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Big Kids’ Table: A 2013 Overview

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The LAST Big Kids’ Table of the year? What?! Unfortunately I did miss last month but I hope you’ll forgive me with today’s post. It’s been so much fun to stretch the possibilites of this feature throughou the year: getting other bloggers involved (Rachel, Hannah, Ginger, Asheley, Cassie, and Elena), completely hacked by Daphne at Gone Pecan, and probably one of my favorite posts of the year: some of my top YA authors recommending their own big kid picks!

I can’t thank everyone who was game to help me out enough… especially Cassie, Hannah, and Asheley for always being enthusiastic about this feature and always refreshing my own affection for it! Yay!

So today TODAY is the day I make the final push for some great big kid books I devoured this year!

most surprising.

Lies You Wanted to Hear by James Whitfield Thomson + The Mourning Hours by Paula Treick DeBoard

Big Kids Table Most Surprising Reads 2013

These are two super different books (divorce/marriage and family/possible crime) but I became so unexpectedly obsessed with each that I read them both in close to a day. (Different days, of course.) Both are intense, heavier reads that are paced so cleverly and keep you interested until the very end.

a recommendation that was right on the money.

Nowhere But Home by Liza Palmer

book cover of Nowhere But Home by Liza Palmer

I’ve never given into Cassie‘s book pushing before like I did with this one. Well-developed characters, real feelings, and a ton of charm are all encompassed in this little book (that I think a lot of our moms and best friends who are not total YA people would enjoy too). Did I mention the southern setting, a sister named Merry, high school football, and the best sounding food ever? There’s just so much to enjoy here and I’m so glad I took the time to seek it out (it was sold out at my B&N) and read it ASAP.

holy moly five stars.

11/22/63 by Stephen King

Big Kids Table Five Star Read 2013

I didn’t review this one; I’m not sure why. It’s a really long book, a total commitment but so worth it. I wanted to read it because I’m pretty obsessed with anything Kennedy but King made this book so much more. Time travel, the butterfly affect, falling in love, and how figuring out what is right takes a lot of tries. I was so emotionally moved by this book, completely re-energized about the history surrounding Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald, and totally IN this world of time travel and its many many rules.

oh la la romance.

The Perfect Match by Kristan Higgins + Three Little Words by Susan Mallery + I Only Have Eyes for You by Bella Andre

Big Kids Table Top Romance Reads 2013

After reading a tremendous amount of romance this year, it was not easy to narrow down this list. Just a quick FYI: the last two options are super sexy, super racy. And just SO fun. I really liked both the stories. (They both have heroines who have had crushes for a long, long time.) And The Perfect Match? Great combo of comedy and romance. I can’t say enough positive things about it. A lot of the times the characters in romance novels aren’t super memorable, but I felt differently about those in The Perfect Match.

feels like the first time.

Forever Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid + Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham

Big Kids Table Best Debuts 2013

Two debuts that made my TBR a very very happy place. Both main characters in each of these books are in their late 20s (strange coincidence) but one is dealing with the sudden death of her very new husband, and the other? Career aspirations, and wondering if she will ever make it in the big city. If anyone had either of these books under the Christmas tree, they would be very very lucky people. Beautiful writing, charming characters.

man and muppets

Jim Henson: The Biography by Brian Jay Jones

Jim Henson The Biography by Brian Jay Jones

One of the absolute best non-fiction books I’ve ever read. I know, I know. I’m a huge Muppet fan but I truly believe people interested in the arts, pop culture, Disney fans would sincerely be touched and get a kick out of what a workaholic Henson was, how his creative mind NEVER stopped working, and the origins of so many characters we hold near and dear.

here’s to the future and you.

Big Kids Table What I Want to Read Next 2013

Claudia Silver to the Rescue by Kathy Ebel + The Opposite of Love by Julie Buxbaum + Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

Ah the hefty reading list. A burden a lot of us bring on ourselves. But that’s why we are here. A support system and the inevitable list of more books I want to make sure I get to next year. (Am I already jinxing myself?) I own the first two and I’ve heard such fantastic things about the third… must make these happen ASAP.

Thanks again for all of your support with this feature! I so appreciate it and
I’m looking forward to trying out some new things in 2014!

Now dish: what adult book fits in any of the above categories for YOU?

December 27, 2013 - 12:37 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - Yayyyyy for one of my VERY FAVORITE book features! Seriously, I hope you always do Big Kids Table because it’s something I absolutely look forward to each month. Thanks so much for letting me participate this year, and I can’t wait to see what 2014 holds for you + adult fiction! I somehow missed Forever, Interrupted when you reviewed it – definitely intrigued by that one!

December 20, 2013 - 7:54 pm

Alexa Y. - I swear, it’s like your goal in life to make sure my TBR is never-ending and always growing 😉 But seriously, the Big Kids’ Table is one of my favorite features on RBR! You always feature titles that interest me and that have great-sounding stories, and a lot of them are definitely still on my TBR. Here’s to hoping I read more of these titles soon!

December 15, 2013 - 1:28 pm

Estelle - The hubs better get on the guest reviewing! I think it’s hilarious he hasn’t read the King book yet. I do think there is some kind of unwritten rule. Once it hits a year, you should be free to borrow before he reads it. 😉

December 14, 2013 - 11:06 pm

michelle - i have the perfect match on my kindle. now i really want to read it. kristan higgins is the best <3

December 14, 2013 - 2:28 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - I, too, gave into Cassie’s book pushing and purchased a copy of Nowhere But Home (she must have lots of Canadian followers too, because I had to visit two Chapters stores before I found a copy!) I haven’t read it yet, but it’s definitely on my 2014 reading list. And I still want to read that King book, but I still feel guilty reading it before my husband does, since it was his Christmas gift last year. He’s just too freakin’ SLOW when it comes to reading sometimes! He started The Book Thief about two months ago (I think?) and is about halfway through it. He’s promised to do guest reviews for me for all of the books that he DOES finish, but at this rate it’ll be about two books per year =P

December 12, 2013 - 2:36 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I’ve been in such a romance novel mood the last few weeks. I have been focusing on historical romances, but now I’m kind of shifting to contemporaries. I’m in the process of reading my firest Bella Andre book – Kissing Under the Mistletoe, and I’m really liking it so far. I can’t wait to read something by Kristan Higgins.

Thanks for sharing Big Kid Books!

December 12, 2013 - 12:17 pm

Lucy - Perfect timing! I was just in the mood for some “big kids” books and also have gifts to buy. The only one on your list I’ve read so far is Tell the Wolves I’m Home so I have some catching up to do! I think that book is right up your alley.

The first two titles on your list sound fantastic. And I own a copy of Nowhere to Run and Someday, Someday Maybe and must fit them in soon!

I’ve heard good things about the Jim Henson audio so I may go that route.

Thanks for the recs!

December 12, 2013 - 9:26 am

Meg - Such fun to read! I adore Julie Buxbaum and really enjoyed The Opposite of Love, though it’s been many years since I read it. Lauren Graham’s debut was a highlight of the year for me, too, and I was also totally digging Nowhere But Home! It was just such a unique premise — cooking last meals — and the Texas setting and romance were awesome. Thanks for bringing me back to a happy reading place! 🙂

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