Picking a best book of the year or even a selection of best books is actually kind of hard, partially because I read so much and partially because 2013 was the year I veered a little - okay make that a lot - from traditional books.
Instead I have been reading fanfic. Lots and lots of fanfic. Which I adore. Still that doesn't mean that I haven given up reading more traditional and accepted stories. But even these I have been doing in slightly less traditional means.
Because e-books and audio dramas ARE THE BEST. Like REALLY. I have become a major convert.
One, because with e-books I can store hundreds and hundreds of books on one little device. No more lugging around bags bursting to the seams with books - well not as much. Instead I can pop in all the stories, books, music and audios that I could possibly get through on a device the size of a paperback.
Two, multi tasker that I am, I can now do housework, exercise, even do my work all while getting my latest story fix courtesy of all the audio dramas I now have.
Bliss. Utter bliss.
So instead of giving you my best of best books for 2013 here are my picks for best stories. Because really they are all one and the same.
A series of murders [compact disc] : a Charles Paris mystery / by Simon Brett.
I adore Bill Nighy. But I really adore him in these series of audio dramas done by the BBC. Wonderfully funny as well as being detective stories, Nighy is glorious as Charles Paris, a sometimes actor, a womaniser, a man who drinks and smokes too much who seems to have a knack for getting involved in solving murders. If only they would turn these into a TV series with him starring in them my life would be complete (well almost...)
Cabin pressure. The complete series 4 [compact disc] / written by John Finnemore.
I love Benedict Cumberbatch but that's not the only reason that I choose this as one of my favourites of the year. After all any audio that makes you laugh so hard that it causes you to shoot drink out of your nose has got to be a winner... Trust me you just have to give these a go.
Dark Eyes: An 8th Doctor Who Adventure
Sadly we don't have these at Auckland Libraries (hint hint hint to any audio selectors) but don't let that put your off in trying to hunt them down because they are well worth it. If you had any doubts about Paul McGann as the 8th Doctor Who then listening to all the Big Finish audio dramas will completely change your mind.
Pines / Blake Crouch
Thrillerly, sci-fiing Pines is one of those books where you just didn't see it coming. Even better the sequel is now out AND it's being turned into a TV series, though I'm not getting my hopes up as they'll probably ruin the book completely. As they do...
Sleepwalkers / Tom Grieves
Another thrillerly, sci-fiing story. I'm sensing a pattern here but that's okay I often find that I tend to go through trends with my story intakes.
Wool / Hugh Howey
An online sensation that resulted in a book deal and a movie deal, Wool is the first in a series and is just my kind of thing. Science fiction rules (as it should) and 2013 was the year of some great science fiction books.
And there you have it. Six stories that stayed in my head. Not necessarily the best books of the year but ones that I enjoyed along with a huge range of others. So why not check the above out as well as these other titles that I enjoyed through 2013.
City of Bones / Cassandra Clare
The Maze Runner / James Dashner
Best Served Cold / Joe Abercrombie
The Fault In Our Stars / John Green