Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week, they post a new Top Ten topic and other bloggers respond with their own lists. I take part in this meme when I have something to say for the topic and I remember what day it is.
I’ve read 32 books this year, and I’ve liked most of them. Here are the highlights, with a quick explanation of what I loved about each. (The list is in no particular order.)
1. Love and Other Unknown Variables by Shannon Lee Alexander
This book made me laugh and cry at the same time. The story was so much more than just a “cancer book.” I loved everything about it.
2. Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas
The Throne of Glass series just keeps getting better! I loved the new side of Celaena this book exposed, and the fantasy elements of the story came to the forefront–right were they belong.
3. The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson
This action-packed, humorous book was exactly what fans of the Mistborn trilogy needed to heal their broken hearts. I loved seeing the Mistborn world grow out of Elend and Vin’s accomplishments, and the Wild West feeling the book had reminded me of Joss Whedon’s Firefly. LOVED IT!
4. For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
For Darkness Shows the Stars provides an intriguing look at a world terrified of technology. I loved the conflicts the main characters faced and how they grew under pressure. The romantic tension between Elliot and Kai made me unable to put this book down.
5. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
Finally, a contemporary book driven by friendship, with sweet romance and lots of character growth. I could not have related to Emily more, and I could not read this book fast enough.
6. Uprooted by Naomi Novik
This might be the best book I’ve read this year. It is YA fantasy written in an adult style that pulls no punches and achieves almost the feeling of a horror movie, while still having a strong, bold protagonist and a dynamic love interest. This book grabbed me and didn’t let me go until the last page–actually, I don’t think I’ve gotten over the ending yet.
7. Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas
This book wasn’t perfect, but it was so powerful. I read it in one sitting–I had to find out what the truth was. The ending was exactly what it had to be (even if it angered me), and it took my breath away. An incredible story about friendship and, you know…murder.
8. The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler
I just finished this book, and it was so sweet and powerful. A protagonist without a voice was a unique lens to see a story from, and her character growth was simple but inspiring.
9. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
Shazi is probably the strongest, boldest, and must stubborn protagonist I’ve read about this year. The relationship that developed between Shazi and Khalid kept me entranced.
10. Firefight by Brandon Sanderson
What about you? What books are on your Top Ten? Have you read any of these books?