July rolled around and I realized I hadn’t chosen my top books of the year! The summer is moving so quickly, friends. It’s hard to keep up! I’ve chosen 5 print books, 1 audiobook, as well as 1 graphic novel/comic book to represent the best I’ve read this year (so far).
Born a Crime audiobook by Trevor Noah (who also narrates it)
I love Trevor Noah’s humor and enjoy watching his show on Comedy Central from time to time. I was expecting this book to be funny, but I wasn’t expecting to learn as much as I did. Trevor accounts his life growing up in South Africa in the aftermath of apartheid as a mixed race boy. His stories are so enlightening and powerful. I really enjoyed listening to him read his own stories because of the voices and accents he used, as well as the emotion. Read my full review HERE.
March, Book Two by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
I’ve read the first two books in this graphic novel series and found book two to be full of information that I didn’t know. The first book is enlightening, but the events that took place were ones I knew about, so I just had the opportunity to see them from a different perspective. Book two, however, involved events I had heard about, but couldn’t explain to someone. It’s full of raw emotion, simple artwork, and poignant words. My full review is HERE.
Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
Hands down, my favorite book of the year. This is the second book in The Dark Artifices trilogy and it’s some of Clare’s best work, in my opinion. The characters are so rich and tangible, the writing is insightful and whimsical, and the events are twisted but well done. Emotions ran high while reading this. It answered questions, set up the next book, and brought back old Shadowhunter favorites. Read my full review HERE.
The Royal Treatment by MJ Summers
I really enjoyed the way this book was written. Not only did the perspective go back and forth between our two main characters, but our narrators also “spoke” to the reader, which was really fun. The ending came together in a way that made sense, in my opinion. Sometimes prince and pauper love stories don’t track with me, but this one was seamless. My full review is HERE.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy by Jenny Han
This series was EXACTLY what I needed at the end of a reading slump. I wanted romance, but not stupid fluff. I wanted some drama, but not enough to make me feel stressed. I wanted friendship and family, but more romance than anything. Check, check, check. I loved the main character, I loved her love interest, I loved her family. Can I rave any more? Just read my review HERE to understand. HA!
Summerlost by Ally Condie
I had a student who recommended this book to me and I’m so glad that they did. It was both simple and complex. The writing was easy to track with, the verbage was engaging, and the characters lept off the page right at me. It’s a quick and easy read, but it’ll leave you with all the feels! Read my full review HERE.
Once and For All by Sarah Dessen
If you’ve been around with me for at least a year, you know that I’m a big Sarah Dessen fan. I’ve read all 13 of her books, which I documented HERE. I think this particular storyline was well put together. Time flipped back and forth between chapters, lettng us learn more about our main character in the past and then showing us how that affected her in the present. It was slow to start, but worth it in the end! Plus, if you’ve read Dessen’s previous books, you’ll be able to see some parallels and make some connections! Love that. Read my full review HERE.
What are your top reads of the year so far? Let me know in the comments below!
Happy reading! – Caitlyn