Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week you compile a list of ten books which coincide with that week’s theme. You can find everything you need to know about joining in here!
This week’s theme is ‘Books That Give Off Autumn Vibes’. I love autumn; from September through to the end of the year is my absolute favourite part of the year. I love the cooler weather, I love Halloween and I love the build up to Christmas which is still my favourite time of year.
One of my favourite things about autumn, though, is the colours, and that’s what I’m celebrating today! I love how the trees change colour in the autumn, so today I’m sharing books that feature red and/or orange prominently on their covers. As it’s also currently Sci Fi Month, all of the books below are science fiction, too!
Devils Unto Dust by Emma Berquist: I had a lot of fun with this post-apocalyptic alternate history western! If you’re into zombie stories and you haven’t tried this one yet, I recommend giving it a try.
The Meat Tree by Gwyneth Lewis: This is a sci-fi retelling of one of the branches of The Mabinogion, and it’s weird as hell. Then again, The Mabinogion is also bonkers.
Battle Royale by Koushun Takami; translated by Yuji Oniki: I finally read this Japanese dystopian novel this year and I really enjoyed it! It’s brutal, but I couldn’t put it down.
Blood Red Road by Moira Young: This is still one of my favourite YA novels, and it’s the novel that began my love for those YA novels with a post-apocalyptic or speculative western vibe.
Requiem by Lauren Oliver: On the other end of the spectrum, this is still one of my least favourite YA novels. I loved Delirium and I wish it had remained a standalone.
Lorelai, You’ll Never Die by Laura Konrad: Laura is a friend of mine and she’s also an incredibly talented sci-fi writer. This is her debut novel, a piece of post-apocalyptic fiction, and I had so much fun reading it.
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff: Another novel that I finally read this year! I don’t think I’ve seen a single bad review of this book and, having read it myself, I understand the hype. It didn’t become a new favourite, but it was another book I raced through.
To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers: Becky Chambers is my favourite science fiction author. I love the way she writes quiet, almost domestic, science fiction.
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins: A few years ago I went through a phase of disliking most of the second books in the YA trilogies I picked up, they just seemed like pointless filler with a chance for the author to include a pointless love triangle, but Catching Fire is the exception to the rule and is still my favourite book in this trilogy.
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell: This book is a classic for a reason. It’s depressing as hell, but it’s so worth reading.