I have challenged myself to read 75 books this year, 75 books that are new to me. So far I’ve read 46. I thought I’d make a top 10 list and talk about my favorites!
10. Ophelia-Lisa M. Klein
If you’re looking for a tragic love story, look no further. This is the story of Ophelia and Hamlet but from Ophelia’s point of view. I have not read Hamlet but it is on my list for next year. I enjoyed this book because it was different for me. I don’t normally read these kinds of stories but I’m glad I did. I really admired Ophelia’s ability to handle all the stressful situations she finds herself in, all for the love of one man. She has to make a choice between the man she loves or her own life all while hiding a dangerous secret.
9. Before We Were Yours-Lisa Wingate
This is a book about a family of siblings who are taken from their parents and sold to wealthy couples who can’t have children of their own. It’s based on the real life Tennessee Children’s Home Society, an organization that would kidnap kids from poor homes and illegally sell them to rich couples all over the country during the 1940s. I couldn’t put it down. The book goes back and forth between what’s happening to the siblings and how one of their descendants in the present day realizes that her family isn’t as squeaky clean as she thought it was.
8. Six of Crows-Leigh Bardugo
This is a great heist story. You have a group of six criminals who are trying to pull off the biggest heist of their careers all while trying to actually save the world. For me it was a cross between Game of Thrones and The Mortal Instruments series. It’s got action, it’s got drama, it’s got sexual tension. There’s also a sequel called Crooked Kingdom that I plan to read before the year is out. I really enjoyed this one.
7. Mrs. Fletcher-Tom Perrotta
This book was hilarious. It’s about a single, 40 something year old woman who’s only son is going off to college and she has to learn to live alone for the first time in years. She takes up new things like taking a class on Gender and Society and starts hanging out with new people. She even delves into new sexual experiences. Meanwhile her son is finding college life challenging thanks to his cocky, jock mentality. I was cracking up the whole time and it made me want to read more comedies. You won’t be disappointed.
6. The Shining-Stephen King
So this is a classic. I saw the movie before I read the book and I have to say the movie is just a joke to me now. It is nowhere near as creepy as the book and the book has a much better ending. For those of you who don’t know about this book I would have to say it is one of the best horror books ever written and I can’t believe it took me til the age of 27 to read it. Stephen King is an absolute genius, as we well know. It’s definitely one of my all time favorite books.
5. Wuthering Heights-Emily Bronte
So this is another classic book I finally just read this year and I don’t know why people hate this book so much. For it’s time it was a pretty scandalous read. I love Bronte’s unapologetic approach to telling these people’s lives and personalities. She really expressed just how awful people could be to each other but can still yearn for each other without limits. Not one single person in this book is redeemable but you can’t help but love them for it.
4. The Gunslinger-Stephen King
He made it on this list twice. I’m not surprised, are you? This series has only just begun for me but I already know it will be one of my favorites. There’s not much I can say because I feel like I’ve only scratched the surface so I’ll keep you updated once I delve deeper into The Dark Tower series.
3. The Exorcist-William Peter Blatty
Again, another classic. I have seen the movie but it has been so long I barely remember it. The book on the other hand gave me chills. Demon possession to me is at the top of the list when it comes to scary human transformation. Vampires and werewolves are old hat. I think the reason I’m more into it is because people really believe that demon possession is something that can really happen, so there’s more lore on it. Also the name of the girl who gets possessed has the same name as one of my closest friends. It’s kismet.
2. Sharp Objects-Gillian Flynn
If you haven’t read a Gillian Flynn book you need to stop what you’re doing right now and buy all of them. I promise you will not be disappointed. She has quickly become my favorite female author. She’s so dark and twisted and I wish we were best friends. Sharp Objects is her first published novel and is about a reporter who is sent back to her home town to investigate the disappearances of two young girls. Spoiler alert: there’s a twist at the end. If you like suspense, if you like messed up situations then you’ll love Sharp Objects.
1. Cold Mountain-Charles Frazier
So this book. It is honestly the most beautiful book ever written. I have never fallen so hard for a book in my life, and I have a Harry Potter tattoo. The scenery, the sorrow, the folklore, the survival of the human spirit combine to make this my favorite book of all time. It’s about a wounded confederate soldier who escapes the war to return to the love of his life, Ada. There’s a lot more to it than that but I want you to find out for yourself, please read this book.
Well those are the top 10 books of the year for me. Do you have a reading goal? What are your favorite books so far? Let me know!