Top Ten Tuesday

Posted June 27, 2017 by Nicky in General / 22 Comments

This week’s theme from The Broke and the Bookish is pretty much about taking stock, now we’re almost halfway through 2017. What’re the best books I’ve read so far this year? Hmm…

Cover of The Tyrannosaur Chronicles by David Hone Cover of Within the Sanctuary of Wings by Marie Brennan Cover of The Worm at the Core Cover of The Unreal and the Real by Ursula Le Guin Cover of An Artificial Night by Seanan McGuire

  1. The Tyrannosaur Chronicles, by David Hone. A Christmas present from my sister, and an awesome one. It’s just come out in paperback, I think, so I definitely recommend it if you’re interested in dinosaurs and palaeontology. It’s pretty exhaustive, though; not for those who don’t like non-fiction.
  2. Within the Sanctuary of Wings, by Marie Brennan. The final volume of the Lady Trent books, this was really worth it. I wish there were a ton more of Isabella’s adventures, but it’s a great ending.
  3. The Worm at the Core, by Sheldon Solomon, Jeff Greenberg, and Tom Pyszczynski. Very worth reading, all about how humans react to the knowledge we’re going to die, and how that sets us apart. It sounds depressing, but it’s really not.
  4. Outer Space, Inner Lands, by Ursula Le Guin. Amazing, of course — a collection of her best short stories, focusing in this volume on her SF.
  5. An Artificial Night, by Seanan McGuire. I’ve been reading quite a bit of Seanan McGuire’s work this year, and this volume of the Toby Daye series sticks in my head because of all the awesome references to myth and legend.
  6. Miranda and Caliban, by Jacqueline Carey. I didn’t expect to get so involved with the story of Miranda and of Caliban, but Carey got me hooked. I think I read it all in one go.
  7. The Burning Page, by Genevieve Cogman. The Invisible Library books continue to be a heck of a lot of fun, and I’m glad there are more to come.
  8. Passing Strange, by Ellen Klages. The first time I read anything by Ellen Klages, and it won’t be the last.
  9. On the Origin of Species, by Charles Darwin. I know I’m dreadfully late to the party in reading this, but at least it’s stood the test of time. Darwin didn’t know a lot of key information about heredity, but he got so much right — and he was so willing to look exhaustively for evidence.
  10. Summer in Orcus, by T. Kingfisher. It’d be easy to get tired of portal fantasy, but this is so charming and full of ideas and characters I’d love to explore more.

Cover of Miranda and Caliban by Jacqueline Carey Cover of The Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman Cover of Passing Strange by Ellen Klages Cover of On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin Cover of Summer in Orcus by T. Kingfisher

What about you? What’re your greatest hits so far this year?

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22 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday

  1. Ooo, I may have to see if my local library as a copy of The Tyrannosaur Chronicles, I’m very intrigued – I was a bit of a dinosaur nut as a child. I still need to get to the Invisible Library and October Daye series, I own the first books in both series, but I am a terrible series reader. One of these days I’ll get to them. Great list!
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  2. I’m still intrigued by that Tyrannosaur book after your review of it! I was watching the Jurassic Park films last night while I was reading so that was fun. Ooh to find a lost world to (safely) photograph would be amazing!
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  3. Woohoo, another reader who likes dinosaurs! I don’t read a lot of nonfiction (usually only when it’s some true crime stuff) but I love everything dinosaur-related, so I might need to take a closer at “The Tyrannosaur Chronicles” 😀

    I got myself the first book of the Lady Trent series a while ago but still need to read it, but it makes me hopeful that one of the sequels made it onto your list!

    The same goes for “The Burning Page”. I really liked the first book in the series but the second book a little less, so I hope book 3 will be better again! 🙂
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    • I love me some dinosaurs! I’m a big kid that way, haha.

      The Lady Trent series is great, in my opinion! It actually speaks to that dinosaur fan in me, because dragons in her world are a bit like dinosaurs in ours, at times.

  4. I read the first book in the Invisible Library series and liked it a lot, but never continued on. I hope to soon. I also have all of the Marie Brennan series except the last one and should probably get started on them (I got them super cheap at Book Outlet). You have a great list here!

  5. All these awesome sounding books! Hold on , let me get my wish list ready so I can add some titles to it . . . Okay, I’m back. I love the cover of Within the Sanctuary of Wings and have been wanting to read that series. I recently got a copy of a Seanan McGuire book from NetGalley and am going to be trying her books for the first time–so I’m glad to see one of her books made your list! I just love the Invisible Library series. Irene is awesome and I might have a little crush on Kai. Haha.

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