Top Ten Tuesday is a feature run by BrokeAndBookish each week – I’m thinking I might not take part every week but just see if a week takes my fancy. As we are now half way through the year (how has that happened?!) today’s Top Ten Tuesday is the ten best books you’ve read so far this year. If I’ve reviewed the book mentioned, its title will go to my review where you can see me gush even more about it.
The Martian by Andy Weir
I loved the humour in this book. Mark Watney has such a realistic voice, I can image him being on Mars and being like “Well now what? Guess I’ll grow some potatoes.” All the characters were interesting and flawed and the story was gripping and funny. I cannot wait for the film adaptation – it’s probably one of the films I’m most looking forward to this year.
Doubletake by Rob Thurman
It was great to return to the Cal Leandros series after so long. Robin Goodfellow was still his usual self – though a little on edge due to family stuff and it was nice to learn more about Nico’s side of the family. I’ve still got more books in this series to catch up on which I’m looking forward to doing.
Secret Avengers by Ales Kot and Michael Walsh
Secret Avengers is a lot of fun. The characters are great, the story’s exciting and fun, and the art is wonderful. If you’re not sure where to start with Marvel comics – give Secret Avengers a go.
Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates
The Everyday Sexism project is fascinating and Laura Bates has turned the stories from the project into a book that examines sexism in the workplace, at school, in public spaces and in the media. It’s an eye opening read and really makes you think.
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
Bad Feminist is a collection of essays about feminism and it’s an engaging read. It makes you think about the media, society and politics but it’s all easily accessible and there’s some humour in it too – in many senses you’ve got to laugh or else you’ll cry.
Hawkeye vs Deadpool by Gerry Duggan, Mateo Lolli and Jacopo Camagni
This is a standalone comic that is a lot of fun. All you need to know is Hawkeye hangs out in his flat in Brooklyn when he’s not being an Avenger and Deadpool is an indestructible mercenary. Together there’s a lot of laughs and ridiculousness as they try and stop the bad guys who (naturally) have mind control powers.
Fear and Loathing in La Liga: Barcelona vs Real Madrid by Sid Lowe
Barcelona and Real Madrid’s rivalry is legendary and Fear and Loathing in La Liga delves deep into both clubs history and looks at Spain’s history too. This was a fascinating read, it was sometimes a bit dense and a little dull when it was talking about players I didn’t know about but on the whole it was great read.
Scarlet by Stephen R. Lawhead
Scarlet is a retelling of the Robin Hood legend and it focuses on Will Scarlet – my favourite of Robin’s Merry Men. Naturally a book focusing on my favourite character would be one of my favourite reads, but it’s also thrilling and full of beautiful imagery.
The Three by Sarah Lotz
The Three was just so good. Four planes crash at almost the same time and the only survivors are three children who (because of their miraculous escape from death) some people believe are aliens while others believe they’re a sign of the End of Days. The Three was gripping and creepy and you were never quite sure what was going to happen but there was a sense of foreboding throughout the book.
Seed by Lisa Heathfield
Seed is a creepy book that is in short about a cult and the main character believes she lives in the ideal world and isn’t aware of the situation she’s really in. It’s a very unsettling book and I wouldn’t necessarily say I enjoyed it but it’s certainly stayed with me.
I’m intrigued to see if any of these stay in my top ten books of 2015 or what will come along and knock some off. What’s your favourite reads of the year so far?