I aspire to read classic and literary books, but always seem to fall back on the entertaining easy reads! I would really like to broaden my reading interests.

I too have a book addiction!

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My Top 5 Books of 2013

My top five books of 2013 were not merely chosen for the rating I gave them, but for the impact the book made on me. 



1.  The Secretary:  A Journey with Hillary Clinton from Beirut to the Heart of American Power By Kim Ghattas



This book took me a really long time to finish and at one point I put it down for awhile.  The book opened my eyes to the intricacies of world powers and the job of Secretary of State.  I came away from it wanting to find out more about the middle east conflict as I am woefully ignorant!



2.  The Diviners By Libba Bray



I love chunky books and I especially love books that take place in New York City in the early 1900s.   I have never been to New York City but through this book I got to see the city as it was in the past!



3.  Live Through This By Mindi Scott



This was a great drama about a girl living with a deep dark secret that is slowly tearing her apart.



4.  Howards End is on the Landing:  A Year of Reading from Home By Susan Hill



This book was a really enjoyable book that any reader can relate to.  I loved her stories of how each of the books in her collection impacted her.  I felt like I was sitting there with her as she reminisced about her books.



5.  The Girl Who Fell From the Sky By Heidi W. Durrow



I couldn't stop thinking about this book after I read it.  The main character Rachel is the daughter of a danish mother and black father who is a GI.  After a family tragedy, she goes to live with her black grandmother in a mainly black community, and is completely out of her element. 


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Don't Turn Around - Michelle Gagnon A great book with a strong female character that reminded me a lot of Stieg Larsson's character Lisbeth Salander! I loved the storyline and the way it ended unfinished, making me excited to read the next book in the series. I am just sorry I have to wait so long until its release.
Golden Buddha (Oregon Files, #1) - Clive Cussler, Craig Dirgo This is my favorite Clive Cussler series. I am re-reading the series in preparation for the new book, Mirage, coming out in September 2013. Can't wait!
Prey - Linda Howard I liked this book, but was a little disappointed because it was not as action packed as I thought it would be. It had its moments in the beginning and end of the book, but for the most part it was strictly romance as the main characters Dare and Angie spent the majority of the book getting to know each other and fall in love.
Charade - Nyrae Dawn I loved this book so much! It was so good that I began reading it late Saturday night, and read it straight through early Sunday morning. It's been a while since I've read a book in one sitting. I loved how the author dealt with the subject of dying and how hard it is to let someone go. The scene in which Colt's mother is dying was written so beautifully, it had me sobbing!
The Last Victim (Dr. Charlotte Stone #1) - Karen Robards This was a fast read that I thoroughly enjoyed. I really connected to the characters Charlotte Stone and Michael Garland and loved their interaction with each other. I can't wait to hear more of Garland's back story as it wasn't really addressed in this first book. I didn't know going into this book that it was the first book in a new series. I was pleasantly surprised when I finished to discover this because as I said previously there were some unanswered questions about Garland and what type of person he really is. Can't wait for the next book!
Decision Points - George W. Bush It was really interesting to get inside President Bush's head and hear what he thought of certain people and events during his presidency. For the most part the book held my interest; however, towards then end it was slow going, hence the length of time it took me to read it!
Bound Together - Eliza Jane I really enjoyed this book. I found it hard to put down and found myself staying up late reading until i couldn't keep my eyes open any longer. I loved how the book ended. You just know that everything will work out well for the two main characters. I love stories with happy endings!
All Seeing Eye - Rob Thurman I purchased this book by accident on my Kindle and was so upset with myself. I desperately read the synopsis to see what I purchased, and was pleasantly surprised because it was the type of book that I would be interested in. I was even more happy when I started to read it because I found it to be an engrossing story that I thoroughly enjoyed. I especially loved the ending! It appears that this novel may be a stand alone novel, but I would really like to see more stories with Jackson.
Wyoming Fierce - Diana Palmer I liked this book, but it wasn't one that had me anxiously rushing back to read it. It was a very wholesome romantic story.
Hooking Up - Jessica L. Degarmo A light and entertaining read. The only thing I found troubling was the fact that the main character would pick up a stranger in a bar for a one night stand and take him home to her apartment.
The Evolution of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin This book was really intense in the end. It went in a totally different direction than I was expecting and left me with more questions than answers. I hate the fact that I have to wait until the next book to find out what happens next!