Midyear Favorites: Top 10 Tuesday
As of today I’ve read 57 books this year. They’ve been from a variety of genres, and run from a short comic collection all the way through to 500 plus pages. This week Top Ten Tuesday is looking back at the year to narrow down the best books we've read thus far.
Included in my top reads are three audiobooks, including one that served as a re-read, a book from 2016, two from 2017 and a lot of gems from 2018.
Trevor Noah, Born a Crime (audiobook)
I had been hearing amazing praise for months about this book and the audiobook in particular. I spent January of this year listening to Noah’s wonderful performance and enjoying every bit of his storytelling.
Jessica Knoll, The Favorite Sister
This book isn’t for everyone, but when I read an ARC in January I was blown away by this depiction of all the ways feminism fails to thrive in cultures that won’t allow it flourish. I am not a Real Housewives fan, and that might be why I actually enjoyed this book. Also, I now need to read a finished print copy as one of my biggest complaints was the lack of an ending and apparently that was incomplete in the unpublished version.
Truly Devious, Maureen Johnson
I love mystery books. It’s my go-to genre and I especially like a modern take on a mystery in a school setting. I appreciated Stevie as a main character, with her awkward social concerns, and the eclectic supporting cast is definitely my jam. I didn’t mind that the mysteries weren’t wrapped up at the end of the book as it meant I had more story to look forward to in the future.
We’re Going to Need More Wine, Gabrielle Union (audiobook)
As someone who watched a fair amount of 90’s pop culture movies, Union had already cemented herself a place in my heart. This audiobook was wonderful- I love memoirs read by the author, particularly if they’re performers. Union’s stories of sexual assault, sexual agency, and the spectrum of what it meant for her to be black in various communities in cultures was powerful and sometimes thought provoking.
The Last Time I Lied, Riley Sager
The kid in me who loved “Are You Afraid of the Dark”, R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike books is always hyped about mystery books that deal with summer camp settings. Maybe it’s also because I never got to go to summer camp myself. Sager’s follow up to last summer’s hit “The Final Girls” delivers another fantastic twist at the end.
The Immortalists, Chloe Benjamin
This book hit a couple sweet spots for me. One, it took place in cities that I’ve either lived in or visited, making it even easier to picture the scenes in my mind, even if they took place in eras before my time. Two, it dealt with the question of what it means to live, and how each person can decide what makes a well-lived life. There’s also stage magic and some unanswerable questions, which both delight me.
Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng
This hit title from 2017 finally made it off my TBR and into my hands this spring. It was such an engaging story about identity, what you claim for yourself and how other people see you. And as someone who isn’t a parent I thought the various looks at motherhood and the deep stakes attached to all of those aspects were absolutely fascinating.
Legendary, Stephanie Garber
I inhaled Caraval, loving the vivid descriptions and then the hint of mystery at the end of the book that left me itching for the next book. Though the reveal of Legend left me feeling a little perplexed, the introduction of new mythologies and more of the vivid details of the book left me dazzled.
The Outsider, Stephen King
This book felt like classic Stephen King. King is an autobuy author for me, but that doesn’t mean that I’ve loved every book of his that I’ve read. This however was chilling and yet occasionally heartwarming, especially when I was able to revisit an adored character from another King series.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Taylor Jenkins Reid (audiobook)
This book deserves to get included as a favorite even though it came out in 2017 and it wasn’t the first time I read it. This summer I listened to the audiobook instead of rereading my hardcover in preparation for a book club discussion. I already adored the story and the audiobook was a great format for revisiting.
What books did you fall in love with so far this year?
Next week I think I’ll have to talk about the books I’m most looking forward to for the second half of the year! Then come the end of December I can see whether or not the hope and hype led to a great read.