By: Melanie | June 12, 2013 | (21) Comments

A Clarification…

I got a couple emails via Goodreads and my other email whether I’m still here. So let me clarify…

Now that I’m co-reviewing at Finding Bliss in Books, this does not mean that I will ditch YA Midnight Reads. Maybe less posts but I’m pratically blogging everyday here anyways so you won’t miss me much. After all, I’ll show up with reviews at Finding Bliss in Books! (which I’m still overjoyed about) I will commence soon over there!

Best of 2013… so far

It is pratically the middle on the middle month so I decided to make a post, sharing my top FIVE books that I have read this year. Not necessarily published this year. And it was a really hard decision despite that I haven’t come across anything compltely ruining but here they are!

5. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

I’d be mad not to place a John Green novel here. Hazel’s voice was so genuine and relatable in the sense that it wasn’t trite, but had a personality that screamed of a true mature teen. Also, heart breaking ending.

4. Everbound by Brodi Ashton

I guess contemporaries touch my heart more and therefore, I love them more but this book- WOW. Greek mythology + romance= my true love. Jack is such a sweetheart.

3. Haze by Paula Weston

Angels. Bleh. Written by Paula Weston? I AM SO IN. Also, aussie author! (wheee!) If you haven’t started reading this series, I’m sorry to break it to you but you are crazy. If anything, this is one of my favourite YA angel series along with Angelfall by Susan Ee. In fact, if you loved Angelfall, this is the perfect series to begin. Raffe *swoons*

2. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

A wonderful sci-fi novel. Some don’t like it but I LOVED it. Everything about this novel was close to flawless, while the romance wasn’t the best, the characters, idea, setting were all so complex. And don’t forget out sweet brother-sister connection!

1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Beautiful. Just so god damn beautiful, this novel is. Here’s what I loved about this:
1. The unique POV
2. Rudy
3. Max
4. Aussie author (!!)
5. Gritty setting
6. E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G
Words cannot explain how magnificent this book is. I will reread this book soon and attempt a proper review as I have no words at the moment. Wait, I repeated myself there. See? No words apart from no words.
I’m confused. O.o Anyway, just read it and you will love me forever. *wink*

Just because I can…

I also have another top one. This is an adult fiction and is pretty much equal to The Book Thief- I label it under JUST BECAUSE I CAN as I read it last year.

1. The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Another beautiful book filled with heart-breaking facts. I learnt a lot from this book for a change and the ending. Oh crud.

Those are my favourites of this year so far. What about you peeps?


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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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21 Responses to Best of 2013 (1)

  1. I REALLY need to read The Book Thief. I always hear such amazing things about it but for some reason I have never picked it up!

  2. Amelia K says:

    TFiOS and The Book Thief are the best in the world! But Paula Weston beats all! I love her series so much and O_O I’m also enjoying Rachel Caine right now. Not perfect but pretty awesome.

    Fantastic list, thanks for sharing, Melanie.

  3. Stephanie B says:

    I feel a little lame. I haven’t read any of these….

  4. THE FAULT IN OUR STARS is absolutely flawless. I don’t often say that, but I really can’t get enough of that book…it just speaks to my soul! 🙂

  5. Amy says:

    Great list!! For Book Girls Don’t Cry we did a post on our favorites this year so far and most anticipated. Flawed by Kate Avelynn definitely made my list! That book was amazing, but tough to read!

  6. Giselle says:

    Eep the 5th Wave was so good and The Help is one of my favorite books ever! I really need to read Everbound I heard it was an epic sequel!

  7. Eileen says:

    Ahh great list! I SO agree with Everbound and I still need to read The 5th Wave, like, desperately. I have a copy just sitting on my shelf (two actually) so I don’t know why I haven’t read them yet. This is a good question indeed. Also, I had The Help on my summer reading list and I was going to read it but the language was hard to wrap around at first so I put it down for a while and then all of a sudden it was due because since it was on the summer reading list they’re always due in a week >.<

  8. I haven’t read Everbound or Haze, but I absolutely adored all the others. In fact, I just recently reread (well, re-listened) The Fault in Our Stars and loved it even more the second time around. It’s such a special, amazing book.
    I love all your choices!

  9. Book Blather says:

    I haven’t read anything by Paula Weston before, but I like the sound of this series! 🙂

  10. I have been hearing a lot of rave reviews about “The Fault in Our Stars.” I look forward to checking it out! I also loved the book, “The Help.” Thank you for posting these recommendations. My favorite YA book so far that I have read and re-read is “The Beat on Ruby’s Street” by author Jenna Zark ( The book follows young aspiring poet, Ruby Tabeata in 1958 Greenwich Village. Ruby’s parents are “beatnicks”
    and she has grown up in a very unconventional and unique way. She goes to school with the neighborhood kids at the local store (deciding their own hours, learning math from the cash register) and has to learn to be self-sufficient and tough at the very young age of 11. Ruby soon finds herself accused of stealing from a fruit stand and is sent to a children’s care home because
    her home has been deemed unsafe. When she arrives, Ruby has to fight off a bully and integrate into her new surroundings. She also has to push away the sinking feeling she may never see her family again. She does finally make her way home but she uncovers a family secret that means life as she knows it will never be the same. Throughout the book Ruby follows her heart and uses her poetry to cope with every obstacle. It seems to be the one thing that helps her to heal and move on. It’s a fantastic read! I can’t promote it enough!

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