Best Rabid Reader’s Reviews Reads of 2013

The best of the year is one of my favorite posts to do but its also one of the most difficult. How do I narrow down the many outstanding novels that I read this year to the best? What follows are some of my favorite reads this year in no particular order, and if any fall into your genre, you should pick them up. These are novels that deserve to be read.



[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”1480179582″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”” width=”107″][easyazon-link asin=”1480179582″ locale=”us”]The Mortal Religion[/easyazon-link] by Marc Horn: [easyazon-link asin=”1480179582″ locale=”us”]The Mortal Religion[/easyazon-link] is a psychological thriller that has stayed with me all year. My uncle recently asked me regarding my book blog what novel surprised me most and this was my choice. This novel is a cautionary tale of who not to make fun of in a bar. In a twist, Moonface looks to provoke his student to think differently about people and her own behavior.

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[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”1590213661″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”” width=”103″][easyazon-link asin=”1590213661″ locale=”us”]Cowboys, Armageddon, and The Truth: How a Gay Child was Saved From Religion[/easyazon-link] by Scott Terry: A moving memoir by a Huffington Post Gay Voices Columnist, [easyazon-link asin=”1590213661″ locale=”us”]Cowboys, Armageddon, and The Truth: How a Gay Child was Saved From Religion[/easyazon-link] spoke to me on a very human level. Little Scott was abused and neglected but came out a wonderfully strong person willing to share his experiences which could not have been a choice popular in this family. I have great respect for this author and his experiences.

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[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”0615857167″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”” width=”107″][easyazon-link asin=”0615857167″ locale=”us”]Just Beneath the Surface, I[/easyazon-link] by R.H. Ramsey: A novel of rising beyond abuse was written with heart and in a way that calls to the reader. I said on my Facebook page that this is an author whose novels read at the right time can change lives and I stand by that.

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[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”0991851013″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”” width=”107″][easyazon-link asin=”0991851013″ locale=”us”]Suicide City, a Love Story[/easyazon-link] by Julie Frayn: I was all about the emotional reads this year and this was another deeply moving story. A runaway learns about real life on the street suffering great personal loss. Frayn’s writing style flows like a beautiful river from the page. The author makes some truly brave choices that take the story from okay to jaw-hanging open and the knowledge that we’ve read something really important.

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[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”1619212293″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”” width=”107″][easyazon-link asin=”1619212293″ locale=”us”]Zombies of Byzantium[/easyazon-link] by Sean Munger: I knew when the author contacted me that I would love this book. Its simply a great idea. The author gives us a historical event with the “real” story. Zombies attack Byzantium and Munger writes a story as awesome as you think it will be.

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[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B007YUZYMS” locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”” width=”120″][easyazon-link asin=”B007YUZYMS” locale=”us”]ZURI: A Love Story[/easyazon-link] by Ruth Harris: A very unique story of an animal preserve, a rhino that had everything taken from her and the humans caring for her. Poaching is  truly a subject about which Harris feels strongly and her passion is on the page as is a beautiful gentle love story.

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[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”1477472673″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”” width=”107″][easyazon-link asin=”1477472673″ locale=”us”]Wreck of the Nebula Dream[/easyazon-link] by Veronica Scott: In truth I could write “anything by Veronica Scott” on this list but really this is the novel that introduced me to this great writer and was quite the roller coaster ride. A military man on leave who is weary of life is called into action when the ship he’s traveling on wrecks in after going into enemy space in an attempt to break speed records. Wonderfully written and action packed, this novel is one that I would read over and over.

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[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”1482731517″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”” width=”107″][easyazon-link asin=”1482731517″ locale=”us”]Looking for La La[/easyazon-link] by Ellie Campbell: A UK-based story of a woman whose husband receives postcards and goes on a quest to discover if he’s cheating. The story was funny, strange and everything that is right with chick-lit.

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[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”1482052326″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”” width=”107″][easyazon-link asin=”1482052326″ locale=”us”]Codename: Winterborn[/easyazon-link] by Declan Finn and Alan Yokowitz: A man who kind of likes killing goes on a suicide mission in a futuristic society. As spy/action novels go, this book was cream of the crop. The story laid out keeps the reader entranced and begging for more.

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[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B00FI8I8I0″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”” width=”100″][easyazon-link asin=”B00FI8I8I0″ locale=”us”]Beers In Heaven (A Modern Afterlife Novel)[/easyazon-link] by Ford Forkum: A funny novel about life not being what one expects after death. I waited a long time for a new work by this author (who appeared on the best-of list last year for his short story) and was not disappointed.

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[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B00FLXRI7Y” locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”” width=”107″][easyazon-link asin=”B00FLXRI7Y” locale=”us”]The Day Jesus Rode Into Croydon[/easyazon-link] by Kirk St. Moritz: A wonderfully quirky novel that didn’t turn out in any way that you might expect. Joe, a slacker, is called into action to save the planet. Can he do it and does it need to be done?

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[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B00GFZMMZ0″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”” width=”100″][easyazon-link asin=”B00GFZMMZ0″ locale=”us”]Three of a Kind (An F6 Novel)[/easyazon-link] by Diana X Dunn: Again, I could have said any novel by this talented author, but my favorite is going to have to be this most-recently release probably soon to be replaced by the next novel. F6 is on the path of self discovery and while this novel may not be as action packed as its predecessors, its vital to the series and an understanding of the character and darn entertaining to boot!

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[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”1484009096″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”” width=”100″][easyazon-link asin=”1484009096″ locale=”us”]Disturbing Clockwork[/easyazon-link] by D.L. Morrese: A light fantasy work with crossovers to our world, Morrese’s writing style is fresh, unique and appropriate for all ages. His stories are a joy to read and solid escapism.

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Thank you to my readers for hanging out with me for another year. Look forward to great new reads and site innovation in 2014. Thank you, as always, to the fabulous Rangewoman Inc. for all of the help she gives.


Happy New Year!

Rabid Reader’s Reviews



Thanks for the list. I think I’ll check out Looking for La La. I got a PaperWhite for Christmas, so downloading new books is quite addicting at the moment.


I hope you love it. Such an awesome read. I also hope you love the paperwhite. I love backlit screens and the ability to read in absolute peace and darkness.


Wow! I’m thrilled that my novel is on this list. What an interesting collection of books. I like the look of Codename: Winterborn and will check it out.
Tammy, it’s great that you’re so receptive to new authors and so many different genres of writing.
All the best and thanks, Marc.


You are all deserving. My criteria for top reads was those novels that stuck with me and while they were others this list includes the best of the best.

Scott Terry

Thank you, Tammy! I am honored to be considered one of your favorite reads of 2013. I’ll be sure to share your list of wonderful books from other authors, far and wide. 🙂

Julia Hughes

A little late to the party, but will definitely be checking out these reads:) Thank you for all your dedication and solid support of indie talent & all the best for 2014.


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