We are just about halfway through the calendar year and this week’s Top Ten Tuesday (original meme by The Broke and the Bookish) wants a list of the top ten books so far. This was an easier list to come up with as I went through my books posted on this site. I typically post my favorites or ones that I want to talk about. So, if you haven’t read these ten books already, add them to your piles. It was originally only going to be 2014 releases but then I was able to read some books that have been on my TBR pile and they were excellent! So I had to add those as well. I have a sneaking suspicion that some of the galleys I picked up at BEA are going to nudge out some on this list by the end of the year.
Meg Wolitzer made this this list twice. Once for her 480 page contemporary novel, The Interestings, about friendships that span decades, which is intelligent and relatable, as well as the much shorter 220 page novel The Wife, which opens with a bang and ends with a fabulous twist. I can’t believe I forgot to add The Wife’s opening line to my Top Ten Books that “had” me from the first line list the other week! It belongs there.
Dept. Of Speculation by Jenny Offill packs a literary punch in less than 200 pages. I can sum it up best by quoting a reviewer from Goodreads, “I underlined basically the entire novel.” 🙂
Trying my best to read more classics, I’ve only successfully read one this year. But it was a great one. Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier still lingers in my mind.
The best non-fiction/memoir I’ve read this year is Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed. It’s become my nightstand read as Ann from Books on the Table calls it. One that I revisit often when my life needs a “check-in”. I adore this book and plan to give it as gifts throughout the year.
Books about books is one of my favorite topics for a story. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry holds a special place in my heart. I loved everything about it. Everything.
I am a book snob when it comes to romance books. I don’t take recommendations very often because I know what I like and many romance novels don’t live up to my prerequisites. But I am a huge romantic by heart. There I said it! There is this lovely reviewer that I am friends with and follow on Goodreads (I won’t disclose her name) and she is a brutal romance reviewer. Brutal but much appreciated. Her reviews for the Fifty Shades trilogy are among my favorites causing me to spit out whatever I am drinking at the time. But her glowing review for Morning Glory by LaVyrle Spencer caught my attention. Once again, this reviewer did not let me down.
All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr is an epic historical fiction novel about two young people separated by war and have never met, but destined to. Beautifully written and one you don’t want to pass up.
An Untamed State by Roxane Gay was one of the most disturbing books I have read but the most enlightening at the same time. It’s that kind of book and Roxane Gay is now a writer I have added to my favorite authors list.
The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez is in the same vein as An Untamed State as a book that changed my world. It’s such an important book to be read right now. It’s relevant, heartbreaking, insightful and filled with stories of resilience and hope.