Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is: Top Ten Books I Read in the Second Half of 2014. To see a list of the top ten books I read in the first half of 2014, click here.
1. Deadline by Chris Crutcher – Oh, how I love Chris Crutcher’s work. This story of an 18-year-old who discovers he’s dying but decides not to tell anyone, even his family, is touching and special and grand. And, shockingly, not sappy at all.
2. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi – I’m so glad I finally started this series; I had no idea what I was missing. If you haven’t read Under the Never Sky yet, do yourself a favor and start it right now.
3. #Scandal by Sarah Ockler – This is definitely my favorite Sarah Ockler book to date. It’s insightful and smart while still being funny and entertaining.
4. Yacqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina – It took me a while to get into this book, but once I did I was very impressed. I’ve never been bullied, but this story really opened my eyes to what life is like for those who are.
5. Six Feet Over It by Jennifer Longo – Longo is a debut author I’ll be keeping an eye on. Six Feet Over It made me giggle, cry, and rejoice in turns. I already want to read it again.
6. Young World by Chris Weitz – Who knew a book about the apocalypse could be realistically gritty AND funny? I guess that’s what you get when the world’s being run by a bunch of teenagers who’ve got nothing left but sarcasm and machine guns.
7. Notes from the Blender by Trish Cook and Brendan Halpin – Told in alternating first person viewpoints, this story of two soon-to-be step siblings who have little in common but must somehow find a way to inhabit the same household is hilarious and wonderfully unpredictable.
8. The Prince of Venice Beach by Blake Nelson – Like Deadline, The Prince of Venice Beach is another one of those books that’s special and just…shines. I love narrator, Cali, a homeless teen who is simultaneously streetwise and pure of heart.
9. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black – I’ve been going through a vampire phase lately, and The Coldest Girl in Coldtown ranks among my top three favorite vampire books. Black’s vampires are fascinating and deadly, and you can’t help but be sucked in (teehee, get it?).
10. Curses and Smoke by Vicky Alvear Shecter – A love story set in Pompeii, this is an excellent book with great historical details about what life would have been like in the days leading up to the infamous eruption of Mt. Vesuvius.