Top Ten: 2018

This is my annual list of favorite books that I read and reviewed this year. Some of my favorite reads didn’t make the cut because I haven’t had time to write and post reviews BUT that just means I’ll have even more books to talk about next December.

You can click the titles above to find my reviews. This list can also be found on my Amazon Influencer page here: https://www.amazon.com/shop/miss_print?listId=2AR8ZNAELYUMP&ref=idea_share_inf

Honorable Mention: The Sequels

Sequels are a strange thing because citing them as a favorite isn’t always about one book so much as the series that comes before. Some of these (The Darkest Legacy and Dramatically Ever After) can definitely be read on their own but if you’re intrigued I’d still say start at the beginning.

  • Dramatically Ever After by Isabel Bandeira
  • The Wicked King by Holly Black (a total cheat since this one won’t release until next month!)
  • The Darkest Legacy by Alexandra Bracken
  • The Queen of Sorrow by Sarah Beth Durst
  • Legendary by Stephanie Garber
  • Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

Hub Booklist: Read-a-Likes for Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

I have a new booklist over at YALSA’s Hub blog!

Are you ready to go big or go home with self-proclaimed fat girl, reluctant beauty queen, and all-around icon Willowdean Dixon of Dumplin’ fame?

Have you read Julie Murphy’s delightful novel about Willowdean and its companion Puddin’ already? Have you been watching the trailer for Netflix’s movie adaptation starring Danielle Macdonald  and Jennifer Aniston?

If the answer to any of those questions is “Yes!” then look no further for some read-a-likes to keep you busy while you wait for the movie to drop.

You can head over to YALSA’s Hub blog to check out the full booklist.

Top Ten: 2017

This is my annual list of favorite books that I read and reviewed this year.

This year was filled with marvelous bookish surprises. I didn’t know what to expect from so many of these books and they almost universally left me dazzled and delighted.

Jane, Unlimited and Where Futures End pushed and pulled at the limits of how a story can be told.

In a Perfect World, I Believe in a Thing Called Love, Lucky in Love and The Keeper of the Mist were unapologetic love stories filled with optimism.

Words in Deep Blue, Speak Easy, Speak Love, and The Fashion Committee inspired and moved me while surprising me with inventive twists.

Caraval, The Diabolic and All the Crooked Saints introduced me to new worlds while Wayfarer, The Reluctant Queen, Thick as Thieves, and Always and Forever, Lara Jean gave me the chance to revisit familiar characters and places.

Not a day has gone by that I haven’t been thinking about Vincent and Theo: The Van Go Brothers or The Careful Undressing of Love.

You couldn’t find two books that were more different than Moxie and Places No One Knows. And yet if I had to pick two defining books for 2017, these would be my choices. Moxie is everything I want to see happen on a large scale–empowered young women, solidarity, and positive change–while Places No One Knows is a quiet reminder to speak up for what matters and to take care of yourself.

You can click the cover photos to read my reviews.

Top Ten:

(Actually top twelve but I do what I want.)

    • Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore
    • Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
    • In a Perfect World by Trish Doller

      • Caraval by Stephanie Garber
      • Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George
      • I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

    • The Careful Undress of Love by Corey Ann Haydu
    • Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman
    • The Fashion Committee by Susan Juby

    • Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
    • All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater
    • Lucky in Love by Kasie West

Honorable Mentions: Books Published in 2016

      • The Keeper of the Mist by Rachel Neumeier
      • Where Futures End by Parker Peeveyhouse
      • Places No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff

Honorable Mentions: Sequels

I don’t like listing sequels in my top ten because usually you have to read the preceding books first. These are no exception but they are still fantastic and were definitely favorites of the year.

      • Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken
      • The  Reluctant Queen by Sarah Beth Durst
      • Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han
      • The Empress by S. J. Kincaid (I haven’t reviewed this one yet so I am sneakily directing you to my review of the first book)
      • Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner

Top Ten: 2016

This is my annual list of favorite books that I read and reviewed this year.

Break Me Like a Promise and This Raging Light were the two books that were most impactful to me and the two I most desperately needed to read this year. I haven’t stopped thinking about The Star-Touched Queen and In Some Other World, Maybe since I finished them. Passenger has become a defining book of key moments of this year and last (which is why I have three copies of it). Bookishly Ever After, Iron Cast, Tell Me Three Things, Three Dark Crowns, My Lady Jane, and The Museum of Heartbreak were all delightful surprises this year. Hands down, The Anatomy of Curiosity is one of the most inspiring books I have read. Ever.

You can click the cover photos to read my reviews. Since it’s 2016, I’m giving myself ten slots plus up to six honorable mentions. Alphabetical by author because picking favorites any more specifically is too hard.

Top Ten:

Bookishly Ever After by Isabel BandeiraPassenger by Alexandra BrackenTell Me Three Things by Julie BuxbaumThe Star-Touched Queen by Roshani ChokshiIn Some Other World, Maybe by Shari Goldhagen

  • Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira
  • Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
  • Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
  • The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
  • In Some Other World, Maybe by Shari Goldhagen

This Raging Light by Estelle LaureThe Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter HapgoodBreak Me Like a Promise by Tiffany SchmidtIron Cast by Destiny SoriaThe Anatomy of Curiosity by Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, Brenna Yovanoff

  • This Raging Light by Estelle Laure
  • The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood
  • Break Me Like a Promise by Tiffany Schmidt
  • Iron Cast by Destiny Soria
  • The Anatomy of Curiosity by Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, Brenna Yovanoff

Honorable Mentions:

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh BardugoThree Dark Crowns by Kendare BlakeMy Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows

  • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
  • Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
  • My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows

The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi HeiligThe Museum of Heartbreak by Meg LederThis Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

  • The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
  • The Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder
  • This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

 

This list is also a Pinterest board.

Top Ten: 2015

Here’s my list of favorite books reviewed here on the blog in 2015. You can click the cover photos to read my reviews. Since it’s 2015, I’m giving myself 15 slots plus a few honorable mentions. Alphabetical by author because picking favorites any more specifically is too hard.

Top Ten:

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee AhdiehThe Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly BlackThe Scorpion Rules by Erin BowLove and Other Perishable Items by Laura BuzoThe Truth Commission by Susan Juby

  • The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
  • The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
  • The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow
  • Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo
  • The Truth Commission by Susan Juby

Winterspell by Claire LegrandThe Start of Me and You by Emery LordLock & Mori by Heather W. PettyI am Princess X by Cherie PriestTonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales

  • Winterspell by Claire Legrand
  • The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord
  • Lock & Mori by Heather W. Petty
  • I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest
  • Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales

Hold Me Like a Breath by Tiffany SchmidtThe Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus SedgwickA Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria SchwabRebel Mechanics by Shanna SwendsonBlack Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein

  • Hold Me Like a Breath by Tiffany Schmidt
  • The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick
  • A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab
  • Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson
  • Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein

Honorable Mentions:

The Game of Love and Death by Martha BrockenbroughWalk on Earth a Stranger by Rae CarsonBlackfin Sky by Kat EllisThe Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle

  • The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough
  • Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
  • Blackfin Sky by Kat Ellis
  • The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle

This list is also a Pinterest board.

2014 Statistics Survey

Thanks for Andi from Andi’s ABCs and Brittany from The Book Addict’s Guide for coming up with this great idea. (Graphics and categories from their original post. If you want to link up and join the statistics fun, you can link up at the original post.)

 

1. Number of books under 250 pages (not including novellas) (also not including picture books!): 5
2. Number of books read between 400-449 pages: 7
3. Number of books read between 450-499 pages: 4
4. Number of books read over 500 pages: 4 which still amazes me.
5. Number of books read over 1000 pages: 0
6. Number of novellas read: 0
7. Number of books that made you cry: 3
8. Number of books from a female POV: all of them . . . 88
9. Number of books from a male POV: 16
10. Number of alternating or multiple POVs: 18
11. Number of DNFs (did not finish): I don’t track this and I try to finish everything either by skimming or by reading backwards
12. Number of five star reads: 38
13. Number of one/two star reads: 37
14. Number of authors met in 2014: a lot
15. Number of book events attended in 2014: a lot
16. Number of books you read in one day: I never read more than one book in a day and I average 2-3 days per book so this is too many to list
17. Number of audiobooks: 0
18. Number of 2015 books you have on pre-order: 1
19. Number of re-reads: 0

1. Book with the highest rating on Goodreads: In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken
2. Book with the lowest rating on Goodreads: Beau, Lee, the Bomb and Me by Mary McKinley
3. Book read furthest away from home (vacation reads?): N/A
4. Book that took you the longest to read: Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman (one week to read)
5. Book that you personally connected with the most: Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo
6. Book that made you love the villain: Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
7. Book you said you’d come back to but still haven’t picked up again: Mortal Fire by Elizabeth Knox
8. Book you read waaaay before it’s publication date: Ha. Everything I read this month! The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski
9. Book you read on your birthday: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
10. Book with a character who shares your name: Blind by Rachel DeWoskin and the Lovegrove Legacy books by Alyxandra Harvey
11. Book you weren’t entirely truthful about when rating (Fluff up any ratings? Rated even though you didn’t finish?): I’ll never tell ;)
12. Book you read in 2014 but already want to re-read: I don’t re-read!
13. Book you borrowed from a friend a long time ago and still have? I don’t borrow books because I’m too paranoid about it.
14. Book by a foreign author/originally published in another country: Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo
15. Book you wish you could go back and read for the first time again: The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick
16. Most books read by one author this year: I read so widely the answer here is 2 each for books by Sarah Beth Durst, Alyxandra Harvey, Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner, Emery Lord, Marcus Sedgwick, Rebecca Serle, Andrew Smith, Nova Ren Suma

1. Happiest & saddest: Happiest-The Geography of Me and You by Jennifer E. Smith. Saddest-Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein
2. Longest & shortest: Longest-Shadowscale by Rachel Hartman or Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld. Shortest-Poisoned Apples by Christine Hepperman
3. Best & worst: There is no way I can fairly answer this.
4. First & last reads of 2014: First-Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross. Last-All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
5. First & last books on your bookcase (1st book on the top left and last book on the bottom right): I have too many bookcases. I wouldn’t know where to start.
6. The most disappointing & the biggest pleasant surprise: Best surprise-This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales. Biggest Disappointment-A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
7. Bandwagon/fandom you joined & one you abandoned: Joined-Starbound. Abandoned-I think I’ve outgrown the legions of Shadowhunter novels. Alas.
8. Most lenient & harshest ratings: Harshest-Struck by Lightning by Chris Colfer. Lenient-Shift by Jennifer Bradbury may have received a generous rating because I loved it so.
9. Most hyped & furthest under the radar that you read: Most hyped: The One by Kiera Cass or In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken. Most under the radar: Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White.

1. Book you read that is red: 17 & Gone by Nova Ren Suma
2. Book you read that starts with M: My True Love Gave to Me or Mortal Heart
3. Book you read that you may have hugged when you finished it: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han or Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg.
4. Book you read that you may have wanted to throw across a room: Struck by Lightning by Chris Colver
5. Book that has the letters Q, X, or Z in the title (bonus for one of the words in the title beginning with those!): Quest by Aaron Becker, Tea Rex by Molly Idle,  My Three Best Friends and Me, Zulay by Cari Best (thank goodness for picture books!)
6. Book that suffered some damage this year (food? water? ripped pages/cover? Ouch!): That never happens. I don’t even crack spines.
7. Food you craved while/after reading a certain book: Cookies while reading To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han.
8. First book you read in 2015: Jackaby since I doubt I’ll finish it tomorrow.
9. Number of books read that end with a 6 in the page count:  16 (Many books are 336 or 256 pages–did you know?)

  1. Number of posts in 2014: 280
  2. Number of reviews posted this year: 50
  3. First post of 2014: Winter Break Book Blogger Challenge 12: New Year’s Day!
  4. First review of 2014: Champion: A Chick Lit Wednesday Review
  5. Last post of 2014: This one!
  6. Last review of 2014: Now That You’re Here by Amy K. Nichols
  7. Least coherent review: Maybe We Were Liars because I had to be so vague to avoid spoilers.
  8. Review with the most views (regardless of post date): Diary of a Wimpy Kid: A (book and movie) Review
  9. Post with the most comments: Top Ten Tuesday: 2014 Goals
  10. Post you wish you could re-write: My review of Sabriel–but I went ahead and did rewrite it this year.
  11. Most popular post this year (that was posted in 2014): What to read after or instead of: The Fault in Our Stars

14 for 2014

Here’s my list of favorite books from 2014.

(I’m limiting myself here to books that I’ve reviewed on the blog this year. For more favorites, check out this year’s End of Year Survey.)

Top Ten:

 

The Winner's Curse by Marie RutkoskiIn the Age of Love and Chocolate by Gabrielle ZevinTo All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny HanAll Our Yesterdays by Cristin TerrillAnd We Stay by Jenny Hubbard

  1. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
  2. In the Age of Love and Chocolate by Gabrielle Zevin
  3. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
  4. All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
  5. And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard
  6. The Unbound by Victoria Schwab
  7. The Strange Maid by Tessa Gratton
  8. The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud
  9. Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White
  10. The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson

The UnboundThe Strange Maid by Tessa GrattonThe Screaming Staircase by Jonathan StroudIllusions of Fate by Kiersten WhiteThe Vanishing Season

Honorable Mentions:

Bad Luck Girl by Sarah ZettelBlue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie StiefvaterMortal Heart by Robin LaFeversThis Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

  1. Bad Luck Girl by Sarah Zettel
  2. Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
  3. Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers
  4. This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

Shout out to Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld and Clariel by Garth Nix which were both very close to making the final cut! (And to Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo–I don’t think I’m getting my review of it written by the end of 2014 so watch for it on my 2015 list!)

This list is also a Pinterest board.