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Reading in 2013; highlights and lowlights

December 30, 2013

Tomorrow morning, I’ll be off to spend New Year’s Eve with a good friend of mine. Tonight, then, is going to be my final post of 2013.  Given that this is primarily a book/writing blog, I thought the best way to end the year would be a quick look at both the highlights and lowlights where reading was concerned.

The only rule for this list is that I must have read the book at some point over 2013. The book can be of any size (so, short stories, anthologies and novellas are all ok) and can have come out at any time. So, without further ado, let’s begin.

The Highlights

Most original: The Ocean At The End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman

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Best Indie Book: The Swan Prince, by Danielle Shipley

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Funniest Book: Next of Kin, by Erik Frank Russell

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Most Heartwarming: The Star Beast, by Robert Heinlein

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Best book involving parasites/symbionts: Fledgling, by Octavia Butler

Fledgling

(Yep, a vampire book. But then again, it IS Octavia Butler…)

Best cover: Parasite, by Mira grant

And I still think the cover is amazing

Flat-out best book: Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley

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The Lowlights

Most clichéd: Embers at Galdrilene, by A. D. Trosper

Embers

(Though, to be fair, it’s still a perfectly good book)

Most incomprehensible: To Dream, Perchance to Soar, by Ashlyn Navina

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Most disappointing: The Mount, by Carol Emshwiller

Front cover (hardback)

Worst Cover: C.A.T, by Rosie Oliver

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Flat-out worst book: The Disenchanted Pet, by Kate Policani

Current cover

Got any highlights/lowlights of your own to share? Feel free to post ’em down below.

On a final note, I hope everyone has a great time over New Year’s. See you all next year!

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From → Blogging, Reviews

7 Comments
  1. Aimi permalink

    Reblogged this on Lost in The World Map.

  2. That CAT cover is hilarious! 🙂

  3. Enjoy your New Year’s Eve and have a great 2014.

  4. Fascinating collection. Some picks there that I’ll follow up on. Happy (belated) new year!

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