Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Top Ten Books I've Read So Far This Year

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Can I pick ten??? I'm not even sure. Until recently I felt that my 2014 reading was pretty lackluster, but the more I ponder, the more I think it hasn't been so bad!


The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin is just awesome. Compulsively readable and sweet and just totally worth a read. 

The Diviners by Libba Bray is my first book by Libba Bray. I sucked down this 500-page beast in no time. 

Tender at the Bone by Ruth Reichl is an excellent memoir and if you like food, BONUS!


The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins is a HUGE chunkster. This one was fun and felt like an achievement. 

Oracle Night by Paul Auster was a book that left me feeling iffy at first, but the more I think on it, the cleverer it gets!


Everyone needs some quick-reading graphic novels like...
Sweet Tooth by Jeff Lemire is my fave so far, and it's just the first volume!

Chew: Just Desserts (volume 4) by John Layman get more mysterious and quirk with every volume. 



And now for the depressing and profoundly affecting reads...
The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld was an odd mix of bruality and fantasy. Gorgeous!

Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison is heartbreaking but so worth the experience of stepping into this family's shoes. 

Beloved by Toni Morrison is a searing account of slavery and the effects it can have on each person it touches. Breathtaking and intense. 

41 comments:

  1. I didn't think I'd read *that* many amazing books this year too, but turns out I have 9 5 star reads. Now to pick the best 4 star...

    I got the first volume of Chew in a Humble Bundle so I will look forward to that.

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    1. That is awesome, Ellie! The right kind of surprise. Looking forward to your thoughts on Chew! It starts off super gross, but that part of it tends to mellow a bit as the series moves along.

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  2. I just had a friend finish An Untamed State, which was my best book of this year, and tell me that it reminded her of Bastard out of Carolina...so I guess I need to get reading that one!

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    1. Oohh!!! My ears are perked even more now. You definitely need to get to reading it.

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  3. Must read A.J. Fikry soon!! I had a hard time getting my list down to 10...

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    1. It's sooooo wonderful. There were more contenders for my list than I realized.

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  4. I haven't read any of those but do own Bastard out of Carolina. I need to get with it!

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    1. It's amazing and heartbreaking. I hope you appreciate it as much as I did, Kathy!

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  5. Yep - AJ Fikry and Sweet Tooth are on my tops of the year too!

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  6. You've read lots of great books so far this year. It's always nice to break up the chunksters with a graphic novel, I think. I hope to try one today. Carnet de Voyage.

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    1. Isn't it? I need to order the next volumes of Saga, Chew, and Sweet Tooth. They're all so good. I haven't heard of Carnet de Voyage! Must investigate.

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  7. I've never read Reichl, but she's been on my list for a long time. Sounds like Tender at the Bone may be a good place to start (+ I love food).

    And I need to read me some more Wilkie, stat.

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    1. It is a great place to start. I loved all the great stories about her childhood and how unlikely it was (given her mother's iffiness about food) that she came to love it so much.

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  8. I've been raving about The Diviners forever and it's exciting to find another person who enjoyed it. I haven't read any of the other books on your Top Ten, but The Enchanted looks intense. Definitely adding to the TBR.

    My Top Ten Tuesday

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    1. YAY! It was great, and I can't wait for the next book in the series to come out. When, oh when? The Enchanted is definitely intense and amazing.

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  9. Great list! I am probably going to get "The Enchanted" at some point this year. I loved "Beloved" last year—listened on audiobook read by Morrison!

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    1. Thanks, Kristin! Oohhh, I bet Beloved was breathtaking as read by Morrison. She has the best voice.

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  10. Oooh. Quite a few I've never heard of. I'll have to look them up. I never finished The Diviners but I do love the 1920's setting so I'll have to give it another go.
    Shaina @Crazy4Fiction
    www.crazy4fiction.com

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    1. I hope you'll give it another go! It took me a little bit to get hooked, but once I did....the rest was history. :)

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  11. Awesome to hear you enjoyed Morrison's Beloved. I recently read Sula, and really liked her writing style. She never tells you how to feel and it made Sula's story all the more haunting! I haven't heard of the rest of these books honestly, but will definitely check some of them out.

    C @ ahavenforreaders.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks so much! It was really a breathtaking book, and I have Sula sitting on top of my summer TBR.

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    1. Yayyyy! Now I need to read The Moonstone! Or would you suggest something else, Amanda?

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  13. Ah, Beloved. I had to read that for my senior year AP class, we spent months picking every.single.word apart and it kind of ruined it for me. I want to go back and read it as an adult to see if I like it better!

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    1. Ohhh, I bet that could ruin it. I read it as a senior, on my own, and just hated it because I didn't "get" it. Boo! I was talking to a long-time friend about books he likes to re-read at various points in his life to see how they age, and Beloved was one of them. A great choice, in my opinion.

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  14. I've had a good year so far, I've given 5 stars to 11 books so far (11 out of 39, not bad I think) But most of my reads this year have ended up at 4 because I kept feeling something was missing. I haven't read ANY of your top 10, they all look wonderful, Andi.

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    1. That's awesome! I also had that feeling of something missing, though I got stuck in a sea of threes for a really long time. THAT is even more frustrating than a slump, I think.

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  15. Great selection of books, Andi. The Enchanted in particular is on my list. I read and loved Oracle Night some years back, though I admit to being quite puzzled by it! Still, it didn't detract at all from its beauty.

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  16. The Enchanted is very high on my list of things to read next. In fact, I avoided your review so I would be reading it uncorrupted! Happy to see it made your top 10!

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  17. Oh, I LOVED Bastard Out of Carolina! What a great book--and deserving of a wider readership. AJ Fikry is definitely one I hope to get to.....

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  18. I enjoyed A.J. Fikry as well but probably a little too sweet to make my top ten list. I'm more excited to know that Paul Auster's other books are worth reading

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  19. I really liked AJ Fikry as well! Thanks for suggesting even more books I need to read! :)

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  20. Well you've had a great year so far, lady! Lots of great backlist titles on your list... And lots of things I need to hurry up and read!

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  21. I have been meaning to read A.J. Fikry forever…I need to get on it! Everyone seems to love it!

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  22. I loved Beloved! And The Diviners wasn't my favorite book, but I liked it too.

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  23. Ach. I haven't read any of these except for Beloved. I must live under a rock! :)

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  24. Sooooo many books I gotta read!

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  25. You've definitely convinced me to read AJ Fikry... I loved The Woman in White and remember Bastard Out of Carolina and Beloved being very powerful books. It's been a while! Glad you liked them.

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  26. I've read and loved AJ and Beloved. Love the new blog look!

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  27. I really need to make sure I read Woman In White soon. Thought about it on audio but i kind of hate to do chunksters that way.

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