Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far This Year

June 9, 2014 Top Ten Tuesday 13

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new topic is given, and this week’s topic is:

TOP TEN BOOKS I’VE READ SO FAR THIS YEAR

2014 is getting off to a nice start.  I’ve read 89 books so far this year, which just boggles my mind.  Six of those books have been 5 stars, and there are a nice amount of 4 and 4.5 stars.  I didn’t know exactly what I’d see before I put the list together, but I like that lots of genres are represented: fantasy, sci-fi, dystopia, contemporary, and historical fiction.  Now, I’ll share the best with you below.

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson: This book completely took me by surprise.  I was expecting something very light, but Since You’ve Been Gone very deftly and genuinely explored growth by the MC who was forced into changes that she didn’t want.
Free to Fall by Lauren Miller: I just read this over the weekend.  I already knew how much I liked Lauren Miller’s writing after Parallel, but Free to Fall is even better.  She now goes into the category of “must read all of her books.”
Noggin by John Corey Whaley: Just like Since You’ve Been Gone, Noggin is nothing like its cover.  Don’t get put off by the idea that this is about…a head transplant.  Once you accept that this is possible, Noggin shows how a boy re-adapts to life after 5 years of having his head frozen without a body.  (I know, I know, but trust me that this book is awesome.)
A Mad Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller: This is one of the best historical fictions I’ve read in a long time.  It got me interested in things I’d never thought much about, including art and the suffragate movement in London.  And the ending was absolutely perfect.
Cinder and Cress by Marissa Meyer: I was a bit late to this series, but what a thrill to read the first three books back-to-back-to-back.  You’ll notice that Scarlet is missing.  While it was very good, it just wasn’t as amazing as the other two, mostly due to the MC.  From the little bit that we saw of Winter at the end of Cress, I’m already expecting the last book to be my favorite.
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge: There’s a lot going on in Cruel Beauty: a fairy-tale retelling, Greek mythology, and the supernatural.  But Hodge weaves it all into a story that’s full of surprises (helped by the fact that I don’t know much about the Beauty and the Beast tale.)
Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins: This was only my second book by Rachel Hawkins, after School Spirits.  She’s got a great knack for mixing humor, thrills, and kick-ass characters who aren’t always perfect.
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige: This is NOT the Dorothy we all knew and loved as kids.  I loved the violence, the gore, and this absolutely twisted version of Oz.
The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa: The first book I read by Julie Kagawa was The Immortal Rules, waaay back at the beginning of last year.  Since then, I’ve read every book she’s written.  She created this dystopian world overrun by vampires, and it has such a dark and sorrowful quality.  You’re not going to read this series for a pick-me-up (save her Iron Fey books for that), but you’ll love the MC’s strength and the incredible cast of characters around her.

 

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Stephanie

13 Responses to “Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far This Year”

  1. Kel

    You are coming to the Lunar Chronicles late, but I know what you mean. I finally read Cinder about a week before Scarlet came out and had to dive into the next immediately. I’m glad you enjoyed Cruel Beauty. I was really excited about that one, but it didn’t click for me. And I’m very much looking forward to Dorothy Must Die. Great list! 🙂
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