Book Superlatives 2013

Most Laugh Out Loud Read: Fresh Off the Boat by Eddie Huang. I randomly picked up this audiobook just because I needed to mix up my audiobook reading list. I am a fan of the author’s restaurant so I thought I would give it a try. Surprisingly, it is one of the funniest books I’ve ever read.

Best Reread: The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer. I first read this book probably 10 years ago. I’ve always thought of it as a favorite, but I’ve never reread it until now. The House of the Scorpion continues to be one of my science fiction favorites.

Most Disappointing Read: Right of Way by Lauren Barnholdt. I absolutely loved Lauren Barnholdt’s Two-Way Street so I was excited when I found out that a spin-off novel was going to be released. Unfortunately, the book failed to live up to my expectations… So bad that I like to pretend that this book never happened.

Fresh Off the Boat by Eddie HuangThe House of the Scorpion by Nancy FarmerRight of Way by Lauren Barnholdt

Sexiest Read: The Marriage Trap by Jennifer Probst. Jennifer Probst continues to be one of my go-to authors when it comes to adult contemporary romance. The Marriage Trap is particularly memorable for me because on top of all the sexy fun times, it made me crave SO MUCH PASTA.

Best Book Read for School: Here, There Be Dragons by James A. Owen. I guess I’m not really a high fantasy person because I never would have picked this book up on my own. Yeah, I’ve also read The Lightning Thief and The Hunger Games for class this past year, but they don’t count because they are rereads. Here, There Be Dragons by James A. Owen was such a fun read because the majority of the characters are based on literary figures, real and fiction.

The Marriage Trap by Jennifer ProbstHere There Be Dragons by James A Owen

Fangirl by Rainbow RowellIsla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Book that Most Reminds Me of High School: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Okay, let’s face it: part of why I read YA is to remind me of what it feels like to be a teenager. In this case, Rainbow Rowell brought me back to my days of reading fan fiction endlessly in high school.

Most Anticipated Read: Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins. Isla was supposed to release this year, but unfortunately publication had been delayed. I still have not had the pleasure of reading the second companion novel to one of my favorite books. Isla tops the list of my anticipated reads of 2014.

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