This is a meme from The Broke and the Bookish. For info about the topics and how to participate, click here.Before you get all huffy about this being last week’s topic – I did today’s as well. Yeah, TWO top ten lists on one day. So sue me, I love both topics and I had to catch up. I blame thesis hell. Anyway, so far this year I have read 54 books, and SO MANY that I just want to gush about all day. But, for a change, I decided not to cheat on this topic, and really show you my top ten new reads, according to my spreadsheet. Let’s go!
1. A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller
I know, this is still at the top of my list. But I can’t help it guys. I am still so enamored with this beautiful historical fiction. Feminism ftw. Chemistry like UGH YES. And above all, it was just a beautiful depiction of the suffrage movement and that era of history. Man, now I want to reread it.
2. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
Yes, another debut at the top of the list! I was equally enamored with this book, although for different reasons. The worldbuilding of this rich fantasy was just amazing and it sucked me in from page one. I loved the dislikable MC, and that romance, and the plot twist at the end, omgomgomg. Right, I should read the Gilded Ashes novella soon…
3. The Falconer by Elizabeth May
ANOTHER debut, what what? No but seriously, this book was like an explosion of awesome. Aileanna kicks ass. I loved the worldbuilding and all the steampunk elements. And then, you know, KIARAN. Only… such a cruel ending. ;_____; I’m still not healed. I need the next book.
4. On the Fence by Kasie West
Kasie West is seriously the master of feels and fluff. I absolutely adored this contemporary romance from start to finish – and yeah I needed it in my life so badly, I read it 4 months early. And I didn’t even care. It was feelsy goodness and I shipped it SO HARD. It’s the best friend romance I always wanted.
5. Emma by Jane Austen
What’s that? A classic on my top ten list? Yeah, I’m a rebel, and I don’t care. Emma is freaking beautiful, okay? I’m so glad we read this for book club, because I know I otherwise wouldn’t have had the patience or motivation. But yeah, though it’s a massive novel, Emma and Knightley are absolute magic and I loved it.
6. The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet
This was my first BEA read! I was so happy to pick it up there, and Gillian and I actually started reading it the same day, when we left BEA to go relax at the Highline. Feels feels feels. I just love how they captured the voice of Lizzie in the web series and made the story so much more complete. All the scenes with Mr. Bennet are pure gold. Also, “Lizzie, come back to bed.” My heart will never get over that.
7. Split Second by Kasie West
Another Kasie West book. You shouldn’t be surprised by now. But I mean. I mean. Really. Not only do I just love the semi-paranormal world of the Pivot Point series, she just creates such wonderful characters. And also, Laila and Connor happened here. God do I love that ship.
8. Faking It by Cora Carmack
This book cemented my love for Cora Carmack. I love how she does New Adult, because it is romance and it is hot, but there’s just so much more substance to it without it going the road of super tough subjects. That being said, this book did have its heartbreaking moments and I did have massive tears in my eyes and heartache at the end. Buuuut the ship. The ship is so fabulous, and I would reread this one in a second.
9. Eon by Alison Goodman
I can’t believe I put off reading this one for so long, because it’s a serious must read for all fantasy fans. Alison Goodman has amazing worldbuilding skills, and I love how she built off of Chinese mythology in this book. Also dragons. Also diversity: disabled MC and transsexual side character. It was just an epic page turner. Can’t wait to read Eona next week!
10. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
I listened to this audiobook prior to and during my trip to New York and it was just super super fun. I can’t imagine ever finding a better audiobook, because this one is narrated by Wil Wheaton, who is just totally epic. His voice + all the geekery = heaven. Full review on this one to come soon!
Honorable Mentions: The Art of Lainey, A Game of Thrones, Ask Again Later, Losing It, and The Archived (Review coming soon!)