So far 2017 has been a damn good year for books. For this Top Ten Tuesday I am including any book that I have read the first half of this year. Mostly because I don't really care about publication dates. #rebel
Eliza and Her Monsters
by Francesca Zappia
“There are monsters in the sea.”
Francesca Zappia is one to watch. I loved Made You Up and I thought that Eliza and her Monsters was even better. It is a wonderful examination of introversion, anxiety, love, and fandom. I read on twitter this morning that The Monstrous Sea is going to become a thing and I am now thoroughly overexcited.
Salt to the Sea
by Ruta Sepetys
“What had human beings become? Did war make us evil or just activate an evil already lurking within us?”
This book is super plot driven rather than character driven. Which normally isn't my favorite but works here. There is a sense of inevitability to the driving narrative. I read it in one sitting and immediately bought a copy for my mother.
by Tiffany D. Jackson
"My crime was more psychotic. I was the nine-year-old who killed a baby. Allegedly. That's the word they used."
I cannot even. This book actually caused something to short in my brain. A couple months later I am still thinking about it. The definition of haunting.
The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas
“At an early age I learned that people make mistakes, and you have to decide if their mistakes are bigger than your love for them.”
This is a serious book about an incredibly important topic that also manages to be warm, funny, and relatable. I am going to continue to shill this book until everyone on earth has read it.
The Upside of Unrequited
by Becky Albertalli
“I mean, here’s the thing I don’t get. How do people come to expect that their crushes will be reciprocated? Like, how does that get to be your default assumption?”
So much relating. It makes me think of high school Tara, and that maybe I was too hard on her.
Strange the Dreamer
by Laini Taylor
“I think you're a fairy tale. I think you're magical, and brave, and exquisite. And I hope you'll let me be in your story.”
Dancing on the edge of purple prose. Just how I like it. This is such a beautiful book. Fairly tales, the power of books, and a sweet love story. I need the sequal. Like two months ago. Why do authors do this to me?
The Night Circus
by Erin Morganstern
“The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.”
A unique voice and concept. Incredibly visual writing. Prose that is so plush and beautiful it almost seems as if you could rub your face in it like a fur coat.
I want a movie. I never want that. This book just begs for it.
A List of Cages
by Robin Roe
“Why is time like that? Why does it slow down in the places you don’t want it to, but it speeds away when you’re happy?”
So much melodrama. And I loved it. Be prepared to cry. Ugly cry. More than once. Also shout out to male friendship!
You're Welcome, Universe
by Whitney Gardner
"I’m not better than friends, I want better friends. I want friends who are all in, all the time. It can’t just be all on your terms. You have to care, care about more than just yourself."
A Deaf, POC main character with some behavioral issues. It sounds as if it would be muddled but it is sharp as a tack and just an all around great read. I am not an artist so I am always intrigued by stories with artistic characters.
A Darker Shade of Magic
by V.E. Schwab
“I'd rather die on an adventure than live standing still.”
Yes, the concept is complicated. Sort of parallel universe Londons that certain people can travel between. Magic and the awesomeness that is Kell. Thank God, there are three more books. I am not ready to leave this world any time soon.