Well the year is almost over, and it’s time to think about what I’ve read…What I liked, What I loved, What blew me away...In 2013, I read a lot less than I have in the past few years, mostly because I’ve been very busy, BUT I’ve also been very selective of what I choose to read. I read about 90 books this year (that excludes the re-reads!), and out of those I’ve picked the ten stories that I loved the most. There were lots of fantastic books to read this year, but there were some that really stood out for me, in a few cases for their rawness and honesty, others for their uniqueness and creativity. But across the board they were all amazing. So here they are, my ten most memorable stories for 2013. No specific ranking here, just the order in which I read them, from first to last.
Tell The Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
This book took everything out of me. It is not a romance and not strictly LGBT, but the main story is very much attached to the AIDS epidemic of the 1980’s and 1990’s and the awfulness that surrounded it. If I HAD to classify it, I would say coming of age, young adult. It is absolutely exquisite writing, and one of the most powerful things I’ve read. Very much worth the tears…
Let’s Hear It for the Boy by T.A. Webb
Another heart breaker, this short story made me BAWL MY HEAD OFF. Loved the writing, the sadness, but mostly the obvious heart that went into telling the story of these two men. This one is one of those stories I wish would be made required reading.
Touch & Geaux (Cut & Run Series #7)by Abigail Roux
This one is probably in a lot of favorites lists this year. For me this installment is the best in the series so far. I loved every minute of it, and felt like it was the first time that I got an up close look at who Ty and Zane are as individuals. I really hope the end is near with this series, because I have had way TOO MANY ups and downs with these guys. Regardless, this one was unexpectedly awesome to read. For a series I had mostly given up on two books ago, a year’s favorite is nothing to sneeze at.
The General and Horse Lord by Sarah Black
Gabriel, John and their band of boys are pretty much one of the best things that happened to me this year. Sarah Black is a gift in this genre. She writes with soul, and with deep thoughtfulness, yet her men are so tender. I loved this book, and the sequel as well. No wasted words with Sarah.
Racing For The Sun by Amy Lane
What’s a Top ANYTHING list in this genre without a book by Amy Lane in it? She had quite a few books out this year, and I enjoyed them all immensely, but I think with this story Amy really advanced in her craft. She explored the world of clandestine racing, she went quite dark with her heroes, and it all worked. It worked amazingly. To me this might be one of her most flawless writing efforts. Loved this book. Sonny and Ace are unforgettable.
Brothers of The Wild North Sea by Harper Fox
This book is maybe the best historical I’ve read in this genre. It was beautifully written, and with a story that captivated me from beginning to end. Harper Fox is an amazing writer, she is solid and consistent. She is a for sure read for me, and with this book she put herself in a separate category. Also…Vikings.
The Return by Brad Boney
The heart breakers are a theme this year for me! This book had it all! I delighted in it, even if it was incredibly tough at times. It was such a hopeful story. I think this one also should be read by everyone who reads this genre.
The Magpie Lord by KJ Charles
This book was one big shot of awesomeness. The writing, the characters, the story, the mystery. Everything made sense. A fantastic read from beginning to end. I am so happy there is more coming from these guys soon. One of the best paranormal stories in the genre. The hottest newcomer to M/M, her name is KJ Charles…SO-LID.
Here’s To You, Zeb Pike by Johanna Parkhurst
My top Young Adult book this year. Dusty broke my heart. I loved the writing, it felt wise. It was easy to see that the author was very familiar with the inner workings of a young adult mind. Lovely story, looking forward to lots more from this author.
Fish and Ghosts (Hellsinger #1) by Rhys Ford
This was straight up the most fun I’ve had with a book this year. LOVED every second of it. It was creative, original, and just a BLAST. I hope people go for it with enthusiasm, because it’s some of the best PNR reading in M/M. I am very much looking forward to more of Wolf, Trystan and their peeps.
Lover At Last by J.R. Ward
I HAD TO. I just did, Qhuinn and Blay brought me to M/M romance, and I was frigging elated to see them get their book. Was the book actually great? Not really (I cursed like a sailor in my review), but the fact that they got their book, that a Gay Romance made it to the New York Times Bestseller, THAT is noteworthy and so I needed to give The Wharden her props…No matter how much she pisses me off.
This year had amazing reads, I think pretty much every book I read was awesome, but these ten were the ones that affected me the most. I hope that this list proves useful for those of you that haven’t given some of these a try…Here’s to 2013, a fabulous year for those of us who worship at the “Church of Man Love”, and I hope 2014 brings us more to rave about. What were your favorites of 2013?