Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish wherein each week bloggers list out their Top Ten. It is amazing how half the year has gone by like this *snaps fingers* but I also feel like it has been a long time since the start of the year. (Time is weird) And of course, I have read some amazing books this year, and some okay ones and some not so okay ones. Anyway, what I am celebrating today is the best books I’ve read this year, so far – all of them have five-star from me and are highly recommended!
The finale to my favorite adult fantasy series Shades of Magic was pretty much guaranteed a spot on this list. Schwab went for glory and more, with our heroes racing to find a way to defeat an ancient piece of magic itself, while mending inter-personal relationships, and dreaming of better worlds.
A beautiful story about a fangirl and a creator, and living a virtual life along with a real one, Eliza and her Monsters was one of the two contemporaries that stood out to me this year. Zappia brings about the loneliness of a creator, the burden of expectations, and found families.
The prequel novel for the Stolen Songbird series, I really did not expect this to be as good as it was. Strong storytelling, excellent characters and a tragic plot.
Though I have only mentioned the first book here, every book in the quartet is amazing. A high fantasy series about mages and kingdoms. Series page here.
Another duology that surprised me was The Abyss Surrounds Us. It has gentle sea monsters, a f/f romance and pirates! Also check out its sequel, The Edge of the Abyss, which is equally awesome!
One thing you should know when it comes to Zentner novels – keep tissues handy. They are emotionally heart-breaking and heart-warming, and have beautifully rendered characters.
User is a graphic novel regarding the roleplaying games, and explores themes of identity and sexuality. Bonus: contains a genderqueer bisexual character as the protagonist!
You know I can never get enough of fairytale retellings and the strongest so far this year has been this retelling of Sleeping Beauty with a twist. Themes of sisterhood, agency and smashing the patriarchy!
The sequel to one of the strongest debuts last year, The Girl from Everywhere, this installment in the time travel series has you wondering – if you could change history, would you?