It’s Tuesday and I thought I would participate in this weeks Top Ten Tuesday topic. TTT is created and run by the Broke and the Bookish – you can find out more and check out their blog here. This week is a Freebie Week so you can pick your own topic or choose from all the past topics. The topic I have chosen are my favourite books of 2016 so far. These are books that I have read this year – some were released this year and others were not. Honourable mentions go to The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu (full review) and Green Rider by Kristen Britain.
Age of Myth / Michael J. Sullivan
This was one of my most anticipated books of this year and it did not disappoint. I find Sullivan’s writing very easy to read and enjoy, so I had faith that I was going to love this book. The setting, plot and characters were all great – my favourite characters would probably be Suri and Minna. It was entertaining, as well as engaging throughout the book – definitely recommend. I am very much looking forward to the next book in the series. I don’t have my physical copy yet so the picture used is from its Goodreads page.
Dune / Frank Herbert
I finished this one last week, after being on my shelf for quite some time. I am very glad I finally decided to pick this up. It is definitely considered a classic for a reason. It is said by many to have laid the foundations of science fiction books. I loved it. It is dated but really that is to be expected since it was written about 50 years ago. The world building is fantastic and the plot is engaging throughout. You can check out the full review here.
Fudoki / Kij Johnson
I read this at the start of the year after seeing it on Marisa’s (littlespider9) channel. Definitely go and check her out – it is one of my favourite Booktube channels. Anyway back to the book. I absolutely adore this book – it is an incredible mix of historical fiction and fantasy. I have a full review which you can check out here, if you are interested. I highly recommend this book – it definitely deserves more love.
In Order to Live / Yeonmi Park
This is such an important book as it really opened my eyes to the conditions in North Korea. I was aware of it but I knew very little in detail. This showed me how bad it is and the extent of the brainwashing that goes on in that society. It is written in a very accessible way and you don’t need any prior knowledge of North Korea. I think everyone should read this book. I also highly recommend Real Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick.
Morning Star / Pierce Brown
An amazing conclusion to a great trilogy. There were so many twists and turns in this trilogy (and book). I was very satisfied with how this book ended the series. I loved all the Darrow and Sevro sections. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I highly recommend this trilogy. I kind of want to reread the trilogy soon.
Ship of Destiny / Robin Hobb
I am slowly making my way through Robin Hobb’s books and this is the third and final book in her second trilogy. This was such a great conclusion to an amazing series. I enjoyed these more than the Farseer trilogy books. The character growth/development in the trilogy is one of my favourite things about this trilogy and the concept of a Liveship is a really interesting (and unique) one. I am very much looking forward to reading the next trilogy, which is the Tawny Man trilogy. I have a non spoiler review of the whole trilogy which you can check out here.
The Bone Queen / Alison Croggon
I absolutely adore the original Pellinor series so when I found out there was a prequel I was beyond excited. It follows Cadvan in his earlier life and it was amazing. I loved being back in this world with old and new characters. Since I have reread the Pellinor series so many times, it was amazing to come back to Croggon’s writing and story. I highly recommend the Pellinor series and the prequel book – seriously go read them.
The Count of Monte Cristo / Alexandre Dumas
I can finally say that I have read this book! It has been sitting on my shelf for quite some time now, as the size has kind of been intimidating me. Although it did take me a little while to get into the books and I initially had a little trouble at keeping track of characters and plot points, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I really enjoy Dumas writing. The characters were all interesting, although the other characters lacked a bit of depth when compared to Dantes, and the plot is engaging throughout.
War and Peace / Leo Tolstoy
I actually picked this up after seeing the first few episodes of the BBC adaptation and really enjoying it. This was a book that I never thought I would read. My dad has been trying to get me to read it for years, but I always thought it would be too dense/ confusing and that I would struggle with it. I am happy to say I was wrong. It does take a little bit to get into the writing style and to get used to the names but after a few chapters you should settle into the rhythm. The characters are extremely well written and interesting. Please don’t be intimidated by the size. You can check out my full thoughts here.
Wise Man’s Fear / Patrick Rothfuss
This is the second book in the Kingkiller Chronicles. Once again, I really enjoyed this book. In my opinion it did drag abit in some places, but overall I love this series. There are some very interesting characters and I love the University setting – I initially missed it when Kvothe goes off for abit but it was great seeing the new setting/cultures. This is such a good fantasy series and I am so excited for the third book comes out, whenever that is.
There you have it. My 10 favourite books from the 60+ books I have read so far this year. I apologise if I was a bit repetitive in this post – I’ve been trying so hard not to say ‘I really enjoyed this, I really enjoyed that’ too much, so hopefully it wasn’t too bad. I have read some pretty great books so far this year, so here is hoping that I continue to read great books throughout the rest of the year. Let me know some of your favourite books you’ve read in the year so far – maybe I’ll find some recommendations :). I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.