This is crazy late. I know. I was very busy helping a friend out by babysitting her little one. I actually went most of a week without reading a single book! I did very little homework. So needless to say, this week’s posts got a bit delayed. I guess better late than never though! Here is the list of the best things I’ve read this year so far.
1. The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson – This is one of the best YA series I’ve ever read. it is unique, doesn’t try too hard and has compelling characters that have enough flaws to seem read. If you haven’t picked this series up yet, check it out!
2.Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – If you are a gamer or really enjoy pop culture of the 80s and 90s, this book is a great read. I loved the way the book dealt with the real world versus the game world.
3. Shade’s Children by Garth Nix – This was one of the darkest and most gory YA books I have ever read but the storyline really made it completely necessary to the storyline. It is one of those stories that sticks with the reader long after the book is finished.
4. Agenda 21 by Glen Beck – WOW. This book is a chilling reminder of how bad big government and its control can get.
5. Redshirts by John Scalzi – This was a great read. If you are a fan of good (or bad) science fiction, this book is a hilarious read. This star trek spoof deals with the likelihood of those wearing redshirts to die more often, especially when they have only been around for a few episodes.
6. The Road by Cormac McCarthy – Okay, this is the novel that all other post-apologetically novels should be measured by. The depth and range of emotions expressed in this book is phenomenal, let alone for a book where the world is ending. Good luck finding a copy that isn’t expensive but worth every penny. I got my copy from the library but it will be joining my collection.
7. Magisterium by Jeff Hirsch – This is a unique YA story in a sea of three basic plot lines (vampires, werewolves, dystopian societies) where half of the world is governed by the laws of physics and they think that the world beyond the barrier is a nuclear wasteland. When they find out that is not the case, nothing will be the same again.
8. Rise by Anna Carey – The conclusion to the Eve trilogy which was such a fun read. I was sad to see this one end. This trilogy is worth the read.
9. Crewel by Gennifer Albin – This is one of the more unique stories I’ve read. The idea of world manipulation as working with cloth was interesting.
10. God Save the Queen by Katie Locke – This book was just a really fun read. It’s a bit steampunk, a bit urban fantasy and lots of British. It’s a fun romp and worth a read if you aren’t squeamish.
What are your favorite reads this year so far?