Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top 10 Books I’ve Read So Far in 2015.
1. Greenwode and Shirewode by J. Tullos Hennig – These books are my new favorite Robin Hood retellings, and I’m counting them as one item on my list because they really should be read together for maximum impact. They tell of Robin and his relationship with the man who eventually becomes Guy of Gisbourne, Robin’s sworn enemy. LGBT Robin Hood + Tragic Love Story + Clash Between Christian and Druid Beliefs = The Best Thing Ever.
2. I Heart Robot by Suzanne van Rooyen – There was nothing I didn’t like about this book. Robots demanding rights and autonomy? Amazing! An adorable sweetheart of a robot protagonist whose dearest wish is to be human? Love it! Non-cliche characters and thought-provoking questions about artificial intelligence? Spectacular! (Read my review of I Heart Robot here.)
3. Golden Son by Pierce Brown – Red Rising was one of my favorite books of 2014, so it’s no surprise that the sequel, Golden Son, is on this year’s top 10 list as well. This book’s got it all: an epic plot, a plethora of “Oh snap!” moments, a stellar hero, and a supporting cast that’s almost as marvelous as the leading man.
4. Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine – Fine’s book has a strong Phantom of the Opera vibe but is set in a factory in a fictitious country with a distinctly Asian feel. If you’re even mildly intrigued by this idea, you should read this novel ASAP.
5. The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow – I’m kind of surprised my brain didn’t blow up after navigating all the twists and turns of Bow’s story. It kept me guessing the ENTIRE time and features one of the most magnetic, unusual characters I’ve seen in ages.
6. The Trouble with Flirting by Claire LaZebnik – This retelling of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park is hands-down the funniest book I’ve read all year. It’s also clever, unexpected, sweet, and – best of all – set at a summer theater program. (Read my review of The Trouble with Flirting here.)
7. For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund – Another story inspired by a Jane Austen novel! I feel like I finally get what Austen was trying to do in Persuasion; all it took for me was an imaginative, futuristic/sci-fi retelling by Peterfreund!
8. Tear You Apart by Sarah Cross – If you like fairy tale mash-ups, Tear You Apart is a must-read. The main story is a combination of Snow White and The 12 Dancing Princesses, but there are a multitude of other tales represented in this book as well, all in twisted and fascinating ways.
9. The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski – As much as I enjoyed The Winner’s Curse, I liked its sequel even more. The stakes are higher, the intrigue is cranked up several notches, and there’s a lot of great angst and tension between Kestrel and Arin. Bring on book three!!
10. The Cage by Megan Shepherd – The Cage is one of the best souvenirs I brought home from BEA this year. In this book, five teenagers wake up one day to discover that they’ve been kidnapped and are being held captive in an alien zoo. Need I say more?
What about you? What’s the best book you’ve read this year, and why?