When Bec came to me on Skype and casually mentioned the New Year’s Challenge I knew she had an ulterior motive: get me to join in. She knows I can’t resist a challenge like this! Plus it’s like our 2013 wrap up all in one challenge! The challenge for each day is posted on the left in the picture, but here’s a little more about it:
The Book Blogger New Year’s Challenge will begin on January 1st and run 14 days. It is going to be fun, it is going to be easy and hopefully it will get you motivated in 2014. Each day I will post my own prompts and at the bottom I will add a linky so you can add your own posts. (Parajunkee)
I won’t be participating every day because I want to post some reviews I promised would be up, but I will be doing most of them! Bec is doing the challenge over her blog Ransom Reads every day so go check her posts out!
Best Book of 2013
Finding the best book of 2013 was pretty hard, considering I was lucky enough to find around fifteen reads this year that I gave five stars. However, only a few of them were published this year and to be fair and follow the rules, I picked two from that list.
For contemporary fans:
A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love.
Cath is a Simon Snow fan.
Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan . . .
But for Cath, being a fan is her life — and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.
Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.
Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.
Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.
For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?
Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?
And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?
All of you that have read FANGIRL are probably nodding your heads right now, and those of you who have yet to experience the amazing-ness are probably saying, “This book? Again?” because you most likely see it everywhere. Let me tell you something-there’s a reason it’s all over Goodreads and book blogs everywhere. This book is something special.
For fantasy fans:
An exotic treat set in an entirely original, fantastical world brimming with deadly mystery, forbidden romance, and heart-stopping adventure.
Nisha was abandoned at the gates of the City of a Thousand Dolls when she was just a child. Now sixteen, she lives on the grounds of the isolated estate, where orphan girls apprentice as musicians, healers, courtesans, and, if the rumors are true, assassins. Nisha makes her way as Matron’s assistant, her closest companions the mysterious cats that trail her shadow. Only when she begins a forbidden flirtation with the city’s handsome young courier does she let herself imagine a life outside the walls. Until one by one, girls around her start to die.
Before she becomes the next victim, Nisha decides to uncover the secrets that surround the girls’ deaths. But by getting involved, Nisha jeopardizes not only her own future in the City of a Thousand Dolls—but her own life.
A book that gets far too little attention is my other pick: CITY OF A THOUSAND DOLLS. I would have never discovered it if not for the Debut Author Challenge but I am glad I did. This book is a hidden gem, it may sound like it have some traits of an average fantasy, but it is everything but. Totally unpredictable, and completely surprising, this book makes one of my favorite of all time.