Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature from The Broke and the Bookish. This week we’re counting down our Top Ten Books We’ve Read So Far This Year. We’re almost at the halfway point of the year. Time to reflect on our favorite reads! Looking at my list, I liked a lot of heavy, emotional, contemporary but there are some light-hearted sweet moments in there as well.
Some of my early favorites (in no particular order) are:
1. The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding - This book is such a cute and touching read that pulls at your heartstrings. The LA setting and musical theater tie in is a treat, and there’s a wonderfully complex mother-daughter relationship.
2. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell – It’s Rowell’s year, isn’t it? E&P is set in 1986 and the title characters are outsiders that fit together and bond over comic books and music.
3. Just One Day by Gayle Forman – Allyson’s life path changes after a chance encounter with a Dutch actor on a school trip to Europe. Loved the Paris trip and how it affects the course of Allyson’s life, plus there’s all those yummy macarons.
4. Losing It and Faking It by Cora Carmack – Witty and fresh, and some of the best writing New Adult has to offer. In addition to the romance, there is a story here about life, careers, and relationships with friends and family.
5. If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch – Such a powerful read that is heartfelt, harrowing, and lovely all at once. It’s about abuse, survival and hope and adding it to this list was a no-brainer.
6. When you Were Here by Daisy Whitney – This is about grief and starting over again. When You Were Here has a male POV, a Tokyo & California setting, and a lovely platonic friendship.
7. Out of The Easy by Ruta Sepetys - Set in 1950s New Orleans, Out of The Easy has colorful characters and a spunky protagonist. There’s mystery, romance, and family drama with a great Bayou setting.
8.This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales - I read this one fairly recently and will review it closer to publication date in September. It’s about a girl who is having a rough time of it but finds solace through the art of DJing. Fab book for fans of music-themed YA.
9. Hopeless by Colleen Hoover – This book is heavy, heart wrenching and wonderful. I never actually found the words to write a review, but I’ll re-read it at some point and get my thoughts down. Just read it!
10. Golden by Jessi Kirby – This book is a story within a story, and ties in a town mystery with a girl’s journey of self-discovery.
Those are my faves so far – what books have stood out for you so far this year?