Muses’ Favorite Books of 2013

The six of us chose our favorite books reviewed by Random Book Muses this year. And we want to give away copies to YOU!

***Comment on this post (Facebook, blog or twitter) with the title you want to win, and the name of YOUR favorite book of 2013 and you’ll be entered into the giveaway.***

Contest ends December 20.

Melpomene: Left Drowning by Jessica Park
20131210-215516.jpg I fell in love with Jessica Park’s writing when I read Flat-Out Love. I knew I’d read whatever she wrote afterwards. But I wasn’t nearly prepared for the devastation I felt when reading Left Drowning. This story is about loss and love and learning to move on from both. The characters were so real, that I felt like I was sitting right with them, laughing when they laughed and crying when they cried. And when their hearts broke, mine did as well. I may never get over this book. This book totally killed me and I hope it kills you too.
You can read the full review here.

Thalia: My Name is Malala by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb
20131210-215528.jpg What a challenge, to pick just ONE favorite book from this past year. How in the world am I supposed to do that? Almost every book I’ve read has been a favorite in some way. Otherwise I wouldn’t have finished it. That being said…the book that has touched me the most and still resonates with me is “My Name is Malala.” When I first heard about this young lady and the tragedy that befell her, I was shocked like most other people were. But I couldn’t truly comprehend exactly what she went through up to the point when she was shot. Her book received a lot of publicity before it was released, and I was excited to read it. I don’t often buy books the day that they come out but this one was an exception. I have even more respect for Malala and her entire family after reading her story. What strength and courage it takes to stand up for what you believe in under the pressure of such danger. This family,and Malala in particular, is truly an inspiration!
You can read the full review here.

Pegasus: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Deborah Moggach
20131211-230709.jpg As you can see from many of my reviews, comedy isn’t a genre that I read a lot of.  With that in mind, I was a bit skeptical when I first picked up the book.  How wrong was I?!   A story with elements of comedy, mixed up with drama, family dynamics, cultural clashes, and prejudices that are dispelled as freely as they are assumed, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a refreshing, hilarious, poignant, and stark look on our lives and how we choose to live them.
You can read the full review here.

Urania: NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
20131210-215537.jpgWith 2013 coming to an end, as I look back at all of my reads of the year, I realize just how lucky I am! There were so many great books! It’s almost impossible to pick my very favorite, so instead, I shall pick out the one that surprised me the most….This book is NOS4A2. This is a book that I went into not expecting very much. I put it off for months. I believed that Joe was published and popular because of his famous father. Wow! While it may be true that the apple does not fall very far from the tree…I suddenly know that sometimes, the old apple tree is surpassed by the fruit it has born…After reading this long novel that had a writing style that made it feel fast and quick, I look forward to reading many more by JH…and I think in the years to come he might be every bit as famous as his father….and not because of his father…but because he absolutely deserves it!
You can read the full review here.

Clio: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
20131211-230656.jpg Picking my favorite book out of the ones I’ve reviewed for the blog was difficult. So I chose the one that surprised me the most. The Coldest Girl in Cold Town surprised me in so many ways – and all of them are good! This was a 5 star book from start to finish. The world is dark, creepy and complex. The complexity is woven into the hopelessness, the technology, and even into the romance that this amazingly well written novel contains. Loved every bit of it!
You can read the full review here.

Calliope: A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams
20131211-230722.jpg I love all the reading I’ve done this year, but I loved reading A Hundred Summers best. Beatriz Williams wrote my favroite genre – romance – into literary fiction with such substance and chutzpah, I was astonished at every turn. My shoulders are tensing just thinking about it. And even though I have hundreds of unread books waiting for me, A Hundred Summers compels me to re-read it. I know I’ll hear myself gasp, laugh, and blush all over again on the beach with Nick, Budgie, Graham and Lily. 
You can read the full review here.

20 thoughts on “Muses’ Favorite Books of 2013

  1. Hard to choose just one of these to win but I have really been wanting to read NOS4A2 by Joe Hill, so I’ll go with that one 🙂

    It is also difficult to choose my favorite book of 2013, but I suppose I have no choice 😉 So I’ll go with Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. Had a big book hangover after this one!

  2. I would love to win The Coldest Girl in Coldtown .

    I read so many great books this year but one of my favorites was All the Truth That’s in Me. I really love it and it was not what I was expecting at all. When I was done reading, I just wanted to go back and read it again!

  3. I would love to win NOS4A2 by Joe Hill. I read a lot of good books this year, but if I had to choose I would pick The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. Very different from other vampire stories! Great world building, and the characters are people you can identify with.

  4. It’s tough to pick a single favourite book for 2013. I’d go with “The Silent Wife” by A.S.A. Harrison. I have “A Hundred Summers” on my TBR list, so ‘d love to win that.

  5. I’d hope to win I Am Malala. From my 2013 reading, I’d recommend James Dawes’ Evil Men. It’s a thoughtful book about his interviews with war criminals– academic but deeply humane, it raises complex, even unanswerable questions.

  6. I would love to win the Coldest Girl in town….

    Favorite book….Toss up…Tell the Wolves I’m home….and The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry…

    Merry Christmas…. 🙂

  7. It’s really hard to pick just one book I loved this year BUT I’ll say Sandra Brown’s Lethal. I’d like to win The Coldest Girl in Coldtown.

  8. I would like to win I Am Malala.

    My favorite book of 2013 was I Am Pilgrim by Terri Hayes.

    Thanks for having the contest!

  9. I would love to win The Coldest Girl in Cold Town by Holly Black.

    It’s hard to choose but I think my favorite book of this year would have to be The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater.

  10. I cannot just pick one favorite read…I must give you two. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon. I think about this book all the time. My second favorite of the year is Wake by Abria Mattina, this book will stay with me for a very long time. I would love to read The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Deborah Moggach

    • Hi Jennifer! You won! Please go to our FB page, and send a PM with the email address that is associated to your kindle so I can send you the book. Congratulations!

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