Guys, things are crazy right now. I’m the only person on my paediatric surgery rotation which means that I am being kept super busy! All of the ward round questions come to ME, eeeek! I may be rather scarce for a while. Or for the next 18 months, considering that this is the last stretch… Anyway, today’s Top Ten Tuesday is about the top ten books I’ve read so far this year. (That’s awesome and all. Now here’s to hoping I manage to read more books in the second half of the year.)
1. Railsea by China Mieville – I read so many books recommended by GirlXOXO. I definitely loved this one more than she did though! I loved the world-building, the out-there-ness, and the depth. It was utterly confusing at times, but it was a pleasant kind of confusion.
3. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot – I am SO GLAD I finally read this one. I was tweeting #HeLa all over the place. When people say it reads like a novel they are not joking. I was reading it during my Gynaecology rotation so that I could convince myself I was studying, but it didn’t feel like studying at all.
4. Looking for Alaska by John Green – My second John Green book. I liked it! I used to love boarding school novels, so it was fun reading a YA-spin of it. And I cried. This book makes you ugly-cry.
5. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – Wow, this author winds you up and plays you like a yo-yo. Incredible. Had me screaming at characters. I don’t like the ending, but it remains a great work.
6. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater – This book had me looking under my bed before going to sleep. Fast paced. Love it.
7. Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor – the second book in Daughter of Smoke & Bone. I loved the Moroccan setting especially! And many plot twists and turns. Not as WOW as the first book, but still good.
8. The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards – Talk about intensity. This one had me thinking and agonising over the characters’ choices. An incredible premise for a novel that extends much further than face value.
9. The Big Necessity by Rose George – I’m still going on about this one. Does not read quite as much like a novel as HeLa, maybe more like a travelogue. Wonderful.
10. The Radiation Sonnets by Jane Yolen – It has been a while since an anthology of poems incapacitated me as this one did. Besides the fact that it gave me something to refer to during my surgery rotations, it is also just beautiful.