Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all had a good week since I last did one of these. I spent my first weekend home from Uni, well not actually at home, I was with my friends Hannah and Zoe at Hannah’s new place, which was lovely, it was so nice to be able to catch up with them and hopefully we’ll be able to see more of each other now that I’m back in Cambridge rather than up in Scotland.
Anyway, since it’s Tuesday, I have another Top Ten Tuesday for you all, courtesy of Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is My Favourite Books I Read in Each of The Past Ten Years (2009-2018), which is definitely a cool one, but since I read a lot of books in different years to when they were published, I’m going by publication date rather than when I actually read them, otherwise 2009-2011 would just all be Derek Landy and Rick Riordan books as those are the only books I can actually remember reading in that time that were published then! So here we go, my favourite books of the last ten years:
- 2009-Catching Fire-Suzanne Collins
I actually didn’t discover The Hunger Games until a few years later, I think 2012, just before the movie came out but it was published in 2009, so I’m counting it here. I loved the Hunger Games books, well the first two anyway, the third was kind of a disappointment and they were the first dystopia books I had read in a while, I read Noughts and Crosses when I was a kid, but they kind of fell of my radar after that, so The Hunger Games was sort of my reintroduction to the genre.
2. 2010-Dark Days (Skulduggery Pleasant #4)-Derek Landy
I mean obviously at least one of Derek Landy’s books was going to make this list, since they’ve been such a massive part of my reading life since I was about 12/13. I’m pretty sure I made my Dad get me this one at the airport when we were going away on holiday because I saw it and just had to have it. This one is actually one of my favourites of the entire series, it’s the book that really sets up the Darquesse arc and I’d say is a major turning point in the series as a whole.
3. 2011-Between Shades of Gray-Ruta Sepetys
I actually didn’t read this book till 2015 (you can find the review under the drop down menu) but it was originally published in 2011, and honestly had I known about it, I definitely would have read it then because I’m sure 15 year old me would have loved this book as much as 18 year old me did. World War II stories are a dime a dozen and it’s quite difficult to find an author who does something new with the setting, but Sepetys did, I often feel like the atrocities of Stalin in that time period are grossly overlooked compared to Hitler and the deportations to Siberia are not something that is explored much, but Sepetys does so with great sensitivity and care.
4. 2012-The Raven Boys-Maggie Stiefvater
I literally picked this up in Waterstones on a whim, because it had a pretty cover. I had no idea what it was about, but I had read The Scorpio Races, I think the year before and I was intrigued by Maggie Stiefvater’s writing, so I wanted to try this series. Little did I know that I would quickly become obsessed with psychics, dead Welsh Kings and Blue and her Raven Boys.
5. 2013-The House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus #4)-Rick Riordan
I remember reading this one in all of my lunch breaks and study periods at sixth form, because I just could not put it down. I maintain that this is one of, if not the best book that Rick Riordan has written. Percy and Annabeth in Tartarus? Leo and Calypso? Hazel learning how to use her powers? Nico coming into his sexuality? Everything about this book was amazing, which honestly probably made my disappointment with the final book even worse!
6. 2014-Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3)-Sarah J Maas
Again, I actually read this one in 2015, but it was published in 2014 so I’m counting it here. Heir of Fire is my favourite Throne of Glass book, without a doubt, it was before the books started getting to unmanageable lengths (still long but not over 600 pages), it marked the transition between Celaena and Aelin, you get introduced to Manon, whom I love and it was the last book before the focus on romance and sex really took over. It was also focused so much on Celaena’s journey of healing, which I loved, I’ve found that the healing narrative is something Maas always does really well, because all my favourite books of hers, Heir of Fire, Tower of Dawn, A Court of Mist and Fury, follow characters on that journey.
7. 2015-A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1)-VE Schwab
I actually read this one in 2016, but again it was published in 2015, so I’m counting it here. A Darker Shade of Magic is one of my favourite books of all time, it has pretty much everything I love, an awesome magic system, a badass female character, incredible writing and just this amazing, immersive world. It’s one of those books that you just fall into and completely forget about everything until you’re done with it and I find those books are incredibly rare.
8. 2016-Rebel of The Sands (Rebel of The Sands #1)-Alwyn Hamilton
Hannah and I met Alwyn before her book even came out in 2015 at YALC and so naturally when the book came out, I already wanted to love it because she had been so lovely when we met her. Thankfully I did, the setting felt alive, the main character was brilliant and the story was gripping and fast paced, it was a great book to while away the time on the train to and from Scotland during my February reading week in 2016.
9. 2017-A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3)-VE Schwab
Yes, I know I’ve included two Schwab books on this list but I don’t care, I couldn’t not have this book on here. It’s a masterclass in how to do a series finale, it wraps up the characters’ stories beautifully (with enough openings for the spinoff trilogy though!), it hits all the right emotional beats, it was so well paced for such a long book and it just left me feeling so intensely satisfied!
10. 2018-To Kill A Kingdom-Alexandra Christo
Yes, so technically I read this one this year, but it was published in 2018, so I figure a year didn’t make too much difference! The Little Mermaid is not one of my favourite fairytales, but I loved Christo’s take on it, the vicious siren and the siren hunter, thrown together to defeat the evil Sea Queen? Yes please! Also Lira is so sassy and vicious and just generally everything I love in a female character.
Have you read any of these books? Did you like them? What have been your favourite books over the past ten years? Let me know in the comments!
That’s it for this week, I’ll be back next week, with a new Top Ten Tuesday, we’re going to be talking about Books From Our Favourite Genre, so naturally, I’m going to be talking about my Top Ten Favourite Fantasy Books, in a surprise to absolutely no one. Meanwhile I just finished my most recent read, Romanov by Nadine Brandes, so I will have a review of that up by the end of the week.