It’s time for the year end lists to start. I have read 48 books this year (not counting books I’ve read in class to the kids). My goal is 52, and I have a few more days, but I thought I’d make a list of my ten favorite books from this year. There is no particular order to them, although Champion and Cinder probably are my two absolute favorite.
Since most of these are the second, third, or fourth in a series, there might be some spoilers.
Champion by Marie Lu was the third in the Legend trilogy. It was a satisfying, if heart wrenching, conclusion to the story of June and Day.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer is the first in the Lunar triology. It tells the story of Cinder, a cyborg girl who is living in a plague infested society and forced to be a virtual slave for her stepmother, Adri. There’s a prince, there’s a ball, and there’s a lot of intrigue. It’s a really fantastic book.
Curtsies and Conspiracies by Gail Carriger is the second in the Finishing School series. Sophronia is finishing her first year at a school designed for training lady spies. It’s a steampunk fantasy/adventure with Gail Carriger’s signature brand of humor and silly names.
The House of Hades by Rick Riordan is fourth in the Heroes of Olympus series. The demigods frantically search for a way to rescue Percy and Annabeth from Tartarus. Each demigod has to face their demons and grow in order to complete their task.
Legend by Marie Lu is the second of the Legend trilogy. It was good.
Parasite by Mira Grant is part medical mystery, part zombie novel. There aren’t really any zombies, but the conceit used is similar. It was a good read and lots of fun.
Silent to the Bone by E.L. Konigsburg was a facinating and depressing mystery. The end wasn’t depressing, but there’s a sense of meloncoly throughout. Bramwell has been accused of terribly injuring his baby sister, Nikki, who now lies in a coma. He’s in a juvenile detention center and refuses to communicate with anyone. It’s up to his best friend, Connor, to break through the barrier and find out what really happened to Nikki.
The Lives We Lost by Megan Crewe is the second in the Fallen World Trilogy. Kaelyn has found a vaccine to the virus that has ravaged the world. She needs to get it to those with the power to use it. However, after the “friendly flu’s” damage, the world is not so friendly anymore.
In Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, master assassin Celaena Sardothien is given a conditional pardon and release from the salt mines where she is imprisoned. In exchange for freedom, she must be the prince’s champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Not only must she compete against other assassins, thieves, and mercenaries, but she must discover who is killing off the competitors one by one before they get to her.
Underworld by Meg Cabot is the second in the Abandoned trilogy. Pierce Olivera has been taken to the underworld by a local death deity to protect her from her grandmother, who is also a fury. Can she and John iron out the kinks in their rocky relationship and protect themselves from the Furies?
What were some of your favorite books this year?