Top Ten Tuesday #213


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:

  1. 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.

83 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #213

  1. Holly 28/05/2019 / 11:08 am

    A Darker Shade of Magic is on my list as well! I never finished the rest of the series though–I should really get on that!

  2. Marti (Bookish Treats) 28/05/2019 / 11:27 am

    I am about to start A Darker Shade of Magic and I’m sure I’ll love it. Great list!

  3. Jocelyn 28/05/2019 / 1:12 pm

    I used to read a lot of Rick Riordan’s books. I think I need to start again!

  4. evelynreads1 28/05/2019 / 1:18 pm

    Great list!
    I also reading many in later years!


    • iloveheartlandx 28/05/2019 / 4:18 pm

      Thanks! Yeah, before I started blogging, I rarely read books in the year they were released and even now, I still read a lot the year after!

      • evelynreads1 28/05/2019 / 6:13 pm


    • iloveheartlandx 28/05/2019 / 4:12 pm

      Ah her books are so great, I hope you enjoy them! Just a heads up though, the two books I’ve included on this are the first and third books in the trilogy, there is obviously a second book that I haven’t mentioned, A Gathering of Shadows (also awesome!).

  5. Lilyfae 28/05/2019 / 1:52 pm

    Great selection and reminder of some great books!!

  6. lydiaschoch 28/05/2019 / 3:21 pm

    I keep hearing good things about To Kill a Kingdom. Really need to read it one of these days.

    My TTT.

  7. Rissi JC 28/05/2019 / 4:52 pm

    I’ve heard Ruta’s novels are AMAZING!! Haven’t read anything by her yet though. I’ve seen quite a bit of chatter for “To Kill a Kingdom” as well, but I haven’t really looked into it much. Guess I should remedy this soon! πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 29/05/2019 / 12:52 pm

      They are, I’ve read all but one of hers. Ah it’s really good, I would definitely recommend it πŸ™‚

  8. Alex @ WhimsyPages 28/05/2019 / 5:00 pm

    I still need to read A Darker Shade of Magic… I even own all three books! And for some reason I keep avoiding them :O

    • iloveheartlandx 29/05/2019 / 12:51 pm

      I suppose you’re just not in the right mood for them yet! I hope you enjoy them when you are πŸ™‚

  9. Jess @ Jessticulates 28/05/2019 / 5:28 pm

    Great list! Between Shades of Grey and To Kill a Kingdom are both on my TBR. πŸ™‚

  10. ChrissiReads 28/05/2019 / 7:34 pm

    You have so many good books on this list! πŸ™‚

  11. lifewithallthebooks 28/05/2019 / 7:50 pm

    Great list! I’ve had Between Shades Of Grey on my TBR list for so long and your comments have reminded me that I need to get to it soon because it sounds really interesting.

  12. Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense 28/05/2019 / 8:26 pm

    I’m not even a little surprised to find A Darker Shade of Magic on your list. I was really impressed with To Kill a Kingdom as well. What a great debut.

    • iloveheartlandx 29/05/2019 / 12:48 pm

      Ha ha, I don’t think my love of that book is a secret! Yes, I couldn’t believe it was her debut, such a strong book to come out with as your first one!

  13. agreatreviewer 28/05/2019 / 9:09 pm

    OOh nice! Loved To Kill a Kingdom too! This post was harder than I thought despite being so fun!

    Thanks for visiting my TTT post!

    • iloveheartlandx 29/05/2019 / 12:47 pm

      Yes, it was such a great book! Oh I know right, there were just so many options, I could have gone with an entirely different list of books and they would have still been great books that I loved.

  14. Brooke Lorren (@Brookelorren) 28/05/2019 / 9:51 pm

    Still have to read a book by Maggie Stiefvater and VE Schwab! These books look so good, yet I still haven’t read any. So many books I need to read! Great list.

  15. PerfectlyTolerable 28/05/2019 / 10:51 pm

    I loved A Darker Shade of Magic ❀ That is the series that got me addicted to Schwab books! Great Choices ❀

    • iloveheartlandx 29/05/2019 / 12:46 pm

      Thanks! A Darker Shade of Magic was the book that got me addicted to Schwab books as well, it was actually my first one of hers that I read!

  16. kozbisa 28/05/2019 / 11:24 pm

    The Raven Cycle is another of my favorite series. I was all about those boys, blue, and those books. Stiefvater created an amazing world there, and I really enjoyed each and every book of the series.

    • iloveheartlandx 29/05/2019 / 12:43 pm

      Me either! I didn’t even know about the Hunger Games books back then πŸ™‚

  17. KliScruggs 29/05/2019 / 2:26 am

    It’s hard to believe how long ago some of these books have been published, especially The Hunger Games! I read the first one for the 10th anniversary of its publishing and it was still as fresh as ever! I also LOVED To Kill A Kingdom as well! Lira was such a unique character. I loved her from page one. I’m hoping she’ll write more books in the world because it’s so vast!

    • iloveheartlandx 29/05/2019 / 12:41 pm

      Oh I know! I think it’s especially hard for me to believe how old The Hunger Games is because I read them a couple of years after they came out, so I never think of them as being as old as they are, though granted that was about seven years ago now! Yes, it was such a great book and Lira was a brilliant character, I knew as soon as I read the first line that I was going to love the book. I hope so too! I’m super excited for her knew book Into The Crooked Place, because it sounds so good.

  18. anovelglimpse 29/05/2019 / 2:43 am

    I liked a lot of these books, but my favorite of your picks is The Raven Boys. Such a good book!

  19. rayasreads 29/05/2019 / 4:24 am

    To Kill a Kingdom has been on my TBR for so long! I really hope to read it soon. πŸ™‚

  20. Obsessivemom 29/05/2019 / 4:47 am

    I’ve read Catching Fire and loved it though I liked the first book in the Hunger Games series best of all. Ruta Sepetys is another familiar author though I’ve not read this one. And of course Percy Jackson is familiar because my son narrated it to me as he read it :-).

    • iloveheartlandx 29/05/2019 / 12:56 pm

      Yes, the first book is my favourite as well. Ah it’s really good, I would definitely recommend it. I love the Percy Jackson books, they’re so much fun πŸ™‚

  21. thebookishlibra 29/05/2019 / 10:24 am

    Such a great list. I’ve read and loved almost all of these. πŸ™‚

  22. booksandbabble 29/05/2019 / 10:56 am

    So many series on this list that I want to start reading. Hunger Games was kind of hit and miss for me but I adored the first two books in The Raven Cycle, I just need to get a move and finish the other two! Great list!

    • iloveheartlandx 29/05/2019 / 12:35 pm

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy the other Raven Cycle books πŸ™‚

  23. Keri 29/05/2019 / 11:17 pm

    Loved seeing Heir of Fire and To Kill a Kingdom on your list!
    And ahhh, I still need to read Schwab’s Shades of Magic trilogy! Glad to see you have such high praise for it!

    • iloveheartlandx 30/05/2019 / 12:13 pm

      Both such good books! Ah yes, it’s one of my favourite series, I hope you enjoy it too πŸ™‚

  24. 1girl2manybooks 30/05/2019 / 2:05 am

    So many good picks here! I love Catching Fire too, it’s my fave in the trilogy. I also really enjoyed Heir Of Fire and Rebel in the Sands.

  25. Great list! I’ve read all of them but Between Shades of Grey (which sounds very intriguing!) And obviously the TOG book! I loved Lira for her sass too, her character arc is one of my favourites in YA πŸ˜‚ and also there are boats in TKAK sooooo I stood no chance. I remember thinking House of Hades was the best too! And highly anticipated after the cliff hanger in the last one 😬 I didn’t realise basically all the best events of the series happened in that one book but now I remember why it was so awesome πŸ˜‚ great list! Also include all the VE Schwab her books are so good! Next week’s I fear our lists may look very similar as it will just be ‘and here’s another fantasy book’ πŸ˜‚

    • iloveheartlandx 30/05/2019 / 12:08 pm

      Thanks! Oh you should read Between Shades of Grey, it’s really good, I can lend it to you if you’d like? It’s quite a small book so I could easily fit it in my bag when I come down for YALC. Oh yes, well I had to have at least one recommendation failure, but one in eight years is pretty good. Ha ha yes, I was hooked from the first line. Yes, House of Hades just had everything, so much Percabeth, so much action, and yes of course waiting a year after that cliffhanger was torture. Yes, I love all the VE Schwab books, so excited to read Vengeful, hopefully this year. Ha ha our lists will probably be carbon copies next week!

  26. Louise 30/05/2019 / 7:57 am

    To Kill A Kingdom was one of my favourites from last year too!

  27. Charlotte 30/05/2019 / 9:11 am

    Catching Fire was probably my favourite of The Hunger Games books and I loved To Kill A Kingdom. I still need to read Rick Riordan’s books and, from the sound of this, Derek Landy’s too. I also still need to read A Darker Shade Of Magic but it’s really high up in terms of what I want to read and at the moment I’m definitely leaning towards reading it next once I’ve finished the series that I’m on.

    • iloveheartlandx 30/05/2019 / 12:02 pm

      I still think that the first book was my favourite of The Hunger Games books, but I did love Catching Fire too. To Kill A Kingdom was great! Oh yes you do, if you like one, you’ll definitely like the other, they have quite similar writing styles and senses of humour! Ah A Darker Shade of Magic is so good, I hope you enjoy it πŸ™‚

      • Charlotte 31/05/2019 / 2:54 pm

        I loved the entire series although I did find some of the last book with the capital’s traps a little bit confusing. I think that’s just because so much was happening so quickly and I kept rushing to see what would happen next though. I have been meaning to read the Percy Jackson books for a while but I’ll be sure to check Derek Landy’s stuff out too. Thank you, I hope so too as it sounds amazing.

      • iloveheartlandx 01/06/2019 / 8:42 pm

        I think because Katniss was out of the action for so much of it that we mostly get told about what’s happening rather than seeing it, but I agree it is confusing. Ah I hope you enjoy them. It really is so good!

      • Charlotte 02/06/2019 / 8:55 am

        Yes that’s true. Thank you (:

  28. Annemieke 01/06/2019 / 6:12 am

    A Conjuring of Light and The Raven Boys were so great!

  29. Tracy (@Cornerfolds) 02/06/2019 / 12:56 am

    I loved Between Shades of Grey and To Kill a Kingdom! I can’t wait to read Christo’s new book!

  30. jaybird 04/06/2019 / 10:55 am

    Doh, wish I’d thought of including 09 instead of ’19 because I didn’t have one for this year. And I realize I left out The Raven Boys (read it in 2017), *double face palm* ❀

    • iloveheartlandx 04/06/2019 / 9:32 pm

      Yeah, it was much easier not having to come up with a fave for this year when the year isn’t even over yet. Ah sad!

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