List Of Awesome: Top Six 2013 YA Reads + Giveaway

list of awesome

I can’t believe we’re already at the last month of the year. Time flies so freaking fast! Today is the 12th of December which means I’ve been blogging for six months already. Six whole months. Anyway, today, I’m going to look back on all the amazing Young Adult books I’ve read the past months I’ve been blogging. Some I’ve reviewed and raved about on the blog, some I have yet to write about. Ultimately, all of these were stunning reads:

top 2013 ya reads

1. The Sea Of Tranquility by Katja Millay (Review)

2. How To Love by Katie Cotugno (Review + Story Soundtrack)

3. Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley (Review)

4. If I Stay by Gayle Forman

5. This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

6. The Beginning Of Everything by Robyn Schneider (Review)

And because I REALLY loved these books and want to share them with everyone, I have an international giveaway for you guys!

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A short thank you: Thank you to all my readers and fellow bloggers for supporting Stay Bookish! It’s only been six months and while that’s a small feat for some, I consider it a pretty great success! I cannot express how grateful I am to you guys for inspiring me to embrace my bookish-ness! Thank you! *blows kisses to fans*

Now tell me- have you read any of the books on this list? What did you think of them? If you haven’t read any/most of them, which of these books are you planning to read?

Hazel @ Stay Bookish

Hazel Ureta is an advocate of stories. She is the blogger and Editor-In-Chief of Stay Bookish because she loves talking about books. She enjoys reading Young Adult novels the most and writes them too.
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  1. Nina on December 12, 2013 at 6:48 am

    My favorite reads of this year maybe To kill a mockingbird, and another awesome titles in other languages :P

  2. Shelly on December 12, 2013 at 7:38 am

    Congratulations on hitting the half-a-year mark! And how can I even choose my favourite book from this year? & This Song Will Save Your Life and The Beginning of Everything were really good! Thanks for sharing and congratulations! :)

  3. lillian on December 12, 2013 at 7:56 am

    I have been dying to buy This Song Will Save You Life! xD
    Anyhow, I loved The Fault in Our Stars, Shadow and Bone and The Raven Boys. These are the few from the many this year! :D

  4. Angel Tolentino on December 12, 2013 at 8:18 am

    OMG! Sea of Tranquillity! I need you in my bookshelf *sobs*

  5. celeste on December 12, 2013 at 8:46 am

    Tha faul in our star :)

  6. Schen on December 12, 2013 at 8:56 am

    This year? Awesome. :’)

    I finally read my long-awaited copies of John Green’s works. I’ve been introduced to a dystopian society in Chicago. I get to know a genderless soul, and a wanderer. I learned more about zombies and blogging and politics all in one. The list goes on…

    I’m currently on a slump with Allegiant due to school works and stuff. Yet, this year’s debuts like Madman’s Daughter and Beginning of Everything, are still waiting to be devoured on.

    If I Stay is usually recommended by my friends, but TSWSYL and, most especially, How to Love seem enticing. Judging, yes, by the cover. But if I were to choose between these two, I’d prefer myself the latter. :’)

    This year in books felt so feel-y for me. I wonder what’s in [book]store for me by 2014.

  7. Crini on December 12, 2013 at 9:09 am

    How To Love and The Beginning of Everything are on my must-have list. They have such pretty but simple cover. I don’t even care if I like them (okay,maybe I do..) I just want these pretties on my shelf :D

  8. Kim @ Divergent Gryffindor on December 12, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Congrats, Hazel! I love your amazing blog design! Add me to your list of PH-blogger fans :)))

  9. Sana @ artsy musings of a bibliophile on December 12, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Happy Half-Year Blogoversary, Hazel! =D Sooo happy for you.

    I’ve yet to read all the books on your list except This Song Will Save Your Life.

    So wow, I read a lot of awesome books this year so expect a long list. ;) The Rules by Stacey Kade is a great book about a girl Pivot Point and The Distance Between Us by Kasie West are unforgettable awesomes. Parallel by Lauren Miller, The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness and Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis are such emotional punches of reads.

    Golden, Divergent and All our Yesterdays are all SO good.

    You know I loved Just One Day by Gayle Forman (have yet to read Just One Year, though). The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin is all sorts of creepy awesomeness and there’s Noah Shaw! =D Vicious by V E Schwab is a genius book with a villain that is to die for so much love for this book, I can’t even. Cinder by Marissa Meyer is a great story! The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater is so, so good good magical fantasy. LOVE all the Raven boys. =D

  10. Sarah on December 12, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Some of my favourite books from this year include: The Tree in Changing Light by Roger McDonald, Isn’t it Pretty to Think So? by Nick Miller, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, The Bride’s Farewell by Meg Rosoff, More Than This by Patrick Ness and The Ill Made Mute by Cecilia Dart-Thornton. There are so many other books that I’ve read this year and absolutely loved, but if I listed them all I’d just be re-writing over half of my read-list from this year!

  11. Kayla Elizabeth on December 12, 2013 at 11:12 am

    I haven’t read any books on your list… YET! I saw your review of ‘The Sea Of Tranquility’ by Katja Millay, which made me add it to my TBR/Wishlist. I am so excited to read that one.

    The other book I am planning of reading is ‘This Song Will Save Your Life’ by Leila Sales. I remember seeing that on, oh I forget the blog, but they do weekly posts on upcoming book releases for the week and it was on there. I knew I wanted to get it, but just never had the chance to. Soon! It will happen!

    The others on the list I have heard of, but haven’t really looked into them. I must do that :)

  12. Sandra @ Tea Between Books on December 12, 2013 at 11:23 am

    I actually only read If I Stay and I’m going to read Where She Went in few days, which I’ve heard is even better. And How To Love is deffo on my reading list, especially since Katie gave some writing advice on my blog and she’s a lovely person so how could I not? All of those seem to be the books that I have somehow missed in 2013 because of lack of money (and because I tried to concentrate on the books that have been published at least a year back but shhhhhh). Anyways I trust your opinion that they’re awesome ;)

    Ohhhhh and congrats on six months of blogging! I thought you had your blog for waaay longer! And I can’t believe it’s almost four months since I started blogging myself!

  13. Kezia @ Chapteriosity on December 12, 2013 at 11:29 am

    THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE is my favorite read this year — and possibly my favorite contemporary ever. And running close in second is — wait for it — THE HOUSE OF HADES!! <3

    And congratz Hazel! In six months I think you have achieved so much I can't wait to see what you'll come up with in the future :D

  14. Nikki on December 12, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Happy 6-month blogoversary, Hazel!!! :D One of my favorite books this year is actually up there in your list – This Song Will Save Your Life. So amazing!! Off the top of my head, I also loved These Broken Stars (I see you’re reading that – yay!), The Art of Wishing, and The Archived. <3

  15. Renae McBrian on December 12, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    My favorite read this year was The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield!

  16. Miranda @ Tempest Books on December 12, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Congratulations on your 6-month blogiversary!! :) Some of my favorite reads from this year…Shatter Me, Delirium, The Sea of Tranquility (I loved that one, too!), and so many more!

  17. Ann on December 12, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Promise of Blood is definitely my favorite

  18. Kay @ It's a Book Life on December 12, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    The only one of these I have read is If I Stay…which is a great book! Most of the other ones are on my TBR pile so I hope to get around to them soon. Congrats on the 6 months. Time does fly blogging.

  19. shelby on December 12, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    One of my favorite reads from this past year was The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. i also really enjoyed reading the Lost Hero by Rick Riordan.

  20. Christina (My Life In Books) on December 12, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    I made a post about my top reads from 2013 here

  21. Elaine on December 12, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    I have a lot of favorite books read this year. The best probably is the Last Olympian from the Percy Jackson series :)

  22. kristel on December 12, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    My favorites are if I Stay, The Selection, Shatter Me and The Fault in Our Stars :)

  23. Miguel on December 13, 2013 at 4:05 am

    I absolutely adored The Beginning of Everything as well (love your review btw)! I also enjoyed reading The Infernal Devices this year, AND I STILL CAN’T GET OVER THE ENDING. Anyway, congratulations on your sixth month of blogging! Cheers! :)

  24. Zaira on December 13, 2013 at 7:58 am

    Some of my favorite reads this year include the Divergent trilogy, the first two Mara Dyer books, and Wallbanger by Alice Clayton :-)

  25. Fatma Shahin on December 13, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    Some of my fav books this year have been Monsters of Men and More Than This both by Patrick Ness! he is amazing.

  26. fifi on December 14, 2013 at 4:05 am

    I have read Sea of Tranquility and it’s like the awesomest book I have read this year.. it was a perfect mix of a heartbreaking and a beautiful love story. :)

  27. Natasha@ Primrose Musings on December 14, 2013 at 6:44 am

    Congrats on your blogging achievements! There are so many wonderful books this year. Crown of Midnight is probably one of my favourite.

  28. Stormy on December 14, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    It’s so hard to pick favorites! For contemporary, I have to say This Song Will Save Your Life, Where the Stars Still Shine, and Fangirl were all instant favorites. Then my favorite science fiction books were All Our Yesterdays and Scarlet!

  29. Shelumiel on December 14, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    I’d really love to read The Beginning of Everything! I gave out 2 copies on my last giveaway but, ironically, I don’t have a copy for myself. LOL.

  30. Marie @ The Moody Reader on December 15, 2013 at 2:27 am

    I so loved How To Love!! I know a lot of bloggers hated it because of Sawyer. I’m so glad you loved it as much as I do. Yay!! I am not alone. :D

    I also loved The Sea of Tranquility. I liked the ending it was unexpected.


  31. Justine Julian on December 15, 2013 at 3:28 am

    Some of my favorite reads of this year are…. Everyday by David levithan, fallen by Lauren Kate, 13 reasons why by Jay Asher, I am no. Four series by pittacus lore, the selection & the elite by kiera cass :))

  32. Shamara Catama on December 15, 2013 at 4:42 am

    Congrats of getting halfway to your blogaversary. This year I read so many awesome books its really hard to choose but I think my favourites were Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson and My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

  33. Angel Tolentino on December 15, 2013 at 4:49 am

    OMG Sea of Tranquility I need you in my bookshelf <3 <3 <3 My favorites are too many to mention </3, Anyway, Congrats Hazel! :D

  34. Kyla Alyanna Fontalva on December 15, 2013 at 9:24 am

    I have a lot of eBooks which are 2013 release but I haven’t read all of them. Maybe Greed by Fisher Amelie. It was so good! I’d make a review next week after exams!

  35. bn100 on December 15, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    too far series by Abbi Glines

  36. Holly U on December 15, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    Congrats on the halfway mark! :)

    I’ve read so many amazing books this year! Some of my favorites include Hopeless and Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover, The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare, and the Under the Never Sky series by Veronica Roth.

  37. _Sandra_ on December 16, 2013 at 1:29 am

    Sooo many amazing books this year, here’re some of them – Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo, Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken, Beautiful Bastard series by Christina Lauren, Boundless by Cynthia Hand, Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi, Pivot Point by Kasie West..
    Thanks for a giveaway! :)

  38. Kazhy on December 16, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    I finished reading Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi a few days ago and I can definitely say that it’s one of my fave reads this year! It’s a 2014 release but whatevs ;) Thanks for the giveaway, Hazel!

  39. Eve on December 16, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    I’ve only read If I Stay and This Song Will Save Your Life from your list, but they were both amazing!! Though I have to admit that I liked This Song Will Save Your Life much more. I’ve been wanting to read The Sea of Tranquilty for such a long time. Graffiti Moon and The Beginning of Everything sound great, too!

  40. Alena on December 17, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Yay, this is a very sweet giveaway for the Holidays, Hazel! My favorites are Charade by Nyrae Dawn, If I Stay by Gayle Forman and Play With Me by Piper Shelly! :)

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  42. Lauren @ Books, Tea & Me on December 17, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    Happy happy six months, my dear! It has been a pleasure reading your blog, and I look forward to another six months! Thank you for hosting this giveaway — I haven’t read any of the books you chose, which is great because I’m always up for more books :) I think my favourite 2013 book was Me Before You. It’s not YA, but it’s a must-read for sure. I recommend it to anyone and everyone and no one has been disappointed!

  43. April Joy Sanchez on December 18, 2013 at 2:36 am

    For me my best read of 2013 is the I the Fall of Five . This book really thrills me to read their next series. :))

  44. Ashfa on December 18, 2013 at 5:56 am

    Loved Crown of Midnight, Siege and Storm and Allegaint!

  45. Nara on December 18, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Congratulations on six months of blogging!
    I think my favourite reads of this year were The House of Hades, The Fiery Heart, The Lies of Locke Lamora (released ages ago, but only read it this year), Clockwork Princess and ahhhh too many, can’t even mention them all :D

  46. Ileana A. on December 18, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    Cinder and Scarlet by Marissa Meyer :D

  47. UB on December 19, 2013 at 9:29 am

    I read a lot of lovely books this year, but I particularly liked the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins, and the Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.

  48. Genevieve on December 20, 2013 at 12:12 am

    Crown of midnight

  49. Ashly on December 20, 2013 at 8:07 am

    One of my favorites is Golden boy by Abigail Tarttelin

  50. Luisa on December 20, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Hello, Hazel! :) First of all, congratulations on your half-year mark on your new blog! ♥ I’m really happy for you *hugs* *throws confetti*

    Among your top six, If I Stay is the only one I’ve read. In fact, you’re the one who recommended the book to me when you were still super active on Tumblr and of course, like all the books you’ve recommended, I liked it. Wait. No. Scratch that. I LOVED IT!!!! ♥ ♥ ♥ Hihihi :”>

    { The Sea of Tranquility, How to Love and The Beginning Of Everything are part of my to-read. :) }

    Anyway, may you have a merry Christmas and a positive 2014, dear! :) Stay safe and (I hope it’s okay if I use it) let’s Stay bookish! ;)

    Luisa (pepperminted)

  51. January on December 21, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    Happy six month Blogoversary! Some of my favourite 2013 reads were The Indigo Spell, Clockwork Princess and The Madman’s Daughter! Thanks so much for the giveaway! :D

  52. Kelsey on December 22, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    The Hunger Games Trilogy, the 5th wave, the darkest minds, TFiOs, Divergent…

  53. Dovile on December 23, 2013 at 9:50 am

    My favorites this year were At Home by Bill Bryson, Veneficas Americana series by M. K. Hobson and The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin.

  54. Christine on December 24, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    The Bitter Kingdom was AMAZING! Perfect ending to an amazing series :)

  55. Alyssa on December 26, 2013 at 12:33 am

    My favourite reads this year are definitely The Book Thief, The Infernal Devices trilogy, Legend trilogy, The 5th Wave, The Darkest Minds, All our Yesterdays, Eleanor and Park, The Fault in Our Stars and Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour.

    I’ve read some really good ones this year, but the books mentioned above are just the ones that captured my heart and made me shed tears.

  56. prettybooks on December 28, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Out of the Easy is one of my favourite books of the year – I keep recommending it to everyone!

  57. Princess Marie Aquino on December 29, 2013 at 4:56 am

    It would definitely be David Levithan’s Every Day, and Rick Riordan’s House of Hades! Oh my, those books made me cry like a baby.

    Happy 6th month anniversary to you and your blog, Hazel! :)

  58. Jasmine @ Flip That Page on December 29, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    I think my favorite has to be Clockwork Princess. But you probably already knew that, haha! Anyway, I’m really hoping for Cassie Clare’s next series to be as good, if not better than TDA (though that sounds impossible to me, because WHAT CAN EVEN TOP TDA? XD), and though a lot of people think she should give the Shadowhunter world a break already, I think I disagree! I’d love to further divulge in the ongoings of that world <3 So yeah!

    And CONGRATS on the semi-blogoversary Hazel! You have come so far and it is amazing!! More power to this amazeballs blog and to you for the coming year <3

  59. Cohlina M. on December 29, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! :D

  60. Laura on December 30, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    I got a lot of favorite books read this year, some of them is:
    The Darkest Minds
    The Indigo Spell
    Throne of Glass

  61. Levanne Resullar on December 31, 2013 at 1:16 am

    I loved Rainbow Rowell’s books <3 <3

  62. Mel@thedailyprophecy on December 31, 2013 at 10:21 am

    I made a list of top 15 favorite books of 2013, some of them were Crown of midnight, Siege & Storm, If you find me and Evertrue.

  63. Linda Trinklein on December 31, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    I just finished reading “the watcher” by Lisa Voisin
    It was so amazing!

  64. Chechen Tan on January 2, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY!!! And If I Stay is also a good read!

  65. Faith Alfaro on January 2, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    For me t’was “50 Shades of Grey” and “Ang Alamat ng Panget and many other”

  66. Jassie on January 4, 2014 at 2:23 am

    Hands-down to Making Faces by Amy Harmon :”> I haven’t read This Song Will Save Your Life *hides in shame* I must read that! And Graffiti Moon :>
    OMG. I loved How to Love, it had so much issues that were relatable!

  67. Allyzon Mae S. Sabio on January 4, 2014 at 4:27 am

    I love The Beginning of Everything :) And I want to read Eleanor and Park soon :)

  68. Princess Marie Aquino on January 5, 2014 at 11:46 am

    I’m halfway through reading the Harry Potter Series, but other than that, Rick Riordan’s House of Hades was insanely awesome!

  69. simonet hodges on January 5, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    My favorite reads were american girl on saturn by nikki godwin, between the devil and the deep blue see by april tucholke…they’re many others but it would take me forever to list all the awesome books i’ve read through the year.

  70. Misti on January 5, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    Reboot by Amy Tintera, Pivot Point by Kasie West, Altered by Jennifer Rush, Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins, The Collector & The Liberator by Victoria Scott, Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken, Taken by Erin Bowman, Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi, The Program by Suzanne Young. How to Love by Katie Cotugno. I should probably stop now but this year was good book wise. Thank you so much. I love the theme of this giveaway and all the choices.

  71. Nicole L. on January 5, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    Some of my favorite reads of 2013 were the Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater, Just One Day by Gayle Forman, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak!

  72. Tirta @ I Prefer Reading on January 6, 2014 at 5:37 am

    2013 was quite a great bookish year for me – some of my faves are Golden by Jessi Kirby, These Broken Stars by Meagan Spooner & Amie Kaufman, Inferno by Dan Brown, Nantucket Blue by Laila Howand, Audrey Wait! by Robin Benway, and few others. You can read about it here

    Btw, great lists above, Hazel! I freakin’ love If I Stay and The Sea of Tranquility too <3

  73. Max on January 6, 2014 at 6:56 am

    I just read Cinder and The Boo Thief last year so I kinda regret that I was late but they were my fave. I also loved All Our Yesterdays and Scarlet.

  74. Amy on January 6, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Not a drop to drink and the bone bearer from the telesa series

  75. Isabelle on January 8, 2014 at 7:29 am

    Iron fey Series! :)

  76. Elodie on January 8, 2014 at 7:49 am

    I really loved The Clockwork Princess and The Fiery Heart :) !!

  77. vero on January 8, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    I love the House of Hades and The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Cant wait for the final book of Heroes of Olympus

  78. Jennifer on January 9, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    My favourite would be Between Shades of Gray and also the Chaos Walking Trilogy

  79. Pilar on January 10, 2014 at 7:35 am

    For my, the best books from 2013 are This is what happy looks like, The statistical probability of love at first sight, the Percy Jackson and the Olympians serie =)

  80. Lourdes @ Unbound Books on January 10, 2014 at 11:35 am

    I also really liked The Beginning of Everything but I have to say one of my favorite books of the year was probably Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

  81. Janina on January 10, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Some of the books I enjoyed the most last year was Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children and House of Hades.

  82. fuszylunch on September 25, 2014 at 7:41 am

    For me, the top would be Clockwork Princess *.*

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