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Guest Post | Top 5 Books Of 2013 (so far!)

Hello everyone! My name is Hayley and I blog at Water Painted Dreams but today I'm doing a wee guest post over here! I'm going to be talking about the top 5 books I've read this year. I've read a lot of great books so it's been hard to narrow it down but here we go.


Nothing To Envy by Barbara Demick is a non fiction work by an American journalist about North Korea. She recounts the stories of several North Korean defectors that she's interviewed. What I really liked about this is that it gave you a really well rounded view of life there. Because she had interviewed so many people you got stories about the poor and the rich. North Korea is such a horrible place to live and that's what made this book so captivating.


Shades Of Grey by Jasper Fforde isn't anything like 50 Shades of Grey. It's actually a dystopian fiction. In this world your place in society is determined by your perception of colour. This book was so unique in it's writing style and it's bumped Jasper Fforde way up there onto my list of favourite authors. I don't really want to go too much into the plot as it would ruin it but of course, like all dystopian novels, there are some great, badass characters there to stick it to the man.


Divergent by Veronica Roth is getting very popular at the moment because it's being turned into a movie and it definitely deserves the hype. You follow a young girl Tris as she grows up in a dsytopian world. Everyone is put into one of five factions. Later in life they get the choice to leave for another faction or stay with their parents. But what will Tris choose?


If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch is a story about a young girl, Carey, and her mute little sister who have been kept in the woods in a trailer by their mother. They are found by social services and returned to their biological father who they have no real memory of. It's all about how they adjust back into society. For example they've never had toothbrushes and they don't know what pencils are. It's really harrowing.


And last but not least: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. This is another book that's being made into a film. Something a little bit different though; this novel is narrated by death. He is telling the story of a young girl call Liesel in Nazi Germany. She has been sent to live with a foster family by her mother as her father is a communist and her mother senses the trouble this will bring. And as you can tell by the title she starts stealing books. It's a great book and I recommend this to everyone.

Have you read any of these? What did you think?

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  1. Anonymous9:09 pm

    Shades of Grey sounds great, and you're really making me feel like I should read Divergent. I'm just not sure if I really want to read more Dystopian fiction! The Book Thief was all kinds of amazing, though, I recently read and reviewed it myself.

  2. Have always wanted to read 'The Book Thief' - may have to get in there soon before the film comes out!

    Nell @ &NellWrites


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