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I had been meaning to write a little mid-year post on my favourite books of this year, so it’s quite refreshing to have a chance to do it with Top Ten Tuesday! I have read over 80 books already this year, and while I’ve read some fantastic ones, I’ve also stumbled across some horrible ones. So it’ll be nice to remind myself of the good times I’ve had reading so far!
(I tried to only include my top 2 comic volumes I’ve read this year, because I didn’t want to overwhelm the list)
1. Cress by Marissa Meyer. The rest of this list is in no particular order, but I enjoyed reading Cress so much that it had to be my favourite read of the year so far. This series are fairy tale retellings, and Cress just happens to focus on Rapunzel (one of my favourite Princesses!) The Lunar Chronicles is one of my all time favourite YA series, and I wouldn’t hesitate before recommending it to everyone!
2. Wonder by R. J. Palacio. This is one of the most heart-warming books I have ever read. Auggie suffers from facial deformities and the story follows his first year in regular middle school. It’s honestly incredible, and definitely deserved to be on this list.
3. Batgirl: Year One. Prior to this year I had read next to none DC comics, but making the decision to start DC was probably one of the best I’ve made all year! Batgirl: Year One wasn’t the first Batgirl comic I read, however it’s definitely my favourite of hers I’ve read! The artwork in this origin story is absolutely incredible, and I’ve picked up the companion Robin: Year One which I’m sure would have made this list if I’d read it already!
4. Hawkeye,Vol 1: My Life as a Weapon. Since reading this first volume of Hawkeye (and the rest of Matt Friction’s Run) ((minus the final issue #22 because IT’S STILL NOT OUT!)) Hawkeye is definitely my favourite Marvel character. Besides maybe Kate Bishop (but she is also Hawkeye so that’s acceptable). This volume is honestly stunning. I feel like anyone, a comic lover or not, would enjoy this!
5. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz. I can’t believe I put off reading Aristotle and Dante for so long! It was such a beautiful, innocent book that deals with love, friendship and sexuality, but also identity, family and race. Everything is handled so realistically that I found it impossible not to love. Defintiely worth a read.
6. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent. This is the only historical fiction book I’ve picked up this year, despite historical fiction being one of my favourite genres. This book follows the last executions in Iceland. It will tear your heart out.
7. A Feast For Crows by George R. R. Martin. This is the only George R. R. Martin that I read in full this year. And while it’s not one of my favourite ASOIAF books, I enjoy reading them each so much that I couldn’t help adding this to the list.
8. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. I absolutely thrive for a good psychological thriller and while Sharp Objects wasn’t the best that I’ve ever read, I enjoyed Flynn’s first book so much (far more than Dark Places which I also read this year). It has such a twisted cast of main characters, and the mother-daughter relationship was so mentally unstable that I couldn’t help love it.
9. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas. This is the first book in a new-adult trilogy that is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. The retelling aspect of this novel however is in no way overwhelming, but it’s present enough that if you’re a Beauty and the Beast fan like me, you’ll love it. Definitely give it a read if you’ve enjoyed Sarah’s other series, or YA/new-adult fantasy in general!
10. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. I read the first book in The Raven Cycle back in May (and I still haven’t picked up the following novels, why?) and I absolutely loved it! It’s a paranormal YA series that is due to wrap up in early 2016, and I definitely recommend you give it a go if you enjoy paranormal reads!
What are your favourite books you’ve picked up this year?