Sunday, June 8, 2014

Top 10 Books I've Read So Far This Year

I'm halfway through my reading goal of a book a week for 2014.  Here are 10 of my favorites so far this year!

This is a feature of The Broke and the Bookish

Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen

Just as in A Doll's House, I love Ibsen's exploration of inter-gender relationships.  He's a writer ahead of his time.

Regarding the Pain of Others by Susan Sontag

Why are we so fascinated by real-life horrors?  Why do we respectfully hide the faces of home-grown fallen soldiers but display the skeletal remains of genocides overseas?  This non-fiction exploration of photograhy will make you question yourself. 

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

If you like exposition and backstory, you're going to love this novel. 

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

One of the more disturbing dystopian novels I've read, before dystopian novels were so popular.  This novel made me shiver and long to assert my independence and freedom.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Even better than the lauded Eleanor and Park. Fangirls unite!

All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

Time travel. Love triangle. Personal growth. Loved it.

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

A stand-out take on the Beauty and the Beast fairytale that incorporates Greek mythology and sinister demons. 

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

A poetic exploration of multi-level, complicated grief with exceptional imagery that left me in tears.

Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

An American poet very much inspired by nature and impacted by the Civil War. "Life immense in passion, pulse, and power."

Blankets by Craig Thompson

A graphic novel coming-of-age autobiography.  I love his art, though the story was heartbreaking.



  1. Fangirl and Daughter of Smoke and Bone made my list this week, and The Handmaid's Tale is just....amazing doesn't even begin to describe it. Mind blowing? Life changing? It's definitely one of my favourite books of all time!

  2. I had Fangirl on my top ten too!
    And I loved Blankets and Daughter of Smoke and Bone when I read them - I really need to read the sequels to that one!

  3. You seem to be quite the eclectic reader, Kate :) I enjoy that in a blogger/reader. As a Norwegian I should probably have read more of Ibsen's work, I have only read "The Wild Duck" so far. Daughter of Smoke & Bone was a good read, and the sequel equally so. Thanks for sharing your favorites, I am adding some of them on my wishlist(quite a few is there already, on the never ending wishlist).


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