Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is: Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far This Year.
A quick note: Those of you who’ve read some of the reviews I’ve posted so far in 2014 might be surprised to see that many of the books I gave 4 or 5 stars (Love and Other Perishable Items, A Monster Calls, etc.) are missing from this list. This is because many of those books were ones that I actually read last year (it takes me a painfully long time to write reviews). These books would definitely have made my “Top Ten Books of 2013” list, but for the sake of accuracy I’m only including books on the 2014 list that I truly read this year.
1. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater – Inspired by various water horse myths, The Scorpio Races features great characters, a strong sense of place, and a storyline I haven’t seen before.
2. Boy Toy by Barry Lyga – Barry Lyga has a strange talent for taking subjects that you shouldn’t want to read about – murder, child molestation, etc. – and crafting them into novels that you cannot. Put. Down. Boy Toy and I Hunt Killers (see below) are definitely contenders to join my list of all-time favorite books. (Read my review of Boy Toy here)
3. I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga – See above. This man is disgustingly talented.
4. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi – The Shatter Me trilogy got progressively better with each installment, and I devoured the final book in about 4 hours. Mostly due to the eyeglass-fogging romance.
5. Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater – When two supremely damaged people fall in love, will the end result be mutual salvation, or mutual destruction? Sinner, the (thousand times better) companion novel to the Shiver trilogy, examines this question while providing plenty of thrills and heartache and rockstar-ness.
6. Red Rising by Pierce Brown – A mix between Braveheart, The Hunger Games, and How to Lead a Life of Crime, Red Rising is one of those books that I haven’t been able to stop thinking about since I read it. Every time I started to lose interest in the plot, Brown would blindside me with a flash of total genius.
7. Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay- There’s so much to love about Of Beast and Beauty that I hardly know where to start. The originality of the story, the perfectly imperfect protagonists, the overall feel of the book – it’s all amazing. (Read my review of Of Beast and Beauty)
8. Prince of Shadows by Rachel Caine – I’ve found I enjoy retellings of Romeo and Juliet much more than I enjoy the original, and Prince of Shadows is one of the best I’ve read. It’s a very imaginative spin on the Shakespearean play, complete with magic, thievery, and homosexuality, while still feeling richly authentic.
9. Reality Boy by A.S. King – I expected Reality Boy to be a story about reality TV, fame, and child stars who grow up pissed off at the world. I was wrong. So wrong. This book is terrible and sad and will make your stomach ache, but trust me when I say that you’ll be making a mistake if you don’t read it.
10. Pointe by Brandy Colbert – Brandy Colbert surprised me with this book, taking me in all sorts of directions I didn’t anticipate. While I didn’t always like the choices her characters made, I understood why they made them and appreciated the way all those choices led to an excellent conclusion.