Top 13 Books for 2013 (via The Book Lovers)

Sunday, December 29, 2013

This was my Guest Post at The Book Lovers:

Top 13 Books for 2013

ART AND BOOKS
Without a doubt,
I must read,
all the books
I’ve read about.

See the artworks
hung on hooks,
that I have only,
seen in books.
-          Love & Misadventure, Lang Leav

This was absolutely the toughest thing one could ask me. Honestly, this was torture, Babycakes!
I’ve weighed this books on how much I could think about it immediately and how it created an impact to me, sweet! Here you go:

1.      Making Faces – Amy Harmon
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18301124-making-faces

HANDS DOWN! Whenever someone asks me what is my favorite read for 2013, it has become a knee-jerk reaction to say: Making Faces. This book was the total grandslam for me – I shed every ugly cry I could have managed. The story was so captivating, the plot was well-thought and honestly, the characters were so real and inspiring. Every emotions and feelings were ineffable and most definitely the book that MUST be read!


2.      Falling: Falling Into You / Falling Into Us – Jasinda Wilder
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To this I’m torn. I loved these two books. SUPER! Both were so heartfelt but really dealt on the acceptance and of romance. Falling Into You was about forgiving one’s self and being able to love again. Then in Falling Into Us, it dealt on family problems – strict parents and broken family but then it also portrayed the romantic ‘one true love’. So really, I could not just pick one, they were both a different side of moving on, independence and of course, love.

3.      The Edge of Always – J.A. Redmerski
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17899696-the-edge-of-always

The Edge of Never was my BEST READ for 2012 and the book wherein I met Zoe (Hi Babycakes!). One thing that enticed me about this book? Roadtrip. I am a sucker for those types of stories and would meet the love of your life alongside of it. The discovery of places without worrying what your destination would be. Those were not lost at The Edge of Always, now, Andrew and Cam were very much together and they would encounter several bumps along the way. It still managed to capture what it had at the previous book and made me seat back, relax and just travel.

4.      One to Hold – Tia Louise
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18306388-one-to-hold

BRILLIANT. That was the first thing that popped my head. I was consumed by this book and I read it at one-sitting. It was short yet it was jammed-pack with details and its story. I loved the protagonist, Melissa, as she fought what was her right, the depiction of vulnerability and of strength that was awesome. But that aside, the romance aspect was just steamy and the sexual tension was so powerful, it was about to combust right there and then. And the writing, it was crisp, clear and real – it was written to be felt.

5.      Tangled – Emma Chase
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18297707-tangled

What can I say about this one? The POV won me and I was able to delve into the wicked mind of a man. Then the humor was totally there. I had my fair share of laughter, swear words and of course, the jerk-ness of a guy who needed to feel superior, strong and non-caring. It was a story about a guy who fell in love and he just did not know what to do. This was such a breath of fresh air and for ladies who wanted to read what was in a guy’s mind.

6.      Cinderella Screwed Me Over – Cindi Madsen
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17254466-cinderella-screwed-me-over

I just love this story! It had humor and detailed story about it. What literally won me over: The Case Studies. Oh don’t get me wrong these case studies were about Darby’s exes whom she compared with the Princes on the fairytales we grew up with. She had two-thumbs up proofs! But then she met this one guy whom she almost lost because she kept on finding a fault about him that she was not able to see the real him. It was a fun read and for those hopeless romantic; or for anyone looking for an enjoyable read.

7.      The Blackstone Affair: Eyes Wide Open – Raine Miller
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16122643-eyes-wide-open

ETHAN BLACKSTONE. Would that be enough? It should be. He was like this ultimate megalomaniac ever but at Eyes Wide Open, I saw the real Ethan and how he was under Brynne’s spell. That was why I could not wait for their baby (2014. 2014. 2014. Last book)! Refer back to the quote I used, it made me feel that here. Brynne was like this art – precious and treasured. I was completely fixated with the drama, bad guys and all intense romance. And art also have its special place in me, the feeling to appreciate it even with the perplexing thought of what the piece of art was.

8.      The Bad Boys Series: Everything for Us – M. Leighton
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17228519-everything-for-us

CASH AND NASH. Oh my heart, I love Cash. And Nash. Both. Okay, Cash. Okay, first things first: they were twins. In the first book we knew there were two but during the whole Book it was only one person; in the second, the twin showed up. I love Cash, he was this perfect man – flexible, powerful, intelligent and strategic. I loved a Lawyer in a book (I am bias with my background). But I should not be side-tracked. The last book, about Nash (yes, I loved Cash but Nash has some things on his sleeve) was just like a constant bomb-dropping moment. Marissa was a great lawyer but it was just not how she was. She did that to prove herself to her father, please him and all that. But with Nash, she was able to let go and their happily-ever after was the perfect conclusion to the series. With the fire of their passion and love never wavering from the very start ‘til the end.

9.      Breathe Series: Breathless – Rachel Brookes
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18458487-breathless

I love Rachel’s writing style – detailed and entrancing. That was why I loved Breathless more; it showed Tate’s character without it being less of a man. It showed a strong, confused yet fragile man who loves unconditionally. Actually, Unconditionally by Katy Perry kept on messing with my head whenever I remember Breathless. I loved Just Breathe, it was just that, Breathless was thoroughly focused on Tate and his emotions and I was greedy for every moment in it. I felt the character, the story; with the feeling of being dazed (in a good way, like hypnotized to read it all) while reading.

10.  Losing It Series: Finding It – Cora Carmack
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16172638-finding-it

I did mention I was a sucker for roadtrips, right? Well, traveling in particular. I love different destinations and in this book, I was given the chance to country-hop. As much as I loved the awkwardness at Losing It and the somehow seriousness at Faking it; Finding It showed me a book where I could totally relate. I just finished college and I do am taking a year off though I am a bum and not as productive as Kelsey in the story, I felt her as a character. Lost and waiting for that path where I could be passionate about. The whole travelling really was enthralling and the love that brewed with connection and time. Worth a read, I swear.

11.  Cancer-themed books: What’s Left of Me – Amanda Maxlyn / No Attachments – Tiffany King
 
 http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18480026-what-s-left-of-me       http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17667168-no-attachments   

I think I am a masochist of sorts, cancer-themed novel, really? Yet these books were inspiring and luminous. Did I just write that? Luminous? Yeah, I did. It really was. Both the heroines on the books had cancer and they were seeking normalcy in their life. Even for just a bit. I loved how What’s Left of Me showed all the procedures and effects of the intakes a cancer patient feels but also depicted a true and blissful romance (constant swoon over Parker). Then at No Attachments, the bucketlist of Ash and how she had fallen for Nathan. As much as both craved for normality, the romance it had was downright real, raw and genuine (both guys did not know about the girls’s cancer).

12.  YA reads: Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell / How to Love – Katie Cotugno
 
     http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15745753-eleanor-park   http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17332564-how-to-love   

Again, with the torn feeling. Both dealt on first love. Eleanor & Park was just in nostalgia side and of course, in its high school setting; though I liked how it worked on friendship and to falling in love. Then at How to Love, it was much deeper – faced with issues of teen pregnancy, family (and sort of community – since they lived in a small community) with the look of disappointment and humiliation towards you, then the father of your unborn child left – no goodbyes (or that was what she thought). How to Love also had that nostalgia but there was alternate past and present happenings but all in all it showed how a person could accept, forgive, learn to be independent but mostly, to love again. Still, both were a standalone and had the feeling of wonder: “What happens next?” without the cliffhanger.

13.  Love & Misadventure – Lang Leav
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18003300-love-misadventure

I thought it was obvious by the way I used the quote above. I did save the best for last. Sometimes I write poetry and sometimes you just don’t know what it meant because you wrote it when you were overwhelmed by an emotion of some sorts. But in this book, it was a collection of poetry one could relate; it was sort of a journey in its way and very enjoyable. Short, indirect or direct, emotions on the go.


-     Jassie

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