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.