Top Ten All Time Favourite Books
From the last 3 years. This was freaking hard, yo.
1. Blankets by Craig Thompson. Blankets was my first foray into literary graphic novels and the experience was amazing. Thompson’s biographical journey through childhood, teen years and finally into adulthood was emotional and beautifully honest. His experiences coming to terms with who he was as a man, in his religion and how he wanted his relationship with his parents to be was one that I fell in love with. His art is phenomenal as well.
2. Winger by Andrew Smith. I chose to only put one Andrew Smith book on this list but I feel like I could have put any of his. They are all so wonderfully strange and beautiful and relatable. They make you question what you are reading and do double takes, but they also make you feel so strongly for the characters. Ryan-Dean West is one of my favourite protagonists i’ve ever come across. Being in his mind was a trip and it was hilarious and perfect.
3. The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson. This book hit me so hard. I had no way to relate to it, but that didn’t matter to LHA because she did it anyways. The rawness I felt from this book was only okay because of the underlying hope I fleetingly felt.
4. The entire Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. This series was so unexpected. I picked it up long before the show started and it became an obsession I know I won’t get over any time soon. Gabaldon’s writing is so on point that I truly felt like I was experiencing everything Claire was in 1700’s Scotland, despite not knowing much about how it actually was. I’ve never been so invested in characters lives as I am in the ones of the entire Outlander series.
5. The Secret History by Donna Tartt. I only read this within the last two weeks and I can tell you right now, it is one of the most intelligent, chilling, honest, and utterly spectacular novels I have ever read.
6. The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson. I chose the second book specifically because I think it’s the strongest of the series. The character development of Elisa was spectacular and I hold all YA fantasy up to the standards that Carson has set. The world building, the character development, the love story, the friendships. Absolutely everything.
7. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. This series was spectacular and I couldn’t have loved an author’s writing more (until Jandy Nelson). The world was brightly imagined, the characters were divine and the concept was just so freaking fascinating.
8. The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson. It really was a toss up between this one and I’ll Give You The Sun, and I pretty much consider them even in my love for them. Nelson’s brilliance with words is simply that, brilliant. Her quotes are magical and her characters are beautiful. I need moremoremore books in my life by Jandy.
9. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. This was my first and only Marchetta book and I know I need to remedy that fast, simply based on how astounding Jellicoe Road was. It has my favourite opening sentence in a book ever and I was captivated non stop.
10. On Dublin Street and the entire series by Samantha Young. This series really opened me up to New Adult and to more contemporary romances, since I was primarily only read historical stuff. But Young created a cast of characters whom I grew to love and gave them love stories that were brilliant and heart warming and heart wrenching as can be.
hahahaha like I could actually only legitimately pick 10!
Deeper by Robin York | The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler | Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith | I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios | The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima | Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson | The Tea Rose and The Winter Rose by Jennifer Donnelly | Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith