As half of 2011 lies behind us (seriously, what happened??), I thought I'd share my top 5 reads of the year so far. I've read some really good books this year and the lowest rating I have given is 3 out of 6, so I've had a good year so far. It's always hard making a prioritized list, but here it is.
1) The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
This was actually a re-read, but it was just as fabulous the second time around. I am in love with everything about this book; the plot, the characters, the setting, the cover... In fact, I am so much in love that I'm completely incapable of writing a coherent review, which is why I never have.
2) The Twisted Tale of Stormy Gale
I said in my review in May that this novella was the most fun I had had reading a book all year, and that sentiment still applies. I thoroughly enjoyed every word of this twisted tale, and had it been a full-length novel it would have pushed poor Locke down from first place without question.
3) A Scottish Ferry Tale by Nancy Volkers
This was such a sweet romance novel. I loved the story and the characters, and as I had just spent a week in Scotland before reading this one, the setting was very vivid.
4) Curse of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz
The second book in the Spellman Files was just as funny as the first one. Isabel Spellman is a great narrator; crazy without being over the top. If you like Stephanie Plum, you'll love Izzy Spellman.
5) Heat Wave by Richard Castle
If you like the excellent TV series Castle, you are sure to like this first installment of the Nikki Heat series written by the fictional Mr. Castle himself because it feels just like watching an episode of the show.
There you have it; my five best reads of the year so far. It will be interesting to see how many of these are still on the list in six month's time.
What are your top 5 books so far this year?