Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish This week’s theme: Top Books I’ve Read So Far This Year
June is a good time to pause and look over the list of books that we have knocked out during 2014. We have (finally) hit the middle of the year, and it is time to recap the best reads so!
Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor – It is rare that I throw in end of series books into my favorite choices, but this book blew me away. It renewed my passion for reading, if I am speaking honestly, and it is a book that I still talk about.
Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis – I rejoiced when I read that there was a sequel for this book. I have to say that this is my favorite dystopia book. The writing was fantastic and the story left me wanting more.
White Crow by Marcus Sedgwick – I was fearful that I wouldn’t like this one, but Sedgwick knocks it out of the park again. I need more horror like this sucker!
Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama – Finally, a mermaid book wins!
The Golem and the Jinni by Helen Wecker – An adult fiction book made it as well! Amazing, culturally diverse and steeped in historical research, this one was a well-deserved pick.
1. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge. I love books that are completely unique and use old, sometimes tired tropes but turn them on their heads. This fits the bill perfectly. I’m so thankful to Jessie and Blythe for convincing me to pick this one up after abandoning it the first time because now it is one of my all time favorite reads.
2. The Riverman by Aaron Starmer. There is so much that is awesome about this book beyond just its creepy premise and the what-if questions it asks. I mostly love this for the kids’ voices. Not once does the author dumb down his writing for kids and I appreciated that so much with such a nuanced and delicate story.
3. The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Matthieu. Typically, this would have been a 4ish, but the writing and story-telling style nailed it. Nailed. It. The way it was written in multiple narratives that only gave the titular character a voice at the end was so beautiful and perfect at mirroring the way rumors work, especially in a small town high school.
4. Scarlet by AC Gaughen. Yet another title that maybe shouldn’t have worked for me, what with its eye dialect and the need to suspend your disbelief for a little while, but Scarlet was a freaking blast to read and SO MANY FEELS OW.
5. Dare Me by Megan Abbott. Much good. Very wow. This book left me with mush for brains when I was done reading it, in the best way possible. The writing was raw and feral at times and I felt it captured the quiet rage that can sometimes storm inside teenage girls. The plot may not have been the most involved but the writing and the subject matter was perfect for me.
What were some of your favorite books so far this year? We want to know so we can add them to our endless TBR!