Top Ten Books I've Read So Far This Year

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Every week you write a list of ten things. This week the prompt is the Top Ten books you’ve read so far this year, and here are mine. Whoo.

Locke and Key: Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez
This is the first volume in the graphic novel series Locke and Key, and it’s so good. The artwork is really good. The plot is really good, it’s a really good set up for the rest of the series, the keys are intriguing and I am very excited to see how it continues. So excited.

The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There by Catherine M. Valente
This is the second book in the Fairyland series and there is more September and Saturday, and more Ell and we’re in Fairyland-Below and there’s so much darkness and awesome. September has grown from being a heartless child to becoming a teenager with sort of a heart and it’s just really good. I should just get to the third book as soon as possible. It’s fun.

Cress by Marissa Meyer
I thought Cinder and Scarlet were amazing, they’re really great, Cress is even better. It was great, Cress is an amazing character. Cress is a retelling of Rapunzel, and Cress has been trapped in a satellite for a long ass time. And she has found ways to entertain herself. She likes looking at earth, she likes Cinder, and she has a crush on Carswell Thorne, and it’s a sensational book. She has created her own little world and she’s slightly crazy from being locked away and isolated. She’s amazing. And it’s such a good book.

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
I didn’t know how rabidly I would love this book. It’s so good. I had it on my bookshelves forever, because I buy things, and then forget about them. Then I read them like five years later and I get extremely happy, sometimes. Anyways. It’s about a crew of conmen and it’s so good. It’s awesome. I’m babbling. I wrote a review, which I think is more coherent, possibly.

Necromancing the Stone by Lish McBride
I’m not gonna lie, I picked up the first book in this series based solely on the pun in the title. Because I am an idiot. Luckily they are friggin’ amazing. I don’t know why I love them so much, because there are things in it that would normally piss me off, shifting perspectives for example, don’t care. Sam is delightful, he’s tough and strong and he’s flawed and I love him, and he has the most pretentious of all the names, Samhain Corvus LeCroix, I LOVE HIM. And Lish McBride, she’s a genius. Anyway. It’s good.

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Mah. It’s incredible. There is a bit of a lull in the middle, but mostly it is freaking amazing. Kvothe is sort of an arrogant asshole, which to me is surprisingly part of the joy. I don’t know why I love unlikeable people, I just tend to do. Anyway, it’s about a young man named Kvothe, who can do magic and stuff, and it’s awesome. I’m going to read the next one soon, it’ll be great.

Odinsbarn by Siri Pettersen
This is a Norwegian book about an awesome badass of a girl. She’s an antihero in her way and she has to grow up being different, which I loved. It’s about Norse mythology, and humans are the ones who are different, which is really cool. Hirka is my new hero, and I can’t wait for the next book to learn more about her and what happens to her. So get it together Siri Pettersen, I’m excited.

Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness
It was an amazing conclusion to a great trilogy. There are so many things coming to a head. Things come together and things end and there are so many issues the characters have to work out. They made me think about different issues and how the world isn’t black and white and it’s wonderful and awesome and I loved it.

Moon Called and Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs
I’m cheating, but it’s fine. Moon Called is a book I bought sort of on a whim, it sounded interesting and I was buying other books on Better World Books and I needed another book to even out my order. Now I’m obsessed. I almost instantly bought the next book and they’re so good. Mercy is a great main character, the world Briggs has created is great, and the action just sucked me in and they’re so good!

Electrified Sheep by Alex Boese

I like weird science-y stuff. I like slightly inappropriate science, by which I mean, the scientists didn’t stop at the point of common decency where other people think, I should just leave this alone, we’ll never know. These mavericks of science think: if there’s no research into where beestings hurt the most I’ll find someone willing and sting them. They are champions. I love it.