Natasha’s Top Reads of 2013

December 18, 2013 Special Feature 0

These are books I have read in 2013, not necessarily books released this year (you will notice I am behind the times on a few).


1. The Wool Trilogy by Hugh Howey

I don’t usually ready science-fiction (although I love a good dystopia as much as the next person) but The Wool Trilogy intrigued me. After the world has ended, the few survivors live in a massive underground Silo. This is all they have ever known – a bleak landscape where the air outside kills within minutes. Is there any room for dreamers in this world? And how far are they willing to go to discover the truth? Awesome, fast-paced and addictive read. Go out and buy Wool immediately!

Wool Review

Shift Review

Dust Review

2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Don’t think there is much that needs to be said about this book. I laughed. I cried. I went out and bought four more John Green books because of it.

Fault in our stars

The Boy Who Could See Demons

3. The Boy Who Could See Demons by Carolyn Jess-Cooke

A psychological thriller with a wicked twist. If you liked The Sixth Sense, you will love this (and no, he doesn’t see dead people!)

4. The Help by Kathryn Stockett

I read this for our Book Club in January and absolutely LOVED it. It is a book that deals with a serious time in America’s history but utilises the voices of warm, intelligent and courageous women. And I’ll never think of chocolate pie in the same way again 🙂

The Help

The House At The End of Hope Street

5.  The House at the End of Hope Street by Menna Van Praag

If you enjoy heartfelt and uplifting literature with a generous sprinkling of magic on the side, then The House at the End of Hope Street is for you.

6. Twerp by Mark Goldblatt

My only ‘New Adult’ book of the year. Twerp covers an array of pre-teen experiences and emotions. From first love to first betrayal. But the main emphasis always is on friendship and loyalty. It is a warm and funny read, bursting with pre-adolescent mischief but remains innocent at heart. I hope my son will read this book one day.


The Perks of being a wallflower

7.  The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Wonderful read! Took me back to my high school days and our obsession with Rocky Horror.

8. Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall

Reminiscent of To Kill a Mockingbird, Crandall tells the story of  young Starla and her adventure through Mississippi in the 1960’s. Heartfelt and effortless, with characters you are sure to fall in love with.

Whistling Past the Graveyard

The Universe versus Alex Woods

9. The Universe versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence

An unconventional relationship between Alex and Mr.Peterson (all completely above board I assure you!) poses some interesting moral questions. Be prepared to fall in love with a rather strange geek!

10. Horns by Joe Hill

This is the first Joe Hill (Stephen King’s son) novel that I have read. It was a book club choice and I probably wouldn’t have picked it up otherwise. It is a dark tale about murder, revenge and the devil. Had me hooked.




Natasha lives in Brisbane, Australia with her husband and son. She is a self confessed bibliophile who enjoys literature and adult fiction. She also loves travelling and aims to visit 40 countries by the time she is 40 (current count 36).

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