Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and Bookish. Each week the bloggers at The Broke and The Bookish put out a topic, and discuss their top ten options for said topic. This week it’s all about the Top Ten books you’ve read so far this year.
As You Turn Away by Molli Moran.
Two hearts, one life-changing summer, and a long-awaited second chance…When Quinnlan Reynolds left home at 18, she escaped her small, Georgia town and her suffocating upbringing. She started a new life as a ballerina, and tasted freedom for the first time. But four years later, her first visit home turns tragic. Reeling, Quinn tries to piece her life back together again. But doing so is easier said than done when sexy Jonah Walker saunters back into her life. Quinn shattered Jonah’s heart once, so getting involved with her isn’t something he’s sure he’s ready to do again. He became someone he didn’t recognize when he left home. He’s spent the last years burying his pain by keeping everyone in his life at arm’s length. Now he needs to get to know his family again, and finally become who he wants to be.
A great debut from a promising YA/NA indie author. Molli has a great way with words and building a story that’s believable and tangible. I really enjoyed it, stayed up late to finish it. I’m looking forward to what Molli puts out next.
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.
The terrifyingly prophetic novel of a post-literate future. Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to burn books, which are forbidden, being the source of all discord and unhappiness. Even so, Montag is unhappy; there is discord in his marriage. Are books hidden in his house? The Mechanical Hound of the Fire Department, armed with a lethal hypodermic, escorted by helicopters, is ready to track down those dissidents who defy society to preserve and read books.
I read this for the Classics Club, originally feeling a bit guilty that I hadn’t read this book. It seems like it’s one of those classics that everyone has read or everyone should read. I agree. It’s a book everyone should read. One of the forefathers of dystopian society this book is scary in the sense that it could very well happen.
Dancing on Air by Nicole Hurley-Moore
Lisette yearns for freedom, security and love, but none are offered on the run-down stage of The Imperial Theatre. Instead she has hard work, a tyrannical aunt, and the hope of one day becoming a prima ballerina. Dancing on the stage she catches the attention of two powerful men: Lord Gainsworth and Lord De Vale. Lord Evander Gainswith never expected to fall in love, let alone with a woman so wholly unacceptable to his family and his peers. The sinister Lord De Vale covets Lisette’s youth and strength, and is willing to pay well for it. Lisette may dance roles in fairy tales and fantasies, but the real world is about to intrude, bringing with it the harsh realities of life for a young girl with dreams of rising above the demimonde.
This is a beautiful historical romance that focuses not only on the romance, but the driving force behind the main character–ballet. It’s a great love story that will linger with me for a long time. I really enjoyed this one and recommended it to quite a few people.