Top 10 best books read in 2013

2013 sure was a great year, but after reading 140 books, it is time to decide which books made to the top list.
These are the Goodreads statistics:
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The top 10:

Although this book made the top list, Tales of the Underlight is the best series that I have read in 2013. Bold, fresh and clever Jax Garren was a new author who promised much during the synopsis and executed well during the series. She proved paranormal characters could have depth and even using clichés like a hero with a tragic past, she managed to captivate the reader. We like the way you swing Garren, and we hope you keep that way!

What’s better than a book about vampires? A book about vampires AND Tudors! Political conspiracy, vampires, druids, magic and romance, this series has it all and we love the way Rhys finally got over Rosalind to find a new strong female character. We sure want a 4th book with Elias as the main character.

An homoerotical novel with BDSM and deep characters? We approve! A strong hand uses art and many episodes of BDSM lifestyle to show that BDSM is not what you have learnt from 50 shade of Grey. We appreciate that Catt Ford demonstrated how a Dom should really be… Plus it is a gay erotic book… how awesome is that?

Tipping the velvet has the most intriguing and erotic beginning, plus it would not be fair to place a male homoerotic book while forgetting lesbians! Tipping the velvet is clever and we will never taste oysters the same way.

This book is not for soft readers. It will consume you while you read your characters driving themselves to self-destruction. Controversial, intense this book is a must read for those who like strong books with a twisted happy ending.

  Proving that erotica can be meaningful and heartbroken, Megan Hart wrote in 2007 a story that was only published in Portuguese by Harlequin. It will most definitely make the lists of best books published in 2013, specially when erotica is getting such bad reputation. Hart surprised us all with an endearing story of platonic love and commitment.

It’s Bradbury… do I need to say anything else?

Rooftops of Tehran is a beautiful story of coming of age, love and struggle. But the most important thing is the sense of identity. All Middle East authors managed to maintain a sense of identity in their books that no Anglo-american author has. We feel like Seraji could have written The Kite runner, like Housseini could have written Rooftops of Tehran. That’s what makes Middle East authors so unique and precious.

The book of trouble is not very famous, but it gives us the perspective of an Western woman on the Middle East. She questions the same things we do, but she can’t help to find the East so fascinating. The Book of trouble represents ourselves, people from the West and our attraction and repulsion towards the Middle East and maybe that is why is not so popular, because maybe we do have some “troubles” facing those feelings.

A political and social critique, this short-story written by Nobel Award José Saramago makes us wonder how many times we would like to go on an adventure and find ourselves.

Honorable mentions:

If you have a cat and you read Pusheen you know that 100% of it it’s accurate! Funny, sweet and stunning visuals.

Anna Karenina is a classic, while we may not like Madame Bovary or Sister Carrie, Karenina is a great female character and we mourn the way Tolstoy decided to end the story, even if it was the most honorable way.

A Nobel Award winning, Vargas Llosa praises the figure of women throughout this book and manages to catch all of us unaware with the final twist!

A YA novel without drama or paranormal? We like it! Anna and the French kiss is everything a YA novel should be: cute, funny, dealing with the issues of teenagers that makes us recall our own adolescence.

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