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Top Ten SF/F Books I’ve Read So Far This Year

Top Ten Tuesday

Thanks to the gals of The Broke and The Bookish for hosting this meme every week!

Whoa, the year really isn’t allowed to be half over already…. I always have difficulty picking my top favorites since that means comparing across genres and age ranges, but I will try for your sakes, my lovely readers! These of course come with the huge caveat of “I just really really liked them, that doesn’t mean they are objectively the best or anything” ;-). Oh and they aren’t in any actual order since that would be actually impossible

To-Die-For Worldbuilding

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge Where the Rock Splits the Sky by Philip Webb Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson In the Shadows by Kiersten White and Jim Di Bartolo

I feel like I don’t even need to explain these, but I will ;-).

  • Cruel Beauty – The sky is made of paper and there are old references to Greek gods and goddesses. This is on top of the awesome Beauty and the Beast retelling with great characters! There is so much more but I can’t tell you because you must discover it on your own!!
  • Where the Rock Splits the Sky – The Earth’s rotation has been halted by aliens who also blew the Moon to smithereens. The western US is stuck in eternal twilight because that is the way they were facing when the aliens came. The West is filled with weird quirks of physics and creepy aliens and awesomely described landscapes. This book was a treat to read!
  • Words of Radiance – It is Brandon Sanderson, and therefore of course the world is amazing. However, the world is even more amazing because there are sketches included to really bring it to life and we’ve gotten a lot of different perspectives from characters all over the world. Book three now please?
  • In the Shadows – All right, maybe “world-building” isn’t quite the right word, but because In the Shadows is half graphic novel and half text novel, it was able to pull me into the mystery so much more compellingly than the text on its own. It is so much fun to actually get to see the world as the authors see it!

Addicting Action

Gasp by Lisa McMann Earth Star by Janet Edwards Among Thieves by Douglas Hulick The Ophelia Prophecy by Sharon Lynn Fisher

  •  Gasp – This is the conclusion to the Visions trilogy and I literally read it in a four-hour sitting. It isn’t that I couldn’t put it down, I just really didn’t want to because it was so awesome. I love the mystery in each of these books since someone has a vision of an accident and then they have to figure out where and when to try to stop it. The characters are great and the pacing is just phenomenal.
  • Earth Star – So I really like aliens when done well and Earth Star did spectacularly. I really enjoyed having this looming threat hanging in the sky while Jarra tried to go about her less-than-normal days at future Earth’s archeological sites. The ending was white-knuckle reading!
  • Among Thieves – I read this one while riding in the car for six hours and am still astounded at how well it kept my attention and how quickly I read it. There is just so much swashbuckling and thieving fun that I was never bored.
  • The Ophelia Prophecy – And by action I mean ;-). The Ophelia Prophecy has some pretty steamy sexy times along with a really cool plot involving genetically-manipulated insect hybrids!

Wonderful Friendships

Horizon by Jenn Reese Mistwalker Saundra Mitchell

  • Horizon – So we already know that I absolutely love the friendships in books and Horizon is the concluding book of a trilogy full of awesome friends. I especially like that the boy and girl that start as friends end as friends with no romantic interest in each other because boys and girls can be just friends!
  • Mistwalker – Mistwalker is such a wonderful haunting book, but completely separate from the mystical element is the friendship between Willa and her BFF Bailey. Bailey is gay and out to their small town, and even though she is having relationship problems as they think about college, she is still around for Willa and a friend I really wish I had. She actually really reminds me of good friend from college so that’s probably why I love these two so much, haha.

What has been your favorite book(s) so far this year??

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings -Anya

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  1. There is a lot of love for Cruel Beauty. I own it, I just haven’t picked it up yet.
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  2. People keep mentioning how much they loved Cruel Beauty, which makes me wonder what’s wrong with me that resulted in a barely 2-star review. :(

    Otherwise, great list! I knew Brandon Sanderson would be on there somewhere. ;)
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  3. I’ve been hearing a lot about Cruel Beauty this week! If it’s about mythology and Beauty and the Beast, I know I’ll love it! Thanks for helping me make up my mind!
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    • Woot! Yup, it is basically a Beauty and the Beast retelling with greek gods thrown in as an old religion, so awesome!

  4. Ohhhh adding a bunch of these to my TBR. Where the Rock Splits the Sky and Mistwalker look the best from your descriptions, but I feel like I want to read most of these…
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    • Yey! I really enjoyed Where the Rock Splits the Sky and Mistwalker especially since they were pretty under the radar so I get to push them on people, haha.

  5. Awesome list, Anya! Words of Radiance made mine as well. And I can’t wait to get to Cruel Beauty! :D My TTT
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    • I’m pretty sure every book of that series is going to make it onto a favorite list in the coming years, haha.

  6. I’ve only read two of these, but neither went that well for me. I had a love/hate relationship with Cruel Beauty. The world was amazing, but I really, really didn’t like the romance. In the Shadows was a cool read, but I didn’t enjoy reading it that much.
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  7. Yes, Cruel beauty has an amazing world-building! I can’t wait to re-read it in the hope to discover new things. Sanderson’s books are high on my reading list, I hope to pick up at least one of his books this summer.
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  8. OOoh nice! I loved Cruel Beauty as well! Thinking maybe I should give Up from the Shadows a chance, had debated over it, but passed. But now I am rethinking of it since you thought so highly of it!

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  9. Awesome list! I was so sad when i realized that i haven’t really read many Sf/f that i really loved yet this year. I think the next six months of my reading life should be soley dedicated to sf/f!
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  10. OMG! CRUEL BEAUTY was amazing! I think I need to add a few more from your list to my to read pile :)
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    • So agreed! I’m actually kind of sad it was standalone since I loved it so much, but I know I’ll pick up the next thing she writes anyway ;-)

  11. I haven’t read any of these but GASP is on my library list!
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  12. I love that your list is all SFF — and that I had heard of so few of them! More books for me to check out!
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  13. Awesome highlights so far, and I’m definitely adding to my TBR list!
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  14. Great selections! I think most of these are already on my wishlist, and if they weren’t before, they are now.
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  15. YAY for Words of Radiance! I’m in the middle of reading Way of Kings. 1000 pages is long!
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  16. Susan Gourley says:

    LOL, why can’t Sanderson write the next 1000 page book quicker? I loved his book and I’m currently reading Sworn in Steel, the follow up to Among Thieves. Will probably check out some of your other picks.

    • Hehe, I’m okay with him taking his time if it means it’ll be even more epic :D I loved Sworn in Steel! Such a great series, another one that I’m dying for the third book!

  17. Oh man, I don’t know when I’ll be getting around to Words of Radiance…and then the question then will be, do I get it for my Kobo or do I get the paperback? *decisions, decisions*

    Great list! :) My TTT

  18. I’m a little bit sad that I’ve actually read NONE of these books! Some of them do sound pretty interesting, though, and I’ve made a note of which ones I want to track down to read in the future. :)

  19. Great choices! I loved In the Shadows and the world building was great in Cruel Beauty. I really want to read The Ophelia Prophecy – I was on the fence but your review convinced me to give it a shot!
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    • Woohoo, just be prepared for sexy times in The Ophelia Prophecy, I seem to always time it perfectly that I reach those scenes when I’m in a public place and it just feels awkward, ha.

  20. Earth Girl is on my list, Anya! I just read it over the weekend after seeing your review and I loved it. I’m going to read Earth Star soon. I have several books and authors on your list to read. Must read faster…

    BTW, for some reason your comment’ luv isn’t working for me–says that it can’t read the file. It does work on other sites for me,

    • I’m so glad you liked Earth Girl :D

      Curses, I’ve been trying to figure out what CommentLuv is going wrong, you’re not the only one, but strangely not everyone has having this issue.

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