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Welcome to day 2 of Dahlia’s Top 10 of 2013! As I mentioned in my post yesterday, part of the point of this series was to include the authors of my favorite books of 2013 in the recommendations to help optimize the experience of reading the books I loved this year.

Today’s post does not include those interviews. It’s just about two books I read this year that made the top of my list. It’s not a very exciting post.

Which I have planned specifically because today is the cover reveal for my book, BEHIND THE SCENES, on YA Books Central, and that is far more important than everything else in the entire world happening today.

So, yeah, here are two more books that were among my fave reads of 2013 by a couple of authors who definitely don’t suck.

FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan . . .

But for Cath, being a fan is her life — and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

*Available via IndieBound, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon*

(You can also check out my Goodreads review here.)


JUST ONE DAY by Gayle Forman

When sheltered American good girl Allyson “LuLu” Healey first meets laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter at an underground performance of Twelfth Night in England, there’s an undeniable spark. After just one day together, that spark bursts into a flame, or so it seems to Allyson, until the following morning, when she wakes up after a whirlwind day in Paris to discover that Willem has left. Over the next year, Allyson embarks on a journey to come to terms with the narrow confines of her life, and through Shakespeare, travel, and a quest for her almost-true-love, to break free of those confines.

(Blogger’s Note: Book 2, JUST ONE YEAR, is now available as well, told from Willem’s perspective. I’ve read both but reviewed neither.)

*Available via IndieBound, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon*