Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic:
Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far in 2015
These are the stories I enjoyed the most thus far. I didn’t give them all 5 stars on Goodreads for various reasons but they are all gripping and I enjoyed them immensely. They are listed in the order that I read them.
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Summary: The story follows Seraphina, a musically gifted girl who’s half-dragon, as she accepts her identity and helps the Prince uncover a plot to destroy the peace treaty between humans and dragons.
Why I enjoyed it: This one was a reread. I liked it the first time I read it back in 2012, but loved it this time when I reread it. What drew me were the world-building and Seraphina, who is both smart and brave and grows to appreciate who she is.
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
Summary: The Call of the Wild is told from the perspective of a dog called Buck, who is kidnapped from his home in sunny California and brought to the harsh, cold Klondike region to work as a sled-dog. The story tells how he slowly returns to his wild nature.
Why I enjoyed it: It’s entertaining and it’s different for me since it’s told from the dog’s perspective. Also, I like Buck. He learns quickly and easily adapts to his surroundings to survive. I also like London’s commentary on survival in the wild without the comforts civilization provides.
Between You and Me by Mary Norris
Summary: A memoir by a copy editor at the New Yorker.
Why I enjoyed it: I learned a lot. It’s informative and Norris’ witty prose kept my interest high throughout much of the book. Lots of tips within.
In Search of Lost Dragons by Élian Black’mor and Carine-M
Summary: This is a reporter’s travel journal in which he documents his travels throughout Europe and Asia as he searches for evidence of dragons and a lost group of explorers.
Why I enjoyed it: The beautiful illustrations. The story isn’t too bad but it’s worth the read just for the illustrations.
Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne
Summary: An eccentric scientist, his nephew, and a guide journey to the center of the earth, where they are marveled by what they see.
Why I enjoyed it: The dialogue, which is quick and highly entertaining. The narrator, who’s a bit sarcastic, especially when talking about his uncle. And the characters because they play well off each other; the personalities are well balanced.
Saga: Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan, illus. by Fiona Staples
Summary: A sci-fi/fantasy comic about two individuals from warring planets (a planet and its moon) who fall in love and have a baby. Both of their governments find out and try to kill them.
Why I enjoyed it: I love the story, the characters, the dialogue, and the illustrations. The story is gripping and dramatic and gory. The illustrations might be shocking to some but I like them.
Rat Queens, Vol. 1: Sass & Sorcery by Kurtis J. Wiebe, illus. by Roc Upchurch
Summary: A trippy fantasy comic about a group of female mercenaries who fight to protect their town.
Why I enjoyed it: It’s friggin dope. It’s somewhat unfiltered and the ladies are rude sometimes. They’re great fighters and they love to hang out and have a good time (drink and throw crazy parties). I love the characters! Love them! And I also love the art.
Unteachable by Leah Raeder
Summary: A girl falls in love with her high-school teacher.
Why I enjoyed it: The taboo and the prose, which is descriptive and poetic in some spots.
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Summary: Anna moves to France for school and ends up liking a guy who obviously likes her too.
Why I enjoyed it: Not sure. I didn’t expect that I would but I like the narrator and the writing style.
You by Caroline Kepnes
Summary: This is about a guy stalking a girl and it’s told in the second person from the stalker’s perspective.
Why I enjoyed it: Because it’s awesome. It’s great. And it’s the best story I’ve read all year (Unteachable comes in second). I love the narration and the voice.
So what’s the best book you’ve read this year? Share below.