Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by those awesome ladies at The Broke and The Bookish. Today we get to chat about our favorite books of the year. Lordy, is it already time to do this? Time to rehash the year? I’m only happy to comply, though I fear I may be blabbing about the same books I’ve been blabbing about…well, all year actually.
1. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson– I know. Surprise!!! Read this book, please, for the love of everything holy. It is absolutely breathtakingly beautiful.
2. I’ll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan– Have you read this yet? Why not? I love this book so much. It blew me away.
3. Divergent by Veronica Roth– I’m not someone who believes in cursing, but trust me when I tell you that there really is no other way to say it: This book is bad ass.
4. Anna and The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins– It’s a happy feel good book that is actually really funny and well-written. And oh-so romantic.
5. Lola and The Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins– You guys, I couldn’t choose between Anna and Lola, so I put both books. This one is like a sweet, warm hug with adorable characters that I want to be my best friends. Also, Cricket Bell may be the cutest, most loveable nerd I’ve “met” in a loooong time. (I love nerds, probably because after years of wishing I were cool, I’ve come to the realization that I am a mega nerd).
6. Delirium by Lauren Oliver– Tore. My. Heart. Out. All the way. I love Oliver’s writing style. I could eat her words for dinner.
7. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness– Ugh. It still makes my heart ache. Still!
8. Where She Went by Gayle Forman– Sequels can be so bad, such a let down. But this book was absolutely beautiful. It was striking and lovely. I look at this one and If I Stay as one story, but if I had to choose which I loved more, it may be this one. But don’t make me choose!
9. We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han– Again with the sequels. They can be so tough sometimes. But I love Han’s smooth, seemingly effortless style (I’m sure it takes tons of effort, but it flows so beautifully it just feels natural). I love the characters who piss me off, break my heart and make my soul smile. This book was such a good ending to a series I adore.
10. Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta– It took me forever to read this one (which is crazy because I LOVE THE PANTS OFF Jellicoe Road) and when I finally picked it up, I knew it would be one I’d love for a lifetime. Marchetta’s writing is amazing as always and her story made me ache and laugh all at the same time. These characters are so hard to leave behind.
Oh, I’m sorry, did you really think I was going to stop at ten?
11. How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr– As with everything she writes, this book was perfect. Totally perfect.
12. Across the Universe by Beth Revis– I’m including this one because it grabbed me and it surprised me and took me on a journey that I never expected to like. But I loved it.