Best Books of the Year So Far…

Hey peeps.

So back when I was lost in a fog of work and Outlander re-reading, I missed this Top Ten Tuesday topic of  “Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far This Year”, and now that I have time and we’re officially half-way through the year, I figure I’d finally throw my list up here as well. (Also, I don’t like today’s prompt about classics because I feel like I’ve done it before… which may or may not be true.)

So, here they are – my ten faves from the first half of this year.





1. Buck by M.K. Asante – This is easily one of the best autobiographies I’ve ever read. Disturbing and inspiring.

2. Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana GabaldonOutlander book 8! I just finished it, and happy to say that I loved it.

3. Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb – I really enjoyed this fantasy novel, and typing this makes me really want to continue on with the series. I’ve had the second book on my shelf waiting for me.

4. Manhattan Projects by Jonathan Hickman & Nick Pitarra – I’ve only read the first two volumes so far, but this graphic novel series is DELIGHFULLY nerdy.

5. Chew by John Layman & Rob Guillory – I’ve read all 8 volumes now and can’t wait for the next one. Chew is definitely my favorite graphic novel series so far. I’m so glad I gave it a try!

6. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison – I don’t know what to say about this one that hasn’t already been said by others, and probably better than I could. But it’s beautiful and sad and just an amazing book.

7. The Humans by Matt Haig – I was suprised at how much I loved this book, considering I picked it up on a whim. But what’s not to love about a alien hitman coming to Earth and learning what it is to be human?

8. Fool by Christipher Moore – It’s Moore. It’s hilarious. Enough said.

9. Smarter Than You Think by Clive Thompson – My fave non-fiction read so far this year, about how technology is not completely dumbing us down.

10. The Martian by Andy Weir – All the raving you’ve heard about this book? It’s true. I absolutely loved it and am psyched to hear there’s a movie in the works.


What’s on your favorites list for this year? Have you read any of these?







  1. I’m reading The Bluest Eye in August – very excited! I remember your review and have been eyeing (pun intended) it since. A few more in your list I should really give a go to – The Martian, Smarter Than You Think. So glad you enjoyed Assassin’s Apprentice!


    1. Ha. Riv I think you’ll LOVE The Martian. We seem to share a fondness for space books, and I just loved it. I even got the audio from the library and started listening to it while driving, even though I had already read it.


    1. ME TOO. That’s what I was hoping for the whole time. Me and my sis are meeting up tomorrow so we can talk about MOBY b/c she just finished it today, and I wish we could like beam you over to hang with us and talk about it!


  2. I’ve been eye-balling The Martian so I think I will pick it up after all. And I love Matt Haig! The Radley’s was one of my favourite books I read last year so I will definitely be picking up The Humans. Thanks!


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