Yay! It’s another round of Top Ten Tuesday! You can find out more info over here: The Broke and The Bookish Top Ten Tuesday. The page also includes future prompts for Top Ten Tuesday so you can find out what’s coming up. On the day, you can find the individual post related to that week’s prompt and link up with everyone else doing TTT. This week it’s: top ten books I’ve read so far this year. There’s just one problem: I’ve only read 14 books so this list is like 70% of my books read.
1. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
I went into this book only knowing that it had gorgeous pages and that it would be an unusual way of telling a story. Some of the kinds of things it contained were e-mails, chats, interviews, surveillance footage summaries and so much more. It was an amazingly unique way to tell a story and I absolutely loved it. Like this might actually be one of my new favourite books.
2. Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
See above. This book follows some slightly different characters to the first though the overall story continues. When I first found this out, I was a bit disappointed thinking that I couldn’t possibly love these characters as much as the first. But I was soooo wrong. Like a whole other planet of wrong. This book was so good and I loved it just as much as the first and where is book number 3?? Give it to me now!
3. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
I went into this expecting good things and it didn’t disappoint. It just kept me guessing all the time and I could never tell who was good or who was bad so I was constantly second guessing myself. I can’t wait for the sequel and hope it keeps me guessing as much as Caraval did.
4. Sentinel by Catherine Hughes
aka my mum
aka I’m biased
aka sorry, not sorry
This is actually book #2 in the Catalyst series. I actually preferred this one to the first book which she released and I read back in 2016. I’m waiting for book #3 to be finished so that I can proofread and I have no idea what she has planned. I’m so excited guys!!
5. The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney
I am not big on adult books but my mum put this in the pile of books she donated to me not too long ago. I originally gave it to my boyfriend to read but then found myself reading it while I was at his house [meanwhile he still hadn’t started]. Before I knew it I was hooked and had to know how it ended.
6. The Heaven Corporation by A.A. Frias
A.A. Frias is actually a friend who’s writing I have loved forever. This is her debut novel and it was really really good. It’s a different take on what might be waiting for us once we die (not gonna lie, I really hope not!!). I think the only reason I didn’t love this with all my heart is adult books are just not really my thing.
7. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
This is technically an audiobook but it still counts, right? This was actually my first ever audiobook and I personally think the narration was amazing. I picked it because it was listed on Epic Reads 365 Days of Reading which looked totally amazing. When I realised I could get free audiobooks from audible and subsequently heard the sampler which just seemed to capture the attitude of Mare perfectly, I decided to forego getting it as a paperback for now. As for the story, in a short sentence, I would say it’s like X-Men crossed with Hunger Games.
8. The Flame in the Mist by Reneé Ahdieh
I haven’t actually technically finished this book yet but *shrugs*. I was super excited to have received it in my Fairyloot box & it’s the only book I’ve received in a book box that I’ve actually known who the author is. It took me a little while to get into as especially in the first few chapters I was having to flip to the glossary at the back or [because I’m bilingual] having to google certain words as I’d never come across them before. But after that, it picked up and I’m really enjoying it. I can’t wait to read other books by Reneé Ahdieh.
9. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis
Of the seven books, this was one of my favourites. Others I expected to be good were not so but this one was definitely the best of the seven. It truly was the adventure I hoped for and I love Eustace’s development throughout it.
10. The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis
I really really wanted my second favourite of the series to be The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe [I absolutely love the movies] but ultimately, The Silver Chair was just a better adventure in my opinion!