It’s been quite the bookish year. There have been too many incredible books that have filled up my “read” list, but we all must choose the best.
So here are my favorites, in no particular order.
I’m slightly cheating by using a series, but hey, these rules are more like guidelines anyway.
Interest in assassins? No need to become one! (That is bad and illegal and please don’t kill people ok thanks) But hey, you can read about one with a clean conscience!
Each installment just gets better and better—Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight are absolutely fabulous, but my favorites are the prequel (The Assassin’s Blade) and the most recent two. The writing style is absolutely magnificent, the world and characters are vivid and magical and beautiful.
GO READ IT.
Science fiction + fairy tales = sheer perfection.
If you’re not a science fiction fan like me, (I’ve never seen a single Star Wars movie *ducks from rotten tomatos*) don’t worry. This series is the perfect blend of fairy tale and science fiction, perfect for novices to the genre. And if you’re more into the science fiction side, I think you’ll enjoy this as well. It’s for everybody, everywhere!
3. The Winner’s Trilogy (the published books anyway) by Marie Rutkoski
Passion. That’s the word that comes to mind when I think about these books. They’re full of it, and they infect you too. Political intruige shadowed by forbidden romance all wrapped up with delicious writing. Seriously, Marie Rutkoski is the master of words, you should all be bowing. And the covers! The covers are a work of art on their own.
I’m in awe of how little popularity these books have. Join the movement. READ THE BOOKS.
And in case you need more convincing:
For all you drug addicts out there, fret not! Tahereh Mafi has the solution for you. Just read her books and you will soon be addicted to this trilogy. Books are healthier than crack anyway. Of course, then you’ll finish the series. Hey, I didn’t say my idea was perfect. Maybe you should just try rehab.
Sadly, I have no review for these books because I am dumb and lazy 😦 sorry!
Oh look at that, another Sarah J. Maas book. Who would’ve thought!
Here’s an outstanding confession for you all: I liked this book more than the Thone of Glass series. It’s the faeries. Faeries make everything better.
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6. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
I want you all to take those crowns off of your pretentious little heads and hand them over to Sabaa Tahir because SHE DESERVES THEM ALL.
I am so mad at myself because back when this book was released I had a chance to go see her at Politics and Prose, and I just said to myself: Eh, I’m poor. Besides, is her book really that good? YES, YOU PATHETIC PAST-BECCA, IT IS. I put off reading if for so long, but when I finally picked it up, everything changed.
Looking for a happy romance, one that’ll lift your spirits and fill you with giddy happiness?
THEN STAY AWAY.
But hey, if you’re in the mood for a heart-crushing, sob-inducing story this book is perfect for you.
Seriously though, this is a truly beautiful novel. I can tell Jennifer Niven put a lot of heart into, you go through such a journey with the characters.
Don’t have a review for this one because at the time of finishing I was unable to form full sentences 😦 sorry
Think of your favorite romantic comedy. Got it? Now slap it into book form. Add quirky roommates and an insanely relatable college student. That’s Fangirl for you.
Though it’s got plenty of humor, it talks about some real hardships and adds plenty of drama.
Read it unless you hate pleasure and laughter in your life. If you’re in that kind of funk, maybe number 7 is better suited for you.
That feeling. You know the one. It’s barely describable. Your heart opening, your chest bursting with brightness. All I can really identify is the cause—coming of age stories. And this, Just One Day, is the very best kind.
With intense and spontaneous traveling, I find it hard to believe that anyone could escape its magic.
I don’t have a review for this because I’m dumb and busy but mostly dumb 😦 sorry
10. Mosquitoland by David Arnold
Diversity. Adventure. Road Trips. Drama. Perfection.
I WANT THE WORLD TO READ THIS BOOK.
If everyone just read it, the world would be a better place I swear. And David Arnold, bless his soul, would get all the recognition he deserves.
Wait. Scratch that. I don’t just want the world to read this book. I want the world to kiss the feet of David Arnold. Then, I’m sure, he’d have a solution for the world’s problems. Or at the very least, he’d write another book.
What are your favorite books of the year? Have you read any from this list? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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