Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books I’ve Read This Year

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Its been so loooooong. Hello again everyone! I kind of fell off the face of the earth for a while mostly because my procrastination habits caught up with me and made my last few weeks of the semester stressful and bitter. Its exam week but since classes are pretty much wrapped up, I figured it would be safe to venture back out into the real world and give my blog some much needed love.  So this week’s topic is a review of my top ten books of the year. This year was very touch and go with my reading selections. I had some that I loved and some that I REALLY hated, with more of the latter, much to my chagrin. Below is a list of my favorites in preference order.

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Book Review: Lair of Dreams

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By: Libba Bray

Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance, Supernatural/Horror, Young Adult

After a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O’Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to “read” objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title, “America’s Sweetheart Seer.” But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners’ abilities…

Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer?

~ From Goodreads

I had picked up The Diviners back in 2013 after finishing up a grueling week of college final exams. I was tired and ready for something fun to ease me into a relaxing summer vacation before a stressful senior year. The Diviners had been sitting on my Nook for months, collecting cyber dust and almost begging me to give it some love and attention. I caved and cracked it open. I wasn’t fully prepared for just quickly I was going to be sucked into Bray’s book. While disturbingly spooky (which is not something I usually go for), it was also fast-paced, mysterious and lush with 1920s flapper culture. I immediately fell in love with the crazy characters and the spooky murder mystery. When I finished it, I was pleased to see that Bray had three other novels planned for the series and that she was busy writing the sequel. I set The Diviners aside and quietly waited for Lair of Dreams. Fast forward to two years later and I almost completely missed the release date, but when I saw that it was available for purchase, how could I say no? I bought it and just finished it about twenty minutes ago. I think I am as much in love with this book as I was with its predecessor. It’s not perfect by any means, but this series is slowly becoming one of my favorites and I will quietly wait ten years for the next book if it means it will continue to be as well written and well researched as these first two books were.

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