It’s TUESDAY, so we’re going to get our list on with the ladies of The Broke and the Bookish! Today they’ve asked us to list the Top Ten Books we’ve read so far in 2013. I’ve read some AWESOME books this year, so it’ll be tough to narrow it down to ten, but here goes…
1. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. How much more can I say about my adoration for Eleanor & Park? This book summed up the high school experience in a way that a lot of other YA books are missing these days. It’s a slice of awesome.
2. Tell The Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt. I realize my review for this has not yet been posted, but WOAH. It’s a whole lot of awesome. Should be up on Thursday. Be sure to come back to read me fumbling all over myself trying to explain the greatness! (No seriously. It’s coming out all weird and stupid. Something to look forward to, no? Me being inarticulate?)
3. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. I’m so excited to be able to list this as one of my “best of” because it’s the first pick for The Fellowship of the Worms! I finished it last week and I’m working on preparing questions for thought provoking and/or ridiculous discussions on July 8th!
4. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. Will and Louisa! Eye opening insight into the world of a quadriplegic. Ethical conundrums. Love story. And a castle. What more do you want?!
5. The Silver Star by Jeanette Walls. I love Jeanette Walls! Her new book explores some familiar themes- parental abandonment, childhood poverty, and the like. Nobody can pull that off the way Walls can. Even the horrible parents are portrayed with compassion. Plus, there are EMUS. Those are some funny looking birds, y’all.
6. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. Spies! WWII! Airplanes! Ladies breaking gender roles. Badassery of all sorts. Excellent book.
7. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion. This title has plenty of detractors, but I loved it. New take on zombies. A little lighthearted fun? Yes please.
8. The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan. I simply adore stories behind the art… Even when they’re fictionalized. I thought Buchanan’s portrayal of the girl behind the famous Degas sculpture was fabulous. Historical fiction buffs will adore this!
9. Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. A book about books with a little bit of mystery… And a glow-in-the-dark book cover. It’s whimsical fun times for the bookworm detective in all of us.
10. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon. This book isn’t new, but it took me forever to get around to reading it. Actually, I listened to it and I thought it was awesome. The way Christopher’s mind worked! It gave me so much insight and compassion for what struggling with Aspberger’s and autism spectrum disorders is really like. Such a good read (and listen. English accents are a delight.)
What about you, Bookworms? What are some of your favorite books you’ve read this year?