Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books From the Past Decade

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is: Favorite Books Released In the Last Ten Years (one book for each year). This was a lot harder than I expected because I don’t always read books the year they came out, so I had to do a little more digging. Then there were years where multiple favorite books came out and I had to choose between them! But here is the best book I’ve read from each year between 2009-2018.

2018: The Devil’s Thief by Lisa Maxwell: I read a lot of amazing books in 2018, but this one takes the win because of how much the anticipation waiting for this book paid off. It’s bigger and better than The Last Magician, and be still my heart, I need book three ASAP.

2017: The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli: Like 2018, it was hard to narrow down a single favorite from 2017. But because I can’t stop gushing about The Last Namsara and how it depicted dragons, I suppose it must be my favorite.

2016: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys: I didn’t read Salt to the Sea when it first came out, but boy oh boy did it wreck me when I read it. I had no idea that the worst disaster in maritime history took place during World War II in the Baltic Sea. The characters, their story, it’s devastating and incredible to read about.

2015: The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley: This is one of my favorite middle grade books ever. The story it tells is both heartbreaking and uplifting. The way it deals with mental illness and disability is enthralling. I cannot stop recommending this book.

2014: Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson: The new Ms. Marvel comics, starring Kamala Khan, are one of my favorite comic book series right now. I love how relatable and approachable Kamala is and it’s amazing to see her go from being an awkward teenager to a superhero. She’s marvelous.

2013: The Archived by Victoria Schwab: This was a hard year to find a book for. I was in the middle of college in 2013 so I missed a lot of popular book releases. But one book I remember reading before Victoria Schwab was well known was The Archived. The story stuck with me long after I forgot about it, and I’m glad I reread it recently because it’s my favorite book by Schwab.

2012: Cinder by Marissa Meyer: I love The Lunar Chronicles and while it’s been ages since I read through the series, I remember how Cinder completely and utterly swept me away into this futuristic fairy tale. Cinderella is my least favorite fairy tale princess, yet all the recent retellings are my favorite!

2011: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater: This is one of my favorite books ever and I wish I would have read it sooner. I reread it almost every year now at the beginning of November and it never ceases to bore me.

2010: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan: I love the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, but the Heroes of Olympus goes above and beyond. Not only are the characters older, but Uncle Rick introduces a whole new idea with the Roman gods that changes the playing field. It’s so good.

2009: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins: I remember getting my hands on this book the day it came out by going to Borders (yes, Borders) to purchase it and getting a prototype Mockingjay pin along with it. I remember sitting in my room reading it and getting to the end and going, “What?! What? No!” because that ending was torture. And then I remember waiting… and waiting… and waiting… for Mockingjay. Catching Fire is my favorite of The Hunger Games trilogy because it was so worth the wait.

What are your favorite books released in the past decade? Don’t forget to join the link-up!



18 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books From the Past Decade

  1. Scorpio Races made my list too, as did The War That Saved My Life, and Salt to the Sea could easily have been on there too. I haven’t read The Archived yet, but I love Schwab, so I need to track it down. I also love that you have those old Readers Digest Condensed Books in your photo!

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    • All of them are so good!

      And I forget where I found a stack of old Readers Digest Condensed Books but I started collecting them to use as art journals, but I use some in pictures as well because they just seem to fit!


    • I’d much rather have a TV series than a film because I think the could do more with it. I wouldn’t even mind if it was animated like The Last Airbender of Voltron.


  2. Great list! I miss Borders so much – Catching Fire is definitely my favourite book in that trilogy. I need to check out Ruta Sepetys’ work, and I’ve heard such mixed things about The Last Namsara but I keep thinking of giving it a try so I may have to check it out.

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    • Ruta Sepetys writes beautiful but devastating stories. Definitely worth reading.

      The Last Namsara introduced an interesting take on dragon and their mythology, but I also related a lot to the main character so that sealed the deal. The sequel was good, too, but not as great as the first book.


  3. I don’t always read books in their release year either, so I completely sympathize with your pain of having to do research in order to write this list.

    Sorry you had to wait for Mockingjay after Catching Fire. I read the Hunger Games series after it had all been released, so I was able to binge-read my box set of them.

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    • I’m sure the wait wasn’t as unbearable as I always say it was. Catching Fire just ends on a huge cliffhanger. This was also before it was hyped so it was just me and a few of my friends eagerly waiting for a sequel, not the entirety of the Internet to hype it up.


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