The end of the calendar year means it’s time to compile Lists about All The Things and rate every aspect of our year. Yesterday I shared the Top 10 Posts at Critic & Fangirl this year and today I’m going to write about the Top 10 Books I read in 2015. A task which feels somewhat redundant in that regular readers have probably heard me babble about these ten books a lot already, but they are all good enough to merit further squealing. And, um, bandwagon meet Jen. Oh we already met.
Also – it’s the prompt for this week’s Top 10 Tuesday and the FOMO is strong.
To keep things interesting, I’m going to go all superlative yearbook style with this list and compare each book to a cliched stereotype from high school.
1: The girl all the boys want to take to the yard and they’re like it’s better than yours, damn right it’s better than yours, I could teach you – but I’d have to charge… Sorry, tangent – book that everyone obsesses over because their hair is so pretty like woah – and they are smart and funny, too – the jerks: The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. Start with Cinder. Prepare to never stop talking about it.
2: The younger sibling of the really popular kid who has a lot going for him but often gets overshadowed by their star sibling: Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins was really good and was my nine year old’s favorite book this year but when most people think of Suzanne Collins they probably think of her other books.
3: The girl whose family is so big that you forget who is related to who and why, but you can assume that anyone in town is probably her cousin somehow: The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter will seriously test your knowledge of the Greek Gods and also occasionally your patience as you endure the world’s longest “Do you think he likes me?” moment.
4: The quiet kid in class who is a little on the macabre side but then you get to know them and find out they are really smart and kind and you are so glad you decided to strike up a conversation with them: The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey is a book I probably wouldn’t have picked up if my book club hadn’t been reading it – especially if I had actually known the whole plot! But I really loved it and I’m so glad I read it.
5: The super funny friend that writes you notes in class that you kind of want to keep forever because everything she says is genius and she’s probably going to be famous someday: Yes Please by Amy Poehler is one of the better “celebrity memoirs” on the block – Poehler’s writing feels like you are talking to your best friend who happens to be one of the most amazing people on this planet – just like your real best friend, right?
6: The kid who always seems drunk and tells such crazy stories that you are starting to wonder if they are a pathological liar: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins is basically the king of unreliable narrator driven stories.
7: The girl in English class whose poetry actually doesn’t make you want to gouge your eyes out with a spork: May B by Caroline Starr Rose is so beautifully written and for a book written in poetic form, it’s impresive how readable and not silly it was. A lot of times books written in poems or epistolary style feel contrived, but this was just wonderful and #allthefeels.
8: The girl who has a new boyfriend every week and is totally in love with love and draws hearts over all of her i’s still but she’s a total sweetie so you like her anyway: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han was kind of addictively wonderful even when it was cheesy and predictable. It had a surprising amount of heart and depth to it that kept me coming back for more. Han’s writing is imbibed with MSG and crack cocaine.
9: The president of the debate club who volunteers at the soup kitchen and organizes rallies for justice and makes you feel like the laziest person alive: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson is one of those “you will be a better person just for reading this” books and it should probably be required reading.
10: The boy who was so good at all the things – so smart and sweet and funny and athletic and well written that he kind of ruins you for all future romantic relationship because you know you’ll just compare them to him and he’ll always win: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr pretty much won the Books Written About World War II Contest – and there’s a pretty broad field of contenders. My book club is already finding itself saying, “It was good, but it wasn’t All The Light We Cannot See good.”