2013 Rewind - Our Top Reads

2013 is quickly coming to a close. If you haven't reached your Reading Challenge goal for the year, you've only got a few days left! We've got some suggestions for you - the YA Buccaneers read more than 400 books collectively this year and we'd like to share our Top Reads!

You've already seen our Top Reads in this month's Reading Mutiny Challenge - now is the time to reveal which Buccaneer chose which book. Here are the Top Reads of 2013 for this friendly band o' pirates - with a brief blurb of what made that book the best as well as links to our blogs, where some of us posted our Top Tens (and playlists!). So, without further ado, hit the Rewind button with us!


YA Buccaneers 2013 Rewind - Top Reads

Guppy Guts Skullcracker (aka Heidi Sinnett)

My pick was THE TRAGEDY PAPER by Elizabeth LaBan.  I loved this book because it was THIRTEEN REASONS WHY with a contemporary twist. A boy-centric tale with two parallel stories and a dash of romance made it the perfect combination. Plus, it had great food descriptions! A little something for everyone.....

Read more from Guppy Guts HERE.


Bonny Kitty Cutlass (aka Kathryn Holmes)

What can I say about ELEANOR & PARK that hasn't already been said? (By, among others, YA superstar John Green…) Rainbow Rowell's luminous love story about two outsiders in the Midwest in 1986 who find solace in each other blew me away. I couldn't put this book down, and at the same time, I wanted to savor each word so the story wouldn't have to end.

Find out the rest of BK's top picks HERE.


Back from the Dead Red (aka Ellen Goodlett)

My pick for the year has got to be THE DREAM THIEVES (second book in the Raven Boys series). I've always loved Maggie Stiefvater's stuff, but this series has to be my absolute favorite thing she's ever written, and THE DREAM THIEVES is even better than the first book. This book focuses on Ronan, the Latin-speaking, streetcar-racing, pet-raven-owning badass-yet-totally-sympathetic character, and I absolutely love him to pieces. He comes across as such a jackass initially, but once you get inside his head you realize there's so much more to him. Plus, this series doesn't have a huge focus on romance, which also came as a breath of fresh air. And it has Welsh mythology!! Which is awesome.

Visit Red HERE for more!


Dread Pirate B (aka Bridgid Gallagher)

Although I hate picking favorites (I read so many good books this year!), the book I loved the most was THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green. It is beautifully written, and looks at life and death in an engaging, open way that I both admired as a writer and appreciated as a reader. Plus, I loved that it made me laugh nearly as much as it made me cry.

Check out the rest of Dread Pirate B's picks for 2013 HERE.


Brunhilde the Black-Hearted (aka Rachel Searles)

As someone who gravitates toward fantasy and science fiction, I wouldn't have expected one of my favorite reads of 2013 to be a book about baseball, but James Preller's SIX INNINGS was such a perfect little book, it was the first thing that popped into my head. It's a slim middle grade story about a Little League team playing the big championship game, but the amount of depth and emotion he builds into the story blew me away. And it's funny, too! Absolutely masterful.

Brunhilde's top picks are HERE.


Curly McGee (aka G. Myrthil)

I fell in love with Rainbow Rowell's writing in 2013, but I especially loved FANGIRL. Between the protagonist Cath's relatable struggle with finding her place during her first year of college, the romance, and the entertaining snippets of fanfiction, FANGIRL was a satisfying and memorable book that I can't wait to re-read.

Shiver Me Timbers (aka Caroline Richmond)

My top book pick for 2013? DARK TRIUMPH by Robin LaFevers! I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book because I absolutely loved GRAVE MERCY, the first novel in the His Fair Assassins trilogy. I mean, assassin nuns in medieval France? Heck yes!

DARK TRIUMPH is indeed darker than its predecessor, but I loved following Sybella's story and discovering the painful secrets in her past. And once I picked up this novel I couldn't put it down---murder and intrigue coupled with Sybella's power-hungry family and her sweet romance with Beast. Can't wait for Book 3!

Visit Shiver Me Timbers' blog HERE for more!


Jas Ketch, Siren of the Seychelles (aka Kris F. Oliver)

My top pick for 2013 is THE DREAM THIEVES by Maggie Stiefvater. This book is magical realism at its best.  I think I enjoyed this book more than the first book in the series, which is saying something. The imagery is fantastic and the characters are gloriously flawed and compelling.  I love how Stiefvater can take something impossible and make it not only seem plausible, but obvious.  It is an exquisite gem of a book. It will leave you feeling that magic and the ordinary world are separated only by a nebulous thread that could break at any moment and amazing will rain down like lightning.

Find out the rest of the Siren's picks HERE.


Captain E. Hook (aka Erin L. Schneider)

SIEGE AND STORM by Leigh Bardugo wins my favorite book for 2013, thanks to the compelling story arc and amazing cast of characters. Like many, I'm a huge fan of the Darkling and can't wait to see where Bardugo takes him and Alina in book #3 -- but a new character introduced in this second installment, Sturmhond, was the one I couldn't wait to read more of! This character's quick wit and great sense of humor had me flying through the pages -- and I'm really hoping there will be more of him in RUIN AND RISING. A lot more of him.

Captain E. Hook's top reads can be found HERE.


Neptune (aka Kelly Loy Gilbert)

SPLIT by Swati Avasthi kept me up until five in the morning; once I started reading, I needed to know what happened to Jace. I love moral complexity, someone to root for, and a redemptive arc--and after I finished reading I kept picking the book up again to flip back to my favorite passages.

Follow Neptune's blog HERE.


Lady Byrd Bonebreaker (aka Sara Biren)

Much of what made THE BOOK OF BROKEN HEARTS by Sarah Ockler my top pick of 2013 was from personal connection - the relationship between Jude and her much older sisters, a father with a debilitating illness, mention of the Beatles and Van Halen. My heart ached as I traveled with Jude through this difficult time in her life and I identified with her and her experience in a lot of ways. The prose is lovely, the story compelling, the romance genuine. This book broke my heart, too.

For the rest of Lady Byrd's picks, click HERE.


What were your favorite reads of 2013? We'd love to hear from you! And don't forget to enter our drawing for an autographed copy of ALLEGIANT by Veronica Roth.

Happy Holidays and Happy Reading!