Tatum’s Top 7 Books:
1. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
“Tell me what it’s like. The race.”
“What it’s like is a battle. A mess of horses and men and blood. The fastest and strongest of what is left from two weeks of preparation on the sand. It’s the surf in your face, the deadly magic of November on your skin, the Scorpio drums in the place of your heartbeat. It’s speed, if you’re lucky. It’s life and it’s death or it’s both, and there’s nothing like it.”
I love this book more than I love The Raven Cycle, so you know I’m not messing about. I also feel like Maggie Stiefvater is on my level with this because she’s said before that The Scorpio Races is her favourite book out of all the ones she’s written.
2. Omens by Kelley Armstrong
A Bad Omen is a warning. A sign to stop and reconsider. Proceed with caution.
Remember all that yelling I do over Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series? Omens is better. Plus it is only a teeny trilogy with the last book out next year so there won’t be any waiting around endlessly for the series to finish *cheers*
3. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
I was told love should be unconditional. That’s the rule, everyone says so. But if love has no boundaries, no limits, no conditions, why should anyone try to do the right thing ever? If I know I am loved no matter what, where is the challenge?…It makes me think that everyone is very wrong, that love should have many conditions. Love should require both partners to be their very best at all times.
Amber and I went on a Gillian Flynn binge recently and read all of her books. She has this amazing ability to really unsettle her readers with the characters she creates, especially Amy.
4. A Brief History of Montmaray by Michelle Cooper
When I asked her what she’d thought of Pride and Prejudice, she only wondered aloud how anyone could have written a novel set in the first part of the nineteenth century without once mentioning Napoleon.
I cannot believe Michelle Cooper hasn’t written more books, honestly. It upsets me.
5. Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
But what she didn’t realize about Blue and her boys was that they were all in love with one another.
Maggie Stiefvater showing up twice on my list because she’s out to ruin my life, I am pretty sure. Anyway, I read this book in one sitting and had a complete meltdown over Ronan & Adam, so YOU KNOW.
6. The Martian by Andy Weir
Maybe I’ll post a consumer review. “Brought product to surface of Mars. It stopped working. 0/10.”
This book is an amazing debut and I will be harassing people to read it until the end of time. Why wouldn’t you want to read about a dude who gets stuck on Mars and just gets on with surviving while cracking sarcastic jokes?
7. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
And when she grasped the dagger, its weight lighter than she remembered, Rowan looked into her eyes, into her very core of her, and said, ‘Fireheart’.
Jude will be very happy to see this on my list, I think XD Heir of Fire made it on my list almost entirely because of Celaena’s character development. She is an amazing, underrated female protagonist with the kind of depth that I tend to associate with Harry James Potter, love of my life, hero of ages. Also this book made me cry like, a LOT.
Amber’s Top 7 Books:
NB: I would totally add Heir of Fire but Tatum has already covered that so just know that Heir of Fire is in my top ten because Heir of Fire. Heir of Fire.
1. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
I somehow knew that the particulars didn’t matter. She was my heart, she was half of me, and nothing, certainly not a few measly hundred miles, was ever going to change that.
2. Far From You by Tess Sharpe
But my heart isn’t simple or straightforward. It’s a complicated mess of wants and needs, boys and girls: soft, rough, and everything in between, an ever-shifting precipice from which to fall.
3. Vicious by Victoria Schwab
Plenty of humans were monstrous, and plenty of monsters knew how to play at being human.
4. A Feast For Crows by George R. R. Martin
The women are the strong ones, truly.
5. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
There’s always another secret.
6. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
The truly frightening flaw in humanity is our capacity for cruelty – we all have it.
7. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
But a part of me lies buried in lace and roses on a riverbank in France-a part of me is broken off forever. A part of me will be unflyable, stuck in the climb.