Wow, what a year! This might be my best year for reading ever. Which I’m pretty sure I said that last year too, but it’s even more true this year. I read so many books that could have been on this list. Six 5-star books is an all-time record for me, and there were countless four-star books that were a HIGH four stars. For the last three or four months every time I’ve had to bump a book off the list it’s been such a difficult decision. The books that did make the list have been re-arranged multiple times. For the first time since I’ve started blogging, this could have been a Top 20 list.
Yet, alas, for some reason I limit myself to a Top 10. So without any additional rambling, here they are, my favorite books of the year.
1. Bel Canto by Ann Patchet
This book gave me ALL of the feels. I connected with it on such a deep emotional level. Bonus points for the love of music that permeated the novel.
2. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
I didn’t used to believe in love at first sight, but I do now. ALL. THE. FEELS.
3. The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty
I have never read a fantasy novel like this one before. The setting, the mythology, the characters, it was all so unique and so GOOD.
4. With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
I love the characters. I love the way it was written. But most of all, I loved the way it made me feel.
5. The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas
Maybe the best time-travel book I have ever read. A character-driven murder-mystery that delves deep into the details of time travel theory.
6. Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
Library + swords + swoony romance + magic =<3
7. The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
Epic, exciting, romantic, smart, standalone, everything I want in a fantasy. Also, did I mention DRAGONS???
8. Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey
Finally, a romantic comedy that was everything I’ve always wanted! ❤
9. The Starless Sea
Erin Morgenstern is finally back, and she was worth the wait. I loved the way this was a story about stories, and they all felt so timeless.
10. Enchantée by Gita Trelease
Enchantée was magical, lush, romantic, and the feel-good YA book I needed this year. I loved it, and if you love the French Revolution you will too!