Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme over at The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s topic is
TOP TEN BOOKS I’VE READ SO FAR THIS YEAR.
10. Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach | The voice in this one is so great, and it’s not super often I read YA aimed at male readers, and I can appreciate that. It’s about Felton Reinstein the summer he went “from a joke to a jock,” but it’s really about a family falling apart and about friendship in unlikely places and about keeping things together when everything is falling apart.
9. Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos | This was a brilliant debut book by Roskos, and again, great voice! The main character is an ultra-self-aware high schooler who understands that he is depressed and needs help, only his parents aren’t willing to get him that help. This is his story of stumbling toward something like healing.
8. Shatter Me by Taheri Mafi | Although I didn’t love the sequel to this book, the first one was riveting. Juliette’s touch is lethal– to most people, that is.
7. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi | While I didn’t adore the superfastcramthingsin ending, I was very much drawn to this story about Aria, who lives in a biosphere, and what happens to her outside of it in the “Death Shop.” I mean, come on. How can you not want to read a book that has a “Death Shop” in it? (The sequel– Through the Ever Night— is waiting impatiently on my bedroom floor to be my next read.)
6. The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker | What happens when the rotation of the earth begins to slow? Beautiful writing.
5. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell | I think Rainbow Rowell is my best author find of the year so far. She has the funniest, cleverest voice I’ve read in a long while. I really liked Attachments, which is about a computer IT man who falls in love with a woman through secretly reading her emails to her friend. Awkward.
4. Every Day by David Levithan | Gender-bender! “A” inhabits a different body every day– but loves the same girl every day.
3. Fire by Kristin Cashore | This is the companion book to Graceling, but I actually liked the characters even more than the first book (I liked them too!). Gosh, how to describe this book? Fire is a “monster” with red-orange-pink-gold hair, and she can control most people’s minds– but not Prince Brigan’s. Swoon-worthy.
2. The Knife of Never Letting Go & The Ask and the Answer, both by Patrick Ness | Okay, so I am loving the Chaos Walking trilogy (I’m on the third book right now, so be prepared for a big review!), which takes places on another planet– “New Earth”– where you can hear men’s thoughts– their noise. Book one was great– book two was incredible.
1. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell | This book was brilliant. I love so much about it– the characters and the writing. Oh my gosh, the writing is unreal. I am a total sucker for any YA writer whose words are like lyrics. This book is about two teenagers who are young enough to know that first love almost never lasts … but willing to try anyway. I am so excited for her next novel (Fangirl) to be released later this year!