Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’ve Read in 2018 (So Far)

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This week for Top Ten Tuesday, it’s all about my favourite books that I’ve read so far this year. Tough choice! There were a lot that I thought about listing, but in the end, these books stuck with me:

  1. My Best Friend’s Exorcism, by Grady Hendrix – I blew through this one in a day while floating in an inner tube at the cottage. My husband had to bring me food periodically, because I refused to put the book down. Seriously, it was that good. (Stay tuned for a full review of this book on Friday).
  2. The Girl with All of the Gifts, by M.R. Carey – This is another deeply creepy narrative, but told from the fascinating perspective of a zombie girl who is discovering what it means to be “alive.” I liked it because it felt in places like a twisted coming of age story.
  3. The Favorite Sister, by Jessica Knoll – Not only is this book a great thriller from the first page, but there is an interesting discussion around female success and cattiness. Also: it’s all about reality TV. If you’re like me and you like tuning in to The Bachelor, then this book will keep you reading.
  4. Educated, by Tara Westover – Heartfelt, disturbing and powerful, this memoir had me captivated. It reads like a cult – escape narrative in some ways, which kept the momentum quick, but what struck me as the most fascinating were the family dynamics that Westover describes.
  5. Strong Female Protagonist, by Brennan Lee Mulligan & Molly Ostertag – I loved this graphic novel because it was campy and quick-paced and the artwork was excellent, but I also appreciated the original perspective on the super hero narrative.
  6. The Witches of New York, by Ami McKay – I know that I talk about this book a lot, but to be fair, it is really fantastic. I loved the atmosphere that McKay creates and the beautiful prose, among other things. Read more about it here.
  7. The Impossible Fortress, by Jason Rekulak – I picked this book up because it described 80’s nostalgia, and I’m a sucker for that kind of stuff. What I ended up loving was the quirky romance and the hilarious heist narrative that piggy-backs on the larger story about a boy who loves to code video games. I would compare it to Ready Player One, but for me, it was better.
  8. Love and Gelato, by Jenna Evans Welch – Fun, flirty and set in Italy? Who wouldn’t want to read this book?
  9. The Last Black Unicorn, by Tiffany Haddish – I’m not normally interested in reading celebrity autobiographies, but this one was hard to put down simply because of all the crazy stuff that Haddish had to go through in her life. It was enlightening and at times quite funny.
  10. Meddling Kids, by Edgar Cantero – If you loved Welcome to Night Vale and Scooby Doo, then this book will have you riveted. I loved all of the nods towards the classic TV show and found the plot to be captivating.

 

What are some of your favourite books that you’ve read (so far) this year?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Canadian Books that I Love

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I’m taking some liberty with this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic, (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl), since we’ve just had Canada Day in my neck of the woods, and also since most of my bookshelf has been packed up I don’t have that many “red, white and blue” books in my possession at the moment. So here are a few of my favourite Canadian books in honour of Canada Day:

  1. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood – I love books that are disturbing because they feel just a bit too familiar and Margaret Atwood is the queen of writing narratives that hit just a little bit too close to home.
  2. A Complicated Kindess, by Miriam Toews – Life in the strictly religious Mennonite town of  East Village isn’t all that it is cracked up to be. At least, that’s what hilarious, sardonic Nomi Nickel discovers. This book will break your heart in all of the right ways.
  3. The Stone Diaries, by Carol Shields – I’m a sucker for anything even the slightest bit meta-fictional, because, well, I just like books that seem to be aware of their… book-ness. Also, the fictional autobiography that Shields creates is pretty unique.
  4. The Witches of New York, by Ami McKay – Witches! History! Nudity! McKay delivers it all! (*I can’t actually remember if there was nudity, but it just felt like there needed to be a third thing in there and nudity seemed to fit.)
  5. The Diviners, by Margaret Laurence – I think I loved The Diviners mainly because Morag Gunn was a writer, but also because it was an interesting female coming of age story.
  6. SuperMutant Magic Academy, by Jillian Tamaki – A satire on the genre of “kid goes to magical school,” Tamaki’s own version of a magical high school is hilarious because it is full of underage drinking, teen angst and of course, unrequited love. It is supremely hilarious!
  7. Hark! A Vagrant! by Kate Beaton – Another hilarious graphic novel that I will never stop reading. Who says history has to be boring?
  8. Anne of Green Gables, by Lucy Maude Montgomery – I fell in love with Anne of Green Gables when I was a little girl, but if I’m being honest here, I kept on re-reading the series because I had a HUGE crush on Gilbert Blythe.
  9. Fifteen Dogs, by Andre Alexis” I wonder”, said Hermes, “what it would be like if animals had human intelligence.” And then? Things get weird and wonderful and thought provoking.
  10. Fifth Business, by Robertson Davies – This book blew my mind in high school. It’s all about discovering that there is truth in the uncanny.

 

Even if you aren’t Canadian, what are your favourite Canadian books?