Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish – time to indulge in our love of lists!
Kat’s Top Ten All Time Recent Favourites
It’s my first post in a while (OK, in far too long), and also my first TTT in a long time – and it’s a hard subject! I mean, how to do you choose your favourites from the last three years?! But I shall try my best!
Night Film by Marisha Pessl |Goodreads
I am a huge sucker for books with media, and that was what hooked me in with Night Film – but it was the strange addictiveness of a book where very little actually happens that had me lauding this book all over the place – and I’m looking forward to finding the perfect excuse to reread it.
Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin |Goodreads
Golden Boy came along at a time I was starting to suspect I would never find another audiobook that would completely sucked me in. And once it did, there was no turning back – the characters completely stole my heart, the storyline broke my heart, and Tarttelin’s handling of a difficult subject cemented the book’s place in my heart.
Fall of Night by Jonathan Maberry |Goodreads
After I loving Dead of Night (and let’s be completely honest, ever SINGLE book of Jonathan Maberry’s I’ve ever read, I’ve loved, so this is high praise indeed), I was super excited to find out there was a sequel. And scared, because hello potentially shattered expectations – but Maberry pulled through for me once again – addictive, gory and SO MANY THINGS I WANT TO TALK ABOUT BUT DAMN SPOILERS.
Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein |Goodreads
Code Name Verity was a great read, but Wein really killed me with Rose Under Fire – I still don’t believe there is enough YA Historical Fiction out there, but Wein is fighting an admirable battle to get books out there that tell an important part of history without glossing over some horrible facts.
Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma |Goodreads
Anyone that has known me for a while will know my love for this book, but if you don’t – this is the second most heart-crushing book I’ve ever read (the most heart-crushing is coming up, don’t worry!), and I have huge huge respect for Suzuma as an author – she takes the most taboo of subjects and firstly makes it soul-destroyingly sad, and yet not as near as disturbing it should be.
Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan |Goodreads
The synopsis advertises this book as: David Levithan tells the based-on-true-events story of Harry and Craig, two 17-year-olds who are about to take part in a 32-hour marathon of kissing to set a new Guinness World Record—all of which is narrated by a Greek Chorus of the generation of gay men lost to AIDS.
Which sounds kinda bizarre – and it is, but it’s also so beautifully written and perfect that I JUST HAVE NO WORDS.
Every Day by David Levithan |Goodreads
Oh hello again, David Levithan. Let’s be honest, it’s no surprise you are here.
Every Day is one of the few books that I actually wrote down quotes for – I seldom do this, so it is praise indeed. Plus I hugged this book for at least an hour after I finished it because….A.
Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinniss |Goodreads
In the last three years there have been a veritable deluge of dystopian books, but not enough proper post-apocalyptic YA novels, in my humble opinion. McGinniss definitely hit the nail on the head with this one, and the plot is super brave for YA – I loved the companion novel too, but this one is still one of my YA-PA faves of all time, not just the last three years.
In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters |Goodreads
YEAH! MORE YA HISTORICAL FICTION WITH PARANORMAL AND VIRUS BITS. This book was the reason I did (OK still do) stalk Cat Winters mercilessly on Twitter to find out any possible tidbits about her next novels. Ooooh, and pictures, there are pictures.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes |Goodreads
Yep, it’s the heart-breaker. The sob-until-you-feel-sick, pages-are-glued-together-with-snot-and-tears, hug-the-book-when-you-finish-reading, stroke-the-book-when-you-walk-past-it type of book. Need I say more? Oh, except THERE IS A SEQUEL COMING. Which alternately excites and scares the shit out of me….
Have you read any of these books and loved them to death too? Or, any you think I would love as much as these?