This week’s TTT (hosted by The Broke and The Bookish) is too hard, so I’m cheating. I can’t pick just 10 books, so I’ve split it into 2 lists; a top 10 of adult fiction and an extra one for YA. Just be glad I didn’t do separate lists for non-fiction, books about the Brontës and children’s books about koalas.
10 The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
I was late to the party on this one, but I loved the richness of the imagery, the amazing clocks and the weird gothic vibe.
9 The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood
Very weird feminist-tinged tale of women imprisoned in a camp in the Australian Outback.
8 The Butcher’s Hook by Janet Ellis
Gloriously mad historical “romance.”
7 Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
I am now obsessed with Adichie. The end.
6 His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet
My Booker pick; the varied style of this really grabbed my attention.
5 All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
This was my top book of the year, but I read it right at the start of 2016 and too many books have been and gone since. I have vowed to reread it soon.
4 Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis
So weirdly heartbreaking and lovely. And I don’t even like dogs. (Sorry.)
3 Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Superlative, sweeping tale of two linked families, rooted in slavery in Africa and resulting in modern day America.
2 Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer
I remain in awe of this wonderful book about a dysfunctional Jewish family and a crisis in Israel.
1 The Book of Memory by Petina Gappah
I am so pleased I stumbled across this beautiful and subtle book. I raved about it here.
10 A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
I feel very wrong for not putting this higher up the list. I am taking out my feelings of frustration about waiting for the third book by punishing this one.
9 The Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder
Possibly the loveliest book I’ve read all year.
8 Lydia by Natasha Farrant
This reimagining of the troublemaker from Pride and Prejudice was very funny.
7 Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
I still can’t think about this WWII story without wanting to do a little cry.
6 Front Lines by Michael Grant
Girls in war! Woohoo! This was a fun read, with some serious stuff about sexism too.
5 Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
So tragic! So heartbreaking! But also so hilarious?
4 Dumplin‘ by Julie Murphy
Ahh, Willowdean, my fictional BFF. Just thinking about this book makes me want to do a celebratory dance.
3 Vivian Vs the Apocalypse by Katie Coyle
I’m so pleased to have discovered these books completely by accident. It’s a brilliant, entertaining duology which now has slightly frightening connotations, post-US election. Is Katie Coyle actually psychic?
2 Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman
Obviously this is on here. It was brilliant. More please. NOW.
1 The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
The only book lovely enough to beat The Museum of Heartbreak to the title of Loveliest Book. Because it’s lovely. Also, Alaska. And lots of salmon.