TTT: Looking towards 2013

This week is my one year anniversary of doing Top Ten Tuesdays with TBTB! Thought you should know 🙂 Round about this time every year I become a little disillusioned with available books. It begins to feel like the choices out there are really just rehashed – the same special powers, weird worlds, forbidden romances. Fortunately the despair does not last long – there is always a good book to find! I don’t usually look forward to new releases as they reach South Africa sooooo late, but in the spirit of dreaming along with The Broke and the Bookish, here are my top ten 2013 releases:

Romance and Travel

1. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins – did I really just start this list with chick-lit? Why yes I did, because Perkins wowed me with Anna and I’d love another not-too-soppy feel-good read.

2. Just One Day by Gayle Forman – I haven’t read Forman’s other popular books. Nevertheless, travel, Shakespeare and yearning sound like it could be an awesome book.

Dystopian Times

3. The Program by Suzanne Young – oooh, dystopian! The premise is intriguing: a world where depression and suicide have reached epidemic proportions, and “The Program” is there to save them all… or does it?

4. Dualed by Elsie Chapman – “Everyone has a genetic Alternate—a twin raised by another family—and citizens must prove their worth by eliminating their Alts before their twentieth birthday. Survival means advanced schooling, a good job, marriage—life.” And guys… the cover!

5. The Originals by Cat Patrick – identical triplets discover that they are actually top-secret clones, and must figure out their own identities in the meantime. Sounds riveting.

Literature and Mystery

6.Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson – it had me at “The Bluebeard fairy tale retold” and the description reminds me a little of Blood of Flowers.

7. The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd – mad-scientist, kind of Frankenstein reassembled, with some old-fashioned mystery and suspense – I’m sold!

8. Unremembered by Jessica Brody – a plane crashes (should I really read this?) and a survivor is found, unharmed but for her missing memories. Of course, there is a boy who claims he knows her…

Sequels of 2012 Books

9. The Lives We Lost by Megan Crewe – I’ve been looking forward to this since I read The Way We Fall earlier this year! It’s the “old” virus gone wild story, but something about it is new and wonderful.

10. Daughter of Smoke &Bone #3 by Laini Taylor – I haven’t even read Days of Blood & Starlight yet (obviously it has not yet reached South African shores), but I already look forward to the unnamed #3!


  1. The Program sounds really interesting – I love books about mental health and I also love dystopian so this sounds like a good combo for me – this is a controversial topic to tackle – I’ll be interested to see how it works.

    1. Yes, I do hope the book works out well… it could bomb out spectacularly.

  2. Great list! The Madman’s Daughter made it on my list this week too but there’s a few titles from your list that I’m curious to check out. Thanks for sharing this 🙂

    Here’s the 10 books I’m looking forward to next year =)

  3. elena says:

    So many good books on your list! Love your romance and travel section and I’ve been seeing Unremembered on a lot of lists today. Excited for the last book in Daughter of Smoke & Bone!

  4. There are so many books on this list that I want to read – DOSB #3 (haven’t re #2 yet either), Unremembered and The Originals.

  5. I can’t wait for Isla and The Madman’s Daughter sounds so good! 2013 is going to be a great year for books.

  6. Kate says:

    Great picks!! Looking forward to so many of these.

    My Top Ten

  7. Just One Day was SO SO SO good. I’ll have my review up tomorrow of it! ALSO..super excited for The Program but forgot it on my list! I really need to read Daughter of Smoke & Bone apparently..everyone LOVES that one!

    1. Yes, you must read DoSB! It took me a while to read it, but it is such a breath of fresh air in terms of YA fiction! And beautifully written.

  8. Your romance and travel and literature and mystery sound great – especially the Bluebeard one!

    1. Thanks for stopping by – I’m really hoping to find the Bluebeard one somewhere!

  9. The Originals sounds absolutely fascinating. I must read this one when it comes out!

  10. Hey Barefoot. Happy Top-Ten-aversary. Unremembered sounds like an interesting read. I’ve now added it to my ever-growing TBR list. It seems to grow faster than I can actually read 🙂
    Hope all is well with you.

    1. I feel the same way about my TBR list! Thanks for stopping by – keep well!

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