the story of the women who ended up together at the end of the story.

Perks of Being a Wall Flower by Stephen Chbosky - I read this for my Reading Outside the Box Challenge last year (to the Screen) and enjoyed both the book and the movie. Definitely read the book first!

The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins - Okay... I think I am the last person to finally read this series!  I LOVED the books!  I really enjoyed the movie (saw it way before reading the books) so I thought I would give the books a try...finally, and so glad that I did!

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs Basil Frankweiler by e. l. konisburg - This was another one from my reading challenge. It is a children's book, but I really enjoyed it even as an adult.  It would have been great to read it as a kid and it will be one I would suggest to all!  

The Conscious Cleanse by Jo Schaalman and Julie Pelaez - okay... as I mentioned, I have read many books this past year that were non-fiction.  Studying to be a health coach, you need to read up on some of these things.  I really enjoyed this book on cleansing - it's a no-nonsense approach, not too radical (gets in to clean eating) and I really liked that the authors had daily readings to help you through.

What are some books that Wow'ed you in 2013?  I hope you have a little bit of time to look around my blog! I am looking forward to visiting yours!

Want a Challenge?  Join me in my Reading Outside the Box 2014 Challenge!


27 comments:

  1. I really enjoyed From the Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil Frankweiler (phew that's a mouthful to say!). Every since i read this book, I've always wanted to try living in a museum myself! (Although with all the technology these days I'd probably get caught right away lol). Never Sit Down in a Hoop Skirt – and other things I learned in Southern Belle Hell sounds really interesting! I love finding new books about southern Belles!
    Would you recommend any others?
    Following via GFC :)
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    1. Have you read anything from Linda Francis Lee? I loved her Devil in the Junior League book!

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  2. I've only read the Hunger Games, not the rest of the series. It was ok, but it didn't motivate me to finish the series.

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  3. Ooh, a fellow Austen fan! I think I shall like this blog ...

    New follower via GFC.

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    1. Yay, Jane! LOVE her books and many of the Austen-inspired books out there!

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  4. I LOVED The Hunger Games trilogy! The others I'm not familiar with though. Happy reading!

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    1. I honestly did not think I would like them as much as I did...thus putting it off for so long! :D

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  5. Believe it or not the only book on your list I read this year was Emma. I'm thinking of signing up for your out of the box challenge. Cool idea. Have a great week. New GFC follower.

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    1. I hope you do! Looks like it would fit perfectly with your reading style!

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  6. Great list, I loved the Hunger Games! New follower via GFC : )

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    1. It was surprisingly good! I was so glad that our library got the books to me in a timely fashion, or they would have had a mini riot on their hands! LOL

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  7. What's your favorite Jane Austen book? I haven't read any of hers yet, but I've been meaning to! I own them all and just keep pushing it off because I'm not sure how I'll feel about them. I hope to love them!

    Tina @ Pages of Comfort - new follower via GFC and facebook
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    1. Persuasion is my favorite Jane Austen book. It was the last book she wrote, and you can definitely tell that she had progressed as a writer! Plus...that letter from Captain Wentworth! Then, Emma and Pride and Prejudice tie for 2nd place.

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  8. Love Hunger Games! And Emma! Great list! Happy Friday. :D

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  9. I love your list - I'm an Austen fan myself! (I'm Elinor Dashwood, too) Oh, and the Hunger Games rocked!

    I'm a new GFC follower. :)

    Happy Reading! Bookworm Brandee

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  10. The Hunger Games was great. One of my favorite series ever. Great choices!

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    My FF post.

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  11. I've read The Hunger Games and Perks of Being a Wallflower but none of the other ones. I'm enjoying visiting and taking notes from everyones lists today!
    New follower via GFC :)
    Here is our FF

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  12. Following :). I love your blog. I'll be visiting.

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  13. The Huger Games and Perks of Being a Wallflower are fabulous! :)
    great choices! :)

    New follower via GFC :)

    Here is my hop :)

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  14. The Hunger Games was and still is one of my favorite Trilogies! I read them when they first came out and tried so hard to get my friends to read them but they would. Needless to say they have read them now! I REALLY want to read Perks of Being a Wallflower I just haven't had the chance. Thanks for sharing!

    I'm a new follower through GFC

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  15. Love the Hunger Games! I haven't read any of the others, though. I need to read Perks of Being a Wallflower.

    My FF. New follower via GFC.

    Emily @All in a Book

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  16. Hi there, following thru from Parajunkie's FF, and now following you via GFC. You can find my blog at Kismet Book Reviews & Tours

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  17. The Hunger Games are on my wishlist. And I read Emma by Jane Austen a few years ago and loved it. If you haven't read it yet, you should read Pride & Prejudice - it's my favorite book by Jane Austen :)
    Thanks for the follow. I'm now following you back on GFC.

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  18. Hmm, I have not read your Austen type books that are listed, but it sounds like something that I should!

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  19. Not surprised with Perks and The Hunger Games trilogy, also loved them!
    New GFC follower!
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