June 21, 2016
Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish in which they select a topic every week, and the rest of us get to make Top Ten lists based on that topic. This week’s topic: Top Ten Favorite 2016 Releases So Far This Year. I decided to feature my favorites reads of the year so far….not necessarily those released in 2016.
Middle Grade Reads:
George by Alex Gino – Such a great introduction to transgenderism for middle grade students. I love how this one can teach us so much.
Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley – An extremely heartwarming read with hints of fantasy. I love the message sent about love and family connections.
Rain, Reign by Ann M. Martin – I cannot put into words how much I adored this book. I bought this one for my niece and ended up reading it before I gave it to her (how was I supposed to know that flipping through it quickly would read to a quick read of under 2 hours). It features a main character with Asperger’s Syndrome, family dysfunction, a dog as a prominent character, and a happy ending. What more can you ask for?
Young Adult Reads:
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – A delightful read the promotes LGBTQ understanding. Simply a heart-warming coming-of-age novel.
Where She Went by Gayle Forman – Although I didn’t love this one quite as much as If She Stays (the first book in the series), I still loved the developing lives and love story of Mia and Adam. I found myself frustrated at points, but overall an enjoyable read.
Bright, Precious Days by Jay McInerney – I just finished this one a few days ago, and I loved it so much more than I expected to. Amazing writing, strong character development, recent historical events used as a backdrop – I was drawn in the entire time. I’m planning to post a review soon!
Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris – This one I finished last night (I know…..it’s been an awesome week for reading). An excellent thriller that is face-paced and quick to read.
Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica – I love Kubica’s writing and the ultimate twists and turns of her plots. This one did not disappoint, and I can’t wait to read her next book.
Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari – Although this one can get dry at points with research and facts, Ansari is HILARIOUS and you will learn lots of interesting tidbits throughout. I listened to the audio on this one, and I highly recommend it as it is read by Ansari himself.
A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy by Sue Klebold – This was an emotionally gut-wrenching book by the mother of one of the Columbine shooters. It can be unsettling, eye-opening, and informative all at once.
What books have you read this year that have topped your favorites list? I’m always looking for good recommendations!