This week's topic was the top ten books we've read so far this year. This was kind of a struggle for me, because I'm currently reading books 125 and 126 for the year. So I had more than a few to choose from, although I automatically discounted any rereads because it felt like cheating... As a result, I'm cheating and putting a couple of series on the list, because I couldn't pick between the books.
1. The Throne of Glass series - Sarah J. Maas.
Holy hell, this series is good. And yes, this is one of those times when you should actually read the novellas because they give you so much amazing detail about Celaena's past and how she became the person that we meet at the start of the first book.
2. The Pushing the Limits series - Katie McGarry
I've liked the odd numbered books a lot more than the even numbered books, but the whole series is pretty fabulous if you like your YA to come with a side of Real Life Problems. My copy of the fourth book included the novella, Crossing the Line, which was insanely cute and definitely worth reading.
3. Croak - Gina Damico
I just finished the third book of this trilogy last night and am still trying to sort out all of my feels, but the first one was great. It was fun and hilarious and filled with awesome characters.
4. My Life Next Door - Huntley Fitzpatrick
Another one that falls into the category of YA with a side of Real Life Problems. But mostly, it was indescribably cute, and I just wanted to hug the main characters.
5. Pointe - Brandy Colbert
This was NOT an easy read, thanks to the fact that it contains some seriously messed up subject matter. But it was such an incredible - if occasionally cringeworthy - story.
6. Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia - David Hunt
This was hilarious and informative from start to finish. You can't possibly say Australian history is boring when there are books like this that present all the wonderful historical titbits to you in fabulous ways.
7. A Breath of Frost - Alyxandra Harvey
There was a lot going on in this book, but it was SO GOOD OMG. I mean, how can you pass up a trio of debutante cousins in Victorian London who discover that they're witches? I think one of the best parts of this was that even though it's part of a trilogy, the ending wasn't a cliffhanger, and the book could effectively be a standalone.
8. Splintered - A.G. Howard
A dark, modernised Alice in Wonderland adaptation? Uh, YES. The characters were great, the story was fabulous, and the ink it's printed with is purple. PURPLE. I have yet to read the sequel, but I've heard it's equally fabulous.
9. The Impossible Knife of Memory - Laurie Halse Anderson
This one was kind of a tough call, as I've also read Speak this year, and was struggling to decide between the two. Ultimately, though, The Impossible Knife of Memory won out for me and I'm not quite sure why. They're both excellent books, dealing with real and serious issues. So hell, go read both of them.
10. We Were Liars - E. Lockhart
I guessed the big plot twist ending in this one, but that didn't stop it from being an excellent book with a hugely unreliable narrator. The writing is quite choppy at times, but I really enjoyed that. And trust me when I say that the less you know about the plot going in, the better.
Have you read any of these? What are the best books you've read this year?