Good morning ya’ll! It’s Tuesdayyyy, so time for Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Since June is ALMOST OVER, the topic today is Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far In 2013. Holy crap on a cracker, I can’t believe we’re halfway through this year… Anyways, I love this topic because I’ve read 59 books so far this year and I have SO many good ones to fangirl about!
1. Retribution Falls (Tales of the Ketty Jay #1) by Chris Wooding – This is WITHOUT A DOUBT the best book/series I’ve read so far this year. Awesome, fantastic book about the crew of the airship Ketty Jay, with some steampunk elements. There’s adventure, piracy, gun fights, daemonism, golems, and a fun interesting cast of characters. Totally gave me book hangover because I wanted to read the second book ASAP. It’s funny, action-packed, and reminds me just a little bit of Firefly. LOVE IT.
2. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray – I read Vanity Fair with a readalong group and it was a good time. Definitely one of my favorite classic reads of the year, as I really enjoyed watching the cruel and calculating Becky Sharp try to make her way through high society. I STILL hear “Ladykiller” by Maroon 5 play in my head whenever I think about this book.
3. My Beloved Brontosaurus by Brian Switek - Honestly, I wanted to put almost ALL the non-fiction I’ve read this year on this list but I narrowed it down to this and one other. I was so pleasantly surprised that this book about dinosaurs was as interesting, funny, and engaging as it was. Did you know that evidence points to most dinosaurs having feathers? And that scientists are still debating about just how exactly giant dinosaurs like T-Rexes managed to get their groove on? Yeah, you should read this.
4. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan - I read this book alllll the way back in January and it was SUCH a delight! Whimsical, nerdy, full of mystery and at the core a celebration of books and book lovers.
5. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell – If you haven’t read anything by Rowell yet, you need to get on that immediately. The unlikely romance between chubby, outcast Eleanor and quiet, nerdy Park set against the backdrop of high school in the 80′s was tenderly sweet, heart-wrenching, and just SO GOOD. Read it in one day.
6. The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu - You might have seen my review for this one recently, but let me say it again – this book was so full of awesome! Overweight, middle-aged Roen’s life is going nowhere… until he wakes up one day hearing the voice of ancient alien Tao in his head. Tao needs Roen to get in shape and learn to be a secret agent in order to save humanity and help Tao’s race find a way back to their own planet. WIN.
7. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion – A book about a zombie and a human falling in love might seem silly, but Marion executes this perfectly. R is a zombie, and he’s lonely - he doesn’t remember who he used to be, and he can’t communicate with the other zombies because none of them can really talk. But when R sets his eyes on Julie something awakens inside of him that changes him and leads to changes among the entire zombie population. The writing was absolutely beautiful at times, and I’m already looking forward to re-reading this in the future.
8. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier - This is another classic that I’ve read this year and it was so great! Gloomy, mysterious, and wonderfully written. The author is a MASTER at setting up the scene, and I can see the estate of Manderley so vividly in my mind. I flew through reading this one.
9. Space Chronicles by Neil deGrasse Tyson - This is my other non-fiction pick. Astrophysicist Tyson puts together his interviews, articles, essays, and even poems about space and why continued human exploration of it is so important. With wit, facts, and insight he puts together an impassioned plea to give NASA the funding it so desperately needs, and it was just a fantastic read.
10. George’s Secret Key to the Universe by Lucy and Stephen Hawking – This is DEFINITELY the best kid’s book I’ve read in a long time. George has new next-door neighbors – Annie, and her scientist dad Eric. They have a special computer that can show George the wonders of the universe – in person. I’m so surprised by how much I enjoyed this – the story was fun and interesting and the book is sprinkled with factoids about space and full-color images of planets, asteroids, and more. My 8-year old nephew is reading it with his mom now and I hear he’s really enjoying it so far :)
BOOM! There we have it. I am just so excited to see what great reads the rest of this year has in store for me.
Any of these that you’re familiar with? What were some of your favorite reads of this year so far?