I wanted to do this list for a long time and honestly this was a fight to the death for me to decide which book got number one. I will explain the best I can for each book. Let’s go!
Also, I decided that this will go ahead and include some other media that I consumed because as much as I loved the books I read this year, some other series I read just… Blew other books out of the water. That’s why its top 10 reads!
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
I was not initially going to add this to the list, but upon sitting on the book, I realized that it meant more to me than I thought it would. I learned a lot from this book and I really hope others can learn something from it. It was a tale that led me into a whole other genre for webnovels too.
The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller
THIS BOOK. Oh my god the CLOTHES. I know my book club did not care for it, but I adored it. It was so fun to read, to sort of read that means little to me in my mind or intellectually, but was worth it all the same!
Dune by Frank Herbert
Look. This should probably be higher on the list and I get you. I REALLY do. However, with as much as I loved this book, the others just HIT me more. This book hit but not the same way that those lower on the list HIT, you know? I did really enjoy it all the same!
Haikyuu by Haruichi Furudate
So. This series ended this year. This has been a LONG time running. I’ve been following this series since it first began publication and so seeing the end really left me with many feelings. I love the series so much. I have so many ups and downs with it. “It’s just a little internal bleeding.” Will forever be my favorite line from this series. I am so happy with the ending, I cry. AHHHH. Its tearing me up again, just knowing that it ended.
Mistborn Series by Brandon Sanderson
I’ve been meaning to read this series for such a long time and it was worth it. At first I was tempted to only say one of the books, but I couldn’t pick with one. This series has given me a whole new love for specific magic systems. This series only comes up at 6 tho.
A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge
So. I love this book. I really don’t know what else to say. I read it and thought YES. The Cheeses. The Face magic. Everything about all of it, and the likes of the softness of the magic system. This book was a children’s novel but it was also a entertaining ride that made me care for emotions all the more, as well as food.
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
Now. I loved this book. I loved so much about it from the quotes to the plot. The reason it could not broach the top three though, is that I was still lacking in a way that the other three just changed me. This novel was one of the best books that I read for the end of the year, so I’m really happy with it.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
It was a rough start. I tried reading this book on the train and got motion sick, from reading on my iPad. I learned that I should never read on my iPad on a moving vehicle. When I restarted, I was afraid. However, it was worth it. Worth it so much. This book KNEW new, letting me know how it ended just when I wanted to know how it ended. It was literally written for me. I don’t know what else to say!
Omniscient Reader’s Viewpoint by Sing-Shong
Now, this was hard for me to do. In a way this and the last book on this list are tied. This webnovel slapped me so much that I had to write a whole essay about it, even when I had not been planning to do so. This novel! It was so quote worthy, it was such a fun ride to read. I went to secret websites to find the whole thing, that I don’t think i could replicate again (lol). This tale hit me so much. Its the story about a reader who loves a story so much that they are able to change it. It is so beautiful. What stopped me from picking this over the true number one, was that while I did love it, its not something I can easily reread.
I’d need a physical copy for that.
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgerstern
I knew this was going to be number one from the moment I finished the novel. This novel is beautiful, it is everything I ever wanted. I fell in love so thoroughly with this book, that I need to annotate this. This, like Wicked that won last year, are two books I NEED to annotate. Oh this book. I love it so much. I needed this book so much.
These were my top 10. It was actually a bit difficult to pick between the last two, but I’m happy with the way this ended up.
What books were your favorite for the year?