Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is a freebie! So as you can see, I am discussing my favorite reads of the year so far. Confession: My top read of the year is my only 5 star of the year (other than my one reread so far, see below note), followed by a few 4.5 stars and then yes, I have 4 star reads on this list. I don’t know if I’m getting stingier with my ratings or not reading the right books this year, but I have read some great stories that I wanted to share. And maybe you can give me suggestions to make the second half of my reading year better!
(Note: I did not include my one reread of the year so far, The Start of Me and You, which is seriously one of my all-time faves.)
10. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
An interesting fantasy that I quite enjoyed. I’m definitely looking forward to more of Merik specifically in Windwitch.
9. Love, Lies and Spies by Cindy Anstey
I saw someone on Instagram describe this as Jane Austen meets The Scarlet Pimpernel and I would say that is pretty accurate! I think the story could have been tightened just a bit more, but it was a super fun read, and I adored Spencer!
8. The Unbound by Victoria Schwab
I first read The Archived early this year and liked it as well, but I enjoyed this follow-up more. I especially became a bigger Wesley fan after this book.
7. The Shadow Queen by CJ Redwine
This was my most recent read, and after seeing mixed reviews, I was so glad to end up really enjoying it! I actually could have taken or left most of the actual story, but I really loved the characters and want more of them!
6. Nora & Kettle by Lauren Nicolle Taylor
This book has its flaws, but this story still haunts me. It’s quiet and beautiful and filled with hope.
5. Looking for Lovely by Annie F. Downs
An inspirational non-fiction book about looking for the lovely in our everyday lives.
4. The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
In true Brandon Sanderson fashion (minus Calamity, sigh), I fell so in love with these characters and their world and got wrapped up in their stakes. It takes a while to really understand why these chalk drawings are such a big deal in Joel’s world, but again, Sanderson makes it work.
3. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Septys
The book that made me a Ruta Sepetys fan. And tore my heart out in that way that only readers can appreciate.
2. The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
This book had twists and turns and quips and friendships and I ate it all up.
1. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Septys
Seriously. Gutted me. Beautiful and moving and powerful.
What are your favorite reads from this year? Any of yours the same as mine?