The best books I’ve read so far this year. Go on, fangirl.
The best books I’ve read this year, huh. I’ve read quite a few actually. I make it a point to not continue books if they’re not working out for me because there’s no point in torturing myself when other great books await my pleasure. That said, there have been some that I’ve liked more than others. Mind you, I have read about 295 titles in total up till now so there are a lot. Here is an abridged list.
- This Is Sadie by Sara O’Leary and Julie Morstad. Picturebook. Amazing.
- This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner. YA novel. Science Fiction.
- Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge. YA. Fairytale retelling.
- The Water and the Wild by K. E. Ormsbee and Elsa Mora. Middlgegrade. Fantasy.
- The Rabbit Back Literature Society by Pasi Ilmari Jaaskelainen. Adult bookish fantasy. Translated by Lola Rogers. Pushkin Press.
- Gretel and the Dark by Eliza Granville. Crossover. Fairytale. Holocaust.
- Egg & Spoon by Gregory Maguire. For all audiences. Russian fairytale. Retelling of The Prince and the Pauper.
- The Vine Basket by Joseanne La Valley. Middlegrade. Realistic fiction.
- Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor. Last in a trilogy. YA fantasy.
- A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman. YA verse novel.
- The Seven Realms quartet by Cinda Williams Chima. YA high
- The Crossover by Kwame Alexander. Verse novel. Middlegrade.
- All That Glitters by Holly Smale. YA realistic.
- Uprooted by Naomi Novik. Crossover. High fantasy.
- The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge. Middlegrade. Fantasy.
I have to remember them all… wow… my mind always draws a blank on these lists.
- The Airborne series by Kenneth Oppel :)
- The Theodosia series by R.L. Lafevers
- We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen
- The Thickety by J.A. White
- Seraphina and Shadowscale by Rachel Hartman
- Egg & Spoon by Gregory Maguire, I also really liked this!
- Sisters and Smile by Raina Telgemeier… and I’m sure there were more graphic novels…
- Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer – yup, I hadn’t ever read it before but I got to it this year!
- Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
- Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
- …. there are more!
*stares at hands* I am starting to doubt if I really do love fantasy as much as I say I do. *broken whisper* Who am I? O_O
- Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older
- All the Rage by Courtney Summers
- The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma
- The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds
- Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz
- Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
- Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero
- None of the Above by I. W. Gregorio
- Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed
- The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
- An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
- Every Breath trilogy by Ellie Marney
- SuperMutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki
- X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon
- Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
I’m going to interpret this as best books I’ve read for the first time this year. I do a lot of rereading (can you truly love a book if you don’t have at least a few lines memorized?), and without this interpretation my list would be rather longer.
- The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
- The Water of Possibility by Hiromi Goto
- Monstrous Regiment and Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett
- Fearless Girls, Wise Women and Beloved Sisters: Folklore from Around the World compiled by Kathleen Ragan
- The Darkest Part of the Forest and The Coldest Girl in Cold Town by Holly Black
- Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson
- The Company They Keep: C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien as Writers in Community by Diana Pavlac Glyer
- Hope and Other Luxuries by Clare Dunkle
- Elena Vanishing by Elena and Clare Dunkle
- The Hollow Kingdom by Clare Dunkle
- Ms. Marvel: Generation Why by G. Willow Wilson, Jacob Wyatt, and Adrian Alphona
- Summer Birds: The Butterflies of Maria Merian by Margarita Engle and Julie Paschkis
- Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People by Monica Brown and Julie Paschkis
- Winter is Coming by Tony Johnston and Jill LaMarche
- Uprooted by Naomi Novik
- Owls and Other Fantasies, A Poetry Handbook, and Thirst by Mary Oliver
- Wishing for Tomorrow by Hilary MacKay
- The Hidden Agenda of Sigrid Sugden by Jill MacLean
I’ve started Egg and Spoon, but it’s taking me a while to really enjoy it. I’m hoping I get sucked into it quickly from this point on. And Steph, the Theodosia series… Awesome!!!
I think the narrative picked up exponentially (for me) once Baba Yaga came on this scene. One of the more memorable characters in literature, definitely.
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