Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly themed post hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Each week features a different theme/prompt for which you come up with a list of 10 books/ideas. This week’s prompt is top ten favorite books I’ve read so far this year. This was a very easy list to come up with as I’ve read a lot of great books already this year and have found quite a few new favorites. Let’s take a look at what some of my favorite reads have been so far this year.
As always, title links will take you to Goodreads. I’ve also included links to my reviews. 🙂
If I had to choose my #1 favorite read so far this year, this would probably be the book I’d choose. I absolutely fell in love with the characters in this story and even though there were quite a few tough topics dealt with, it still managed to be a really heartwarming story. If you haven’t read this yet, I can’t recommend it enough, especially if you’re a fan of YA contemporary. Read my review.
I’m sure this will make it onto a lot of people’s lists this week (and rightfully so). This was such an amazing story and a very important one. I was really surprised by how it managed to make me both laugh and cry. I was expecting to cry, considering it’s a book about police brutality, but was not expecting to laugh nearly as much as I did. Angie Thomas definitely is an author to keep an eye on! I can’t wait to read whatever she writes next. Read my review.
This is another book that surprised me a bit. Honestly, when I first heard about it I wasn’t really interested in it. I eventually decided to request it on NetGalley because I saw a ton of people on Twitter talking about how much they loved it. Needless to say, I also fell in love with it. I loved seeing the main character, Anise, grow throughout the course of the novel and I fell in love with the love interest, Lincoln. Read my review.
I’m honestly surprised by how few bloggers I’ve seen talk about Nemesis. If you’re a fan of sci-fi thrillers, Nemesis is a must-read in my opinion. I truly had no idea what was going on in this story until things were revealed and I loved that it wasn’t easy to guess what was going to happen. Sure, there were some smaller twists that I figured out, but overall, it kept me guessing. Read my review.
Like Girl Out of Water, I wasn’t all that interested in this when I first heard about it, but couldn’t resist reading it when I heard a lot of people talking about it. Again I ended up requesting it and was lucky enough to be on the blog tour. This was such a fantastic story. If you’re looking for a realistic contemporary, this probably isn’t it – just because everything works out very well for everyone, haha. But it’s such a feel-good story and still manages to talk about important issues. Plus, it’s super diverse with one bisexual Asian-Australian (Is that a term…? I’m making it one if not, haha) MC and another MC who’s fat, autistic, and has anxiety. Read my review.
Yet another book that I ended up liking way more than I thought I would. This was such a cute and fun read. I mean, who wouldn’t love reading about people who work as princesses at what is essentially Disneyland? I flew through this book so quickly because it was so cute and impossible to put down. Read my review.
Bang is, once again, a book that I liked even more than I expected (I’m sensing a theme here…). I fell in love with the characters in this story and again, flew through it in just a couple of days. I’m so happy that I ended up winning an ARC of this because I don’t know if I ever would’ve ended up picking it up otherwise. Read my review.
I knew I was going to love this book, honestly. Right before I read this, I was craving a YA thriller and this certainly fit the bill. I also loved that the MC is Asian-American (she’s Thai, to be exact) and the book talked a lot about what it’s like to be a first-generation American and the struggle to fit in (both with American society and her Thai family). This finally released today, so grab your copy! Read my review.
A lot of you already know that I absolutely love Everly Frost’s Mortality series so I’m sure you’re completely unsurprised to see that the latest installment made this list. I loved getting to see Ava learn more about herself and start to accept her differences. Last I knew, the last book in this series is coming out in August and it will be so bittersweet to finally wrap up Ava’s story. Read my review.
I’ll fully admit that this is not the most well-written story but regardless, I really enjoyed it. It was a very interesting mix of cute and difficult topics. I absolutely loved the relationship between Samantha and Zach and I adored seeing an ex-Amish character in a YA book. Read my review.
I just realized that 8 out of 10 of these are contemporary novels which is pretty rare for me. I don’t usually read much of that genre, but I’ve been on a huge contemporary kick for the past few months and wow, does it show on this list, haha!