These won't be necessarily books published in 2013, but books I read throughout the year.
It was a good year for me. I didn't read as many books as in previous years, but I feel very happy with what I read. I read a lot of different styles, and some of my favourite series ended. Anyway, here are my top 5 books of the year. I've actually ranked them too, which kills me a little. I love them all. I'm ranking them from best to least best.
1. Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta
Easy pick. No, really, and that's all you need to know about Quintana of Charyn, this fabulous book that has a permanent spot in my heart. It's a masterpiece, and the perfect ending in every way to The Lumatere Chronicles. I can't recommend this series enough.
2. The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan
3. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
Somehow, Maggie Stiefvater wrote her best book yet and The Dream Thieves was a pleasure to read in every way, but particularly due to fantastic writing, and outstanding character development.
4. Crash and Burn by Michael Hassan
An incredibly strong story with great tone in writing, and somehow this story stuck with me. It got me to write one of my better reviews, and I completely got what the author was saying. I cried, I laughed, but most importantly, I reflected on life.
5. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
It was a hard decision, but I went with Black's book because every part of it felt so complete. I loved the flashbacks, and the vampire world was incredibly engaging. I loved this new twist on vampires and I enjoyed this book immensely.
I know, a lot of these books are within series. That's because I generally always have a complaint at the beginning of a series, but by the end I seem to fall in love with everything and the author distinguishes their series enough for me. I'm very happy with these books, and I think 2013 was a great year.