One thing I love about Goodreads is that you can set a reading goal each year and it keeps track of your progress for you. My goal for 2015 is to read 47 books (because 47 is my lucky number.) So far this year, I have read 41 books. Yes. 41. Out of those 41 books, 5 have jumped out at me as the best I’ve read this year (so far). These are those 5, in no particular order:
I cannot express how much I loved this book. I gave it 5/5 stars because it is perfection. This book is necessary. It’s WWII historical fiction, showing sides of the war we don’t usually get the narrative perspective from. I loved the characters, I loved the writing, I loved the cover. Read it. Read it now. (See my full review here!)
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
This is a middle grade novel about acceptance and understanding, identity and kindness. I want to read it out loud to children all day, every day. Then I want to read it to their parents. I don’t always love middle grade novels, but this one was hook, line, and sinker. The main character, August, tugged at my heartstrings and made me look at each of my students in a new light. You’re a wonder, August. (See my full review here!)
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
THIS BOOK. This could very well be my favorite of the year. I love a good fairy tale retelling, but because I love them so much sometimes I’m hard to impress. This is a reimagining of A Thousand and One Nights and I award this book a thousand and two stars. I was so captivated that I started this book and finished it in one sitting. (Full review coming on Tuesday!)
For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
I was really surprised by this book. I figured I would like it because fantasy + Jane Austen = right up my alley, but I didn’t expect to love it. This is a retelling of my least favorite Austen novel, Persuasion. I actually like the original just a teensy bit more, courtesy of this version. I loved the world building and the characters. It’s a hefty book, but a quick read…you know what I mean? (See my full review here!)
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
First of all, if I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a hundred times: I’ll read anything Rainbow Rowell writes. This is my favorite book of hers and it’s easily one of my favorite books ever. I connected with the main character, Cath, on so many levels it’s alarming. I laughed my way through this novel, and now that I think about it…I’d like to reread it.
Honorable Mention: Favorite Series of the Year
Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor
Angels, demons, art, Prague, romance…this series has it all. I read all 3 of these back to back, which I wouldn’t recommend. 1) Because then it was all over and I was left depressed and 2) these books are hefty and it takes a lot out of you to read that many pages of one story so quickly. When you read them (because you should), spread them out. You’ll thank me.
What are your favorite books of the year (so far)?
Happy reading! – Caitlyn