I’ve only read 18 books so far so it will be pretty easy to choose my top ten so far, the only difficult part is putting them in order because there are so many wonderful books to mention. I shan’t count Storm of Swords as I’m currently reading it though it would likely be at the top.
1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern was a Christmas gift from Hanna in 2011. It’s the UK hardback and I’ve always been in love with it. Then the Fantasy Faction book club chose it as a monthly read so finally I picked it up and wow. This is a magical, gorgeous, amazing book and if you haven’t read it yet, go do so. I’m kicking myself for not reading it sooner.
2. The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson is the Brandonbot’s new young adult fantasy set in a kind of steampunk alternate world in which the United States are in fact a series of islands, the JoSeun empire (China and so on) conquered Europe, and magic exists in the form of Rithmatists, who draw chalk on the ground which comes to life. It follows a 16 year old boy who longs to be a Rithmatist but isn’t and it.. it is amazing. Seriously. Definitely feels like a Harry Potter for the new generation. I’ll be reviewing it for Clockwork Summer.
3. A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin I had to borrow from the library because my edition has teeny tiny text. This is book two of the series and is pretty wonderful.
4. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes absolutely wowed me during my chick lit reading mood. So, it’s more contemporary than chick lit, don’t for a second think this book is light and fluffy. It deals with big issues such as euthanasia and turning your life around and it had me in tears. I’d borrowed it from the library but Dan, the lovely guy he is, bought me a copy because I will definitely be rereading this one.
5. The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson is the best book I’ve ever read in which nothing much happens. There’s so much world-building and character development and we’re introduced to the history and magic of this world and it’s just so epic, but I wasn’t bored for even a second despite it sitting at over 1,000 pages long. I recommend you ignore the page count and give it a read because this is going to be a fantastic series and I can’t wait for the release of book two later this year!
6. The Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin came through from Gollancz Geeks and I pretty much devoured it. It’s dark and gothic and immersive and I loved every second of it. Its’ sequel, Dance of the Red Death, is out now and in fact if you come back on the 28th I’ll have an interview with Bethany as part of the UK blog tour!
7. A Passionate Love Affair With a Total Stranger by Lucy Robinson was sent to me for review back in.. January, I suspect? I wasn’t in the chick lit mood around the time so I decided to wait for the mood to strike and it took a while but I made sure I read this one when it did and it was, in fact, better than her first one. Funny and romantic, that’s what you can expect from the lovely Lucy Robinson.
8. The Clockwork Bluebird by Ravven is a retelling of an old children’s story which has been.. well.. Ravvenised. Throwing together the classic idea of children go on a grand adventure to fairy land and throw in a bit of steampunk and you have a wonderful little novel which will also be featured in Clockwork Summer.
9. Billy and Me by Giovanna Fletcher was another I read during my chick lit mood and it was a great read. Giovanna’s debut chucks away the cliché of girl in bad relationship meets guy, gets new and more fulfilling job and eventually ends up with new and nicer guy by simply telling us about Billy and the main character’s relationship and her life. It was sweet and a little heartbreaking, I loved it.
10. The Liberty Tree by Suzanne Harrington shattered my reading slump and introduced me to a new love of memoirs and contemporary fiction. It’s enticing and funny and sad all at once and is a very important book to me in 2013 so it deserves a spot on this list.
Which of these have you read? Do you agree with me? What are the best books you’ve read so far this year?