I have some time to kill so I will do one more installment of my favorite weekly meme. I missed quite a few. I love making lists so this meme is right up my alley. I picked the most interesting to me so here we go.
On the June 10th edition of Top Ten Tuesday , we’re listing down the Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far This Year.
I’m not like a whole lot of you who put down 50-200 books to read for the year. I set smaller goals then adjust it as I step closer to it. Right now, I’m on 24 of 25. Almost there! (But really, if I finished all the books I started and not dropped them, I’m way over that number already.)
This list will be just 5 instead of 10 because these titles really are the best of the 24 I’ve read so far. In no particular order…
1. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Where have I been all these years? I can’t tell you how many times I skipped this book at used bookstores. I was tempted to pick it up handful of times but the teenage me was easily turned off by “costumed romances”. Heh, how times change, yeah? I was sucked into the world so hard – just like when Claire fell through the stones of Craig na Dun. I fell so madly in love with Jamie Fraser… so hard. I’m happy that there are many more books in the series.
At the recent Diana Gabaldon book signing for Written in My Own Heart’s Blood, many of the other fans there said, “I envy you. You have the rest of the books ahead of you.” They are the sweetest bunch of fans and I’m so glad that I felt welcomed despite being a complete n00b.
Outlander is one of those epic books/series that you’re either a fan of or you don’t know about it completely. It’s also like A Song of Ice and Fire where you know that it’s a series but you’re too lazy to start it because the world is already too vast, the fandom too deep. But once you start that first book, let it take you places. And I dare you not to fall in love with James Alexander Malcolm McKenzie Fraser.
2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The one word to describe this book is “MAGICAL.” Magical. I went into this book with no expectations, no assumptions. I liked the cover and the title so I went for it. It’s the best decision ever! I think that even if you’re the kind of person who doesn’t have a very active imagination, you will still enjoy this. The author does an incredible job of describing things and places. The characters are so distinct and engaging. It’s just so magical. More so than Harry Potter. There, I said it. 😉
I’ve since added this to my list of recommendations. I want everybody to experience the magic of this book. I’m aware that it’s not for everybody but it’s definitely worth a try.
3. Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
I was so excited when Quirk Books sent me a free copy of this book. And I received, read, and finished it BEFORE the official release date! I managed to get my review up before that date as well. I give this book credit for getting me somewhat back into book blogging.
I loved this sequel to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I appreciated the character list included because I admit, I sort of forgot who was who in the last book. I did have to brush up on the events that happened at the end of Book 1 but it was easy to follow. Hollow City is definitely darker and more adventurous than its predecessor. I finished it in less than two days. And frankly, even without the deadline, I would’ve gobbled it up just as fast. My mom and my brother love this series as well so after I was done, it’s their turn.
Honestly, I’m in the middle about the possible movie adaptation for this book. Some days I want to see it. It has the potential to be good. But then again, I want the magic from the book to stay that way. I don’t want some director to show me how I’m supposed to see these children. Eh, idk. We’ll see.
4. Lexicon by Max Barry
This came as a surprise. I had no idea what I was stepping into when I started reading this. This is probably the cleverest book out of this bunch. I read a review somewhere that this is a “thinking person’s book” and I agree with that opinion. It’s intricate and definitely clever. It’s not a beach read, it’s not what you call “light reading”.
But it’s not too complicated that it becomes too hard to follow. In fact, it is becomes very engaging. And if the story isn’t working that well for you, just appreciate the brains put into this story concept. This is one of those books that will stick with you.
5. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
While everyone’s clamoring over Gone Girl, I decided to go for Gillian Flynn’s “less popular” title. After all, it also has a movie adaptation coming up starring Nicholas Hoult. Ms. Flynn seems to have hit the jackpot when her other book, Sharp Objects, is also up for a film version. I will eventually get to those too but for now, Dark Places, wowed me.
It has a dark and gritty vibe, like something out of a Law and Order episode. I can see it as a primetime series if not a movie. It’ll definitely work as a mini-series because there is so much backstory to explore. Come to think of it, I would’ve love it to be on TV. It could be either an AMC special along the lines of The Killing. It gave me that feeling while I was reading the book.
We’re halfway through 2014. I hope I can add to this “Best of” list in the coming months. I don’t plan my reading list so encountering hit-or-miss titles is what happens to me rather than scoring that win all the time.