I’m going to cheat a little bit and do my top ten books of 2016/2017 because I’ve been gone for so long…so yeah, totally reasonable excuse….
1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
I read The Book Thief in 2016 and it was the best book I read all year. Perhaps even the best book I’ve ever read (I gush more about it in my review). I loved it so much that it caused me to hit a huge reading slump where I felt like no other book would be as good.
2. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
Fight Club is the book that got me out of my Book Thief induced reading slump. I read it in the summer of 2017 and I loved it so much! Definitely my best book of 2017.
3. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
I finished reading Milk and Honey by the beginning of 2017 and at the time I really enjoyed it. The end of 2016 was my first real attempt to get into poetry and it was nice to bring in the new year of reading with something different.
4. Othello by William Shakespeare
I read Othello in Winter 2016 as required reading for an English class I took at university. I think it may be in my top five favorite Shakespeare plays now.
5. Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley
Seconds was a required text for my Intro to Sequential Arts class at uni in 2016 and I’m so glad it was! I read the entire book in a few hours because I couldn’t put it down. Bryan Lee O’Malley’s characters always feel so real and relatable regardless of the fantastical plots.
6. The Darkest Part of The Forrest by Holly Black
Before I read The Darkest Part of The Forrest in 2016 I had little interest in Holly Black and ZERO interest in ‘Fairy Books’ (I had a bad experience with one that turned me off to the subgenre). However I really enjoyed the world that Black created and the total uniqueness of it. Her writing is now very inspiring to me.
7. A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry
I bought A Fierce and Subtle Poison in 2016 mainly because of the beautiful cover but the inside did not disappoint. I really enjoyed the use of magical realism in this book and would encourage anyone who hasn’t read it to give it a read.
8. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber
This short story was required reading for my “American Moderns” English class this past fall. I know it’s considered a classic among short stories and therefore might not interest everyone but it is a short read that is surprisingly relatable.
9. Paper Girls, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan
(Illustrated by Cliff Chiang and Matthew Wilson)
I read Paper Girls in winter 2016 and enjoyed 80s sci-fi elements as well as the girl group of characters. I would say the art and coloring stuck with me more than the plot but, it was a fun read regardless.
10. Wakefield by E.L. Doctorow
I happened upon “Wakefield” while on a road trip this summer. Actually, I happened upon the trailer for the movie adaptation. The trailer seemed so bizarre that I had to read the short story for myself and boy was it weird. Definitely not a story for everyone but the oddity of it really stuck with me.
I’d love to hear all about your Top Ten Tuesday (a bookish meme hosted every Tuesday by The Broke and The Bookish). Feel free to leave your TTT down in the comments and let me know what you thought about mine!