Book In The Bag’s Best Books of 2013


I can’t believe we’ve been an active blog for so long!  Book in the Bag started in the autumn of 2012, and so this is our second New Year post we’ve made.

In the first year, we had visitors from all 6 continents [seriously, Antarctica, why aren’t penguins reading our blog??] and 51 different countries.    Since then – well, y’all have been as busy as we have.  Do you know we’ve had over FOURTEEN THOUSAND hits on our blog so far?  That’s roughly a thousand a month since the blog started!    Or, as wordpress has so lovingly informed us, it would take five sold out shows at the Sydney Opera House to house the same number of people that have visited BitB in 2013!    And from 114 countries!  That’s more than half the world.

I know a little of our consistency has dropped at the end of this year, but that’s just because we’re human.  We’ve had a few curve balls thrown at us, but we’re feeling better, our lives have settled down (well, one of us had a baby, so I’m not sure how settled that really is), and we’re rearin’ to go.

I have no idea what’s in store for BitB for 2014, but I really do want to take a minute to thank YOU, the loyal readers who check us out week after week.  Where are you finding us?  How are you hearing about the blog, and what is bringing you here?  Leave us a comment and give us feedback.  We love hearing comments from our readers, I promise.

And now, onto the books.  As you know, Book in the Bag features regular posts from our panel of reviewers.  We all bring with us different backgrounds, experiences, tastes, etc.  The first time I did this, it seemed like the only books we liked were in German or were geared towards kids under eight.  This year, it might be a little different – hell, it might surprise even us.

To be considered a top book of 2013, the book had to be given a five out of five review from someone on our panel of important people (ie, our staff reviewers).  The books are:

  • Theft of Swords – Michael J. Sullivan
  • A Brother’s Price – Wen Spencer
  • Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Phoenix – AJ Scudiere
  • Star Wars Twilight vol 1. – John Ostrander
  • The Secret Race – Tyler Hamilton & David Coyle
  • Star Wars Twilight vol 3.  – John Ostrander
  • The Last Thing I Remember – Andrew Klavan
  • After Visiting Friends – Michael Hainey
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs
  • Star Wars Twilight vol 4. – John Ostrander
  • When I Get Bigger – Mercer Mayer
  • The Midwife – Jennifer Worth
  • Boneshaker – Cherie Priest
  • Urgent 2nd Class – Nick Bantock
  • Anna and the Dragon – Jill Domschot
  • Vampires don’t Sparkle – Michael West (ed)
  • Me and My Dragon – David Biedrzycki
  • The What’s Happening To My Body Book for Girls – Lynda Madras and Area Madras
  • The What’s Happening To My Body Book for Boys – Lynda Madras and Area Madras
  • No Plot, No Problem! – Chris Baty
  • And Tango Makes Three – Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
  • It’s Perfectly Normal – Robie H. Harris and Michael Emberly
  • My Friend Dahmer – Derf Backderf
  • How To Tell if Your Cat is Plotting To Kill You – Matthew Inman
  • Fancy Nancy’s Favorite Fancy Words
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline



What will we like in 2014?  Guess you’ll have to keep following us to find out.


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