We have been having fun with Top Ten Tuesday, so we decided we will do one every week. This bookish meme was hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and has been going since June 2010! Since January 2018 Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
This week’s topic is Favorite Books Released In the Last Ten Years with one bookpick for every year. You can imagine how incredibly hard this was to do! It was a lot of fun to see which books were released in those years, but I also realized how many favorites I had for most of the last ten years. Enough talk, let’s get into it!
This is such a throwback! Luckily I didn’t read as much back in 2009 so I only had about 4 5 star reads from that year. After thinking about it for awhile, I decided to go with Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. Coincidentally that’s also my favorite Gillian Flynn I have read so far so I thought it was fitting to pick that one. I used to read a lot of mystery/thrillers and only just gotten into YA books at the time so it makes sense this first pick is an adult book!
This one was actually quite easy. I think this might actually be my only 5 star read that was released in 2010? And this series was my gateway into YA and might’ve start my reading habits back up. So I’ve chosen Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. I adored the Hunger Games trilogy and loved the movie adaptations. The third movie, Mockingjay part I might be my favorite movie adaptation ever actually. It’s been quite awhile since I reread these books but I’ll never forget how I stayed up literally the whole night the finish Mockingjay in one sitting. By the end my pillow was soaked in tears and my heart was both full and completely shattered.
I didn’t read this book until 2017 but I think it had been on my TBR since 2011 or 2012 haha. For 2011 I picked Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. I hated the original covers and didn’t pick it up for mostly that reason if I’m being honest. But I’m so happy I did pick it up in the end, because this is an amazing fantasy series and I’m ashamed to say I still have to read the last book in the trilogy haha.
This is were it starts to get really hard. I have 4 amazing books for this year that are absolute favorites of mine! In the end I managed to narrow it down to two books that can’t really be compared to each other. The first one is Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. I know a lot of people hate this series, but it’s one of my favorite things ever. Last year Candyce and I did a reread and I loved it just as much as the first time around. The second one is Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. This book takes place during WW II and is all about female friendships, something more books should do! Code Name Verity is also a heartbreaking book I would recommend to everyone.
It just gets harder and harder and once again I decided to go with two books haha. One of my absolute favorite books of ever was released in 2013; Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I related to Cath so much and I’m so grateful for this book. The other one is Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas, by favorite YA mystery/thriller ever. I haven’t found a book that can live up to this one yet! So if you have a recommendation, please let me know 😉
I think I’ll just keep on cheating haha. Another favorite I’ve been talking about forever was released in 2014; To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. If you have been following our blog for awhile, you already know about my love for this book and for Peter K. 😉 So I’ll quickly get into the second one, The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey. I don’t see many people talk about this one, but it’s so amazing! You want to go in with as little info as possible because everything will be spoilerish and that just takes away from the story.
I’ve read so many great 2015 books, but I think there’s one sticking out, and that’s Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Part of way I love this book so much is because it is part of the amazing Grishaverse, a world I love with all my heart. There are so many amazing characters in SoC and I can’t wait for the sequel we’ll be getting down the line!
My 2016 pick brings back so many memories, which might make the book even better than it already was haha. I got Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake in an Owlcrate, I had them shipped to a friend in the USA and she brought them with her to India. We got to attended a wedding in India so all those memories come flooding back whenever I think of Three Dark Crowns. I read the book in one day during that trip and fell in love with the story and some of the characters. The fact that you get to know all three ‘contestants’ makes it quite unique in my opinion!
Okay, another one were I can’t possibly choose between two books haha. The first one is A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab, probably one of my favorite books by Victoria. This is the ending to the Shades of Magic trilogy but only the beginning of more to come! When I was reading this I already knew in my bones there would be a spin-off and I’m so excited that there will be. The next book is Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia, this is another super relatable contemporary novel and brought out all the feels. I was sobbing while reading this and should do a reread soon.
I kinda want to mention 4 books here haha. But my absolute favorite book was Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas. This end to an era had been in the making for years and it was such a bittersweet ending! It had some heartbreaking moments but I loved how it all came together. There’s not much more I can say about this, if you love the series you get how I feel about it, if you hate it you will probably never read this book ;).
So I just want to quickly mention The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton, an amazingly unique adult mystery I keep raving about. The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven, a very needed book that brings it message with a lot of humor. And lastly but definitely not least, Dare You To Lie by Amber Lynn Natusch, a Veronica Mars kinda of YA thriller and the beginning of a very excited series.
These were my picks! I can’t believe how hard this was!! What did you think of my picks? And what would be yours? Let me know in the comments!