First of all I just want to apologise for being so behind on posts and comments again, I know you guys all understand but I just wanted to say something because I seriously miss being able to sit down and read all your posts. Real life has just been a mess lately.
It’s been almost a month since I’ve done a Top Ten Tuesday, what even? This week’s topic is: “Top Ten Favorite 2016 Releases So Far This Year” but because I’ve only read like three or four 2016 releases – like normal I’m changing things up!
Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!
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TenTwelves Books I’ve Read So Far This Year
I’ve talked about nearly all these books a million times so I’ll try and keep this post as short as possible! I rated all these books 5 stars and linked to my review if there was one!
Covers = Goodreads
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – I think this book should be required reading. If you’re familiar with feminism then this might not be anything groundbreaking for you, but I think it’s a fantastic book for anyone who’s new to feminism and ESPECIALLY for people who associate feminism with negativity. It’s only 60 pages. Read it. Or even watch the TED talk that Chimamanda did.
In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken – Series endings are always nervous and especially when it’s a series you love with all your heart and soul. Despite having my heart ripped out by this series and book multiple times I couldn’t have imagined it ending more perfectly.
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman – I talk about this all the time, but it’s because it’s honestly one of the most important books I’ve ever read. It’s such an important portrayal of how people (especially women) with mental illnesses are treated (or lack thereof). It changed my life and I’ll never forget it. See my review here.
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff – Yeah. Do I even need to say anything? See my review here.
milk and honey by Rupi Kaur – An amazing collection of poetry that deals with sexual abuse, feminism, relationships and healing. It’s confronting and heartbreaking and beautiful. I can’t recommend it enough if you’re a poetry fan. See my review here.
You by Caroline Kepnes – Excuse my language, but this book is the definition of Fucked Up™. I am extremely desensitised when it comes to all things disturbing in fiction, but this book had me beyond creeped out. I won’t say too much because I’ll hopefully have a review up soon but DAMN. So many times I found myself forgetting what this book was really about – which is a crazy stalker.
The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis – This book was wonderful. It was such a great portrayal of grief with healthy and realistic friendships and no absent parents. The way everything came together in the end was so beautiful and the last few pages made me sob my eyes out. It’s also an Australian YA and Will Kostakis is AMAZING so it gets extra bonus points for that. See my review here.
A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry – I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this and I read it one sitting. I loved it so much. It’s about a girl who lives in Puerto Rico who’s rumoured to be a kind of green-skinned plant monster and a boy who becomes entangled with her. The setting is basically a character of it’s own because it feels so alive. There’s so much amazing Spanish folklore and legends woven through the story. I loved it so much. See my review here.
Night Film by Marisha Pessl – I haven’t been able to stop thinking about this book. It was so much more than I was ever expecting. There’s so many layers and twists and an amazing friendship group. I loved it so much. Just writing this now is making me emotional. So many times I forgot that Cordova wasn’t actually a real person. See my review here.
The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan – This book made me so happy. Definitely one of mmy favourite reads ever. I know some people are over this world, but not me. I will NEVER get sick of it. This was amazing too because for the first time we’re inside a God’s head. Apollo was everything I wanted him to be and more. It was such a fun read and bought up a lot of important issues. See my review here.
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson – This graphic novel gave me a book hangover. After I finished it I looked up some fanart and started crying. It’s such an incredible take on the whole Hero Vs. Villain trope. Noelle Stevenson completely turns the whole concept on its head. Nimona is also one of the most fascinating complex characters ever. This will break your heart though, jsyk. See my review here.
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater – Just like Illumine I don’t ever shut up about The Raven Cycle series. It’s so hard for me not to talk about how much I love it. Again, this book was just a perfect series ending for me. I know some people had issues and so did I, but overall I feel liked the ending suited the entire mystical and magical feel of the book. There’s no way I could have given this any less than 5 stars especially with how much I love Blue and her stupid Raven Boys. I’ll stop talking now before I start crying. See my review here.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on any of the books I mentioned! What’s been your favourite read of 2016 so far? Feel free to link me to your own TTT post so I can drop by!
Hope you’re all having a fantastic day xx