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This is more of a top ten books I've read since April (as you know if you've read my 2013 read list I honestly can't remember almost anything I read before April for some reason). The top five are absolute MUST reads for teen fiction. The rest of the list were books I loved, with a wider age range (I read grown up books too!)
1. Linked - Imogen Howson: This is the best sci-fi I've read in years. Read it! Do it! Now!
2. Graceling Series (Graceling, Fire, Bitterblue) - Kristin Cashore: Oh my god I loved this series. I know this is cheating as technically they're three books, but I just can't pick one. I can not express how much I loved this whole series. I'm hoping to reread them and review them all so I CAN let everyone know just how amazing the books are!
3. Soulbound - Heather Brewer: In a lot of ways this book reminded me of the Cashore books. I love strong independent women in fantasies!
4. The Diviners - Libba Bray: I honestly don't think there's another YA author who is as versatile as Libba Bray. All her books are so different! The Diviners has everything a girl could want - 1920's New York, rebellious teen, ensemble cast, dark and mysterious happenings, swoon-worthy boys - the list goes on.
5. Tiger Lily - Jodi Lynn Anderson: As Nafiza stated - this book took my heart and smooshed it together. A retelling of Peter Pan from Tinkerbell/Tiger Lily's point of view (I promise that makes sense when you read the book), it is some of the most insightful and reflective writing I've ever seen. And so, so, so beautifully written.
6. Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name - Vendela Vida: A novel exploring family secrets is always iffy for me. It'll either be fantastic or it really drags you down. This book is obviously the former, as it is on this list. Another book with just fantastic writing. Sometimes prose is all it takes to really sucker me in.
7. Mao's Last Dancer - Li Cunxin: I think it is so amazing that while the book is written in English, Li Cunxin manages to make everything sound so wonderfully alien to how we say things. A memoir about dance before we got bombarded with them in the wake of Black Swan, it also explores the struggles of a young man trapped between Communist China and the United States
8. The Particular Sadness Lemon Cake - Aimee Bender: I know, I know I've said this about the last couple books, but it's just so beautifully written! It's a very odd story, I can't say I've read too many surreal novels. It was unsettling, but that just made me want to reread it all over again.
9. Stay - Deb Caletti: I honestly don't have much to say here. It's Deb Caletti. She has the most beautiful prose I've ever seen in a YA/teen author, and anyone who has read my other TTT posts knows how much I always love her novels.
10. Storm Front (Dresden Files #1) - Jim Butcher: Is it beautifully written, or have rich, developed characters, or a great romantic storyline? No. But those are all the reasons I loved reading it. It's like Magnum P.I. except with wizards in Chicago. It is simply put, a very entertaining read and I look forward to delving into the rest of the series!
That's it for this week's TTT. What made it to your list?