Okay, so coming up with a mid-year favorite list should have happened over a month ago, but in my defense, it was a bit difficult coming up with a top ten favorites list of the year when most of my reading has been happening the last few weeks. Also difficult because I haven’t been rating many at five stars (the ones I have rated at five were things I’d already read ages back).
In any case, most likely my list will get an upheaval once I get through my reading goal for the year.
Top Ten Mid-Year Favorites 2018
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – When a book has you emotionally spent, you know it’s a great thing.
The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden – The first book definitely made my top ten on the mid-year point as well, but tbh I actually liked this one much better. Must be because of all the romantic hijinks in this one…or, you know, Morozko is just great.
Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce – A book that’s been on my TBR since…well, since I was a wee young lass! I love seeing young Numair running around trying to learn the things he kicks ass at.
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel – This was definitely one of my fave scifi-dystopian books of the year, even if it doesn’t really play out so much as scifi and focuses on disjointed narratives that connect to each other eventually.
One of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus – I should really not be having such a kick out of teen drama, but this was SO GOOD Y’ALL.
Warcross by Marie Lu – A gamergirl’s book, this is. Um. I still cannot forgive you, Marie Lu. Not after you wrench my heartstrings like that. *sobs in the corner some more*
Six-Gun Snow White by Catherynne M. Valente – Tempted to put both Valente novellas on here, but I don’t want to seem biased. (Valente is certainly becoming the author I want to read more of this year).
The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher – This book is certainly straightforward enough for why I liked it so much. Carrie Fisher, Carrie Fisher, Star Wars, and…Carrie Fisher.
The Step-Spinsters by Madina Papadopoulos – A pleasant surprise of a book! I read this for the Fableulous Retellings Podcast at the behest of the author, and honestly, I have no problem promoting this book to the world for its refreshing take on stepsisters who are not altogether evil and a Cinderella who is not altogether pure.
Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood – Yes, a children’s book made it here, and yes, it’s another Cinderella retelling. But guys. GUYS. It’s about a Cinderella who wants nothing more than to be a mechanic. In space. And the story rhymes. IT RHYMES SO GOOD.