Top Ten Tuesday is all about books – sometimes non bookish things – and a top 10 list. It was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
How it works:
That Artsy Reader Girl assigns each Tuesday a topic and then I have to post my top ten(or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list that fits that topic. This week’s topic is:
This was technically last week’s subject of the TTT but I hadn’t gotten the chance to do it then and I really liked the subject, so I decided to do it today since I didn’t have any inspiration for today’s prompt.
I love talking about favorite books, but it’s also really hard to choose just a couple when I always want to talk about a Lot, you know? haha. Today’s TTT was quite the challenge.
I had to choose a favorite released book per year for the last 10 years. So that technically means 1 book per year, right? There were years when there were so many amazing books released, so choosing just 1 was impossible, lol. I tried to keep it to a max of 3 favorites per year and that still had me stressing out about which ones to pick because in some years 3 wasn’t even enough as you’ll see haha. I always have to deviate from these kind of lists, sorry < But I guess that the ones who know me, even a little bit, were expecting me bending the rules a bit with this one 😉
I’ll start with the year of 2008 and end with the year of 2018, seeing 2019 isn’t over yet and there are still some highly anticipated releases to come my way and I just can’t know if I already have received my most favorite one yet haha. So, which 10 books in the past 10 years have become my favorites? Let’s see…
| 2008 |
- Brisingr by Christopher Paolini, #3 the Inheritance Cycle
- Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead, #3 Vampire Academy
- the Darkest Night by Gena Showalter, #1 Lords of the Underworld
It’s fun to see so many of the older, and often favorite, YA’s this year. This is the year that the Hunger Games was released, Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer which was one of my most anticipated releases that year as well. Brisingr was one I really wanted to mention, seeing I love the Inheritance Cycle so much! #3 in the Vampire Academy series is one of my all-time faves and the Darkest Night by Gena Showalter was my introduction to the PNR genre and this series remains special to me. Some really great books were released in 2008! If I’d had to choose between these 3; I really don’t think I would’ve been able to do so haha.
| 2009 |
- City of Glass by Cassandra Clare, #3 the Mortal Instruments
- Fallen by Lauren Kate, #1 Fallen Series
- Angel’s Blood by Nalini Singh, #1 Guild Hunter
City of Glass definitely had to be mentioned because it was such a strong ending to the story of the original trilogy that Clare wrote, starting with City of Bones. Fallen was my first Angel YA read and it’s still so special to me so I couldn’t just not choose it. And of course, how could I not mention Angel’s Blood, the first book in the Guild Hunter series? which may be most favorite PNR series everrrrr.
| 2010 |
- Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare, #1 The Infernal Devices
- Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, #1 Anna and the French Kiss
- Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead, #6 Vampire Academy
2010 was the year my precious Clockwork Angel was introduced to the world. This is one of my all time favorites, so it easily bests a lot of the favorites I already mention and will be mentioning in this post. A lot of good things for me in 2010 seeing I also got married then hihi. It was also the year Anna and the French Kiss was released, which is one of my favorite YA contemporary books. It gave me all the feels! And it was the year the Vampire Academy series was coming to an end. The 6th and final book in the series is one of the best in my opinion and such a great final installment needed to be mentioned.
| 2011 |
- Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout, #1 Lux
- Angelfall by Susan Ee, #1 Penryn and the End of Days
- Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, #1 Daughter of Smoke and Bone
2011 was the year the world was introduced to the LUX series and that’s something I’m so happy about; to have found this author and this series all those years ago. I’ve devoured every single book in the series and I cannot get enough of them still, to this day. 2011 was also the year of Angelfall being born and I cannot fangirl enough about this book; it’s so frigging good! It rapidly became one of my all-time favorite book/trilogy. Then there’s also the release of Daughter of Smoke and Bone and I am still, after all these years, not able to put into words how much this trilogy means to me. How amazed I still am with it. Daughter of Smoke and Bone was everything I could’ve wished for to come my way back then and it has been special to me ever since. Seriously, how frigging awesome was 2011?!
| 2012 |
- Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, #1 Throne of Glass
- Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor, #2 Daughter of Smoke and Bone
- Rapture by Lauren Kate, #4 Fallen
Even though I think the first 2 Throne of Glass books aren’t as strongly written as what follows after, the first book is still one of my pics for 2012. Without this book, we never would’ve gotten the amazing world and characters Maas created over the years. This series is just utterly magnificent. And the second book in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy was even better than the first one in my opinion so it’s definitely a fave release of 2012. Then there was the release of the conclusion book in the Fallen series. A final installment I have loved reading so immensely. It was such a beautiful and fitting ending of the series.
| 2013 |
- Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare, #3 The Infernal Devices
- Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson, #1 The Reckoners
- These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner, #1 These Broken Stars
The final installment in the Infernal Devices trilogy is one of the best books I’ve ever read. One of the most emotional, if not THE most emotional, reads I’ve ever read. This book was everything I could’ve wished for and more. One that would undoubtedly end up in this list. Steelheart by Sanderson was my first introduction to his books and this YA book was so much fun to read! These Broken Stars was one of my first YA Sci-Fi reads and the entire trilogy ended up becoming one of my all time favorite. Kaufman and Spooner are magnificent together.
This trilogy is a must-read!
From here on, I’ll choose 5 favorite releases every year because
there are just too many good releases to choose from
and I just can’t keep it contained at 3, so sue me, lol.
| 2014 |
- City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare, #6 the Mortal Instruments
- Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas, #3 Throne of Glass
- Stolen Songbird by Danielle l. Jensen, #1 Malediction
- Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor, #3 Daughter of Smoke and Bone
- Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout, #5 LUX
A lot of all-time fave authors of mine have published one of my most fave books in 2014. Heir of Fire is still my fave ToG book for example. City of Heavenly Fire is in my opinion still one of Clare’s best work to this date. Dreams of Gods and Monsters is the most awesome conclusion to the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy and Opposition is also a truly awesome final installment in the LUX series. Stolen Songbird is one I only recently read and this author has rapidly made it to my favorite list. Her writing is so good and Stolen Songbird definitely deserves all the love! 2014 was a really good year!
| 2015 |
- Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner, #3 Starbound
- an Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, #1 an Ember in the Ashes
- Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas, #4 Throne of Glass
- Illuminae by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman, #1 the Illuminae Files
- November 9 by Colleen Hoover
My first read of Colleen Hoover happened in 2015, which also ended up remaining my most fave read by her; November 9. Illuminae came out and I remember very well being one of the few amongst my friends who has read it this early and I felt so alone in the fandom back then, lol. Thankfully a lot of people decided it was in need of a hype 😉 It’s still one of my faves. Queen of Shadows was EPIC, an Ember in the Ashes was a magnificent first book in a new YA series and I got aquatinted with The starboard trilogy conclusion was released and it was such a stellar final installment of the trilogy. It’s one of the best YA Sci-Fi books in my opinion!
| 2016 |
- a Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas, #2 a Court of Thorns and Roses
- Gemina by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman, #2 the Illuminae Files
- the Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson, #3 the Remnant Chronicles
- Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton, #1 Rebel of the Sands
- My Lady Jane by Hand, Ashton & Meadows, #1 the Lady Janies
Yeah, I know… It’s getting boring right, seeing the same authors over and over again like Maas and Clare, Lol. Can’t help it, these books were my faves so they had to be mentioned haha. I also got aquatinted with Alwyn Hamilton and Rebel of the Sands has turned out to be one of my favorite YA trilogies. I loved getting aquatinted with some Arabic elements and her writing is so good! a Must read in my opinion. And my lady Jane has become one of my favorite re-tellings. This book was so much fun! The historical (retold) elements combined with added fantasy elements was just utterly amazing! And Gemina was nothing short of epic as well! We also got the final installment in the Remnant Chronicles which was everything
I hoped it’d be and more > truly amazing!
| 2017 |
- Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare, #2 the Dark Artifices
- Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas, #6 Throne of Glass
- Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones, #1 Wintersong
- Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray, #1 Constellation
- Hunted by Meagan Spooner
I got to read one of the best Beauty and the Beast re-tellings in 2017, called Hunted by Meagan Spooner, Wintersong was a spectacular Goblin King re-telling and I got aquatinted with a new to me author who wrote a first book in a new (favorite of mine) Scifi series : Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray. Then there were some sequels in favorite series of mine, Lord of Shadows and Empire of Storms, that were nothing short of amazing and exceeded all my high expectations!
| 2018 |
- Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas, #7 Throne of Glass
- Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton, #3 Rebel of the Sands
- Obsidio by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman, #3 the Illuminae Files
- Shadow Call by Adrienne Strickland & Michael Miller, #2 Kaitan Chronicles
- Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller, #2 Daughter of the Pirate King
- Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson, #1 Dance of Thieves
I couldn’t stick to 5 because there were at least 6 2018 releases I just had to mention haha. Starting with Kingdom of Ash, the final installment of the ToG series that was released. An end to an era. Same said for Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton, the final installment of the Rebel of the Sands book > Epic! Obisido by Kaufman and Kristoff > Epic! Shadow Call, the sequel to Shadow Run, was even better than the first book and I love it when a sequel is better than the first book > doesn’t happen often enough, lol. A Must-Read to anyone who likes YA Sci-Fi. Daughter of the Siren Queen was another sequel I thought was even better than the first book and I am sad it was only a duology. I could keep reading so many more books about this world and these characters. Mary e. Pearson released the first book in a spin-off from the Remnant Chronicles and it was magnificent!
One of my fave 2018 reads for sure as well!
I can’t recommend these books enough and I really hope I persuaded you into adding at least 1 of them to your To Read list, if you haven’t read them already hihi.
𝚆𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚠𝚎𝚛𝚎 𝚜𝚘𝚖𝚎 𝚘𝚏 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚏𝚊𝚟𝚘𝚛𝚒𝚝𝚎 𝚛𝚎𝚕𝚎𝚊𝚜𝚎𝚜 𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚛 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚙𝚊𝚜𝚝 𝟷𝟶 𝚢𝚎𝚊𝚛𝚜?