This week's Top Ten theme is: Books I've Read So Far This Year. Without further ado, and in no particular order, here's my list:
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
- This is the only book I've read by Flynn and it was fantastically disturbing, well-written, engaging, and suspenseful. A really great, quick read.
- I absolutely love The Lunar Chronicles series by Meyer and was stoked when the third installment was released. It's such a great concept and completely worth the wait. The final book comes out next year...ugh...
- The first book I've ever read by Boyne and it's phenomenal. Easily the best book I've read this year. If you are at all interested in the Romanovs and Russian history, I would highly recommend checking this book out.
- Always on the lookout for books set in Oregon or written by Oregon authors, this book fit the bill. I picked it up on clearance at the university bookstore where I work and did not regret it. It's a quick, heartbreaking read.
- The second book in A Song of Fire and Ice series, this book is great. It took me a bit to get through because of the 1000 page length, but it is completely worth it.
- Probably my favorite book in the series thus far, this one includes so much. It rips at your heart, makes you angry, makes you joyous, and leaves you wanting more!
- The forth book in the series, this has been the most trying one to get through. Introducing new characters to the audience, Martin's approach to books four and five (which is sitting unread on my bookshelf) was to split the characters in half. It improved the further I got into it and was great by the time I finished.
- A psychological thriller where you know the general outcome upfront, Harrison's book is thought-provoking and forces the reader to examine their own relationships. It's an interesting, quick read.
- Set in WWII Russia, Benioff's bestseller follows the journey of two strangers forced to work together to find a dozen eggs for the wedding cake of a powerful Soviet commander's daughter. The relationship that develops between the two men is beautiful to observe and, despite the setting, there are relative moments of hilarity.
- A collection of short stories, I picked this book up at The Dollar Tree of all places. The stories explore the notion of belonging and how we approach milestones in our lives. It's funny, poignant, and worth the read.
Also, keep a look-out for next week's Top Ten Tuesday...the topic will be Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR List.