Okay so I haven’t done one of these for a while but when I saw on The Broke and the Bookish that the topic for Top 10 Tuesday this week was Top 10 Books I’ve Read This Year, I decided to dive right back in! It’s been an up and down year book-wise for me – there have been some really, truly awful reads that make me wish I could go back in time and not click ‘buy’ on Amazon but I’ve also been lucky enough to read some of the best books I’ve read in a loooong time so looking forward to sharing them with you all!
1. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
If you’ve read my blog before then you won’t be surprised by this one being in the list! This is by far the book that has made me the happiest this year! Wasn’t expecting to love this one as much as I did but I definitely had a major case of the warm and fuzzies for this book, and its characters from start to finish. I also had a total geek-out recently when I was lucky enough to get tickets to go see Rainbow Rowell talk about Fangirl in July! Woo hoo!!!!
2. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
A sci-fi re-telling of Cinderella, this one was another one that I really didn’t have high hopes for. Sci-fi and Cinderella? Seriously?? But somehow this really worked and the world-building, and drama totally sucked me in. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the next book, Scarlet and am currently devouring, Cress!
3. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
A total change of direction from numbers 1 and 2, this was a non-fiction read that was, as you guessed it, about introverts like moi. I’m pretty sure that Susan Cain followed me around and has just basically written about my life here! Really valuable insights into the introverted brain but without being all academic and textbook like.
4. Paris Letters by Janice MacLeod
Read this and watch Midnight in Paris and I guarantee the first thing you’ll want to do after you’re done is hop on a plane to Paris! A true story, Janice saved up for a year and quit her job to go travelling, starting with Paris. While in Paris she not only fell in love with a Daniel Craig-lookalike but with the city too so she decided to move there. Now you can subscribe (like moi) to receive one of her beautiful hand painted letters about Paris life every month. They are tres gorgeous!
5. The Rook by Daniel O’Malley
I’ll admit if I’d had anything else to read I would’ve given up with this one because at first my reaction was pretty much ‘What the hell is this thing??’ but after persevering it turned out to be one of the most imaginative and unique books I’ve ever read. MI5 meets Harry Potter – go read it!
6. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas
I can’t believe I’d forgotten about this thrill ride until this far down in my list – sorry Sarah! The second in the Throne of Glass trilogy this one is truly Celaena unleashed! Some scenes – wow, just WOW!
7. The Circle by Dave Eggers
If you’ve ever thought it would be cool to work for Google (like I did) you might think again after this one! Mae gets a job at the biggest internet company in the world – The Circle (aka Google) – and at first things may seem super cool and sexy but then it really becomes a super scary 1984 for the 21st Century!
8. Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor
Ah, the last in the phenomenal Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, this was a bittersweet experience for me. I absolutely love this world and to get to spend time in again was a gift but then I turned the last page, and it was all over, and then I was blue. :-(
9. Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates
Another non-fiction one here and a total impulse buy, this is a really, really important read for both women and men about the extent to which sexism still exists, and how it affects all of us. Go read it! Now!!
10. Code Name: Verity by Elizabeth Wein
I’m not usually a fan of WW2 books but after all the glowing reviews on the blogs I couldn’t not give it a shot. A clever, heart-wrenching and eye-opening book about two female military officers shot down in France during the war. You’ll need your tissues for this one!
I think this is the first time I’ve actually made it to the full 10 – go me! :-) What about you? What are some of your favourite reads this year? Leave me your link if you’re doing Top 10 Tuesday too!