Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s theme is:
Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far This Year
This is difficult because I’ve read so many great books this year alone. I am not sure how I can narrow it down to just ten! Seriously, I’ve really been blessed this year with all the amazing books that I have been lucky to read. Here are some of my most favourites this year:
1. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
This is one of the most amazing books I have ever read. I had heard a lot of hype about this book and was afraid that by the time I got round to reading it I would be disappointed – this proved not to be the case. It is an absolutely stunning book. Read my review HERE.
2. The Red Sheet by Mia Kerick
Reading stories about bullying breaks my heart. I was quite badly bullied as a teenager and it has left its fair share of scars. When I read books that tackle the subject of bullying I am inwardly cringing. I remember the feeling all too well, but sometimes books on this topic do not really resonate with me. When they do, it is extremely powerful. This book did and then some. Another fantastic novel from Mia Kerick. Read my review HERE.
3. Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens
Another hard-hitting book but one that was ultimately worthwhile reading. I did have a few concerns about some of the subject matter but I was really one over by this touching tale.
4. Spencer by J.P. Barnaby
I really loved the previous book Aaron and was eagerly anticipating the follow-up. I loved seeing Aaron and Spencer and it was great getting to see where their live’s ended up. Although not as heart-wrenching as its predecessor, this book nonetheless packed a fair amount of angst but the journey was so worth it.
5. How to Repair a Mechanical Heart by J.C. Lillis
This book. This book made me laugh out loud so many times. It was quirky, it was touching. It was utterly brilliant. I honestly don’t know why I put off reading it for so long.
6. The Raven Boys
I love these books. Definitely a new favourite series. I love Maggie Stiefvater’s The Scorpio Races but I love this series even more. It has so many elements such as psychics, a quest for a long-lost Welsh king, a complex murder story…yet the books did not feel crammed at all and everything blended together to make one of the most intriguing series I have had the pleasure of reading. Plus, these books have Gansey (read them and you will see what I mean!) 😉 Read my review HERE.
7. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
Everything I said above, double it for ‘The Dream Thieves’. Maggie Stiefvater now owns my soul. Read my review HERE.
8. Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb
A new Fitz and the Fool book!! I have been waiting on this for years (even before the book was announced). After I finished Fool’s Fate I was stunned – this could not be the end surely? Well…it wasn’t. Robin Hobb has now started a new trilogy once again told from the perspective of Fitz.
I have yet to post my full review as this was an ARC (it is coming very soon though!) and I am reluctant to give away any plot points but I can tell you I was so happy to once again be in this world. I warn you though, it is quite different from the previous set of trilogies. Only trouble with reading the book ahead of its release date is that I have even longer to wait until the next book!!
9. Secret by Brigid Kemmerer
Nick’s story finally…and what a story it was! I loved the latest entry in The Elemental series. Have been eagerly waiting to hear Nick’s story and it did not disappoint. I have always found Nick to be the most elusive of the Merrick brothers so it was great getting his perspective. Apart from Michael, I think Nick may just be my favourite. It wasn’t as exciting as the previous books, it was definitely a more introspective and personal story, but it was brilliantly written and very moving.
10. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Sequel to Cinder (which I also really liked) Scarlet managed to be just as original as the first but even more exciting. I loved Scarlet and Wolf just as much as Cinder and Kai (who also popped up) and the plot really hurtled forward in this book. Very highly recommended.