favorite book releases of the past 10 years | #toptentuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is our favorite books of the past 10 years. As in, a book per year. I thought this was such a fun topic! I did decide to not pick multiple books in a series if I could avoid it, because otherwise this list might just consist of 2 series. Let’s get into it!

To clarify, these are ordered by the year they were published in not the year I read them in.

 

2010 – The Way of Kings (Stormlight Archive #1) by Brandon Sanderson
I only managed to read The Way of Kings in 2018, but I was blown away by it. To be honest, I don’t know how to describe this book to people who haven’t read it. It’s an epic fantasy novel everyone should read. I feel like this is a novel you shouldn’t know much about before starting it, so you can discover the world, history, and characters for yourself.

2011 – The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
Who is surprised I picked The Song of Achilles? Absolutely no one. This is one of my all-time favorite novels, and I will never stop singing its praises.

2012 – The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater
Although it’s been a while since I’ve read The Raven Boys, I feel like it still deserves a spot on this list. I’m usually not very into the magical realism genre or paranormal stories and this series definitely has that vibe. However, I found myself growing attached to the characters pretty quickly, and falling in love with the atmosphere of the novel.

2013 – Written in Red (The Others #1) by Anne Bishop
I haven’t picked up the spin-off/continuation of this series yet, but The Others has been on my favorite reads of the year lists for ages. I think I’ve read Written in Red at least 5 times by now.

2014 – Red Rising (Red Rising #1) by Pierce Brown
Red Rising was the first dystopian novel I fell in love with in a while. It’s quite a brutal story, and the main character is definitely not very likeable, but that’s why I enjoyed reading it so much.

 

2015 – The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Who cried their eyes out while reading this? That’s right, I did. I’ve recommended this book to three of my family members and 2 of my friends already, and I’ll keep doing so until everyone I know is sick and tired of hearing me go on about it.

2016 – Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
Radio Silence was the first Alice Oseman book I ever read, and it’s still my favorite of her works today. It’s quietly brilliant, and I found it so relatable (despite not having that much in common with any of the main characters). If there was ever a YA contemporary novel to read, it’s this one.

2017 – If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio
I never thought I’d find another novel like The Secret History that I could love just as much. They both have similar themes which is the reason I picked up If We Were Villains at my local library. I’m happy to say that I love both pretty equally. This story revolves around Oliver, who is being released from jail after 10 years for a murder he may or may not have committed.

2018 – Grey Sister (Book of the Ancestor #2) by Mark Lawrence
I’ve been raving about this trilogy ever since I read Red Sister in January 2018. I was scared the sequel wouldn’t live up to the epicness of the first book, but I needn’t have worried. I ended up adoring the second book even more, even if I didn’t deem it possible.

2019 – The Shadowglass (The Bone Witch #3) by Rin Chupeco
I know it’s pretty early on in the year and I can’t truly pick my favorite 2019 release yet. However, I’m certain that no matter how many new releases I pick up this year, The Shadowglass will remain in my top 3 favorites. I’ve been in love with these novels since I received an e-ARC of the first book in 2016, and I can’t believe it has come to an end. Did I shed a few tears at the end? Yes, I did.


Those are some of my favorite books arranged by publication year! What are some of your favorite books? Did you also have a hard time picking only one book a year?

Best Books of the Year So Far | Top Ten Tuesday

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The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers #1) by Becky Chambers // I finally read this one (and the sequel). I’m hoping to meet Becky Chambers at YALC this year, so I wanted to be prepared. This blew me away. It’s an incredible science fiction story and I adore the characters so much.

Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor #1) by Mark Lawrence // This is the first Mark Lawrence book I’ve ever read, even though he’s a really well-known fantasy author. This is the story of Nona who starts training at the Convent of Sweet Mercy when she’s very young. Basically: ASSASSIN NUNS (and mini-assassin-nuns-in-training!).

Morning Star (Red Rising #3) by Pierce Brown // I thought this was a really great ending to the trilogy. Yes, I’m aware that he’s continuing the series but it’s still split up in trilogies (to my knowledge). This is a true dystopian science fiction story -honestly, they don’t spare you with the battle/war stories.

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli // Who is surprised? Absolutely no one. I know this book isn’t perfect (talking about the way Leah reacts when someone comes out to her) but I still adore it. I relate to Leah so much. Every time I think Becky Albertalli can’t write a character who is more like me, she proves me wrong.

If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio // This was a completely random read. I saw it at my local library and thought it looked really interesting. It was recommended for fans of The Secret History by Donna Tartt (me) and then it has villains in the title. I was pleasantly surprised. Even though I don’t know anything about Shakespeare and this book is about college theater students who study Shakespeare, I loved it. I am still not over that ending though!!

I only chose 5 books for this topic because I’ve only read 19 books this year. Of course there are more that I’ve enjoyed reading, but then it wouldn’t be a true favorites list, right?


Have you read any of these books? Which books are your favorites of the year so far?