It's been a few weeks since I joined in for Top Ten Tuesday, but I still can't think of Tuesday as anything but "the day I really should be blogging about books". Tuesday may be nearly over in Australia, but whatever. Let's talk about my favourite books from this year!
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Oh my God, this book made me ugly cry so hard. It was suspenseful and funny and moving, and you should all go and read it immediately. And then talk to me about it. Because it's better once you share all the feels.
The Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness
I've adored everything I've read by Patrick Ness, and this trilogy was no exception. It was completely intriguing, with fabulous characters and a brilliantly crafted setting. I was on the edge of my seat for the duration of these books.
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Cue further ugly crying. Eleanor and Park are just two ordinary kids living in Nebraska in the 80s. Their story shouldn't be exceptional. BUT IT IS. If you haven't read it, you really should. Because it was completely and utterly beautiful.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
I know a couple of people who've had serious issues with this book, but I thought it was magnificent. It took me quite a while to get into it, but once I did, I loved it. The power of the narrator was fabulous, and the ending made me ugly cry like an idiot.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
ADORABLE FROM START TO FINISH. It's pretty much Tumblr in book form. I related to Cath a liiiiiittle too much at times, but I think that her roommate, Reagan, was my favourite character. If you've ever had any interest in fandom, you should read this.
The Wilfair series by Alysia Gray Painter
I've mentioned these books a lot in recent months, but with good reason. They're so adorably squee-tastic that I can't help but recommend them non-stop. I enjoyed Wilfair, but Redwoodian and its massive levels of swoon were where things took off for me. Plus, Stay Awhile features the magical sentence "Love triangles are a tired cinematic device that add predictable drama where there is none." ACCURATE.
Newt's Emerald by Garth Nix
I read this over the weekend and absolutely loved it. If you mixed Jane Austen with a dash of modernised language, a touch of magic, a wee bit of swoon, hilarious antics, and some totally understandable cross dressing, you would get this book. It was fun and exciting and basically just a completely enjoyable read from start to finish.
So. What have your favourite books been this year?