Top Ten Latest Favorites
Hey y'all!It's the Tuesday of the last week of the grading period and the week that decisions for my first choice college are released. I'm a little terrified, so any good thoughts or prayers would be much appreciated! It's been a while since I've been able to do a Top Ten Tuesday (because Tuesdays are usually my big homework days and I haven't been scheduling many posts ahead this year.) For those of you unfamiliar with the feature, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely ladies over at the Broke and the Bookish. I'm definitely excited to talk about my latest favorites.1. The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury | GoodreadsI loved Khoury's debut - Origin - and its poignant imagery. Her gorgeous writing and introspection, rooted in vivid settings, make for a dreamy read that still retains its intensity. The Forbidden Wish took all my favorite aspects of Aladdin, keeping relevant parts of the plot to hold its structure, and made it ever more alluring. The main characters are adorable, and conflicted. The world is intricate, but understandable. Perfectly plotted and written.2. The Awakening by Kate Chopin | GoodreadsI saw a lot of myself in the protagonist, Edna, which could be alarming at times. Although I read this book in AP Lit, I actually connected to it on a fundamental and emotional level. The writing is restless and filled with yearning, the characters succumbing to motives that don't always lead to the right choice. I absolutely loved it.3. The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead | GoodreadsThis one took me a long time to get through, so I read about a chapter a night before bed. Each detail is meticulously chosen and placed, in order to create a brilliant world that's both new and historically accurate. From religion to social classes to small aspects of the setting, the level of focus and articulation is truly admirable. Although she's clearly used to an affluent lifestyle, the main character is still likable. Her interactions with others are awkward and her dreams are lovely and the slow-burning romance had me smitten. I have a lot of positive things to say about The Glittering Court.4. Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke | GoodreadsWow. This book is distinct. I was amazed by the multifaceted aspect of each character, and I could never quite decide whether to root for anybody. April Genevieve Tucholke is on my autobuy list because I adore her other series, and I was interested to see how she would tackle a new idea. I have the feeling she'll be a Maggie Stiefvater - creating an entrancing mood for each novel, each completely separate and immersive. This was dark and twisty and slightly disturbing and beautiful. I loved it. Also, this is one of the prettiest covers I've ever seen.5. The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac | GoodreadsIt's rather plotless - lots of wandering around the coast of California - but in the best possible way. It's a book that made me think, and it taught me a lot about Buddhism. I had a lot of thoughts about the main character, Ray Smith, and was fascinated by parallels with Kerouac himself. I found it to be an accessible, poignant classic that was well worth my time.6. See How They Run by Ally Carter | GoodreadsI am a self-professed Ally Carter aficionado. She is the queen of pacing, and so each of her books is tightly planned and therefore cinematic. This is not a book that suffers from sophomore slump. It threw in a plot twist every other chapter, with action and intrigue that left me breathless. Plus, I love how unreliable Grace is as a narrator. It reminds me of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer + foreign embassies + love triangle. Ally Carter's writing can also be shockingly haunting too, because it's sparse in all the right places.7. The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra | GoodreadsOur February pick for book club, The Tsar of Love and Techno was dark, complex, and heartwrenching. Admittedly, I had to read it in segments just because it affected me so profoundly. The genius of the interwoven short stories cannot be overstated. Each character built on another, layering settings and ideas and conflict in a way that was masterful.8. The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye | Goodreads | Review Lush teenage version of The Night Circus in imperial Russia? Sign me up. The absorbing storytelling, colorful characters, and sizzling conflict set up for a marvelous series. Each time I dove into this one, it felt like an utter treat.9. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh | Goodreads | ReviewEverybody told me I should read this book and I didn't listen until now. I regret that, because this book is absolutely stunning. It's a retelling, and yet it comes alive like no book I've ever read. I never expected to fall for the main couple as much as I did; they're precious and vibrant.10. Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton | Goodreads | ReviewIf you've been keeping up with the blog - or my social media - lately, you've probably seen me gush about this one. A weathered protagonist still manages to seem fresh, thanks to thoughtful world-building, a Western vibe, and a supporting cast that keeps her on her toes. I still call this one my favorite of the year.