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!

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