Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created and run by the girls of The Broke and the Bookish.
Here's the list of ten best books I've read this year.
10. Newburry and Hobbs series, by George Mann
I loved all the books in the series, so it's hard to pick a favourite. Let's just say the man knows how to combine Steampunk tech with exciting and story and memorable characters.
9. Holy Cow, by David Duchovny
Easily one of the funniest and most uplifting books I've read in a while. The idea of a talking cow boarding an air plane risks to be a tad too absurd, but Duchovny's humour makes it work.
8. The Martian, by Andy Weir
7. The Simpsons and their mathematical secrets, by Simon Singh
The Simpsons is my favourite animated show, because it's both funny, witty and full of social commentary. But I didn't know how many of the show's writers started out as mathematicians and scientists. This explains both the hidden math jokes and the smart humour.
6. Animal Farm, by George Orwell
Just like Nineteen Eighty Four, Animal Farm is a depressing look at a totalitarian regime from which there is no escape. The fact that all the characters here are farm animals makes the story even more raw and brutal.
5. Quantum Lyrics, by A. Van Jordan
A collection of poems. I'm not an expert in poetry, but I know a good poem when I read it. Especially if it's about race, identity and the Flash.
4. Tooth and Claw, by Jo Walton
Dragons, love, politics, betrayal... and dragons.
3. Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte
Jane was a kick-ass female lead in a time when women were treated as pieces of stylish furniture.
2. Voices from Chernobyl, by Svetlana Alexievich
The most horrific nuclear disaster told by its survivors. Alexievich deserves her Nobel Prise for making sure their stories won't be forgotten.
1. Cleo - how an uppity cat helped heal a family, by Helen Brown
A true story about a family recovering from a tragedy and a hyperactive little cat that helped them.