I haven’t had as much time as I would have liked for reading this year, with essays and exams, but I have read some really excellent books and plan to do lots and lots of summer reading!
1. Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell.
How I loved this book! I really connected with Cath, and I felt this book explored the difficulties of starting college very truthfully. I also loved how it explored the wonderful world of fanfiction. Read my review of Fangirl here.
2. We Were Liars – E.Lockhart
This is an excellent read, beautifully written and with a very unexpected twist at the end. I loved it so much that once I finished I went right back to the start and read it all over again. Review coming very soon!
3. Attachments – Rainbow Rowell
This book made me laugh a lot, but it was also very moving. A warm hearted tale of friendship – I can’t wait for Landline, Rainbow Rowell’s next book.
4. Belinda – Maria Edgeworth
I read this book for one of my college courses, The Marriage Plot, and I absolutely loved it. This is one Jane Austen fans will enjoy, and has a fantastic character in Lady Delacour who has wonderful lines such as ‘Having told you my fortune, need I add, that I, or it, had lovers in abundance – of all sorts and degrees – not to reckon those, it may be presumed, who died of concealed passions for me.’
5, Apple and Rain – Sarah Crossan
This was one of the books I was really looking forward to reading this year, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. It is a very touching book, and I loved how Crossan worked the poems into the novel. Review coming very soon!
6. How They Met And Other Stories – David Levithan
I’m cheating a bit here as I have only just started this one, but I know it will be a favourite! It is a series of short stories about love, and is as wonderfully written as Levithan’s other work. Can’t wait to read more.
7. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making – Catherynne M. Valente
This is a wonderful fairytale adventure, with wry narration and a magical world. The illustrations are beautiful, and doesn’t it have a fantastic title? Read my review here.
8. Just Listen – Sarah Dessen
This is only the second Sarah Dessen book I have read, but I will certainly be reading more in future! This is one music lovers will enjoy, it also has an unusual romance, and deals brilliantly with sensitive issues. A very memorable read.
9. The Swan Thieves – Elizabeth Kostova
While I didn’t love this book as much as Kostova’s previous book The Historian, it was a very engaging read, and had plenty of art! The characters are very memorable, and I loved how the 19th century sub plot was weaved into the main story.
10. After Iris – Natasha Farrant
This was a very emotional tale, but also very quirky. I loved the Gadsby family, and can’t wait to read more of their adventures! Read my review here.
Post a link to your Top Ten Tuesday below and I’ll check it out, it would be great to get some book recommendations!