IT’S MY BIRTHDAY!!
It’s no secret I love books: big books, small books, medium sized; hard-back, paper back; dog-eared, brand new or still in manuscript form (admittedly, I haven’t read one of these, but I would love to)! Another thing I LOVE about books is that they spark discussions.
I love it that there could be thousands; millions of people in one room and they’ll all have a slightly different opinion on the one single book. There would be agreements, disagreements and compromises. Characters in books can take on real-life personas and become your family. When you have an argument with your friends, or family, books will always be there for you, because they can’t talk back or yell or roll their eyes at you. Unless of course, you’ve got Harry’s Monster book (in which case, be careful or take it back)…
All this babble is coming to a shiny point, where this week I introduce you guys to this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, an original meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This weeks topic is ‘Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far This Year. I’ve definitely got more than 10 books to put on this list (I would probably put ALL the books if I could), so this list is top ten book so far (excluding re-reads)
Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far This Year
1. This Star won’t go out (Esther Earl)
Beautiful, beautiful read; very well articulated and the pictures and entries from her parents/online friends/John Green makes it that much more powerful.
2. If I stay (Gayle Forman)
So glad I got on the bandwagon and finally read this book. The whole story is powerful, intense and very well written.
3. Freis Lockhart’s Summer of Awful (Aimee Said)
This is a sequel, but can just as easily be read as a stand-alone. It was a super cute and fluffy read.
4. The Distance Between Us (Kaisie West)
Can we please give a round of applause to Kaisie West for the way she writes? *claps* Her writing, combined with the characters she creates makes a world so engaging and wonderful.
5. Fangirl (Rainbow Rowell)
6. Eleanor + Park (Rainbow Rowell)
Rainbow Rowell’s writing and plot lines are brilliant, and these two novels are no exception. Her well thought-out characters bring the story to life and make sure the novel is relateable to all.
7. Ketchup Clouds (Annabel Pitcher)
I’m a huge fan of books that use letters, but this was very well done. The letters were informative, didn’t waffle and were an interesting communication device.
*I am currently reading my way through the longlisted Inky Award’s titles. I have not read all of them, so can’t contrast and compare what I thought of all of them yet. So far, these are the three that have made my favourites for the year.