RT Editors' Best of 2013: DJ's Picks

This blog post is part of a series that the RT Editors will be taking part in during the month of December. Please check back all month long for each editor's installment!


With 2013 winding down, the RT editors thought December would be a good time to reflect on what each of us read this year and which books stuck with us long after we finished them. While this year's RT Awards winners won't be announced until our convention in May, we've decided to share our personal favorites of 2013, in no particular order. Today RT Assistant Web Editor DJ DeSmyter shares his top five favorites of this past year:



Perfect Ruin
by Lauren DeStefano

This is one of the most gorgeous and brilliantly written books I have ever read. The utopian setting is refreshing and Lauren has created a splendid cast of characters. I was completely mesmerized the whole time while reading.





by Amanda Sun

Amanda’s debut is one of those books I want to give to everyone in the world because it’s that good. She brings Japan to life in subtle, beautiful ways and the mythology revolving around ancient Japanese gods is absolutely thrilling.




Wait for You
by J. Lynn

Wait For You took me by surprise. I knew I’d enjoy it because it’s written by the lovely J. Lynn/Jennifer L. Armentrout, but I was not prepared for just how much I’d fall in love with the characters and story. This is definitely the perfect example of quality New Adult romance.




by Jennifer Rush

There really are no sufficient words I can use to describe how much I love Altered. Jennifer has written a clever, action-packed and sexy read that gets better and better as the story unfolds.




All Our Yesterdays
by Cristin Terrill

All Our Yesterdays is a stunning display of skillful writing and execution. This is definitely a must-read that combines time travel and the complexities of human nature to create an engrossing story.




Do you and DJ share some favorite books of the year? Which reads did you love in 2013? Let us know in the comments, and check back all month long for more editors' picks!