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My choice: Top Ten Books So Far This Year
I’ve read 45 books this year, so finding the top ten may either by really easy or really hard. These are also not in order, just the top ten.
- Along Came a Spider by James Patterson- I feel like I’m always talking about Alex Cross. That’s because the books are so good. This was the first book in the series and one of my favorite books this year. The story hasn’t escaped my mind and I often find myself thinking about this book, and series in general. I would gladly read this book again even though I know how it ends. This book is strong enough to make me want to read it again and again.
- Kiss the Girls by James Patterson- Second book in the Alex Cross series. I liked this one even better than Along Came a Spider. If I could give a book more than 5 stars, this would be that book for me. The story is strong. The plot was supposed to be creepy and scary and it succeeded. There was not a low part of this book. I would read this book time and time again. I hated the movie because it just didn’t do the book justice, so read the book and forget about the movie. But seriously, read this book.
- The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly- A book that was adapted into a movie and had Matthew McConaughey in it is a book I can get behind. For about a week, I went through a phase where I only wanted to read books that involved awesome lawyers and I think this is the book that started it. Mickey Haller is a great character that is just bad enough to make you like him but also make you want to read future books to see if he grows up. This is the only Mickey Haller I’ve book so far but I plan on reading all of them.
- The Yankee Years by Joe Torre- I’m not a Yankees fan. In fact, I hate the Yankees. But I’m a baseball fan and Joe Torre is just one of those guys. I would feel weird calling myself a baseball fan if I went my whole life without reading a book by Joe Torre. The Yankee Years was a good book with a lot of stories from the late 1990s and early 2000s. Torre writes well; I had some issues with it but they weren’t bad and didn’t take away from the rest of the book. I would read this again, especially if I were in the mood to watch the Yankees go from Dynasty to a failure in just a few short years.
- Dark Places by Gillian Flynn- Okay if you’re reading any other book right now: finish it as soon as possible and go pick up this book. If I could read a book repeatedly and not get tired of it, it would be this book. Flynn is known for her broken heroines that are somehow lovable but this one is just beyond. I was obsessed with Libby Day. I was reading until 5 in the morning every night until I finished it because I just needed to know what was happening. This is another book that would get 6 stars from me. I am not sure if I want to see the movie because if it’s not as good as the book, I will be crushed and probably read the book two times in a row just to get over the movie. Please read this.
- A Million Little Pieces by James Frey- Yes I am aware of the “”controversy”” of this book and no that doesn’t make me like it any less. Frey isn’t a protagonist per se because it was nonfiction, but he was someone that I felt for and rooted for. It was a difficult subject to read about, but I’m so glad I read this book. I have My Friend Leonard, which is somewhat a sequel to AMLP, but I have no read it yet. I’m planning on reading this again sometime. Strong book or the strong material. Highly recommended. [can be triggering for drugs and institutionalizing]
- Soccernomics by Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski- Another sports book made my top ten but this one is soccer/football. Baseball fans, writers, coaches, and owners are slowly letting Sabermetrics slip into the game. This is a more numbers or “on paper” “number cruncher” type of stats. There is New Fans and Old School Fans. Well, now soccer/football is making their own Sabermetrics. Since I’m interested in baseball saber stats, soccer saber stats interest me as well. This book brings saber stats into country clubs and the World Cup. It’s interesting reading this book before the World Cup. This book is something I’ll go back to during the World Cup or stats. If you’re a soccer/football fan, you need to read this.
- Hard Eight by Janet Evanovich- If you’ve never read a Stephanie Plum book: my question is why? They are light mysteries that are heavy on the humor. I don’t know another series that I regularly read that makes me laugh as much as this one does. I have not read one single book by Evanovich that I haven’t loved. The good thing about this series is that you don’t have to go in order. I picked up the series at book 5 and then read 15 and wasn’t extremely confused. If you’re at a bookstore and see any of the books in the series, pick it up. You won’t regret it.
- The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides- I read this book in February and wasn’t sure if I liked it all that much. There was just something that was bothering me about it and I couldn’t place it. I really started to think about it and realized that I’d read a book that had a parallel with it. Looking for Alaska by John Green. I loved LFA, so why didn’t I love Virgin Suicides? I couldn’t get this book out of my head for about a week and a half and I realized that in that week and a half my opinion changed from “do I like this?” to “of course I do, why are you being so difficult? Just LOVE THE BOOK ALREADY” and ever since then I’ve been wanting to read it again to appreciate it more.
- The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison- I can’t leave this off the list. It was too good. I was addicted to their disastrous relationship. The writing and different POVs was intriguing. I would read this book again and again. Before reading it I heard parallels to Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, but this was much stronger in my opinion. If you hear that from someone, forget it. Don’t think that again. Don’t read the book until you forget about that. Then read this book and enjoy it.
Honorable mention: It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han
What are your top ten books this year? What was your Top Ten Tuesday topic?