Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Top Twelve Books I've Read So Far This Year

I'm participating in today's Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  This week's prompt is:

Top Ten Twelve Books I've Read So Far This Year

It was fun for me to go back and see what I've read so far this year.  In the interest of full disclosure, I've reviewed 22 books so far this year.  Of those, here's how my ratings currently stand:

  • no books received 1 or 2 star ratings
  • ten books received 3 star ratings (anywhere between 3 to 3.75 stars)
  • eleven books received 4 star ratings (anywhere between 4 to 4.75 stars)
  • one awesome book received 5 stars

I've dished out low ratings before, but apparently no books I've read yet this year were bad enough to warrant it.  Also, I've got a top 12 list instead of a top 10 list because I had a four-way tie in the end.  Here's my highest ranked books of 2014 so far, with blurbs from my reviews:







What are the best books you've read so far this year?  Also, can we take a moment to freak out over the fact that 2014 is nearly halfway over?!?

12 comments:

  1. The Elite (the sequel to The Selection) is in My TTT this week too. Such a guilty pleasure but I loved it!

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    1. Agreed! That series was just plain fun. Glad you liked it too!

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  2. Great list. I am hoping to start the Ruby Red series very soon so I am very happy to see that it made your list. I loved the Under the Never Sky series and kind of cheated by including the WHOLE series as one slot on my list. I loved that whole series and thought that Into The Still Blue was the perfect way to end that series.

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    1. I adored the Under the Never Sky series! So glad you liked it too! Hope you enjoy Ruby Red. That one made me laugh really hard!

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  3. YES! The Assassin's Curse was SO good and I feel like it is such an underrated book! I also loved that you picked The Winner's Curse. I almost put that one on my list! Arin was so swoon-worthy! :D

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    1. Yes!! I loved The Assassin's Curse!! I wish more people knew about this duology. It's just so entertaining! And AMEN to what you said about Arin!!

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  4. There are so many amazing looking books on this list. And I haven't read any of them. Argh! I need to find them and devour them all. Cassandra Rose Clarke's books have such amazing looking covers and I love the look of Vessel.

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    1. Ooh yes! I highly recommend Cassandra Rose Clarke! If you do read it let me know, because I would love to gush with you. :) And ditto to Vessel. Such a great read, and not as well known as I wish it were!!

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  5. I just finished "Attachments"... I DIE. One of my favorite books I've read in AGES. Witty, clever, heart-wrenching, heart-warming, heart-happy book. I loved loved loved it. Everyone should read it YESTERDAY. Just started "Fangirl" (well, I'm like 1/3 done) and I'm not loving it as much but it's still great. Dang gina, that Rainbow rocks at characterization. She's like a wizard. Her characters are incredibly real and relatable. And I like Cath...but I can't help feeling that Simon Snow is a Harry Potter knock-off and that bugs me somehow. (P.S. Do you think her name is really Rainbow?)

    "The Assassin's Curse" is one I'm saving for my next vacation because I'm so excited for it that I sort of want to delay it so I have something to really look forward to. You know how I felt about Edenbrooke. LOVED it. My friend calls it "Mormon Porn." I need to get to the other books on this list though!!

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    1. Aaaaahhhhh I have so much to say in response to your comment!! So glad you read Attachments and even glader that you loved it!! Such a great book. I was kind of afraid you wouldn't like it because I thought the epistolary bit might bug you, like the Potato book did. But, yes, I agree, Attachments is awesome, and I'm so glad you liked it. I loved everything, but the ending. I just felt like the ending was not *quite* as awesome as the rest. Still, I thought it was a really phenomenal read.

      Between the two, Fangirl is my favorite. It felt like reading an autobiography of myself. The Simon Snow parts didn't bother me, but I've read reviews from others who say that Simon Snow is the book's weakest part, and just skimmed over those passages. Keep reading. If nothing else, you'll be blown away by Rowell's incredible characterization. (I kind of doubt her name is really Rainbow, but don't know for sure either way.)

      SO EXCITED FOR YOU TO READ THE ASSASSIN'S CURSE. That duology is right up your alley. I predict that you'll love it. It does feature pirates, after all.

      That is a pretty funny nick name for Edenbrooke. That was certainly an entertaining read. Let me know what you read next! (For you, might I suggest Vessel?)

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  6. This just in: her hippie parents actually named her Rainbow.

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