Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday #5: Top Ten Books I've Read This Year

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

Lists, lists, lists. Before I start listing, I want to apologize for not blogging a lot recently. I'm currently in the middle of redoing my room so my blogging space is an absolute mess and everything is everywhere. I can't think in this madness! But my new closet is put together and semi-organized now. I just need to clean... a lot. Enough about that though. I've only read 23 books so far this year which make me horribly behind on my 70 book challenge for the year. Most of them I've talked about in previous blogs and slightly less than half of them consisted of me marathoning through all the Percy Jackson books. But without, further ado:

Top Ten Books I've Read This Year
(in the order that I read them)
1. Champion by Marie Lu - This was my favorite of the Legend Trilogy. After Allegiant, I was kind of afraid that this would follow the same disappointing path but I was wrong. I really liked how this ended. I won't go into details because that would involve spoilers but I really liked it.
2. Skyraiders by Brandon Mull - I've never a Brandon Mull book before but I got this as an ARC from work so I figured I'd read it. Skyraiders is a middle grade book set in an alternate universe. It starts out with Cole and his friends going trick-or-treating. One of the houses they go to has completely set up a haunted house attraction. Once inside however, Cole's friends get kidnapped by slave collectors from another world and whisked into a portal. Cole, who only barely escaped getting taken himself, goes after them to a world called the Outskirts. The Outskirts is made up of five kingdoms all set within a realm somewhere between reality and imagination. It's up to Cole and a mysterious girl, Mira, to save his friends and find a way home - if that's even possible. I really liked the world building in this even though I thought it was a little on the lengthy side for no real reason.
3. Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu - I've definitely mentioned this book before but I really enjoyed it. It's the perfect mix of hope, melancholy, and childhood innocence.
4. Forsaken Dreamscape by Lani Lenore - Dark!Peter Pan! I love this trilogy. Lani Lenore needs to be a household name. She's an indie author who I've been following ever since she only did fanfiction. This is the second book in her original retelling of Peter Pan and it's amazing. I can't wait for the third to come out.
5. Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan - This is the book that hooked me into the Percy Jackson series. I was a little iffy about The Lightning Thief and The Sea of Monsters. Initially, I thought they were too kid-ish for me. It's a toss up between this one and The Last Olympian for my favorite of this series. Plus, Nico was introduced in this one. Cute little Nico.
6. The House of Hades by Rick Riordan - This book. This. Book. I just can't with the feels all over the place. Tartarus and Nico and Percabeth4Life! (Even though Percy is totally my fictional boyfriend.) Gah! October needs to be now just so I can know what happens next!
Out of curiosity, has anyone read the Carter Kane? I'm thinking of reading them but somehow I can't see them living up to Percy.
7. Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson - This has to be at least the third time I'm gushing about Tiger Lily here. Anderson's words are just so pretty. If this book were a painting, it would be in the Louvre.
8. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green - I have mixed feelings about this one but I truly did enjoy it. I thought it was a good story - not entirely worthy of the insane hype that it's caused - but good nonetheless.
9. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell - I want to hug this book. It's just so cute!
10. Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira - As much as this reminded me of Perks of Being a Wallflower, there were some seriously great quotes in here. I took pictures of my favorites before I actually just broke down and bought the book.  
That's it for now! Have you read any of these? What were your favorite books that you've read so far?


  1. It makes me smile to see Tiger Lily on this list! I love that book so much - it was one of my favorites of 2013, and I still think about it all the time. I can't decide what I like best - the rich setting, the fact that it's told from the POV of Tinkerbell, or the bittersweet ending. And, of course, The Fault in Our Stars is great too. I'm glad you liked it, even if you didn't think it was worth the insane hype. (I'd be interested to hear why you feel this way!) I think it's worth the attention, but that so many equally worthy books belong up there too. Sigh.

    Anyway, I'm glad you read so many good books in the past few months! Here's to a fantastic second half of 2014. (Oh, and since this is my first time stopping by your blog, I should say that I love your header - the font is so gorgeously ornate.)

    1. I know! Tiger Lily is such a great book! I practically reread it the moment I finished it just in case I might have missed a detail. Choosing Tink's POV was a great choice too. I did enjoy TFIOS but I think there are more hype worthy books out there. Have you ever read A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness? That book is amazing and raw (for lack of a better word). I get into why I don't think TFIOS deserved the hype in my review of it. I also wrote one for Tiger Lily. =)

      Cheers to an awesome 2014! Aww thanks! It took me a long time to make that. My photo editing skills were horribly rusty when I started this blog. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. The Fault In Our Stars made my list as well! Also, I'm really intrigued to read Tiger Lily and Breadcrumbs, they've been on my TBR list for a while!

    Check out my TTT!

    Katrina @ Chased By My Imagination

    1. You must read them! They're both truly amazing books with really gorgeous prose and imagery! =)


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