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. Where has this year gone?! As we’ve only got a few weeks left, here’s the ten books I’ve loved the most this year. In June I talked about my favourite books I’d read so far this year so if you want to know about some other awesome books and to see which ones made both lists shimmy over here.
For once I’ve put these in order, going from ten to my number one book of the year.
10. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
I love me some thrillers with unreliable narrators and The Girl on the Train certainly has that! I loved how Rachel wasn’t reliable or even likable a lot of the time and it was one of those mysteries that left me guessing till the gripping finale.
9. 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.
8. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
I thought A Monster Calls was just a children’s book and I was so wrong! Yes it has illustrations and is about a young boy but it deals with grief and death and abandonment so well. It really makes you think and the beautiful passages go so well with the often scary drawings.
7. Five Ghosts Vol. 3: Monsters & Men by Frank J. Barbiere, Chris Mooneyham and Lauren Affe
This is one of my favourite comics I’m reading at the moment and Monsters & Men was a great chapter in the story. I just love the art style so much and it’s full of action and adventure! Plus, this book had Van Helsing in it and he was awesome!
6. 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.
5. Techbitch by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza
Techbitch is all about the modern magazine and how people don’t always read magazines and prefer the app version. Imogen is the editor who is a bit like a fish out of water but soon gets better at the technobabble, I loved Imogen and how she learned throughout the book. It’s also a really fun quick read which is something I always like.
4. Winter by Marissa Meyer
I read the entirety of The Lunar Chronicles these past few months and while I loved them all, Winter was certainly a highlight. The finale of a series often has a lot to live up to and Winter certainly delivered. There was loads of action and intrigue and great characters flourish. A great and satisfying to a brilliant series.
3. 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. I love this series a ridiculous amount and everyone has their time to shine.
2. 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.
1. 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 and science the shit out of this!” All the characters were interesting and flawed and the story was gripping and funny. The Martian is also one of my favourite films of the year and it’s definitely one of the best book-to-film adaptations I’ve seen in a long time. I just love this book OK!
What are your favourite books of the year?
Winter and The Martian were both so good!! Definitely my favourites this year!
Winter, The Girl on the Train and A Monster Calls are on my TBR.
A Monster Calls really surprised me and it was a quick read. They’re all worth reading tbh and I hope you enjoy them when you get the chance 🙂
I REALLY want to read The Girl On The Train!
My TTT! 😀
I hope when you get to it you enjoy it! 🙂
The Martian (yay!) is the only book on your list that I’ve actually read, but Winter and Bad Feminist are on my bedside table and crying out to me!!
I found with many peoples “Best of 2015” lists I’d only read one or to books or even only heard of a few of them! Bad Feminist was like an important reading experience! Hope you enjoy when you get to it 🙂
I’m a Marvel comic fiend as of this year. I signed up to Marvel unlimited a couple of weeks ago and while I haven’t had a lot of time to delve into the thousands of comics on there yet, I’m excited to get going on them next year – I might see if ‘Secret Avengers’ is available on there.
I really wanted to read ‘The Martian’ this year, but sometimes the hype surrounding a book puts me off a little, which is a bit of a shame really. Hopefully I’ll get to it in the near future!
Welcome to the wonderful world of Marvel comics! Yes, definitely check out Secret Avengers if you can, there’s been a few different series written by different people but the most recent is my favourite – I actually wrote a whole post about why I love Secret Avengers so much if you need more persuading 😉
I totally know what you mean about hype putting you off! I think I was lucky with The Martian as I picked it up just when there was small murmurings about it so the hype didn’t influence me too much and if anything I mainly picked it up because I saw there was going to be a film adaptation and I loved the cast. 😀
Just checked out your Secret Avengers post and you’ve pushed me across the line 🙂 I think I’ll check out the series you’re reading as I’m the same as you – largely familiar with the characters because of the movies, etc., so that seems like a good place to start.
Jason Aaron is probably my favourite of the Marvel writers (which is why I love Thor so much) – he also writes the new Dr Strange which I LOVE as well.
I’m going to start reading the Civil War arc on Marvel Unlimited too – they have a recommend reading order across a whole bunch of different character comics, so I’m pretty excited for that.
I’m definitely going to have to get myself a copy of The Martian! And several… if not all others on your list! 😀
Haha! Yeah, I’m feeling that way too after checking out other peoples “Best of 2015” lists!
The Martian and The Girl on the Train were amazing! I still need to read Winter!
Check out my TTT and Music Monday.
They were great but so different!
THE MARTIAN! YES! It’s at the top of my list for this year.
IT’S JUST SUCH A GOOD BOOK!!! 😀
Love seeing Winter on so many lists! And I think I may check out Bad Feminist after seeing your list.
Winter was such a good ending to a great series! Glad my little list has made you think of picking up Bad Feminist, it really is an interesting and important read 🙂