Top Ten Tuesday: My top picks for the first half of 2014

I usually have a hard time picking favorites among all the books that I read, but I thought I’d give it a shot.  And by making it for the first half of the year, I can add another ten at year’s end.  Slight bit of cheating, but oh well.  Here’s my top ten picks for January through June of this year.  (Yeah, I’m a bit late with this.  I procrastinate…)

1. These Broken Stars by by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Good science fiction adventure, little bit of romance, class distinctions, and a touch of mystery.  I enjoyed this one a lot and I’m looking forward to the sequel.

2. One Summer: America 1927 by Bill Bryson

I adore Bryson’s books, because they combine humor with some serious research and a great presentation of info.

3. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Anybody who has ever been part of a fandom, or just really really loved a book series, should read this.

4. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Not only a book about gay teens, but one that has a lot of hope and realism.

5. Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop

My husband and I both LOVE the Courtyard series, and this one is just another example of why we want to live in the Courtyard.

6. Desperate Passage by Ethan Rarick

Despite living in California all my life, I’d never read a book about the Donner Party.  Now I have.  VERY interesting and based on fairly current archaeological research.

7. Divided We Fall by Trent Reedy

One of the scariest novels about the fall of the US I’ve ever read, simply because it’s so plausible.

8. Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb

I got an advance copy of this one and blew through it.  It was SO NICE to go back to the world of Fitz and the Fool.  Made me cry too.

9. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

True life account of a guy who went into the Alaskan wilderness and starved to death.  Wonderful portrait of a free spirit who met an untimely end.

10. Sparrow Hill Road by Seanan McGuire

A story about a wandering ghost on the American highways.  Great mythology for ghosts and their existence, and a main character that I really liked.