I sort dropped the ball on updating my book reviews on this blog, but in my defense...I just read too many darn books!
But, I am going to post the top books I read this year. These are mostly my 5-star rated books, which means I generally would recommend them to anyone who will listen. I also am throwing in a few 4-star books as honorable mentions. And for what it's worth, I am pretty stingy with my star ratings.
I read 117 books this year, and only 9 received 5 stars.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
|I loved this on so many levels. First, she really nailed the twin relationship. And then the whole obsession with a fictional character/book series. Nailed that too. And there's Levi. Sweet, happy go lucky Levi. I will read anything that Rainbow writes. Call me a fangirl ;-) |
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancy
Talk about a page turner. I hate to call it an alien book. It's more like a post apocalyptic/alien/zombie story. This is going to be the next book I push on all my friends. The only downside is the long wait until #2 comes outs.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
What a beautiful story. It was worth the ugly cry.
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Wow. Fantastic story. I can't imagine the amount of research that went into this. It was a bit of slow start for me, with all the jargon, but I was quickly hooked and could not put it down. A great story of friendship.
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Wow. Just wow. I admit I put off reading this for a while because I thought it would be depressing. But it wasn't. I laughed out loud in some places. But mostly, it just makes you think about how little actions can mean so much to others. The way this story is told is just genius too. This should be required reading for high schoolers.
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
The end of the Divergent trilogy. Controversial ending, and as much as it hurt, she ended it the way she should have. Any other ending wouldn't have stayed true to the characters.
Honorable mentions to:
Finnkin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
Something Like Normal by Trish Doller
A book about a soldier who has returned home Afghanistan. I really liked the main character's voice because it felt authentic to me.
My Life After Now by Jessica Verdi
A story about a girl who makes a mistake that will change her life forever. Such a great book and not a topic you read about everyday.
The Scorpio Races, The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves, all by Maggie Steifvater
I will read everything she writes. Everything. I think Maggie writes the best relationships, and not just romantic relationships.