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 2015. To see a list of the top ten books I read in the first half of 2015, click here.
1. Uprooted by Naomi Novik – Uprooted is one of those marvelous books that’s every bit as good as it’s hyped to be – and then some. Novik’s cantankerous wizard and novel portrayal of magic are a ton of fun to read.
2. The Other Me by Suzanne van Rooyen – The Other Me is the story of a damaged boy, the confused girl who falls in love with him – and wants to BE him – and the realization that love doesn’t always show up in the shape that you expect it to.
3. What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi- This book SLEW me. I could practically feel the grief and guilt radiating off of the protagonist, a teenage father raising his daughter alone while mourning the death of his girlfriend.
4. The Fall by Bethany Griffin – The Fall combines two things I absolutely love: a retold classic and a seriously creepy haunted house. Griffin’s reimagining of Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher” is deliciously spooky, atmospheric, and well worth a read. (Read my guest review of The Fall at the Book Addicts Guide!)
5. Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan – I’ve heard Brennan’s name bandied about for ages, and now I finally know why – her Lynburn Legacy books are outrageously funny and well written. Plus, they’ve got a cast of great characters, a tortured-soul bad boy, and sorcery. What more can you ask for?
6. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta – I love how the seemingly disparate threads of this story are woven together into a bigger picture by the end of the book.
7. Stay With Me by Paul Griffin – I’ve got so many words for Stay With Me; powerful, painful, hopeful, real, tragic, and special are just a few that come to mind. The romance is quirky, awkward, and unconventional. I loved it, even though it made me cry.
8. Feed by Mira Grant – Feed is definitely my favorite zombie novel to date. It’s got political intrigue, a dynamic duo of sibling journalists, and a well thought-out portrayal of what the world might look like 20 years after a zombie uprising, after humanity’s had a chance to adapt.
9. Play Me Backwards by Adam Selzer – Every damn paragraph of this book is hilarious. It’s also unexpectedly moving, clever, and meaningful. A must-read.
10. Audiobook of A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray – I read a print version of this book years ago, but I recently listened to the audiobook and was so impressed that I had to include it on this list. The narrator, Josephine Bailey, has an astonishing talent for pitch, tone, and a variety accents, male and female.